Best VPN Services

15+ Best VPN Services (2018) [+ Current Discounts]

 

Within the last few years, I have tested tens of different VPN services.

This article is a comprehensive review of the best of them. They are sorted based on many factors – from the most to the least recommended services.

Before I go to the list of the best VPN services in 2018, I want to start with the basics.

 

Who Are VPNs For

 

When browsing the Internet, you are leaving many traces of your online activity in different places.

Your IP address and your location are saved in logs of every website visited by you.

If you are using public, unsecured Wi-Fi networks, your data can be captured by someone else who is using the same network.

Your ISP (Internet Service Provider) can monitor your online activity – websites you are visiting, how much time you are spending there, what data you are transferring.

In this article, you will find a perfect solution to hide your IP address and your location.

Your data will become encrypted, so your ISP will see only the stream of encrypted data, but not the actual content.

You will gain possibility to access websites which are not available in your country, for example Netflix, Hulu etc. (Sometimes some websites may be temporarily unavailable in particular areas, and a VPN will also help in this case. One day, I wasn’t able to get access to my blog using my real IP address. I decided to try to access my website from the server located in Luxembourg. I turned the VPN on, established connection, and voila – my site has loaded without any issues! The reason was Cloudflare issue in Warsaw. That day, millions of websites were unavailable for about 3 hours for visitors from Poland. One of my VPN services helped me to get access to all of them!).

Maybe you are using P2P networks and applications such as uTorrent or BitTorrent. If so, you definitely need as good as possible VPN provider.

Maybe you travel a lot and you may need a VPN to access the Internet securely on public WiFi networks.

VPN will also increase your security level when you need to log into your bank account.

And maybe you just believe that privacy is your right…

As you can see, VPN services are useful almost for everyone!

So now, you should go to the next sections, and I hope you will find your favourite VPN service very soon!

 

A Few Words About Free VPN Services

 

Before I go to the list, I have to say something about VPN services available for free.

Every VPN service has to use its own or leased infrastructure. There are many servers in different countries all over the world.

There are also employees – IT specialists, technical support etc. which should make salary month by month…

Do you really believe that a free VPN service is a good choice?

I like cheaper VPN services more than the most expensive ones, but I do not use any free VPN!

Here are exemplary disadvantages of free VPN services:

  • they may offer very low number of locations
  • connection speed may be very low
  • probably they are using obsolete and vulnerable encryption protocols
  • there’s a risk that they may install malware, spyware, adware on your device
  • there’s a really big risk that they will collect your data and they will sell them to other companies.

 

Some paid VPN services may offer trial version or limited transfer for free. But remember that free VPNs are rather bad than good solutions…

After this short introduction let’s go to the main part!

 

15+ Best VPN Services in 2018

 

Here’s the list of the best VPN services in 2018.

If you want to do quick comparison, click this link in order to jump to “Summary” section.

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IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you use Windows 10 and you have issues with VPN connections, this is not the fault of the VPN provider, but the fault of the operating system…

There is a lot of information on the web on this subject.

My solution – use Windows 7 for as long as possible. 🙂

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1. IPVanish ($3.33 monthly – 2-years subscription – 11/21/2018-11/27/2018)

 

IPVanish is a very powerful VPN service based in the United States of America. This network provides access to 40,000+ IP adresses and 1,000+ VPN servers in 60+ countries!

If you’d like to get access to servers in more than 100 countries, you should go down and choose number 2 or number 3 from my list.

But now, let’s go back to our number 1 – IPVanish.

 

IPVanish – Locations

 

Below, you can see examples of locations available with this service.

IPVanish - server list 01 2018

IPVanish - server list 02 2018

IPVanish mobile - server list 01 IPVanish mobile - server list 02

 

IPVanish – Speed Test – PC

 

In all these tests, I will usually connect through the servers located in 3 countries: Germany, United Kingdom, and the USA.

I live in Poland, and my ISP (Internet Service Provider) is Orange.

Usually, my ping amounts to 30-40 ms, download is about 25 Mb/s, and upload is about 4 Mb/s.

