What is the Best VPN Service? [September 2020]

In today’s world, the internet has become more than a source of entertainment. For many, the internet is a tool and a utility, used to communicate with colleagues, work around the world, sell products, and so much more. The importance of the internet is unquestioned, but despite the focus on internet security, many leave their connections completely unprotected. More than ever, cyber security should be an important part of your life. As the government works toward allowing your internet service provider to sell your private data, protecting and making your data online anonymous is one of the most important things you can do to create a safe environment for browsing and working online.

The best way to protect your online life is through the use of a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. There’s been a lot of talk about VPNs online lately, but if you’ve never heard of the utility before, you aren’t alone. Using a VPN, your computer or device connects to another computer through a private tunnel secured on both ends of the device. When your VPN is active, instead of using the standard route between your PC or smartphone to access an article, video, or anything else online, the VPN uses the private tunnel to reach its estimation. That tunnel is only decrypted at the starting and ending points of the destination, a function known as end-to-end encryption, so your PC and the web page know you’re there, but your ISP can’t view the content you’re seeing beyond a generic “data” level. With the help of a VPN, your ISP can’t see any of your activity—and therefore, also can’t sell your data to advertisers.

It goes without saying this data isn’t completely anonymous. Depending on the VPN you choose, you’ll still be tracked by the VPN itself, which can create complications when attempting to browse anonymously. This is why it’s important to choose a great VPN service—you don’t want to just hide your internet traffic from ISPs and advertisers. You also want to ensure your VPN is safe and secure when browsing. Choosing a VPN can be difficult, especially with all the choices available online today. That’s why we’ve gathered the best VPN services available today. These networks don’t keep activity logs, don’t limit bandwidth, and offer fast download speeds to keep your data moving fast without interruptions. Whether you’re on a budget or money’s no object, we’ve found a VPN for you below. This is our guide to the best VPN services online right now.

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IPVanish is yet another excellent addition to this list, filled with dozens of features for both speed and piracy that we’ve come to expect. IPVanish likes to note they’re the world’s only “top-tier” VPN on the market today, and while we’d dispute that claim (look no further than ExpressVPN’s existence), it certainly does have a place set at the top of the market. While IPVanish might not be the ideal candidate for a shopper on a budget, it’s a solid VPN service that deserves your time—though like ExpressVPN itself, you’ll be paying for the privilege of its features, speed, and security. Let’s take a look.

Let’s start out with the VPN specs listed here, because some of the numbers IPVanish boasts are truly impressive. Unlike smaller networks like Avast, IPVanish boasts an admittedly crazy 40,000 IP addresses on over 850 servers spanning 60 countries around the world. Though less countries than ExpressVPN, IPVanish’s server count is one of the highest on this list, allowing their users to stay anonymous while using fast speeds no matter where you are in the world at any given time.

IPVanish states this number can help unblock geo-restricted content (though providers like Netflix are constantly trying to lock down IP addresses found in violation of their geo-locks, the pure amount of IP addresses means IPVanish might just be up to the task), prevent your devices from being hacked on public WiFi connections, keep your presence online secret and secure, and most notably, helps stop your ISP from throttling your speed based on your personal internet usage. This is the first time we’ve seen this promised from an ISP, and while we weren’t able to test this (our current ISP doesn’t cap our speeds yet), it’s impressive if true.

Security-wise, IPVanish is pretty solid. The VPN offers AES-256 bit security, zero traffic logs, OpenVPN protocol support, and unlimited bandwidth when using your account. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s a solid offering for sure, and we’re happy to see it used here. IPVanish calls itself the “fastest VPN in the world,” but don’t offer a ton of data on their website to back that up. Obviously, having over 850 servers around the world is a good way for users to see speed increases, but the service doesn’t list any hard numbers to support their claims. And while the service calls itself the only top-tier VPN, it doesn’t seem to display the features we liked on ExpressVPN so much, including a built-in Tor browser.

