10 best VPN providers, revealed

By | November 15, 2016

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I decided to write this VPN (Virtual Private Network) review on the 10 best VPN providers after previously doing several reviews on various free and premium service VPN suppliers.

Throughout my review I shall be debunking all of the online opinions and information to determine the 10 best for premium paid subscriptions.

There is no need to search for the best VPN on Reddit, all the information you need is right here.

I am not going to review the free VPN providers since these are all offering a very limited service. However, some of the paid VPN service companies that I am reviewing also provide a free service.

If you are looking for a VPN service for free you can also check out my recommended VPN providers.

Please note: Prices fluctuate continually and the VPN providers are always running promotions so it’s worthwhile clicking on the links to check out latest prices.

 

Why you should protect your privacy


With a VPN your privacy and personal information is protected from prying eyes. Practices like online banking need to be carefully guarded. Basically anything that has confidential or sensitive data can be stolen from your devices.

Also some ISPs are renowned for passing your browsing history to third parties including government departments without your knowledge.

This information can be used for data patterns and databases for email lists. A VPN will also allow you to appear in another location which can be used to unblock various services which are usually inaccessible from within certain countries.

 

Why sign up to a paid VPN if you can get A VPN service for free?


Frankly, if you are only using it occasionally then by all means take advantage of the free restricted bandwidth service. If you want to always ensure your privacy or you are looking to unlock geo-blocked content then I recommend a paid service.

The free services usually have limited servers available and these will not unlock certain geo-blocked applications. Lack of servers mean lack of IP addresses which will result in you being blocked when trying to access restricted apps.

 

Always double-check prices before signing up


Please double-check the plans & pricing before signing up to a VPN provider. These prices change frequently and they regularly have special offers. My prices shown in this review are correct at time of writing.

The following reviews are in order of recommendation. Without further ado, let’s get started.

 

The Top 10 VPN providers


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#1 PureVPN

  • Servers in 141 countries
  • 5 multi-logins
  • Unlimited server switching
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 256-bit data encryption
  • Free limited bandwidth service of 2GB
  • Flexible pricing options
  • 7-day money back guarantee

 

 

This Hong Kong based company are huge and have over 1 million customers Worldwide with 500+ servers in 141 countries.

They also offer a free service with 2GB limited bandwidth monthly. The Windows version of VPN has a virtual router which allows you to have 10 multiple connections.

They also have a 7-day money back guarantee and are endorsed by the New York Times, Mashable and CNET. They support iOS, Windows, Linux, MAC, Android, Blackberry, Xbox, Roku, Google TV, etc.

PureVPN Automatic Protocol tries all protocols to find the best connection on your network.

They have a super-cheap subscription service offering major value for money. This is one of the reasons why they are my #1 recommendation for a paid VPN service.

Plans & Pricing

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Update May 2nd 2017: PureVPN currently have an amazing promotion on where you can get their VPN for only $2.95 / month, about the same price as a cup of coffee?

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#2 VyprVPNVyprVPN-2

  • Servers in 70+ countries
  • Up to 5 multi-logins
  • Unlimited server switching
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 256-bit data encryption
  • Extra Chameleon protection
  • No data logs
  • Flexible pricing options + special offers
  • 3-day free trial

 

This USA based company are owned by Golden Frog, a company incorporated in Switzerland. Although the company is registered in Switzerland their HQ is in Austin, TX.

They previously had a free service but now they offer a 3-day free trial. I recently published a full review for VyprVPN and I was very impressed with the speed and connectivity.

They offer a very secure service and with the Chameleon technology you get another layer of protection. Chameleon scrambles the encrypted data a second time.

They also have a kill switch and a feature to protect against malware (malicious software). The kill switch is designed to break your ISP connection if the VPN connection is dropped.

Plans & Pricing

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#3 Ivacy VPNivacyvpn-3

  • Servers in 50+ countries
  • 5 multi-logins
  • Unlimited server switching
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 256-bit data encryption
  • No data logs
  • Split tunneling feature
  • Select By Purpose feature
  • Flexible pricing options
  • 7-day money back guarantee

 

 

This Hong Kong based company have been around since 2007. They were the first company to offer a “split tunneling” feature which means you can decide which apps to send through your VPN or ISP connection.

