Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice

 pcworld.com  11/12/2019 18:56:00  5  Ian Paul

Choosing the right virtual private network (VPN) service is no simple task. A VPN should keep your internet usage private and secure, but not every service handles your data in the same way. Just look at the critiques of notable computer security experts and online pundits to understand the challenge.

Even supposed experts in the field can turn out to be frauds, as was recently reported about site TheBestVPN.com. The sites creator appears to not actually be a cypber-security expert, as he once claimed, but might not actually be a real person, casting serious doubt on any of the sites VPN reviews and research.

Rest assured, weve done the legwork to determine if a VPN service has a history of good or bad behavior. In order to win our seal of approval, the service has to protect online privacy; allow you to keep anonymity; offer a good variety of locations from which to direct your traffic; offer fast, reliable performance; and provide an easy-to-use interface.

If youd like to have more flexibility and choose for yourself, we also offer our tips on what to look for in a VPN. Just keep reading past our Best VPN and Best VPN for U.S. Netflix recommendations. (And if you live in the United Kingdom and are looking for a VPN, check out VPN recommendations from our sister site, TechAdvisor.)

Want to know more about VPNs and what they can and cant do? Skip down to our What is a VPN? section below.

Updated 11/12/19 to include our review of Hotspot Shield 2020, which remains one of the speediest VPNs weve tested, but itsnt the strongest when it comes to privacy. See the bottom of this article for links to all of our VPN reviews.

Best VPN overall

Its hard to select the best overall VPN. Some services are weaker on privacy, but are significantly easier to use, while others could stand an interface redesign.

Nevertheless, the point of a VPN is to remain private and to have your internet activity kept as private as possible. For that reason, were choosing Mullvad as the best overall VPN (see our full review of Mullvad). The company recently released an overhauled desktop client, and the VPN does a great job at privacy. Mullvad doesnt ask for your email address, and you can mail your payment in cash if you want to. Like many other VPNs, Mullvad has a no-logging policy and doesnt even collect any identifying metadata from your usage.

Mullvad is also fast, though not the fastest VPN weve tested. Last year, we said if Mullvad added a more user-friendly interface it would be nearly unbeatable and that is definitely the state of affairs at this writing.

Runner-up

CyberGhost gives Mullvad some stiff competition in the speed department, especially for locations in North America and Europe. It does a good job protecting user anonymity, toorequiring no identifying information and using a third-party service for payment processingalbeit not to the same degree as Mullvad. Add to that CyberGhosts unique, easy-to-use interface, good price, and streaming unblocking (although not for Netflix), and this VPN is a solid choice. (See our full review of CyberGhost.)

Best VPN for U.S. Netflix

If you live outside the U.S. (or are a U.S. resident and traveling abroad), a VPN is the only way to access Netflixs US library. But ever since Netflix began blocking VPNs, few services even bother to do battle with the streaming behemoth.

Fortunately, there are some brave companies that are still trying to stay one step ahead of Netflixs VPN catchers. Currently, Windscribe Pro is our top choice.The service delivers good speeds on its U.S. servers, and has a very simple approach to Netflix: Just select the Windflix connection from the desktop app or browser extension and youre good to go. Windflix is still technically in beta, but it works well and theres even a Windflix U.K. option if youd like to experience Netflix from the other side of the pond.

Of course, Netflix could block access at any time, but right now Windscribe is one step ahead of the streaming giants crackdown. (For more about Windscribe Pro see our full review.)

Fastest VPN

HotSpot Shield has some of the best speeds weve seen yet, and its not even close. In our tests, HotSpot Shield dipped around 35 percent below the base speed. Thats substantially less impact than youll see with most VPN servicesthough your
experience may vary.

On the downside, HotSpot Shield doesnt allow for a way to pay anonymously and its privacy policy may not sit well with some.

Still, HotSpot Shield has excellent speeds, its desktop application is very nice, and as a bonus it works with U.S. Netflix (read our full review).

Best VPN for U.S. speeds

IVPNhas by far the best speeds weve seen on U.S. (and UK)connections. Your individual results may vary, but with a free,three-day trial, anyone looking for good speeds from the U.S. or UKshould give IVPN a try. IVPNs Windows program is very easy tounderstand and manage; however, it is a pricey service at $100 per year
and theres no guarantee it will work with Netflix. (Read our full review.)