When it comes to pricing, IPVanish is solidly in the middle-to-high priced market, with three different plans available based on your usage. A single month of the service costs a flat $10, and auto-renews on a monthly basis, costing users a full $120 per year. Three months of IPVanish runs users $8.99 per month, billed at $26.99 with auto-renew enabled; a year at this price would bring IPVanish down to about $107. As usual, the company pushes users towards the one year model, and it’s easy to see why: at $6.49 per month billed at $77.99 annually, you’re saving a pretty decent chunk of cash over the other two plans. Unfortunately, there’s no free trial, though IPVanish does offer a 7-day money-back guarantee.

All three choices offer the same features and functions, including support for up to five devices simultaneously, and 24/7 support. It’s a solid offering, especially for those looking for a plan with multiple devices at once. Overall, IPVanish offers a great platform and a good deal, so long as you’re willing to pay annually for the best bang for your buck.

What makes TunnelBear great isn’t a full list of features or advanced preferences and settings for power users. Instead, TunnelBear focuses on being the VPN for everyone, an easy-to-use application that features a free tier, easy activation on both desktop and mobile platforms, and one of the cutest designs in the world of often-ugly VPN applications. Don’t let TunnelBear’s simplified layout and design fool you, though. TunnelBear is just as powerful as its peers, with a focus on privacy, performance, and ease of use. If you’re looking for the easiest VPN application online, TunnelBear is a great solution for average users.

Unlike plenty of other applications, TunnelBear’s system is simple to use. With apps for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android, the service does a great job in ensuring you always stay connected to a secure network. Once you’ve installed the VPN on your device of choice, enabling your secure connection is as easy as flipping a switch. TunnelBear automatically connects to the nearest tunnel to you, putting an emphasis on speed and simplicity. The ability to simply flip a switch and begin accessing pages securely shouldn’t be discounted—plenty of VPNs are difficult to learn, with complicated learning curves and an unnecessary amount of settings. TunnelBear meets a comfortable middle ground: plenty of settings, but nothing too complicated to understand.

TunnelBear’s features are simultaneously vast and simple. The app constantly runs in the background, ensuring your connection is always secure. If your connection is disrupted during use, TunnelBear automatically blocks all unsecured connections to your computer or phone until your phone has been safely reconnected to your VPN. The app focuses on making sure your speeds are as fast as possible, though you can select any number of tunnels not directly near you.

In our tests, TunnelBear typically connected to a tunnel based in the US, though you could easily select from any number of connections in different countries. Specs-wise, TunnelBear relies on AES 256-bit encryption by default, often considered one of the top ciphers currently available for use online. The service also offers a “Ghost Bear” setting that allows TunnelBear to hide its VPN status from your ISP and other services.

For its paid plan, TunnelBear only offers two choices: a monthly billed $9.99 plan and an annually billed $59.88 plan ($4.99 per month). Both plans feature the same support team, speeds, and multiple device options, meaning you won’t be missing out by choosing a lesser plan. While there are certainly cheaper options on this list, TunnelBear’s pricing is nevertheless competitive, and its feature set is unparalleled.

If there’s one thing that stops us from fully recommending TunnelBear in 2020, it’s the owners. TunnelBear was purchased in 2018 by McAfee, turning a once-independent company into a product of a much larger corporation, one with a fairly poor reputation in the tech community. TunnelBear continues to be a trusted VPN, and one of the few with a free tier, which offers users 500MB of free data per month without speed restrictions, but ultimately, you might want to look elsewhere if you don’t trust major companies like McAfee.

Anyone looking for a free VPN online in 2020 and beyond will likely be disappointed by the offerings. For years, one viable candidate was Hola, a Chrome extension and VPN that mostly targeted Netflix users looking to connect to Netflix in other countries, in order to enjoy international libraries not offered on just the US-based Netflix. In 2015, however, Hola fell under criticism after modifying their FAQ to notify users after the fact that anyone using Hola was acting as an exit node for their sister site Luminati, a paid proxy service. Nine security researchers formed together to proclaim the site as dangerous and unsafe, and most free VPNs since have fallen under the same issues. When even paid VPNs have been found guilty of selling user data to make money on the side, free VPNs can be dangerous and even counterintuitive to finding privacy on the internet.