This is a decent feature if you do a lot of streaming and maybe don’t want to take any chances with the VPN slowing down the system.

They also have a great little Select By Purpose feature. You choose which purpose you want, for example BBC iPlayer and the app will select the appropriate server in that country.

This is really useful if you are not sure which server is the right one.

Currently there is no free service but the prices are hugely competitive and affordable, especially if you opt for the 24 month plan. You pay $39.95 up-front and you have a great VPN for 2 years.

I was contacted by Ivacy VPN marketing manager and asked if I wanted to do a review of their product. You can read the full review by clicking here.

Plans & Pricing

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#4 ExpressVPNexpressvpn-4

  • Servers in 87 countries
  • 3 multi-logins
  • Unlimited server switching
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 256-bit data encryption
  • Referral program
  • Free 7-day trial
  • 30-day money back guarantee

 

This British Virgin Islands based company offer 24/7 live chat support and also have a referral program. This would allow you to get a free month subscription if you refer a friend.

They don’t keep logs of your browsing history so you can continue to browse anonymously with peace of mind. Your bandwidth and IP address are logged however.

ExpressVPN operates on the standard OpenVPN protocol but if you are planning to stream then you may be better switching protocols to PTPP or L2TP, which is possible with this supplier.

They have apps for all major platforms including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, and Routers. While they offer a super-fast service, their prices are quite high compared to some others so that’s why they are my #3 recommendation and not #2.

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#5 NordVPNnordvpn-5

  • Servers in 50+ countries
  • 6 multi-logins
  • Unlimited server switching
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Double data encryption
  • Automatic kill switch
  • Free 3-day trial
  • Flexible pricing options
  • 30-day money back guarantee

 

This Panama based company were established in 2008. They have a fast-response customer service team so any problems you may have are addressed immediately. This is important if you are in need of urgent assistance.

They don’t offer a free service but you can test with a 3-day free trial. A 30-day money back guarantee means you could effectively sign up for a month to test the speed and connectivity.

The double data encryption works when data is passed to one node then encrypted and passed to a second node before being encrypted again. This doesn’t appear to affect the speed. In fact, NordVPN are renowned for producing fast connectivity.

All major platforms are supported.

Plans & Pricing

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#6 IPVanishipvanish-vpn-6

  • Servers in 60+ countries
  • 5 multi-logins
  • Unlimited server switching
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 256-bit data encryption
  • SOCKS5 web proxy
  • 24/7 customer support
  • 7-day money back guarantee

 

 

This U.S. based company claim to be the only Top Tier VPN service in the World.

They don’t keep logs so your browsing history is protected. The offer simple easy to use software with access to regionally censored websites.

They have appeared in the New York Post, CNET, PC Advisor, Lifehacker and Business Insider.

They supply a SOCKS5 web proxy to mask your IP address when you make VOIP or P2P connections although this proxy is not encrypted. They also allow torrenting.

Plans & Pricing

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#7 SaferVPNsafervpn-7

  • Servers in 30+ countries
  • 7 multi-logins
  • Unlimited server switching
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 256-bit data encryption
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Automatic diagnostic fix
  • Free 24-hour trial
  • 14-day money back guarantee

 

 

This Israel based company support torrenting but only when using the Netherlands server. They say there may be more servers which can use this feature in the future.

They have apps designed for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Chrome.

They have featured in Forbes, USA Today, The Guardian, BBC, PC World and the New York Times.

They also sell VPN routers so if you want to hook up your home hub with 100% protection you can buy a router direct from their website.

They are currently selling the following VPN routers:

  • SaferVPN Asus RT-N66U FlashRouter at $249.99
  • Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT at $349.99
  • Linksys WRT1900ACS DD-WRT at $399.99

They have more than 500,000 customers.

Plans & Pricing

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#8 British TV Anywherebta-8

  • Servers in 29 countries
  • 7 UK servers
  • 3 multi-logins
  • Unlimited server switching
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Free trial test limited to 7 mins.
  • Wide selection of UK channel links

 

 

British TV Anywhere specialize in offering UK TV services for expats overseas but they also have servers in other countries including USA, Ireland, Germany, Sweden and Holland.