Best VPN for torrents

Torrents get a bad rap, and if were honest, thats for good reason. Using torrents is the number one way to download pirated material including movies, TV shows, music, and games. But thats not all there is to torrenting. Its a very efficient way to download legitimate software such as Linux distributions and authorized content from sites such as BitTorrent Now.

If youre going to use torrents, however, life is easier if you use a VPNespecially if the network youre on blocks torrenting. There are many VPNs among our top picks that could be used for downloading torrents, but our preferred choice is Private Internet Access. This no-frills VPN has an absolute ton of servers, good speeds, and a nice amount of country locations to remain relatively anonymous. (Read our full review.) The price is right at less than $40 a year, and its privacy policies have been tested in court. Plus, advanced users can adjust their level of encryption for data encryption, data authentication, and handshake.

What is a VPN?

VPNs create a secure tunnel between your PC and the internet. You connect to a VPN server, which can be located in the United States or a foreign countrysay, France or Japan. Your web traffic then goes through that server to make it appear as though youre browsing from that servers location, and not from your actual location.

When youre using a VPN, its difficult for others to snoop on your web-browsing activity. Only you, the VPN service, and the website youre visiting will know what youre up to.

A VPN can be a great response to a variety of concerns, such as online privacy, anonymity, greater security on public Wi-Fi, and, of course, spoofing locations.

While a VPN can aid privacy and anonymity, I wouldnt recommend fomenting the next great political revolution by relying solely on a VPN. Some security experts argue that a commercial VPN is better than a free proxy such as the TOR network for political activity, but a VPN is only part of the solution. To become an internet phantom (or as close as you can realistically get to one), it takes a lot more than a $7 monthly subscription to a VPN.

If you want a VPN for political reasons, this article cannot help. But there are other places you can turn to online such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Moving on to less serious topics, a VPN is an excellent choice for staying secure while using Wi-Fi at the airport or your local caf. Hackers sitting on public Wi-Fi can try to hack your PC, but a VPN makes that task much harder.

Finally, you may want a VPN to spoof your location to download content you shouldnt have access to, but this too has limits. A VPN used to be the go-to solution to watch U.S. Netflix overseas. That changed in 2016 when Netflix opened up to almost every country on Earth. Since then, the company has invested a lot in detecting and blocking VPN users. Even people using a VPN inside their own country will be blocked by Netflix if detected.

There are VPNs that can fool Netflix, but they are rare and there are no guarantees these services will outsmart Netflix forever.

Beyond Netflix, a VPN can help to download an Android app that is only available on a foreign version of Google Play, or stream content from regionally restricted services such as the UK-bound BBC iPlayer or Pandora.

One final note of caution: Do not rely on your VPN to protect banking information on an open Wi-Fi connection. Whenever possible, leave online financial dealings for home over a hard-wired connection.

What to look for in a VPN

Before anything else, understand that if you want to use a VPN you should be paying for it. Free VPNs are either selling your browsing data in aggregated form to researchers and marketers, or giving you a paltry amount of data transfer every month. Either way, a basic rule of thumb is that a free VPN will not protect your privacy in any meaningful way.

The next thing to consider is a VPNs logging policies. In other words, what kind of data is a service collecting about you and your VPN activity, and how long is that data saved?

Privacy is the basic principle of a VPN, and what good is it to avoid passive government surveillance only to have a VPN provider record all your website visits?

Ideally, a VPN will say it only keeps logs for the briefest of periods. Some providers, for example, only log activity in RAM during a session or automatically send all records to oblivion once theyre created. Other providers may keep records for a few hours, days, weeks, or even months.

VPN policies also vary when it comes to personal information. Some VPNs want to know very little about you, preferring users sign on with a pseudonym and pay with Bitcoin. Thats a little exotic for most people, which is why many services also accept PayPal.

Paying this way isnt ideal for privacy, but it means the VPN doesnt have your payment information on recordthough it would be available from PayPal.

After the logging policies, you want to know how many servers the VPN offers and how many country connections it has. The number of servers provides an idea of how much load a VPN can take before slowing to a crawl due to overwhelming traffic.

The country connections, meanwhile, matter most to those who want to spoof their location; however, non-spoofers should also make sure there are connections in their home country. If you live in Los Angeles, for example, and want access to American content, then youll need a VPN that provides U.S. connections. It wont work to try and watch Amazon Prime Video over a Dutch VPN connection, because as far as Amazons concerned your computer is in the Netherlands.