If you’d like to check your real IP address and your real location, just google “my ip” and go to the websites from top 10-20 results.

Before connecting to any server, I have to check my connection speed. I will use dospeedtest.com in order to check ping (latency), download, and upload.

So let’s start by checking my connection speed.

This is how the app looks like when it’s disconnected.

IPVanish - disconnected 2018

And this is a speed test of my direct connection (I decided to hide all IP addresses in order to be 100% GDPR compliant).

IPVanish - disconnected - speed test 2018

Now, let’s connect through Germany.

IPVanish - Germany 2018

IPVanish - Germany - speed test 2018

The next location – United Kingdom.

IPVanish - United Kingdom 2018

IPVanish - United Kingdom - speed test 2018

And the third one – the United States.

IPVanish - USA 2018

IPVanish - USA - speed test 2018

As it comes to speed, this service is a very good one.

 

IPVanish – Speed Test – mobile

 

All of these tests were conducted with “Internet Speed Test” app for Android.

So, this is a speed test of my Internet connection without using any VPN.

IPVanish mobile - disconnected 2018 IPVanish mobile - disconnected - speed test

Now, it’s time for a German server.

IPVanish mobile - Germany 2018 IPVanish mobile - Germany - speed test

This result is outstanding – almost no difference compared to the first test.

And how does it look like after connecting to British server?

IPVanish mobile - United Kingdom 2018 IPVanish mobile - United Kingdom - speed test

Maybe not so perfect but very good!

The last test in this part of the article – Atlanta, GA, USA.

IPVanish mobile - USA 2018 IPVanish mobile - USA - speed test

In this case, download speed is really great for such long distance.

 

IPVanish – Settings

 

IPVanish - settings 01 2018

IPVanish - settings 02 2018

IPVanish - settings 03 2018

IPVanish - settings 04 2018

IPVanish mobile - settings 01 IPVanish mobile - settings 02

 

IPVanish – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– very nice, intuitive and user-friendly apps for many different platforms

– “Best City”, “Best Server” options for every country (plus “Best Country” on mobile devices)

– P2P working almost on every server

– 10 simultaneous connections

– I have completely no issues with this service

Cons:

– hostname with “ipvanish.com” on some servers

– it’s not the cheapest tool in this test, but it’s definitely worth it

 

 

2. PureVPN ($1.32 monthly – 5-years subscription; $2.99 monthly – 1-year subscription; from 11/16/2018)

 

PureVPN is one of the best VPN services in the world. It is based in Hong Kong and it gives you access to 750 servers in 140+ countries!

 

PureVPN – Locations

 

Here, you can see some examples of available locations.

PureVPN - server list 01

PureVPN - server list 02

There are many P2P servers (so you can easily and safely download/upload torrents) and many virtual servers.

What is a virtual server?

According to Hide My Ass! (which is number 3 on my list), virtual server is a server which appears to be located somewhere else than it really is.

Hide My Ass! - virtual server info

What are the benefits of using virtual servers?

Hide My Ass! - virtual server benefits

There are many people who say that creating virtual servers should not be allowed, that this is deceiving customers etc.

Anyway, virtual servers are 100 times better solution than no protection. Later on, I will write a few words about VPN providers which have leaked my real location and IP address!

But now, let’s go back to PureVPN.

 

PureVPN – Speed Test – PC

 

Usually, I will test connection speed by servers located in Germany, UK, and the USA.

However, this service is such interesting that I will show you even more than 5 tests.

Let’s go the first one!

This is how the app looks like when it’s disconnected.

PureVPN - disconnected

And this is a speed test from my real IP address and real location.

PureVPN - disconnected - speed test 2018

Now, let’s connect through German server.

PureVPN - Germany 2018

This server appears to be heavy-loaded since these metrics should be better in case of such short distance to the server.

PureVPN - Germany - speed test 2018

However, the second test shows absolutely amazing results! As I mentioned earlier, the second country in the queue is United Kingdom.