Windscribe is one of our favorite VPNs on the market right now, and outside of Tunnelbear, one of the few reputable VPNs to offer a free tier on their platform while dodging privacy concerns. At its core, Windscribe is exactly what you’d expect from a modern VPN: a simple, easy to use client for desktop platforms with mobile apps for iOS and Android, several servers throughout different countries around the world, AES-256 encryption on your data, and their own method for disguising your Netflix viewing in order to gain access to international streams. Windscribe’s fairly middle of the road on most of these features; they don’t have the most servers or the most countries on a map (around 50 total), the speeds are solid but unimpressive, and it’s not a VPN designed for plugging into your router for full network anonymity.

Where Windscribe does succeed is on its pricing structure. The free tier offered through Windscribe is one of the best we’ve seen, even coming out on top over Tunnelbear’s own offering. The “Limited” tier allows for 10GB of bandwidth a month, enough to browse fairly freely on your device so long as you aren’t actively streaming hours of music and video without running out of data. You only gain access to 11 locations, but you do gain access to Windscribe’s firewall, adblock services, and the ability to download and use P2P services on Windscribe. OpenVPN isn’t included for free, but for most basic users looking for some solid, if occasional privacy from their ISPs will find the free tier to cover their most basic needs for VPNs. You can even use it on an unlimited number of devices without paying!

And hey, if you want something a little more advanced, you can always spring for the Pro tier, which has two pricing options available to users looking to sign up. Billed at either $49.99 per year or $9 per month, Windscribe is one of the cheaper annual plans on this list (though frankly, the monthly option is much more expensive than someone should pay). Jumping in on the Pro plan gains you access to everything on the free tier, plus the ability to access all fifty countries, OpenVPN settings, and unlimited bandwidth while using the VPN. Ultimately, Windscribe may not impress someone willing to pay for the top VPN experience, but for those on a budget, it might be one of the best free options currently available.

Though Avast is primarily known for their security suite and offering free antivirus software for Windows PCs, Avast has a full market of products available for internet users looking to protect their privacy. Avast’s SecureLine VPN focuses on encrypting your internet connection “at the click of a button” to supply users with online privacy and protect. The company offers SecureLine for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS, making it a great product for users with multiple devices, but whether it’s the right product for you is a whole other question. Let’s take a look at what Avast provides its users with SecureLine.

Avast touts four main focuses for their VPN service: privacy, secure connections, the removal of content blocks, and a lightning fast connection through their VPN. At its essence, this puts Avast in a similar boat as what we’ve seen from companies like TunnelBear, but as always, the devil lies in the details. Avast SecureLine is built on top of OpenVPN and OpenSSL, two open-source privacy protection programs that are widely recognized as two of the best protection protocols on the market. Like TunnelBear, Avast uses 256-bit AES encryption to protect your data from both your IPN and any outside sources looking to access your traffic.

The company says it supports the ability to connect safely to any WiFi hotspot, without having to worry about whether someone on that network is a danger to you or your data. Avast uses a single shared IP address, meaning your data is always anonymized, and the company doesn’t keep any logs of your data, meaning no matter what sites you visit or what content you engage with, Avast is blind to your data. They even support Peer-2-Peer network, so you can share your data over private networks without having to worry about the aftermath.

Like its competitors, Avast does a great job of marketing its ability to get around content blocks and even censorship around the world, allowing to easily access media no matter where you live. The company boasts 29 locations over 19 countries, including servers in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and seven discreet locations in the United States, meaning it’s easy to choose the country or area you want to access from without experience a slowdown. In fact, Avast even boasts about their ability to stream high-definition content and twitch-based gameplay online, making it a great choice for avid movie fans and gamers alike. Finally, the company also features DNS leak protection, which ensures all IPv4 traffic coming through your device is firewalled, and all IPv6 requests are disabled. This way, your operating system doesn’t try to connect to your local registry using your home line, thus rendering your security useless in the process.

