5 of the Best VPNs for Laptops – May 2019
VPNs, Virtual Private Networks are essential applications that everyone who uses the internet should use at all times. Now our browsing habits can be sold to the highest bidder and governments and corporations view monitoring us as a sport, it’s up to us to protect our privacy. One very effective way to do that is using a VPN. This page will showcase five of the best VPNs for laptops.
We tend to use our laptops for everything. Work, study, play, social, everything. When we’re not on our phones, chances are we are on our laptops. We also use laptops out in public. In coffee shops, in airports and public places. All locations where fake WiFi hotspots and hackers are to be found. One more reason to use a VPN.
How a VPN protects you
A VPN encrypts all internet traffic between your device and the VPN server. That means if you accidentally connect to a fake WiFi hotspot or there is a hacker listening to wireless traffic, they will not be able to see what you’re doing. Most VPNs use 256-bit encryption which would take a supercomputer to decrypt.
Once your traffic exits the VPN server, it is no longer encrypted. Using a no-log VPN provider means there is nothing to link your encrypted traffic entering the VPN server and unencrypted traffic exiting it into the internet. This is essential for so many reasons.
So what are those five best VPNs for laptops?
ExpressVPN is a top quality VPN that works with both Windows and Mac OS so is ideal for laptops. The app is small, loads quickly and is able to establish a VPN connection in seconds. That’s pretty good for a VPN. The company is based in the British Virgin Islands where subpoenas and government requests are routinely ignored. That’s no guarantee but a good sign.
More importantly, ExpressVPN is a no-log VPN so there is nothing for said subpoena to request even if one got through. There are 148 VPN locations across 94 countries and it uses AES-256 encryption.
IPVanish is another VPN suitable for laptops running Windows or Mac OS. It’s a tidy app that works quickly and quietly and just gets on with what it needs to. The company has over 75 locations with 1,300 VPN servers and uses 256-bit AES encryption. There is also no logging, which is mandatory for true security.
The IPVanish works well and connects quickly. The main downside with this option is the price. There is no free trial, which other services offer and it is more expensive than some options. It does offer more IP ranges and servers though.
NordVPN is another solid option for securing your laptop. It’s a well established service with over 5,000 VPN servers in 62 locations. It also has a USP of double VPN. This means your initial VPN connection is passed to a second VPN to add an extra layer of security. There is a small reduction in speed but a big increase in deniability as a result.
The app is simple and connects quickly but it isn’t the most intuitive in this list. It’s a no-log VPN that uses AES-256-GCM encryption to protect your data. The service speed is good with very little slowdown even at peak times.
Cyberghost is another solid contender for a VPN. It is cheaper than some here and offers the same levels of security and a similar number of VPN server locations. It has over 3,500 servers and over 60 locations. This is enough even for the most security minded user.
It’s a no-log VPN that uses 256-bit AES encryption, allows P2P torrenting and all the usual features you would expect. The app is simple to set up and works quickly. There is a lot of configuration you can perform with the app too if that’s your thing.
Private Internet Access
Private Internet Access is our final VPN option for laptops. The app is small, works quickly and makes short work of connecting to a server. The service is a no-log service, that supports P2P. It has over 3,300 servers in 32 countries and uses AES-256-GCM encryption.
The USP of PIA is its ease of use. Install the app, click the power button and you’re connected. It can automatically select the nearest low-ping server or you can manually select one. Then you’re done.
I think these five VPN services are good for any device but work particular well for laptops. The apps are small, easy to use and stay out of the way. All keep no logs and use 256-bit encryption to protect your privacy. Try one, try them all but use one. It’s your data so you should control who sees it.