They offer a very flexible billing package, even as low as paying for 24 hours.

When you connect to their server you will find a list of UK TV links as well as selected USA channel links. British channels include all BBC, ITV, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and more. USA channels include Hulu, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS and more.

All links are direct to the original source and are not piggy-backing (or leeching) off other streams.

Plans & Pricing

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#9 HideMyAsshidemyass-vpn-9

  • Servers in 190+ countries
  • 2 multi-logins
  • Unlimited server switching
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 256-bit data encryption
  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • Free trial after sign-up

 

 

 

This British based company claims to have more variety of locations than any other VPN provider, with 350+ locations.

They claim they don’t keep logs of customer’s browsing history but they do keep connection logs for diagnostic reasons. This includes data analysis of connect, disconnect, duration and bandwidth usage.

Supported platforms are iOS, Mac, Windows and Android.

Plans & Pricing

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#10 CyberGhost Premium+cyberghost-vpn-10

  • Servers in 29 countries
  • Up to 5 multi-logins
  • Unlimited server switching
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 256-bit data encryption
  • 30-day money back guarantee

 

 

CyberGhost are a Romanian based VPN provider who have been featured in The New York Times, TechCrunch, Business Insider and The Guardian. They claim to have had 3.7 million customers.

They are unique in the sense of offering a Free VPN service with unlimited bandwidth. However, the servers are limited and you will be pestered by Ads every couple of hours. You also need to re-connect after 3 hours due to your connection being automatically dropped.

Speed was slower during FTP (file transfer protocol) test compared to some of the other the top VPN providers.

Supported platforms are Windows, iOs, Android, Mac, Linux, ChromeOS, Raspberry Pi and Routers.

Plans & Pricing

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Conclusion


These VPN providers offer a wide array of services which will suit some but not others. The priorities when deciding which one to use should be the unlimited bandwidth, speed and consistency of connectivity and pricing. These are the most important areas for recommending these products from my perspective.

 

Your THOUGHTS are important to me


I’d love to hear if you have any experience of using any of these VPNs or others. Please feel free to leave any comments below and I will get right back to you.

  • Craig, UK TV Services Abroad.
Craig
Proprietor at UK TV Services Abroad
I am a UK expat who has lived overseas since 1997. I started this website to help fellow expats who are trying to watch UK TV abroad. I built this website for free with the help and support of a wonderful online community. Click here if you want to read my profile. It's free to join and you can build 2 websites for free.

53 thoughts on “10 best VPN providers, revealed

  1. Fairweather Green

    I am interested in getting a VPN but begin limited technically I wonder if I will be able to configure the network correctly.

    Do these VPN companies make the configuration process simple? Do they provide an easy log on/log off widget that can be downloaded to my computer?

    Finally is using a VPN legal? Seems like VPN users are hiding their true identity and some governments may not like that?

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi there. Thanks for taking the time to read my review, I appreciate it. Using a VPN to surf with another IP address is actually legal. The setup and installation is actually quite easy across all platforms but customer support is at hand should you need them.

      Reply
  2. Paulo

    Thanks for the review Craig!

    To be honest I’ve been looking into working online with a VPN as privacy is really becoming a concern for me. I’ve used CyberGhost in the past and in all honesty, it was pretty good but getting forcefully disconnected every 3 hours and I’m not convinced that it’s the fastest speed possible for a free VPN . At present, I just want to try out other potential options.

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    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Paulo,

      The free VPNs are okay if you use occasionally only but if you are using for a longer time then the paid ones are a better option for speed and connectivity. Any of the top 5 on my review would suffice.

      Reply
  3. Lively Prince

    A great list of VPN service providers it is; and I agree with you that when one is serious about his/her privacy, a paid service is a much better option than free ones.

    I haven’t tried some of the VPN providers in your list, but I guess I’m gonna try some of them soon.

    I would like to tell you about a VPN provider called Betternet that I use personally. It’s a damn awesome VPN provider and though I’ve only used its free version, but from my experience of the quality of free version, I can say that the paid one is much better.