But what about pricing? Well, unlike TunnelBear, Avast doesn’t offer a free tier of allotted monthly data, meaning users looking for a free VPN will want to look elsewhere. Avast certainly isn’t the cheapest option out there for users with multiple devices; it’s main plan, offering a VPN for up to 5 devices, runs you a full $79.99 a year. If you’re looking to just use the VPN on either a single PC or Mac, you can get in at just $59.99 a year, about the same price as what we saw for TunnelBear, but with less devices. Finally, using Avast’s VPN service on a single Android device, iPhone, or iPad, will run you just $19.99 a year.

If you plan on installing Avast on your phone and your PC, it makes sense to grab the five device plan—even if you don’t use all five licenses, having the ability to do so is the important part of the equation. The pricing is in line with what we’ve seen from other top-tier VPNs, and every feature tested seemed to work as advertised. Avast even offers a seven day trial, so you can test out the program for yourself to see if it works for you.

CyberGhost was a VPN service we hadn’t heard much about until a few months ago, making it a rare addition to the field. While most VPNs are fairly well-established and often have sponsorships and other deals with brands like deals websites or popular tech YouTubers that help to bleed into the mainstream, we hadn’t heard much of CyberGhost prior to the fall of 2018—almost like they were ghosts themselves. After checking out the application’s feature set, design, security settings, and of course, its server count, we can absolutely give CyberGhost a recommendation across the board.

Before we get into talking about the security features of CyberGhost, we should talk quickly about the visual design offered through the app. As you can see throughout this list, visual design is often ignored when it comes to using VPN services. You don’t necessarily need your VPN tool to have classic, clean interface design, but it definitely helps to make the app feel easier to use, especially in such a modern computing world. CyberGhost absolutely meets the high standards of other excellent VPNs on this list, like NordVPN and TunnelBear, and much like the latter of those products, even features an adorable mascot to help you secure your network. The mascot even has a cute little sword, to help protect your identity from your ISP. None of this is necessary to improve your connection, speeds, or security when using the app, but it’s appreciated regardless.

Okay, security time. CyberGhost matches up well with most of the applications on this list, built for privacy no matter what you’re looking to use your internet connection for. From regular browsing to torrenting, downloading fast files to streaming content online, CyberGhost can handle it, all without logging any of your data. The service has more than 3000 servers across 60 countries, making it easy to quickly connect and browse from any server in multiple countries, and choosing a specific country or server can be done from within the app itself. Strong AES-256 encryption is the usual thing we’re looking for here, and thankfully, it makes an appearance. Automatic kill switch support is here, and with support for OpenVPN, L2TP-IPsec and PPTP protocols, it’s also one of the most flexible tools on this list.

As we mentioned with Private Internet Access, CyberGhost is owned by Kape Technologies, a company that was previously known for developing browser toolbars that included unwanted spam. We’ve seen no major security issues with CyberGhost, however, so their parent company isn’t so much a detractor as it is something to be aware of.

No matter which payment plan you pick for CyberGhost, you’re granted up to seven simultaneous connections through one account on multiple devices, one of the best deals we’ve seen from a product like this. With apps for all your standard desktop environments, along with Android, iOS, and even your Amazon Fire Stick, it’s undoubtedly one of the best deals for anyone who has a ton of devices running different operating systems. Unfortunately, the pricing model isn’t the best on this list. Some of the applications, like the Windows app, don’t seem to offer trials of any kind. Android offers a single day trial, while iOS users get a full week to try out the app. Likewise, those looking to pay monthly will find themselves with a large bill—at $12.99 per month, it’s one of the more expensive apps on this list.

Thankfully, signing up for a full year of service is much more affordable at around $50, and at the time of writing, that $50 payment actually grants you an additional 6 months of service for free.