Some users will also want to research a VPN providers peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing policies. There are VPNs that block torrents. Others turn a blind eye to them, but will sell you out in a heartbeat should you be up to no good. P2P is not our main focus here, but we will note in each review whether a particular provider allows file sharing or not.


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The country connections, meanwhile, matter most to those who want to spoof their location; however, non-spoofers should also make sure there are connections in their home country. If you live in Los Angeles, for example, and want access to American content, then you’ll need a VPN that provides U.S. connections. It won’t work to try and watch Amazon Prime Video over a Dutch VPN connection, because as far as Amazon’s concerned your computer is in the Netherlands.

Some users will also want to research a VPN provider’s peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing policies. There are VPNs that block torrents. Others turn a blind eye to them, but will sell you out in a heartbeat should you be up to no good. P2P is not our main focus here, but we will note in each review whether a particular provider allows file sharing or not.

Finally, how many devices does a VPN support from a single account? In this age of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and PCs, a VPN’s cost should include licensing for at least five devices. Also, a provider should have Android and iOS apps to make it easy to connect a smartphone or tablet to the service.

How we tested

We judge VPNs on a variety of criteria including overall connection speeds, privacy protection, usability of the interface, country choices, server count, and cost.

Speed tests are kept as simple as possible. We connect to five different global locations for a given VPN—typically North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, and a wild card somewhere in Asia.

Before the test begins we check the speed of our base Wi-Fi connection using an online speed test. Then we connect to the VPN’s servers around the world and run the speed test again. We then show each result, average them out, and calculate the average as a percentage of the base speed.

Remember that internet speeds can vary wildly based on location, routers, PCs, time of day, connection type, the load on the VPN and speed test servers, and numerous other factors. In other words, our test results will not be the same as yours. For that reason, consider our speed results only as a rough guide for how each VPN performs.

Judging server choices by country is also kept simple. We expect a VPN to offer a variety of country connections with a minimum of at least 20.

Privacy and anonymity is judged on the guarantees the companies make, as well as its reputation from any news items we’re aware of that may impact the trustworthiness of these claims. We also take a look at the data encryption, authentication, and handshake protocols used.

Finally, for pricing we expect to pay no more than $85 US per year unless we find a valid reason for the higher cost.

Best VPN: Reviews

Have a special set of needs, or looking to investigate the other options? Below is a list of all the VPNs we’ve reviewed. We’ll keep evaluating new ones and reevaluating services we’ve already tried on a regular basis, so be sure to come back to see what else we’ve put through their paces.

Editor’s note: Because online services are often iterative, gaining new features and performance improvements over time, our reviews are subject to change in order to accurately reflect the current state of the services.

Note: When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission. Read our affiliate link policy for more details.
  • Sweden-based Mullvad is like the Swiss Bank account of VPNs. Instead of attaching your account to an email address, the company auto-generates an account number for you, which is all that's required to log in. Mullvad now offers a much improved and user friendly interface, its speeds are good, and the company takes privacy very seriously.

    • Excellent speeds
    • Higher level of anonymity possible than with most VPN services
    • New Windows desktop app looks great and is easy to use
    • Not guaranteed to work with Netflix
    • Lacks the extra services that some VPNs offer
    • No password protection for your account
  • CactusVPN has the right privacy promises you need, and fairly good pricing. The company also offers Smart DNS services if you need to get around regional restrictions with a set-top box. The Windows app is nothing fancy, but there's still some tweaking available for users who like to have a choice about VPN protocol and app behavior.

    • Good pricing
    • Good speeds in the U.S. and UK
    • Windows app could be more informative
    • Server choices are limited compared to competitors
  • CyberGhost is an easy-to-use VPN with impressive speeds with features that will appeal to both novice and experienced users.

    • Very good speeds
    • Easy-to-use interface
    • Strict no-logging policy
    • App menu needs polish
    • App keeps popping into lower-right corner
    • Expensive no subscription/month-to-month fee
  • ExpressVPN provides a solid service with fantastic speeds, an easy-to-use Windows desktop app, and broad device support. We still don't like that the people behind the company are doing their best to remain anonymous, which is a problem when it comes to trust. But you sure do get a lot for your annual fee with ExpressVPN.