    It actually gives you a physical router sort of something and with that you can connect 5 different devices at the same time and even the speed is great.

    You may want to check it out.

    Thanks for sharing the list ^^

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi there,

      Thanks for the info. I haven’t used Betternet but I am aware of it. Maybe I will check that one out next. Thanks for dropping by and your input.

      – Craig

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  4. Andrew G

    I totally get what you are doing, even though its not a simple niche, its valuable one, as I have had experience with hidemyass and it works for a while, but it seems like a lot of services have definitely caught up with the hiding yourself technology out there. I was not successful in what I wanted to do with it but for the purpose of TV it seems there area lot of options

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for your feedback. For viewing geo-blocked services on TV the free VPNs won’t work now. They did before but lack of servers and IP addresses with the the free ones mean the TV companies have sussed them out.

      My top 4 VPN are all tried and tested and you will have no problem beating any geo-restrictions. These are also good for using in China to beat the Great Firewall.

      Cheers,

      Craig

      Reply
  5. Matt's Mom

    This is really great information. I like that you have all the information for all of them, and have done all the research for me. I have been looking into getting a VPN so this is great that I found your post. Have you used any of these, or do you have personal experience on any that might be better than the others?

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Matt’s Mom,

      Thanks for your feedback. I have tested them but only have accounts with 3 of them. PureVPN, VyprVPN and Ivacy VPN. I have another account with another VPN provider but not in my 10 best vpn providers list.

      My top 3 are all good. I can’t see past them to be honest. They are so flexible and offer good value for money.

      Reply
  6. Neil Brooks

    Hi Craig, great job up here, love it…I rally like the VPN stuff, myself I have a few VPNs from HideMyAss to my current VPN, Private Internet Access. Its great that you have provided folks with an overview of what is on offer for 2017.

    Best wishes

    Neil

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  7. NeBro

    Hi Craig great job on the site, really well done, you have put so much effort in here and it shows. Nicely laid out, lots of info and looks busy, so folks get a sense of authority…

    I love the VPN listings and I really like the photo of you in some bar having a beer or a cocktail or something with your big grin 😉

    Best wishes buddy…

    Neil

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi, thanks for the kind comment.

      Yes it did take some time to write this review but it was worth it in the end. I tried to stick to the salient points without information overload. Obviously the pricing plans are the most important aspect for some customers.

      Thanks for the visit and feedback.

      – Craig

      Reply
  8. Ehab

    Hello there,

    First that’s a great article & the one I was searching for, because I don’t have much experience in VPN providers so I just wanted to read a unique review for a lot of products to compare & choose the best & that’s what I found in your post :), I think #9 will be my choice resonable price & 190+ countries is a great advantage!, keep up the good posts.

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Ehab,

      Thanks for leaving feedback. Glad you enjoyed the article. One thing to note is the special offers that exist. If you move quick you can get a free year with PureVPN. Another special offer is available with VyprVPN where you can get 3 months free.

      Thanks again.

      Craig

      Reply
  9. Marc

    Interesting article. I have used a VPN in the past to log into my company’s network so that I could work remotely. I found VPN connections to be very convenient because I could log into my company’s network from any location that had a WiFi Internet connection. I love using VPN’s because of the secure connection that they provide. I don’t have to worry about people stealing my information when I’m using a VPN. Can I use a VPN to access Netflix or other streaming content from outside the US?

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    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Marc,

      Thanks for your feedback.

      Yes you can use it to access Netflix from outside of the States. If you connect to the USA server on the VPN you can then sign into Netflix from anywhere and it you will be able to access all the USA content.

      Hope this helps.

      Craig.

      Reply
  10. Marley Dawkins

    Nice i have been looking to get a VPN to give me an alternative to my IP address, but even after reading your detailed and well done review, im still confused about a few things.

    Have you found that VPN servers can have more issues rejecting client connections? My techy friend seems to thinks that is the case but im not sure.

    Anyway thanks for sharing this information

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Marley,

      The VPN servers offer different speeds. There are so many choices with my top VPN recommendations like PureVPN or VyprVPN that this isn’t really an issue.