For years, we’ve called ProtonMail our pick for the best secure email provider online today, thanks to its excellent security and end-to-end encryption. Whether you’re a long-time ProtonMail user or just someone looking for a phenomenal VPN, the makers of ProtronMail have used their security expertise to craft ProtonVPN, one of the best options for VPNs on the market today. Based out of Switzerland, ProtonVPN makes for a great choice, whether or not you already use ProtonMail’s excellent email service.

As you might expect, ProtonVPN’s main focus is on security. Unlike most apps on this list, Proton makes all of their applications open-source, so you can guarantee their apps are safe and easy to use. High strength encryption is used to keep your data safe: standard AES-256 bit encryption. along with 4096-bit RSA key exchanges with HMAC ,vith SHA384 used for message authentication. Proton also chooses their VPN protocols carefully, relying on IKEV2, with IPSec and OpenVPN. You won’t find any servers that support PPTP and L2TP, despite their lower cost to operate, because Proton’s development team have come to the conclusion they’re far less secure.

Proton’s security doesn’t stop there. Just like with their email service, Proton has a strict no log policy, backed up by their geographic location. Under Swiss law, Proton isn’t required to save an user connection laws—so they don’t. DNS leak protection, built-in kill switches, and Tor support are all extra ways Proton makes your security their top priority, and while some of these features may be expected in VPNs in 2020, it’s still great to see Proton supporting privacy so hard.

Of course, a VPN needs fast speeds to go with security, and thankfully, Proton delivers. With 767 servers throughout 46 countries, Proton prides themselves on only using high-speed servers, so you always have a fast connection. At minimum, all ProtonVPN servers have minimum 1 Gbps bandwidth, with many of their servers offering 10 Gbps connections. And while you might think this level of speed and security costs an arm and a leg, Proton actually offers a free tier to get started. While this free tier might be extremely limited in servers and speed, it’s still a great way of promoting how excellent Proton’s VPN service actually is.

Once you decide to jump to a paid plan, you’ll find their pricing competitive. All prices are in euros, but a basic annual plan only costs about $51 per year. A Plus plan doubles that to about $103, but for the amount of features you gain on this tier, the price bump is well worth it. Finally, the Visionary plan includes ProtonMail, so for anyone looking to combine their VPN and email into one monthly price. Proton is a great option for anyone looking to buy into a security-first VPN without losing out on speeds, and with a 30-day money-back guarantee, it’s easy to get started.

If you’re after something new, Surfshark might be the VPN for you. Based out of the British Virgin Islands, Surfshark is great for anyone looking for a relatively affordable option in a sea of VPN options, designed from the ground up to make it easy to protect your data without dealing with the technical side of VPNs. Though it’s not one of the more well-known options on this list, it’s absolutely worth a look into—especially if you’re tired of larger VPNs constantly failing to protect consumer data.

Let’s start with the basics. Like any VPN, Surfshark is built entirely around privacy, with a number of features that help to protect you from the dangers waiting out on the web. That includes switching between over 1,000 servers in more than 60 locations, so no matter what content has been blocked in your country, you should find a way around it. Every single server offered by Surfshark is P2P-friendly and offers security support for both OpenVPN and IPSec, making it a great option for anyone looking for speedy servers while keeping security their number one priority.

Of course, as with any VPN, Surfshark also offers a number of features on top of their basic security system to win over users from more popular options. The best feature by far is the ability to use Surfshark on as many devices as you want. As far as we can tell, Surfshark is one of the only VPNs to actually offer unlimited device support, so no matter how many devices you and your family have, you can protect them all. And Surfshark works on almost anything, including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox, Linux, and of course, the all-important Fire TV app. It’s hard to come up with a device you couldn’t secure with Surfshark, since it makes it easy to protect everything on your account.

We’d be remiss not to also highlight two of Surfshark’s other unique abilities. CleanWeb is their marquee feature, giving you the ability to block ads, malware, and phishing attempts with one single add-on. Surfshark also has a built-in whitelister that makes it easy to allow apps to bypass your VPN. This might not sound important, but when it comes to banking and other digitally secure apps, features like this make it possible to use a VPN without ripping your hair out. This is all on top of other standard VPN tools like a killswitch for shutting down apps when your VPN goes offline, DNS and leak protection, a strict no-logs policy for keeping your data safe, and a camouflage mode that hides your VPN status from your ISP.