PureVPN - United Kingdom 2018

Now, ping (latency) is very low, and download/upload are quite similar to the values from the first speed test. This connection is actually as fast as it would be without using any VPN!

PureVPN - United Kingdom - speed test 2018

The third destination – United States.

PureVPN - USA 2018

This connection is not as fast as previous one, but this is quite natural phenomenon since the distance from Warsaw to Seattle is about 5,200 miles (over 8,000 km).

On the other hand, this is enough speed for watching 720p videos from YouTube or other video services.

PureVPN - USA - speed test 2018

Now, let’s travel to Bermuda.

PureVPN - Bermuda 2018

Download speed is even better than it was through Seattle.

PureVPN - Bermuda - speed test 2018

The next location – Cape Verde.

PureVPN - Cape Verde 2018

Virtual server helps to achieve quite good ping, download, and upload.

PureVPN - Cape Verde - speed test 2018

Cayman Islands are the 6th location in this part of the test.

PureVPN - Cayman Islands 2018

This time, download speed is especially amazing.

PureVPN - Cayman Islands - speed test 2018

The last location in this part of the test – Turks and Caicos Islands.

PureVPN - Turks and Caicos 2018

These results are also very good.

PureVPN - Turks and Caicos - speed test 2018

 

PureVPN – Speed Test – mobile

 

At first, I will show you a few screenshots with exemplary locations.

These are locations sorted by countries:

PureVPN mobile - server list 01 PureVPN mobile - server list 02 PureVPN mobile - server list 03

PureVPN mobile - server list 04

‘V’ between the country name and a star means that this is a virtual server.

Here’s the list of servers sorted by cities:

PureVPN mobile - server list 05 PureVPN mobile - server list 06 PureVPN mobile - server list 07

This is my speed test without using any VPN server.

PureVPN mobile disconnected - speed test

Let’s connect through German server.

In this test, ping, download, and upload are great.

PureVPN mobile - Germany 2018 PureVPN mobile - Germany - speed test

Although Germany is closer to Poland than UK is, the latter one provides higher download speed than the first one.

PureVPN mobile - United Kingdom 2018 PureVPN mobile - United Kingdom - speed test

Now, we will check opportunities of American server.

PureVPN mobile - United States 2018 PureVPN mobile - United States - speed test

Due to rather long distance, this connection is not super-fast but it is quite good anyway.

Now, it’s time for the most interesting part. 🙂

Take a look at this very fast connection through Barbados.

PureVPN mobile - Barbados 2018 PureVPN mobile - Barbados - speed test

Dominican Republic – almost as fast as a previous one.

PureVPN mobile - Dominican Republic 2018 PureVPN mobile - Dominican Republic - speed test

 

PureVPN – Settings

 

PureVPN has a lot of options to choose from.

In this section, I will show you screenshots with settings of this app.

PureVPN settings 01

PureVPN settings 02

PureVPN settings 03

PureVPN settings 04

PureVPN settings 05

PureVPN settings 06

PureVPN - menu PureVPN - Ozone PureVPN - Gravity

PureVPN - settings PureVPN - Select Mode PureVPN - Multi Port

PureVPN - Split Tunneling PureVPN - protocol PureVPN - Kill Switch

PureVPN - Instant WiFi

 

Pure VPN – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– huge number of countries – 140+

– quite good (low) ping/latency

– many P2P servers

– many virtual servers

– very good price (even less than $3.00/month)

– highly user-friendly app for PCs and smartphones

– 5 simultaneous connections

– multiple security protocols

– apps for many different platforms – Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS, routers + extensions for the most popular web browsers

– 10% EXTRA DISCOUNT (more information has been written below)

Cons:

– ISP “PureVPN” on some servers

– small connection issues on my Sony Xperia Z5 Compact with Android 7.0

 

PureVPN – Extra Discount

 

If you want to get 10% extra discount for this service, just go to PureVPN, choose any payment method, and type in this coupon code:

DISCOUNT10

PureVPN discount 1 Month

PureVPN discount 2 Years

As you can see above, it works with every subscription plan and every payment method. 🙂

 

 

3. Hide My Ass! ($2.99 monthly for 3-years subscription – 11/19/2018-11/30/2018)

 

Hide My Ass! is a very popular VPN service based in United Kingdom. With this service you will get access to 760 servers located in about 200 countries in the world!