      VyprVPN have a nice little feature that shows the speed of the server before you connect to it. You can also choose to select the fastest VPN server.

      Thanks for leaving your feedback.

      Craig

      Reply
  11. Robert Junk

    Hi Craig! Great article. I have enjoyed reading some of your other articles as well. I really never thought about using a VPN service before. I mean we all use them for work when working remote but never just for personal use like just browsing or streaming. You have made a compelling case for why we should be using a VPN service. I will definitely check into it. Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Robert,

      Thanks for visiting my site again and leaving your input.

      If you are serious about a VPN you can get some really good deals right now. If cost is the overriding factor take a look at Ivacy VPN. At only $1.66 monthly they offer a great service.

      All the best,

      Craig

      Reply
  12. Roman

    Craig,

    I have written comments on multiple pages/posts on your website. On one post, some of the info you provided was that there are a large amount of VPNs available for people. In some countries, they are needed to provide people privacy in their everyday lives. Many don’t have privacy, and many entities have the opportunity to look at information that the victim doesn’t want them looking at.

    It may be challenging to do research on many VPNs. Many may not be what a person wants for themselves, their family, their business, etc. Thanks for providing concise info on 10 of these just on this article.

    I am shocked about how cheap these resources are each month. Security for this low a price? Certainly something to consider.

    Thank a bunch.

    Sincerely,

    Roman G. Rys, MSW, LCSWA

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Roman,

      Thanks again for the visit. There really are some great deals on VPN services right now. I find the best time to buy is when they run special offers at holiday periods.

      These deals are changing all the time and there are various promotions so it’s worth checking out the links on a regular basis.

      PureVPN have one special deal on as I write offering a free year. This works out at approx $2.45 per month. for a service as good as their one, it’s a bargain.

      Thanks again,

      Craig

      Reply
  13. Nate

    Great list of VPN providers out there, I skimmed through some of them only because the first one looked to be the better of the two.
    Question. Does a VPN service extended to any hand held devices you might have like cell phones. I’ve been concerned over twitter and their geo-location services.

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Nate,

      Thanks for your input. Yes you can use a VPN on your cell phone either on 3G/4G or WiFi. With most of the paid VPN subscriptions you are allowed up to 5 multiple connections.

      I use my VyprVPN on my cell phone all the time especially when I am outside of my apt.

      Best wishes,

      Craig

      Reply
  14. Jagi

    This is a very thorough review of different VPN providers. As you indicating your article who wants their information going to third parties, I for sure don’t and appreciate all the privacy that I can get.

    I have to say I really don’t have much experience in the ways of VPN providers, by doing this review you have open my eyes to what options I have available.

    Which one of these places would you recommend the most and why?

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Jagi,

      I have rated them 1 to 10 in order of recommendation. Therefore my #1 would be PureVPN. However, if you are looking for the cheapest paid subscription then Ivacy at $1.66 would be my recommendation.

      It really depends what your priority is. If you want a really super secure VPN then I would take a look at VyprVPN. They have a double encryption technology called Chameleon.

      Hope this helps.

      Craig

      Reply
  15. WMP

    This review is very informative, I’m familiar with the acronym VPN. However, I had no idea that it meant Virtual Private Network and I didn’t know the purpose of it until I read this review. The VPN seems like a good thing but I would like to know how difficult is it for a hacker to get past the VPN I they wanted to steal your personal info?

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi there,

      Thanks for your input. The 256-bit data encryption is enough to stop any hackers. There is talk about a quantum computer being able to bypass this encryption but it hasn’t been confirmed.

      Currently the governments Worldwide are very concerned that this could happen. However, I’m confident the VPN providers will already be working on new encryption methods to protect against quantum computers.

      Best wishes,

      Craig

      Reply
  16. Ultimatelesson

    This is very interesting and I wasn’t aware of these services being available. What’s the difference between this and buying a local SIM card?

    This is what I have been using and the country I am in offers all kinds of deals on their SIM cards. Or am I misunderstanding the difference between this and the reviews you have done here?

    I would love to know the difference. Regards, Michael.

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi there,

      A local sim card is only for mobile network connection. You connect to a VPN through either your mobile network or WiFi network. Once you are connected it takes on a different IP address and hides your identity.