All-in-all, Surfshark is one of the best VPNs on the market today, but what truly makes it a hit is their price strategy. While a single month of Surfshark’s surface runs you $11.99, anyone willing to pay for years of service will save plenty of cash. Their two-year plan is only $47.76, making it one of the cheapest options on this list. At just $1.99 per month for those 24 months, it’s a great budget option that still offers top-tier features. Though they do offer an annual plan in addition to their two-year option, at $70, you’ll be spending more for less service. Surfshark is a great VPN, and well worth checking out. Though their Windows and Mac clients offer a money-back guarantee for their first 30 days, their iOS and Android apps offer a free trial, so hop onto your local app store to give Surfshark a shot.

Plenty of VPN platforms are focused on making sure that the service is simple and easy to use. Other services pack them full with features and security protocols that ensure the user is protected from harm several times over. And sometimes, VPN services will even include software designed to browse the web privately and without ads, or torrent files right from within your own VPN client. These are great features to have for some users, but they often come at the sacrifice of speed. While having easy options to access information quickly through a VPN, having these features built in can slow your internet to a crawl and make browsing the web incredibly un-fun. In that sense, PureVPN lives up to its name. Its focus on speed and simplicity makes it one of our top picks for VPNs on the market today, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a platform that doesn’t do its best to make its promise of “world’s fastest VPN” true. And while it’s not our top pick for VPN platforms, it’s a great choice for a subsection of users.

First off, it’s important to know the PureVPN is seemingly designed for streaming media over your internet connection while also providing the safety and simplicity of a VPN. PureVPN supports nearly every platform in use today (Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, etc.,) along with compatibility with Kodi, Chromecast, Fire TV, and routers, making it easy to use on the device of your choice without worrying about compatibility. As with any streaming-focused VPN platform, you can avoid geo-blocks around the worlds, bypass intrusive and spying advertisements, and even ignore censorship in foreign countries outside the United States. The platform cites the ability to watch sports broadcasts from around the world as well, meaning any restrictions based on your location can be skipped over using PureVPN. And with unlimited bandwidth, servers optimized for streaming, and even the ability to ignore ISP throttling based on your data usage, PureVPN can help you watch content for days.

Security-wise, PureVPN is pretty similar to most VPNs on this list. The app includes a kill switch that helps prevent your internet usage being tracked if your VPN disconnects, has unlimited server switching for easily accessing information anywhere in the world without limits, and even has a split tunneling option in order to increase the speed on your standard browsing habits. The platform provides 256-bit encryption, OpenVPN protocols, and over 88,000 different IP addresses to keep trackers and hackers alike off your trail.

PureVPN also stops third-parties from viewing your logs, making it just as secure as some of the other VPNs on this list while still staying focused on speed. The app can be a bit complicated to set up and get going, especially compared to TunnelBear or Avast!, but considering the speed boost (up to three hundred percent faster while browsing the web than your standard wireless access point), it’s not a major complaint when it comes to speed. It’s important to remember that, despite boosting download speeds, latency is still a reality with any VPN, so you might not want to game online through your VPN.

PureVPN is somewhere in the middle of the pack when it comes to pricing, not particularly expensive or cheap when compared to the rest of the list. A full month costs a full $10.95, rather expensive when apps like Nord and PIA offer much better value. Six months costs about $54 upfront, more expensive than some of the single year plans we’ve seen on competitors. Finally, PureVPN bypasses the standard year-long subscription model to instead offer users a full two-year plan for $78. That pricing isn’t bad, but the lack of a year-long subscription and the lack of advertising the official price of the product (PureVPN lists each plan as $X.XX per month; for example, the two year plan is “$3.25 per month) is a bit underhanded.