    • Consistently good speeds
    • Easy-to-use desktop program
    • Broad device support
    • ExpressVPN's team is largely anonymous
    • Expensive
  • F-Secure's Freedome VPN is a capable service with good encryption, some added security features, and a wider range of price options than a typical VPN. It's not for everyone, however, especially those looking for a zero-logs provider.

    • Easy-to-navigate interface
    • Offers added security features such as malicious file scans
    • Not a zero-log provider for those who need it
    • Lacks customizability for power users
  • Hide.me is a good service with very capable server speeds, and a good Windows app that makes it easy to connect. The company is based in Malaysia, which usually means the people running it are trying to remain anonymous, but that's not the case with Hide.me.

    • Good download speeds
    • Easy-to-use Windows app
    • Average upload speeds
    • Expensive
  • HMA Pro 4 is a good service with an easy-to-use desktop app and excellent speeds. It also has a massive amount of servers and country locations. The privacy is generally good for basic security uses, but the company does keep your originating IP address and the VPN IP you used for weeks at a time, making it less than ideal for pseudo-anonymity.

    • Very fast
    • Design tweaks improve on HMA Pro 3
    • Privacy policy is less than ideal
    • More expensive than competing VPNs
  • HotSpot Shield offers fast speeds, a beautiful and simple desktop app for windows, and 25 country locations. But it's privacy policy means your activities are recorded—though not tied to you. Still, this is not what privacy-conscious users will be looking for.

    • Very fast
    • Ideal interface for beginners
    • Browsing activity is recorded though not tied to you
    • Power users can't do any serious customization
  • Gibraltar-based IVPN has a small network of servers, but good speeds, and a solid privacy policy. It's pricier than other VPN services, but for those who want a solid set of privacy features it's a good choice.

    • Good speeds for its U.S. and UK servers
    • Simple interface
    • WireGuard is a nice addition for VPN enthusiasts
    • It's expensive at $100 per year
  • NordVPN is a popular VPN service with good speeds, the unbelievable ability to access U.S. Netflix from abroad, and an interface that suits both power users and novices. The company is fairly reluctant to say who's behind it, however, with very few people putting a public face on the company.

    • Works with Netflix
    • Respectable speeds
    • Zero-logging policy
    • Company leadership is anonymous
  • WiTopia has some good speeds, an easy way to choose your preferred VPN protocol, and an even easier way for novices who just want to secure their Wi-Fi to connect. It's also reasonably priced at $50 to $70 for a year, though the current iteration of the Windows desktop program needs a little work.

    • Reasonably priced
    • Fast servers in many locations around the world
    • Current Windows program is usable, but showing its age
    • Not a lot of extra or specialized features
  • PrivateVPN is a very easy-to-use VPN service with fast speeds and the ability to access a variety of region-specific services including Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. It's also well priced around $50 per year.

    • Fast speeds
    • Very easy to use
    • Power users can choose their desired VPN protocol
    • Smaller selection of servers
  • ProtonVPN offers a bunch of security- and privacy-focused features including an easy-to-use multi-hop feature, and support for TOR servers P2P file-sharing. The company has some good privacy policies and great speeds, but the price tag may cause you to wince.

    • Fantastic speeds
    • Easy-to-use multi-hop feature
    • Supports TOR over VPN connections
    • Very expensive
    • No Netflix support
  • SaferVPN has good performance with more than 400 servers in 29 countries. Its privacy policy makes the right promises overall, but it probably won't appeal to the ultra privacy conscious.

    • Approachable interface
    • Lots of servers
    • Logging policy may still dissuade ultra privacy-conscious users
  • StrongVPN is a great choice for VPN newbies who just want to get online. It doesn't have the largest location listing we've seen, but it's a good list with enough choices for most people. Speed demons can probably find a better service elsewhere, but the company's speeds are serviceable for most uses.

    • Very easy to use
    • Guidance for legacy Windows users
    • The location list isn't the biggest we've seen
    • Speeds are average
  • SurfEasy is a very basic VPN with fast speeds that can get past Netflix's VPN restrictions. The company's Windows app could use a little work, and there is no easy way to pay anonymously for those who need it.

    • Very fast speeds
    • Works with U.S. Netflix
    • No easy way to pay anonymously
    • The privacy policy may give some users pause
  • Surfshark is a newcomer to the world of VPNs, offering good speeds, a nice Windows app, and a fair number of country locations. It also offers extra features such as double-hop connections, and compatibility with Netflix in 11 countries. We'd like to see a slightly better price, but overall it offers pretty good value.