      If you want to know more you can read my article on VPN providers.

      Thanks for taking time to leave a question for me.

      Best,

      Craig

      Reply
  17. Alex

    I’ve been wanting to get a VPN for awhile now, and I never really knew the difference between free and paid. Reading your article makes me want to get a paid VPN for its ability to unlock geo-blocked content.

    Are there any VPN apps you would suggest for smartphones? I use internet on my phone a lot, so privacy and protection is a big thing for me.

    Reply
  18. Craig Post author

    Hi Alex,

    Any of the top VPNs have great apps for our mobile devices. They really do make it easy to use and each app has nice features. For example, the VyprVPN app (my #2 reco) shows the speed of each server before you connect to it.

    It also has the option to connect to the fastest server available at any one time.

    Ivacy VPN has a nice “select by purpose” feature. This is good for geo-blocked content. You just choose which geo-blocked service you are trying to connect to and it chooses the correct server for you.

    Thanks for dropping by. Hope this helps.

    Craig

    Reply
  19. Kalie Downey

    Hi, Craig. Nice review, here. I just had one question for you. If I want to get on the deep web using Tor, which one of these VPN’s would be the best? I used to have Hide My Ass, but the Internet would run incredibly slow.

    Thank you for your insights,
    –Kalie the Blogger–

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Kalie,

      Thanks for taking time to ask a question. If you are using Tor you are still susceptible to “man in the middle” attacks. Tor doesn’t protect your browser anonymity 100%.

      It also slows down your system. If I were you, I would go with VyprVPN on it’s own, without using Tor. VyprVPN will give you 100% protection and complete browser anonymity. It also protects you against “man in the middle” attacks. VyprVPN won’t slow you down either.

      Hope this helps.

      Best,

      Craig

      Reply
  20. Ryan

    More and more I feel the urge to start using a VPN as privacy becomes an ever pressing issue. One thing I wanted to know is how exactly you’ll be impacted by the number of countries and servers. Does that limit the websites I can visit or does it determine simply which country it could be used from?
    Thanks again for the article.

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Ryan, connecting to a country server would allow you to watch any geo-restricted channel in that country. Having all these countries opens up a whole new World of possibilities. When you are connected to the USA server for example, you can browse the internet as normal and visit any sites as normal.

      Thanks for the visit.

      Craig

      Reply
  21. Hampus

    Hi!

    Good guide! I know there are many looking for good VPN’s and it’s not always so easy to find. And just as you’ve said, you can kind of forget to get a free one as the services are indeed very limited.

    The VPN I use is actually not in this guide. I use TunnelBear which I’m very satisfied with, altho I assume paying VPN’s are all quite similar.

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    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Hampus,

      I have used TunnelBear in the past too. It’s a decent option for a free VPN and if you need more data you can tweet a bear (I think that’s what they call if from memory). This gives you an extra 1GB I think.

      Pretty cool app they have too. However, it’s still a limited service and if you are needing a VPN to do any heavy data usage or streaming then it isn’t really fit for purpose. It does exactly what it says on the tin though, a good way to experience a VPN in the beginning.

      I think with Ivacy VPN at $1.66 you can’t really go wrong though. Unlimited data and multiple connections all for a bargain.

      Thanks for your input.

      Cheers,

      Craig.

      Reply
  22. Owain

    Thanks Craig for providing such a list as this.

    I am looking into joining a VPN provider and want to know which is the best one to go for.

    I looked at PureVPN and liked it so much I didn’t really look at the others. The bandwidth is perfect for me.

    I suppose though that if I wanted to I could not use this provider when I feel I don’t want to be ‘secure’. That way I could save some of my bandwidth.

    Does that make sense?

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Owain,

      PureVPN are class and have some really cool features on the android app. It really depends on which network you are connected to, with respect to getting bandwidth back. PureVPN and others can usually help with bandwidth throttling by some ISPs so you are actually getting more bandwidth when connected in some cases. Like I said, it depends on the ISP. It’s well known that some of them throttle the bandwidth to maintain connectivity etc.

