In an earlier post, we had discussed why you should be using a vpn and now in this post, we are going to list down the 15 best vpn service providers that you should be using .
If you are looking for some privacy on the internet and in search of a secure and private way to browse and share files and view videos discretely, then these VPN providers are what you need. By using their services, you encrypt all your uploads, downloads, messages, emails because these will assign you an IP address which will make you untraceable on internet.
Presented below is a random order list of VPN providers. The list is derived after a thorough search and recommendations based on personal reviews. If you would like to add your service to the list, you may contact us for including your recommended VPN service here.
VPN Speeds Advice: Please note that when you use a VPN, your internet speeds may suffer a decline by up to 75% depending your service providers. Though this is not always the case because in most cases you will not notice any considerable speed loss. Cheaper VPNs generally provide speeds within range of 2 to 4 Mbps. Speeds of 5Mpbs upwards are considered good speeds. And if you get VPN speeds above 15 Mbps, then it is termed as excellent.
Which VPN encryption protocol is best: There are many three VPN encryption protocols: L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN and PPTP. If you are a desktop user, then OpenVPN is provides the most speed and strongest encryption of your internet connection. However, L2TP might be a preferred option if you are using more than one mobile devices on your VPN service or you are living in a country where government censorship is really oppressive like in China or Egypt because it is relatively difficult for the government to block L2TP though it is not as fast as OpenVPN.
Here is a short summary of our review of 15 best VPN services:
Updated: May 17, 2015
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UnoTelly is our personal favorite because it seamlessly opens geographically blocked content from services like Hulu, Netflix USA and Spotify. Unotelly service is offered in two segments: one is UnoDNS and the other is UnoVPN. While UnoDNS is without any encryption or cloaking support, it provides the fastest possible service by easily unlocking geo-restricted content on services like Roku, PlayStation or any other media player of your choice.
UnoVPN is a separate service which adds the layers of encryption and cloaking to your internet connection. There is not much information about whether UnoTelly stores any logs or not but our tests have concluded that the download speeds and streaming is really fast with this.
If your main purpose is not file sharing on torrents and you are just looking for using a VPN for accessing Netflix or other geo-locked video streaming services, then UnoTelly should be your number one choice. With very reasonable pricing structure and excellent speeds, it is a strong recommendation for streaming media and music.
The service costs about $5.00 per month.
PureVPN supports 4 VPN protocols: SSTP, OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP/IPsec. It also supports the BlackBerry IKEvs2 protocol. The premium subscribers do not have any bandwidth limits with servers in 19 countries. The pricing structure of PureVPN is also quite attractive because its prices are lower than many of competing services.
Many users are loyal to PureVPN because its client is very easy to use and the price is quite economical. A nice feature is splitting the VPN tunnel which allows you to encrypt traffic for certain services or websites and still using regular internet connection for others. Downloaders and gamers are in love with this tunnel splitting feature. According to logging policy of PureVPN, your bandwidth usage is logged and the login durations are logged but the information is deleted every five days. The speeds you will get with PureVPN will be in the range of 4Mpbs to 21 Mbps which is faster than a lot many competing services.
PureVPN costs $7 per month or $40 per Year.
Private Internet Access encrypts your data transfer and your identity on the internet. PIA pricing is also included in the least-priced VPN services at which you can get VPN access. The anonymity on PIA is almost perfect and there are some very useful features with this service. For example if your VPN cloaking goes offline, it auto disconnects you. It also protects your DNS from leaking to authorities and hackers.
A really interesting feature of PIA is the shared IP address feature. Since many users are assigned the same IP address, therefore, it is next to impossible for the government authorities or hackers to exactly pinpoint the origin of file transfer.
We highly recommend Private Internet Access overall especially a highly recommended service for torrent downloads. You may like to give PIA a try and check out the easy set up and excellent transfer speed.
The service costs $7.00 per month and $40 per year.
VyperVPN is an excellent VPN service with support for PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPsec and also supports Android and iPhone.
The service has grown hugely recently with more than 700 servers spread all over the world in Asia and Europe too. The mobile VPN app of VyprVPN is a plus for users. Since it is an offshore company located in Bahamas, there is less chance that the its VPN server logs are under scrutiny of US Patriot Act.
VyperVPN costs $10 per month and $100 per year.
This is a UK based service with servers in 12 countries and supporting both PPTP and OpenVPN protocols. The server number of Overplay is not as big as that of HideMyAss or Witopia but their performance is excellent and its users have reported speeds averaging at 6 Mbps.
The basic version of the service costs $5.00 per month or $60 per year. The premium VPN service is available at $10 per month.
6. Strong VPN
Strong VPN is included in VPN services that are more expensive ones but many users have vouched that it performs excellent in Asia and Pacific when compared with other competitors. The pricing changes with which part of the world you are living in but it is generally in the range of $20 per month.
The owners of Strong VPN promise that there is absolutely no scanning or data or logging. You may try it for a month as a trial and see if Strong VPN works out for you.
The service is available at $8 per month or $55 per year.
Box Private Network provides some great speeds with servers in 10 countries and supports both PPTP and L2TP protocols. Users of BoxPN report that they can get speeds in excess of 7 Mbps which can be termed quite fast when it comes to personal VPN. BoxPN is based in Turkey so can be out of reach of Patriot Act.
