My Picks For Best VPN Provider
This list of the best VPN providers is my personal opinion. I’ve tried to strike a balance between inexpensive, full-feature, and high quality VPN services. What you’ll notice however is that if you check out a few different ‘best VPN provider’ lists, they’ll all be slightly different. There are a lot of variables which can affect the VPN service, many of which are out of their hands. Things like your operating system, your brand of computer or phone, other apps/programs running simultaneously, your current location, your technical skill, and the kind of activity you’re engaging in online.
For example, one person living in China unblocking Facebook and streaming YouTube from behind The GFW may have a different experience that someone living in UAE who needs to use Skype though a VPN connection. Someone in The US connecting to P2P software might rate the VPN provider differently than someone outside The US streaming from Netflix.
That being said, these 3 VPN providers
- 1. Are leaders in the industry
- 2. Are guaranteed (or your money back)
- 3. Have been personally tested by me
I’ve highlighted their main features which should give you a good enough idea which one will suit you and your needs best. In the end however, the best way to know what’s best is to test it for yourself. It may take a bit of work initially, but if you’re in for the long haul, it’ll be worth it down the road.
Actually no one really believes me that this is an awesome VPN service. Whatever, I’ll still rank it number one. Excellent customer service, extremely broad device support, encryption upgrades, and dedication to quality. Here are some other highlights. I think the fact that they don’t advertise their quarterly and semiannual packages scares people off, or maybe it’s the simple design. Whatever the reason, I’ve used their service for 4 years now.
- US VPN: $79 / year
- World VPN (US/UK/Netherlands/France/Japan/German) $119 / year
- Military grade encryption
- Options for China
- Broad device support
- >>> 12VPN Website
2. Hide My Ass
This one is much more popular. I think it’s because it’s cheap and you get unlimited access to hundreds of VPN servers across 43 countries. Plus, it’s got a cool name, cool site, and free stuff. Here are the features worth mentioning.
- Free Web Proxy (no signing up needed)
- Easy sign up
- 43 countries, unlimited switching
- Choose servers based on speed
- 30 day guarantee
- $6.55 per month
- >>> Hide My Ass Website
Flying below the radar, PureVPN offers a good service, for a good price. I had a particularly good experience testing out their VPN service in China, behind The GFW (Great Firewall). All options give you full access to
- Standard Package $74.95 / year
- Unlimited bandwidth: $160 / year
- Dedicated IP $145 / year
- Live support
- >>> PureVPN Website
*bonus review 4. IP Vanish
- PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN
- 39 servers in 15 countries
- Choose VPN server based on speed
- >>> IP Vanish Website