 

Hide My Ass! – Locations

 

These are only some examples of locations:

Hide My Ass! - Server List 01 Hide My Ass! - Server List 02 Hide My Ass! - Server List 03

There are 5 categories of servers available in Hide My Ass!: Quick Access (Recommended & Recently Used), Streaming, P2P, Favorites, and All.

Hide My Ass! - Server List 04

Now, you can take a look how it looks like on Android:

Hide My Ass! - Server List 05 Hide My Ass! - Server List 06 Hide My Ass! - Server List 07

 

Hide My Ass! – Speed Test – PC

 

This is how this app looks like when it’s disconnected.

Hide My Ass! - disconnected

And this is my speed test with my real IP address just before testing Hide My Ass!.

Hide My Ass! - disconnected - speed test 2018

So let’s start with German server.

Hide My Ass! - Germany 2018

This is a speed test after connecting through German server.

Hide My Ass! - Germany - speed test 2018

The second location: United Kingdom. Speed test is on the right.

Hide My Ass! - UK 2018 Hide My Ass! - UK - speed test 2018

And here’s the most interesting part:

Atlanta, GA, USA.

Hide My Ass! - USA Atlanta 2018 Hide My Ass! - USA Atlanta - speed test 2018

Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Hide My Ass! - USA Los Angeles 2018 Hide My Ass! - USA Los Angeles - speed test 2018

Liberty Island, NY, USA.

Hide My Ass! - USA Liberty Island 2018 Hide My Ass! - USA Liberty Island - speed test 2018

Los Angeles and Liberty Island provide really great bandwith.

The next location in my test is an amazing island country in the Caribbean area of North America.

It’s Barbados.

Hide My Ass! - Barbados 2018 Hide My Ass! - Barbados - speed test 2018

Although this country is located far away from my real location, this speed is enough for watching 480p-720p videos.

There are only 2 locations before the end of this part of the test.

The next location is Panama.

Hide My Ass! - Panama 2018 Hide My Ass! - Panama - speed test 2018

The last one location is UAE (United Arab Emirates).

Hide My Ass! - United Arab Emirates 2018 Hide My Ass! - United Arab Emirates - speed test 2018

As you can see above, result of this test is really impressive! Although this country is located about 2,500 miles (more than 4,000 km) from Poland, this connection is almost as fast as a connection without using any VPN server!

If you read this part of the article carefully, you might have noticed that some of the servers are described in the app as virtual servers.

Here’s the reminder what it means.

Hide My Ass! - virtual server info Hide My Ass! - virtual server benefits

 

Hide My Ass! – Speed Test – mobile

 

Before going further, I have to show you speed of my Internet connection.

Hide My Ass! - disconnected - speed test

Now, let’s check how it looks like with German server.

Hide My Ass! - Germany 01 Hide My Ass! mobile - Germany 02 2018 Hide My Ass! - Germany - speed test

Upload speed could be slightly better, but download is very good.

And how about United Kingdom?

Hide My Ass! mobile - United Kingdom 2018 Hide My Ass! - United Kingdom - speed test

This result is even better than the previous one!

The last European country in this part of the test is Spain.

Hide My Ass! mobile - Spain 2018 Hide My Ass! - Spain - speed test

Now, it’s time for 2 American cities.

Boston.

Hide My Ass! mobile - USA Boston 2018 Hide My Ass! - USA Boston - speed test

Los Angeles.

Hide My Ass! mobile - USA Los Angeles 2018 Hide My Ass! - USA Los Angeles - speed test

Connection through Boston is really fast for such a distance.

LA is enough for watching 720p videos.

There are only 2 tests until the end of this part of the article.

It’s Barbados.