    • Unlimited simultaneous device connections
    • Works with Netflix in 11 countries
    • Labels virtual server locations
    • Built-in ad, tracker, and malware blocking
    • Exotic business address
    • No ping or server load indicators
  • TunnelBear is an easy-to-use VPN that doesn't overwhelm with features or too many country choices. It has consistently respectable speeds across most country locations to satisfy any casual VPN user.

    • Easy-to-use interface
    • Good speeds
    • Good Wi-Fi security detection
  • VPN Unlimited recently overhauled its desktop apps and offers flexible pricing. It also works with Netflix, and has pretty good speeds. Privacy-conscious users may not like some of the minimal data the company collects, and the privacy policy isn't as clear as it could be about what gets collected from VPN users.

    • Flexible pricing options
    • Pretty good speeds
    • Works with Netflix
    • Informational map doesn't serve much purpose
    • Privacy policy is fine, but could be better
  • VyprVPN is a solid choice for a VPN service. It's simple to use, has enough servers and country options, and some servers work with U.S. Netflix. Anyone who's looking for the most possible anonymity, however, would do better to look elsewhere.

    • Great Windows app
    • Good connection speeds
    • Retains generic information about your VPN sessions for thirty days
    • Lower pricing tier offers just three simultaneous connections
  • Windscribe won't win any speed showdowns compared to other VPNs we've looked at, but it's still got some great servers in Europe and North America. The service also has added extras like a link shortener with warnings about ad trackers on the destination page, and it currently works with U.S. Netflix.

    • Secure.link Generator is a helpful link-shortening service
    • Works with Netflix
  • Avira Phantom VPN Pro is the company's homegrown virtual private network service. It offers an easy-to-use program, and there's no limit on the number of devices you can use with the VPN. The speeds are fine and the country locations are limited compared to others, but it's a serviceable VPN from a well-known PC security company.

    • No limit on simultaneous device connections
    • Gets around Netflix blocks for UK and Germany
    • Limited number of servers
    • Limited country locations compared to competitors
  • Buffered VPN doesn't offer any standout features, but it nevertheless provides dependable VPN service with a straightforward interface.

    • Simple, no-nonsense interface
    • Helpful built-in speed and firewall tools
    • Not ideal for anonymity
    • Retains some generic data on usage activity
  • Disconnect's goal of securing user web traffic and blocking online trackers is a noble goal for a VPN and Disconnect carries out its mission at a good price, but we'd like to see the company offer more location choices.

    • Good pricing
    • No logging policy
    • Limited location options
    • Lower device limit than competing VPN services
  • Ivacy VPN has a nice Windows app and it offers a nice, low price. The service's country offerings aren't as big as others we've seen, but it has most of the key countries you're looking for. Ivacy's privacy policy has all the right promises too, but it's based in Shanghai and it's not clear who's behind the company.

    • Great price
    • Very nicely designed Windows apps
    • Not upfront about senior leadership
    • Netflix streaming was unreliable in our tests
  • Private Internet Access has an excellent price and recently backed up its privacy policy claims in dealings with the FBI. It also has good number of country locations and a ton of servers.

    • Has a history of protecting user privacy
    • Power users can customize protocol and encryption
    • Price isn't as cheap as it used to be
    • App panel locked to lower-right corner of screen
  • Trunkspace hosting has a good amount of country locations, an easy to use application, and a no-logs policy. Yet the speeds could be better and the price is higher than it should be for a basic VPN.

    • Company doesn't keep logs
    • Easy to navigate interface
    • Requires more personal data than other services
    • Lower speeds
  • PureVPN has some good speeds, its privacy policy says it doesn't keep activity logs, but it does use virtual server locations which some users may not like.

    • Good speeds
    • Easy-to-use interface
    • Doesn't log browsing activity
    • Uses virtual server locations
    • Not clear where its day-to-day operations are managed
  • Speedify is a unique, mobile-focused VPN that aims to take advantage of multiple internet connections. It also has a nifty "failover" feature that keeps your downloads or streaming going over one connection, when another disappear.

    • Upload speeds were significantly improved over channel bonding
    • Unique failover feature automatically continues downloads over cellular when Wi-Fi lost
    • Channel bonding reduced download speeds in our tests
    • Windows user interface built for mobile, not desktop
  • BolehVPN is a competent service but not one for novice users or those who want a simplified experience. The service's user interface has a lot of options and in many ways is overly complex. Still, it works well, and has a good number of payment options including a wide variety of ways to pay with cryptocurrencies.

