A virtual private network, commonly known as a VPN, is becoming increasingly important for those who care about their online privacy.
They create a private network somewhere on the public Internet and allow users to securely browse with a different IP address. They can also be used to circumvent geographical restrictions, such as those placed on Internet users in other countries around the world.
However, with hundreds of different VPN services available, it can be extremely confusing to know which one to choose and which ones are worth the money.
It goes without saying that the best VPNs will require you to pay – usually as a monthly subscription and sometimes in US dollars. But it comes with its advantages, the best providers will also give you access to Netflix catalogs you can't normally watch in the UK – win, win if you ask us.
We removed the legwork and listed some of the best options below for you to consider.
Best VPNs for streaming in 2020
A staple favorite of the technical crowd, ExpressVPN offers a choice of 160 locations in 94 countries for your forwarding needs.
The service has native layouts for all different operating systems, both on computers and on mobile devices, and a simple user interface for you to understand. It can also be extended to multiple smart TVs and streaming devices.
There is a dedicated 24/7 helpline on the ExpressVPN website. However, it only supports up to three users browsing it simultaneously. You will also need to pay for the package, although there is a 30-day trial period for returning the money. Subscriptions have the option of one, six or twelve month packages (currently 15 months and 3 months free), costing £ 10.71 per month, £ 8.26 per month and £ 5.51 per month, respectively.
However, it will work well on Kodi and other compatible devices and will even support bitcoin payments if you want to keep things fully encrypted.
There is a 31-day refund policy, if you're not sure, although the price is quite comfortable, thanks to a special option of $ 2.88 per month for a two-year plan or $ 4.08 for one. It is not a bad price to pay for some peace of mind while browsing the web. Alternatively, there is a $ 10.95 monthly fee if you don't want to sign up for the long term.
TunnelBear is aimed at those who want as little confusion as possible. This VPN client has a really simple interface and has friendly versions for all relevant desktop and mobile operating systems.
It offers servers in more than 23 countries and triggers up to five simultaneous connections. There are not many options for adjusting and playing with the settings, as the focus here is to try to make it as friendly as possible for beginners.
You will receive 500 MB free for testing purposes, although access is limited. For $ 3.33 a month, you'll have unlimited safe browsing and, if you're on business, you can share the service with a team for $ 5.75 a month.
Despite the somewhat confusing name, this is the VPN package from the antivirus company Symantic and works just as well on WiFi access points as on other wired connections you may be using.
It has virtual IPs that can be used in 23 different locations in 29 countries and can be configured to be configured automatically when you start your computer. It also has a separate application that you can use on Android or iOS devices and has a great combination of optional settings and basic settings to attract varying levels of technical competence.
Currently, the initial plan offers 12 months for £ 29.99, which includes 5 devices (usually £ 60) and £ 39.99 per year for 10 devices (usually £ 90). The company also says that it does not store or record your activity, which is very crucial, considering that you are looking for privacy.
5) HMA VPN
For starters, we give props to this service by name only. But it also offers 830 servers at 280 locations worldwide. In addition, its service explicitly includes P2P and torrent sharing – something that many VPNs do not cover.
The company also supports a wide variety of operating systems – including applications for Android and iOS – that also extend to game consoles.
Like many providers, it offers five simultaneous connections at the same time, but does not record your exact IP address.
Pricing is a very common issue, at R $ 4.99 per month, if you sign up for a year, and the best deal is R $ 2.99 per month, if you commit to a 36-month plan.
If you are looking for a value for money option, the Hotspot shield is a good option to look for. There is a free version that relies on ads, but also a paid option that increases speed and removes ads.
It has all the necessary items for a VPN, including about 3200 servers in 80 different countries, with support for up to five devices. One month subscription costs £ 10.99 per month, there is an annual option that also costs £ 6.99 per month.
It is also available in the smartphone app and maintains that it does not store or share your IP address.
Like the other VPNs on this list, StrongVPN has thousands of IP addresses spread across 950 servers in 70 different locations. It also does not record any of its activities and is capable of up to 12 connections, which is always a bonus.
But what makes StrongVPN so … well, strong is that it owns and operates its entire network. Since it has no external bandwidth limits or what type of traffic is allowed, you can be sure that it depends on what you throw at it.
Paying a monthly subscription costs $ 10 a month, but you can purchase it in a 12-month package for $ 69.99, both plans with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
IPVanish takes a very strong stance towards privacy. It keeps no record of your digital movements and even supports Kodi – the online media player loved by naughty types of copyright diversion. There is a Kodi IPVanish plug-in that can be used easily – in addition to supporting all the usual desktop and mobile operating systems.
There are more than 40,000 IP addresses available on 1400 servers in 75 different locations, all designed to create a secure space in which to work.
You will receive a 30-day money-back guarantee on all plans, plus 24/7 support and 10 simultaneous connections across multiple devices. You are evaluating $ 6.49 per month, if you choose to purchase a one-year subscription and pay monthly, it will cost $ 10 per month.
CyberGhost is a stable and successful VPN device with millions of users. It offers native software for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android and has a few different options for tinkering. For example, you can configure it to start only when you start specific applications. It also supports torrents and peer-to-peer file sharing on most of its servers.
Another selling point is that there is a free version that you can use – although it supports only one device, it is slower than the paid platform and serves ads.
If you want to pay, you will pay £ 55 for a one-year subscription, which is £ 4.59 per month. There is also a 3 year subscription that costs £ 2.10 per month and 2 months free.
VyprVPN has a huge bank of IP addresses to choose from – over 200,000 – in over 70 different locations. And there are some extra features, like automatic connection, that can facilitate private browsing.
It is also one of the fastest VPNs on the market, so if you want to get up and running in a hurry, it may be the best option. It also offers up to five simultaneous connections, as well as VyprVPN Cloud and Chameleon Protocol.
It costs £ 3.75 per month if you pay annually (works as a total fee of £ 45) and can be used on five devices. Or try the premium option charged at £ 60 every two years or £ 2.50 a month.
11) Nord VPN
NordVPN is one of the most popular secure networks at the moment and is also among the fastest options.
There are more than 5500 VPN servers to choose from in 59 different locations. You can also test it without risk, thanks to a 30-day money-back guarantee with all plans.
It's £ 5.38 for a year subscription, although users can enjoy 70% savings on the two-year plan, which is charged at £ 64.50 every two years (£ 2.69 per month).
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