Hide My Ass! mobile - Barbados 2018 Hide My Ass! - Barbados - speed test

And Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Hide My Ass! mobile - Saint Vincent 2018 Hide My Ass! - Saint Vincent - speed test

 

Hide My Ass! – Settings

 

This service provides less settings than PureVPN.

Hide My Ass! - menu

Hide My Ass! - settings 01 Hide My Ass! - settings 02

Hide My Ass! - settings 03

There are also two additional modes of looking for a right server to connect to – Instant Mode and Freedom Mode.

Hide My Ass! - Instant Mode Hide My Ass! - Freedom Mode

These 4 screens show settings of mobile app.

Hide My Ass! mobile - menu Hide My Ass! mobile - settings 01 Hide My Ass! mobile - settings 02

Hide My Ass! mobile - settings 03

 

Hide My Ass! – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– the biggest number of locations from all VPN services

– very user-friendly app for all of the platforms

– many physical and virtual servers

– quite good results in speed tests

– 5 simultaneous connections

Cons:

– this app is not P2P friendly

– very good service, but quite expensive

 

 

4. Ivacy VPN ($1.34 monthly – 5-years subscription)

 

Ivacy VPN is the second service on my list which is based in Hong Kong.

Is it just coincidence or maybe something more?

Keep reading and you will find the answer for this question. 🙂

 

Ivacy VPN – Locations

 

Contrary to PureVPN, this service is offering only 450+ servers in 50+ countries.

Below, you can see exemplary screenshots with some of those locations.

Ivacy VPN - server list 01

Ivacy VPN - server list 02

Ivacy VPN mobile - server list 01 Ivacy VPN mobile - server list 02 Ivacy VPN mobile - server list 03

Ivacy VPN mobile - server list 04

 

Ivacy VPN – Speed Test – PC

 

Before connecting through any VPN server, I had to check my connection speed.

Ivacy VPN - disconnected

Ivacy VPN - disconnected - speed test 2018

Now, it’s time for connecting through Germany.

Ivacy VPN - Germany 2018

Ivacy VPN - Germany - speed test 2018

This result is really great!

Take a look at the ISP – Secure Internet LLC. This is the service provider used by PureVPN.

Alright. Now, we will switch to United Kingdom.

Ivacy VPN - UK 2018

Ivacy VPN - UK - speed test 2018

Latency, download, and upload are still very good.

ISP is still the same…

You may be wondering how it looks like on American servers.

So we will check it right now!

Ivacy VPN - USA 2018

Ivacy VPN - USA - speed test 2018

Latency, download, and upload are also great in this case.

Internet Service Provider is quite different – LeaderTelecom B.V.

And now is the most interesting part. This thing will shock you like nothing else in this world.

After all these tests, I decided to check one more connection with another American server.

Ivacy VPN - USA 002 2018

And here’s what I’ve found.

Ivacy VPN - USA 02 - PureVPN 2018

Location is OK, but look at the ISP. It is PureVPN!

I suppose that it may be shocking for majority of my readers, but Ivacy VPN seems to be just a copy of PureVPN

Do you need another proof?

So here it is:

First, I went to Ivacy VPN and I chose 2-years subscription. Then, I decided to uncheck “Nat firewall (…)”. It gave me total price of $55.

Ivacy VPN - checkout 01

Then, I just typed in the coupon code from PureVPN:

DISCOUNT10

After that, I saw a new price for the same subscription – $49.5.

Ivacy VPN - checkout

This is equally 10% lower than the previous price!

 

Ivacy VPN – Speed Test – mobile

 

Here’s the result of the test from my real IP address and location.

Ivacy VPN mobile - disconnected - speed test

What is the most interesting, this connection is theoretically even faster after connecting through Germany.

Ivacy VPN mobile - Germany 2018 Ivacy VPN mobile - Germany - speed test

The same situation takes place in case of British server.

Ivacy VPN mobile - UK 2018 Ivacy VPN mobile - UK - speed test

According to this app, even American server is not able to slow down my connection…

Ivacy VPN mobile - USA 2018 Ivacy VPN mobile - USA - speed test

I don’t know why, but Ivacy VPN app for Android doesn’t seem to work properly on my Sony Xperia Z5 Compact.