What’s worse, however, is the trial period. Unlike most of PureVPN’s competitors, the company charges $2.50 for a three day trial, something it makes clear is “non-refundable.” Overall, PureVPN is a solid offering, with some great speeds and perfect for anyone looking to stream entertainment. That said, users on a budget or looking for a year-long plan will have to look beyond PureVPN.

Every VPN on this list is capable of protecting you during your typical browsing, keeping your web search and history anonymous from both advertisers and your internet service provider. They can mask your location, allowing you to access content you may be locked out of otherwise do to your geographic location. You may even be able to avoid your ISP throttling your internet speeds by using a VPN, helping you to get through a month’s internet access without any sort of limitations or slowdowns. TorGuard VPN can theoretically do these things, but the software is really meant to be used for the final reason to get a VPN: torrenting. TorGuard started as one of the few VPN services designed properly to support torrenting and P2P connections, and it still stands as one of the better niche services today.

Unfortunately, the first thing you’ll notice about TorGuard VPN is its lack of free trial. This is a fully paid service, without options for a free tier or even a free trial. When diving into TorGuard as a VPN service, you have to know what you’re looking for, and in this case, you’ll want to be looking for something that’s used to cover up piracy and torrents on your computer at all times. Unlike other services on this list that have dedicated servers for torrenting and peer-to-peer connections, TorGuard is designed so each of their servers can be used to connect you to a speedy network that won’t impede on your download or upload speeds. With over 3000 servers spread throughout more than 50 countries, it’s easy to pick up a speedy connection no matter where you’re located in the world, and if you’re trying to use the service for piracy, you won’t have to deal with longer connection times just to connect to a P2P-friendly server.

TorGuard has plenty of security options built-in as well, making it ideal for the kind of person worried about pirating content and getting caught by their ISP. Like NordVPN and PureVPN, you’ll find a killswitch here, designed to cease operations on certain applications if the connection between your computer or smartphone and the VPN network drops. The service includes basically every VPN protocol you could imagine, including OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, and IPsec, and has support for up to five simultaneous connections. TorGuard is also pretty fast, especially when compared to some of the non-P2P friendly VPN services on the market today. Still, as more and more VPNs evolve to focus on normal browsing and peer-based services, it’s clear that TorGuard isn’t quite at the front of the pack with blazing speeds. It’s still solid, but some services like PureVPN might be able to provide similarly fast, if not faster, connection on day-to-day usage.

Overall, however, it’s important to note that, despite TorGuard’s lack of free trial, this is a fairly mid-range VPN that performs outside its class. The cheapest option, an annual payment for the service, runs users $60 each year and is generally a solid deal. TorGuard also offers a semi-annual plan that last for six months for just $29.99, which actually puts it out among one of the best short-term plans around. The quarterly plan isn’t bad either, though at $19.99 for only three months, you’re better off spending the extra ten dollars to get the additional three months. We’d really advise not going with the $9.99 monthly plan, however. If you plan on using the service for a full year, you’ll end up paying double just for the chance to pay monthly.

TorGuard is a niche VPN service, one of the few remaining, but that doesn’t make it bad. There’s a real argument to be had that some folks may benefit from having a service like TorGuard, but if you’re looking for a general VPN to keep your browsing habits safe from advertisers and your ISP, you might want to look elsewhere.

5 thoughts on “What is the Best VPN Service? [September 2020]”

Oh yeay he recommend the “FBI VPN” aka purevpn
Avatar Steve says:
One of the best is missing from this list: NordVPN
Avatar Sara says:
Nicely written article. As you mentioned ExpressVPN works best form me
Avatar king says:
it’s a nice analysis, and I cannot agree more. In my experience, clients (and the clients’ teams) tend to put the emphasis in any cause that suits their prejudices instead of looking at the real causes. Server performance, cache, bad content and CMS misconfiguration tend to be much more an issue than any external tools used. But it’s often hard to explain that they are looking at the wrong place.
Avatar Tim says:
Can confirm that TunnelBear is better than both ExpressVPN and PureVPN. Did some speed testing and TunnelBear put them to shame.

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