The 5 Best VPNs For Android [January 2020]

Posted by Brad on January 9, 2020

Whether you’re looking for a way to improve your security on the internet, or you’re trying to get past the blockades on your company’s wireless connection to access social media while at work, using a VPN (virtual private network) is an absolute must. As a tool, it makes it easy to connect to one on any of your computing devices, from your laptop to your phone, improving your security and bypassing firewalls and geoblocks alike.

However, if you’re looking for a VPN, you can’t make the decision lightly. Since you’re routing your network data through a VPN, you’ll need to make sure that the software you select is trusted and verified. Thankfully, we’ve taken a long hard look at all the VPNs available on Android, and selected five of our favorites that are guaranteed to keep you secure online, while also protecting the other devices in your life.

Why Use a VPN?

Virtual private networks are useful in a lot of different ways, and can even be useful for the layman. For one, virtual private networks are excellent for accessing entertainment. If you live in the United States, but there’s a series you really want to watch that’s exclusive to Netflix UK, this problem is easily solved. Connect up to a VPN server in the United Kingdom, and you can watch that show from your home way across the pond. This works for all sorts of other geo-restricted content, too.

You might also want to use a virtual private network for more security on the Internet. If you don’t like your ISP watching your traffic or other, prying eyes seeing what you’re doing on the Web, a VPN can encrypt and hide your traffic data from everyone, such as your ISP and even advertisers. This type of security is especially useful when you’re using a public wireless network.

A VPN could also be used for work. For example, if you’re working for home, you might not have access to office files for security reasons. But, if you use your assigned username and password to log into your office’s VPN, you should be able to easily access your and shared office files.

We’ve touched on a few benefits to VPNs, but the pros to them are endless. So instead of continuing to list off why you should pick yourself up a VPN, let’s just dive into our list of the five best VPNs for Android in 2020.

Everyone else

StrongVPN is actually one of the more unique virtual private networks on our list, and that’s because they focus on security more than everything else. They actually have some of the strongest security in the industry right now — on top of the 256-bit AES encryption key and SHA256 authentication, you’re also protected with a 2048-bit RSA encryption key. With that and support for various other security protocols, your data will stay protected no matter what.

Now, the drawback is that StrongVPN’s service is a little spotty. Due to all of the extra encryption, actual download and upload speeds can be extremely slow, not to even mention that they only have around 750 servers worldwide in their network. It really depends on what you’re looking for — fast speeds or top tier security practices?

NordVPN is another excellent option for those that are looking to maintain or better their actual download and upload speeds while on a virtual private network. Typically, VPNs will slowdown your connection because of the extra encryption and due to not having enough servers to support demand and responsiveness. NordVPN is the opposite — with over 4,000 servers in their network, download and upload speeds stay fast. And with 256-bit AES encryption and SHA256 authentication, NordVPN hides your traffic and what you’re doing on the Internet from everyone, even your ISP. That means you might actually experience faster speeds, since your ISP won’t be able to identify what services to throttle on your network.

We really like NordVPN because it’s one of the cheaper services on the market, but it’s also risk-free because of their own 30-day money back guarantee. Don’t like what they have to offer? NordVPN will refund you in full within their 30-day window.

CyberGhost VPN is another favorite for top tier security and fast traffic speeds, as they have well over 3,000 servers in their network that keep your IP hidden and your data protected with 256-bit AES encryption. The VPN is great for keeping your data hidden from your ISP, hackers, and even “tech-savvy teens” farming for data on public WiFi. CyberGhost will be able to unblock any geo-restricted content, and you’ll even be able to bypass your own company’s web filters. We particularly like CyberGhost VPN because it’s available across the board — not only can you use it on Android, but Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, and on a router as well.

Cyberghost actually is pretty flexible with their own money back guarantee, offering if for 45 days from time of purchase instead of the standard 30.

Verdict

Any one of these virtual private networks will work with what you need to do; however, ExpressVPN is probably the best on this list due to the amount of servers available in its network. With well over 4,000, you shouldn’t experience any connection slowdowns or overcrowding. On top of that, ExpressVPN is essentially risk-free — sign up for a subscription and don’t like it? ExpressVPN will give you your money back as part of its 30-day money back guarantee.

Do you have a favorite virtual private network service? Let us know in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!

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