The company also states that it does not log any activities on its VPN servers which is a comforting and reassuring statement for those using VPN for P2P and torrent file sharing.
BoxPN costs $6.00 per month or $45 per year.
Witopia is one of the more trusted names in VPN arena, though many users report that installation and configuration of their VPN software can get frustrating at times. The speeds on Witopia network are comparable to other VPN services which means within the range of 2 Mbps to 9 Mpbs, which depends mostly on how closer you are to their VPN servers.
Witopia assures that it never records, scans or discloses your server logs or any other information which is reassuring to those who use it to hide their web usage and file sharing activities. Witopia is highly recommended by users who are into file sharing, therefore, it is an excellent VPN choice if you are comfortable with using technical software and configure it.
Witopia VPN costs $6 per month or $50 per year.
AirVPN is also a recommended service with servers in 10 countries and supporting OpenVPN protocol. There are no bandwidth limits and the performance of the AirVPN is rock solid but installation and set up of its client software is not straightforward. It allows remote port forwarding which is a good news for more advanced users. AirVPN states that it never logs data usage or any customer habits while using VPN.
The owners of AirVPN support net neutrality and are privacy advocates. AirVPN is an excellent service if you are in search of ensuring privacy for your online browsing and file downloads and sharing.
AirVPN is priced at $9.50 per month and costs $20 per quarter.
HideMyAss with its spread of 50 countries and 260 servers is excellent choice for accessing geo-restricted content. It supports OpenVPN, IPSec, L2TP and PPTP.
HMA is a UK origin VPN service which is termed as the easiest and most user-friendly VPN service. Their claim of not storing server logs was marred by their releasing logs of a hacker of Sony in a 2011 FBI investigation but still thousands of users continue to use their VPN service for privately browsing the internet.
HideMyAss comes with some very innovative features like: sharing of the same connection on multiple computers, IP address rotation, an easy client tool and speed guides. HMA can be easily set up by even novice users and its pricing is in the middle level range.
However, if you plan to use HMA for file sharing then it is not for you. There have been complaints from users that HMA pressures its users when it receives complaints from authorities regarding file sharing by torrents.
HideMyAss costs $11.52 per month or $78.66 per year.
ProXPN is a Netherlands based service which even offers a limited free option. With the free VPN option, the service speed is restricted to a measly 100 kbps and its nagware will constantly keep pushing you to upgrade. The paid version has speeds higher than 2 Mbps but not very exceptional. It has an easy to set up client so you are encouraged to give it a try and check if you can get good speeds at your geo lcoation.
The paid service costs $6.25 per month. It supports L2TP and PPTP.
12. Unblock US
Unblock US is not a dedicated VPN in the strict sense because it does not cloak your data or encrypts it but it does change your source country location on the internet. The main focus of Unblock US is to change your DNS location and thus changing your country to United states which allows you to use streaming players on Boxee, Xbox One, Apple TV, PlayStation 4 and WDTV as you would be using these from US. The speeds are much faster because your internet connection is not encrypted like a VPN.
If your main interest is to watch US content on Netflix/iPlayer/Hulu or you want to enjoy music on Pandora even from outside USA then Unblock-US is a great fast choice to make. However, you will need to look for other full VPN services if you would be using it for private browsing or file sharing.
Service costs $5 per month or $60 per year.
VPN4All is a popular service based in Netherlands. Its users find that its client software is easy to set up and that its features like IP-switching are quite handy. VPN4All states that they respect privacy of the users and offers full refund , and around the clock support on chat. VPN4All is recommended by many users , therefore, you may like to give it a try for using it for file sharing and private browsing on internet.
It is priced quite high at $17 per month or $61 per year and supports both PPTP VPN and OpenVPN based VPN connections in its servers in 25 countries.
IPVanish has an international spread in 16 countries and supports L2TP, OpenVPN and PPTP (you may remember that it is difficult for the government authorities to block L2TP VPN so it is recommended for users in censor happy governments like Egypt and China.)
IPVanish is recommended by many users. It has excellent speeds over 10 Mbps and coupled with L2TP in the harsh government countries, it is a good choice. IPVanish also supports multiple concurrent VPN connections on different devices which means your desktop, smartphone and tablet can all user encrypted internet at the same time.
IPVanish promises to not log any user data but with its offices in USA, it is open to PATRIOT Act investigations. However, this provides some excellent VPN speeds in a user-friendly manner. Consider IPVanish too if you are out to shop for a VPN service.
The service costs $10 per month and $78 per year.
15. BT Guard
BT Guard is a service that focuses on torrent sharing users to ensure their anonymity. As the name suggests it focuses on privacy of bitTorrent users for file sharing. The server claims that it does not store any logs and in case of a court order it will present before the court that it does not have any information because it does not store any.
The service is priced at $6.95 if you want to encrypt just bitTorrent traffic. However, if you want to encrypt the whole connection using a VPN then its BT Guard VPN costs $9.95.
In case you do not want to trust any VPN service, you can install your own VPN using our guide. However, this requires skills in Linux so you should be knowing Linux quite well for doing this. Otherwise, your best bet is to buy VPN service from any of the above VPN providers.