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The 5 Best VPNs For Android – 2018

Posted by Brad on October 30, 2018

Are you looking for a way to have better security on the Internet? Or, maybe you’re curious to find out how you can get past your company’s blockades on the Internet, such as for accessing social media while at work? A great way to do these things, and more, is with a virtual private network. Connect up to one, and you’ll be able to bypass almost any restriction.

However, you don’t want to use just any ol’ VPN — there are VPNs out there designed to collect your data, and there are others that will slow your Internet connection down to a crawl. So if you follow along below, we’ll show you why a virtual private network is so useful, and even show you five of the best that you can use with your Android phone — and other devices — right now.

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. Now here are some VPNs that you’ll want to use with your Android phone.

IPVanish

IPVanish tries to offer the perfect blend between security and fast Internet speeds. They offer your standard 256-bit AES encryption key and SHA256 authentication, keeping you completely anonymous online. IPVanish keeps your Internet speeds relatively quick with the 1,200 servers in their network as well. Both of those features combined make IPVanish particularly an excellent option on public WiFi — keep your data protected and maintain fast Internet speeds.

One of the features that we like most about IPVanish is that they have a zero logs policy. That means that IPVanish themselves aren’t even logging your data — you really are 100% anonymous!

Download it now: Google Play

ExpressVPN

If you do a lot of streaming, or want to stream with geo-restricted content, ExpressVPN is easily one of your best options right now. Most virtual private networks will allow you access to geo-restricted content, but ExpressVPN’s servers are actually optimized for streaming — that means that you should have the most streaming performance in regards to pulling down data with this VPN.

ExpressVPN has well over 1,000 servers in its network, so almost anything you do online should be snappy and responsive. They also keep your data encrypted and safe from prying eyes with a 256-bit AES encryption key and SHA256 authentication. Give it a try for yourself at the link below — it’s basically risk free because of their money back guarantee!

Download it now: Google Play

StrongVPN

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?

Download it now: Google Play

NordVPN

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.

Download it now: Google Play

CyberGhost

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.

Download it now: Google Play

Verdict

Any one of these virtual private networks will work with what you need to do; however, NordVPN 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, NordVPN is essentially risk-free — sign up for a subscription and don’t like it? NordVPN 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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