      If you are still looking to get more bandwidth back, take a look at my Ivacy VPN Review. Ivacy have something called split-tunneling which allows you to free up bandwidth.

      Cheers,

      Craig

      Reply
  23. Frank

    Hi Craig,
    You’ve done great work here, and I must commend your effort for that. I am a lover of sport and currently in the UK. Based on your personal experience, which of the listed VPN providers would you recommend for me? A lot of interesting stuff has been said about VPN and I would love to give it a go this year.

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Frank,

      My top 2, PureVPN or VyprVPN would be the best due to the speed and choice of servers available. I have accounts with both and I can access geo-restricted content from all over the World.

      Since you are in the UK a VPN would be a good investment especially since the introduction of The Investigatory Powers Act that our PM Theresa May introduced.

      Without a VPN you are open to abuse now and it’s a worrying trend.

      Best,

      Craig

      Reply
  24. KeldynFrancis

    Craig,

    I am really interested in getting a VPN and I am based in Australia. Can you tell me what VPN service provider you are currently recommending for people in my location? I have heard that some are significantly better than others so I realise that it is important to make the right decision.

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    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Keldyn,

      You can check out my review for best VPN for Australia by clicking here. I recommend that you choose one with good server speed and a decent selection of servers Worldwide. VyprVPN and PureVPN are 2 of the best VPNs on the market.

      Cheers,

      Craig

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  25. Mark

    Interesting stuff here, Craig. My brother-in-law is the one who told me about VPNs; that’s how I got here. I’ve been doing a little bit of researching to find out more about these things and to see how I can get my hands on a VPN.

    Thanks a lot for the info. Much appreciated.

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    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Mark, thanks for the feedback. I’d recommend you choose a VPN provider with a free trial. That way you can test it before you decide to sign up or not.

      Cheers, Craig

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  26. Alan

    Hi there great article and was wondering if any of your top three recommendations have apps for amazon fire stick or Iptv and mag boxes I know Ipvanish as a app for Firestick but not sure if it s recommended or if any of your top picks have something similar? Many thanks

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    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Alan, thanks for that. PureVPN have instructions on their website for setting up on the Fire Stick. If you go to Support at top menu and enter Fire Stick in the Search bar, you will find details. You can access PureVPN website by clicking here. IvacyVPN also have instructions on their website. I cannot find any information on their website if they have actual apps but with the instructions you can set up the VPN on your Fire Stick. A VPN won’t work with my IPTV supplier NTV unless you install it on your router. The router must have a VPN client though. You can find more details on my other article here.
      Hope this helps.
      Cheers, Craig

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  27. Alexis

    Hi Craig,
    I am thinking about getting PureVpn as per your recommendation. I have a few questions: I was wondering, is it good enough for running Kodi on an android box? What does “Free limited bandwidth service of 2GB” mean (I thought PureVPN has unlimited bandwith)? Are these VPNs meant to be on all the time or would there be a reason to switch them off? Thanks again for your help!

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    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Alexis, PureVPN will work well with Kodi, I use it at home. My ISP is one of the naughty ones and throttles the bandwidth regularly. PureVPN helps me to bypass that and makes my streaming faster across all of my devices, not jsut my Android TV box. Plus, it’s peace of mind knowing that my identity is protected. Yesterday I read that it’s possible for authorities to use add-ons to spy on users to see what streams they are accessing. This press article was in the Independent newspaper online I think. The “free limited service” is exactly that. You don’t have to pay but 2GB will be lucky to get you one movie to watch. If you subscribe to PureVPN it is unlimited bandwidth across 5 devices. If you join through my link I do get a small commission which helps with the maintenance of my website, there is no extra cost to you. Cheers, Craig.

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  28. Alexis

    Thanks for your response Craig. In your article, under PureVPN it says “Free limited bandwidth service of 2GB.” I’m just not sure what this is referring to. If you can let me know that would great. When I get the VPN I will definitely get it from your page. Thanks!

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    1. Craig Post author

      You’re welcome Alexis. When I wrote that article they must’ve had a Free Limited service. Nowadays it’s so cheap it’s probably not worth doing a Limited campaign for only 2GB. These days that isn’t a lot. Cheers, Craig

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