    • Able to choose between two VPN protocols
    • Offers short term subscriptions
    • Company will turn on logging if necessary
    • More expensive than other services
    • Only 12 countries to choose from
  • There's nothing really wrong with Bullguard's VPN service. It's fast and it offers some key country connections even though the list is relatively small at 16. The problem is it costs just as much as NordVPN with far fewer features, and no promise of added security. The essential question is whether this VPN is worth $85 per year. In its current state we don't think so.

    • Easy-to-use app
    • Offers a per-app kill switch as well as a global option
    • Expensive
    • Limited features
  • ButterflyVPN Traveler is a hardware-based VPN that comes inside a USB dongle. Once it's set up, it operates just like a Wi-Fi connection allowing multiple device connections at once. It's not a particularly fast VPN, but it's serviceable and the privacy policy makes the right promises.

    • Very well priced
    • Easy to connect multiple devices
    • Serviceable but slower speeds
    • Limited country/region choices
  • FastestVPN isn't going to win any speed awards, but it's very affordable, has a liberal simultaneous connections limit, and its privacy policy promises it won't log your online activity. The desktop app on Windows has some odd behavior at times, but overall it's a fine choice for those looking for an affordable solution.

    • Affordable pricing
    • No-logging policy
    • Usable but not outstanding speeds in our tests
    • Smaller country list compared to other services
  • HideIPVPN is a very easy-to-use service and the speeds are fine, but it lacks a variety of server and country choices, and the amount of simultaneous connections is lower than most services.

    • Easy-to-use interface
    • Very good speeds in Germany
    • Only three simultaneous connections allowed
    • Location and server count is serviceable but lower than competitors
  • IPVanish is a U.S.-based VPN with a good app, secure connections, serviceable speeds, and enough features to please power users.

    • Power users can choose individual servers
    • Company runs its own network of servers
    • Drilling down to individual servers isn't as intuitive as it could be
    • Speeds are serviceable but not oustanding
  • Perfect Privacy doesn't have the most advanced interface, but it does offer some helpful information. There's no hard limit on the amount of devices you can use simultaneously, but you will pay double or more what you would with other service. We also have some concerns that the leaders of this company prefer to remain anonymous.

    • Interface offers key information about server status
    • Good speeds
    • Very expensive
    • Confusing ownership structure
  • SpyOff has a very easy-to-use VPN with a good amount of country options, and the ability to use it with unlimited devices. The pricing and speeds were average, however, and we had connection problems during our tests with the VPN.

    • Easy-to-use app
    • No device limits
    • Didn't change user's DNS in our tests
    • Persistent connection problems during testing
  • Webroot WiFi Security uses SaferVPN's Perimeter 81 to create A VPN service with the security company's own web filtering. The speeds are serviceable enough for the most part, but there's no US streaming option. Its not an ideal VPN for people trying to remain anonymous as best they can, but for the average user who just needs to protect their web browsing it'll work.

    • Built-in web filtering for added security
    • Simple interface
    • Speeds are serviceable but not outstanding
    • Requires full name and address for sign-up
  • OVPN is a relatively small VPN service that owns all its own hardware, and takes privacy very seriously. But it's particularly expensive at $84 per year, and the speeds the service offers are simply not worth that price. The country choice is also limited, but unless you need a VPN with connections in Asia and Australia, that shouldn't be an issue.

    • Privacy and anonymity are top priorities
    • Accepts cash payments for added anonymity
    • Performance was not good enough in our tests
    • A little on the expensive side
  • Pornhub's VPNhub service does a fair job and the price is right, but there are better services if you're looking for anonymity. The Windows app is very easy to use, and it offers a nice ability to view the status of specific servers.

    • Very easy-to-use app
    • Can view specific server ping times and loads
    • Windows app doesn't support persistent login
    • No pseudonymous payment options
  • X-VPN has a usable interface, a reliable service for getting around regional restrictions, but average speeds. The company isn't forthcoming about its leadership, though its business address is easy enough to find. It's also using a little-known VPN protocol, which can be problematic. It works, but we're not comfortable recommending the service at this time.

    • Easy-to-use app
    • Good at getting around regional restrictions
    • No public leadership
    • Doesn't use a standard VPN protocol
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