 

Ivacy VPN – settings

 

Now, we will check what is hidden behind the column of buttons on the left hand side of Windows app.

Ivacy VPN - Secure Download

Ivacy VPN - settings 01

Ivacy VPN - settings 02

Ivacy VPN - Streaming

Ivacy VPN - Unblocking

The next 5 screenshots were taken on my mobile device.

Ivacy VPN mobile - menu Ivacy VPN mobile - Multi Port Ivacy VPN mobile - Protocols

Ivacy VPN mobile - settings Ivacy VPN mobile - Split Tunneling

As you probably have just noticed, Ivacy VPN has quite similar settings to PureVPN.

 

Ivacy VPN – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– extremely cheap

– very user-friendly interface

– very good results in speed tests

– 5 simultaneous devices

– generally, it is something like a copy of PureVPN

Cons:

– only 450+ servers in 50+ countries

 

 

5. ibVPN

 

ibVPN is a good and trusted VPN service based in Romania.

There are 4 pricing packages. My review concerns the most expensive package – Ultimate VPN. However, the most expensive doesn’t mean that this is expensive. Truth to tell, this is a very good option as it comes to opportunies/price relation.

ibVPN - pricing

 

ibVPN – Locations

 

Below, you can see a few screenshots with exemplary servers provided by this service.

ibVPN - server list 2018

ibVPN mobile - server list 01 ibVPN mobile - server list 02 ibVPN mobile - server list 03

ibVPN mobile - server list 04 ibVPN mobile - server list 05 ibVPN mobile - server list 06

There are many DoubleVPN, P2P, and TORoverVPN servers. It may be huge advantage for many potential customers.

 

ibVPN – Speed Test – PC

 

Naturally, the first step is to check my real connection speed.

ibVPN - disconnected - speed test 2018

So let’s connect through Germany.

ibVPN - Germany 2018

ibVPN - Germany - speed test 2018

Although upload and download speeds are quite good in this case, latency could be much better.

Let’s check how it works after connecting through Great Britain.

ibVPN - United Kingdom 2018

ibVPN - United Kingdom - speed test 2018

This time everything is alright.

Now, it’s time for the United States.

I will show you results from servers located in two cities – New York and Los Angeles.

ibVPN - USA New York 2018

ibVPN - USA New York - speed test 2018

Connection through New York is blazingly fast.

How about Los Angeles?

ibVPN - USA Los Angeles 2018

ibVPN - USA Los Angeles - speed test

This is really outstanding result for such long distance!

 

ibVPN – Speed Test – mobile

 

The first step – speed test of direct connection.

ibVPN mobile - disconnected - speed test

The second one – Germany.

ibVPN mobile - Germany ibVPN mobile - Germany - speed test

There is a visible drop in download speed.

Let’s check how it works after connecting through United Kingdom.

ibVPN mobile - United Kingdom ibVPN mobile - United Kingdom - speed test

And the USA.

ibVPN mobile - USA ibVPN mobile - USA - speed test

 

ibVPN – Settings

 

This section will show you settings of ibVPN.

ibVPN - ibDNS 2018

ibVPN - protocols 2018

There are 2 especially recommended protocols in the world of VPNs  – IKEv2 and OpenVPN.

Fortunately, every modern VPN app uses at least one of them.

ibVPN - settings 01 2018

ibVPN - settings 02 2018

ibVPN - settings 03 2018

ibVPN - wizard 2018

ibVPN mobile - menu ibVPN mobile - settings 01 ibVPN mobile - settings 02

 

ibVPN – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– DoubleVPN, TORoverVPN and P2P servers

– “Fastest Server” option plus loading of each server

– apps available for many different platforms

– 5 simultaneous connections

– very good price

Cons:

– only 180+ servers in 57 countries

 

 

6. ZenMate

 

ZenMate is a VPN service based in Germany. Although it is offering servers in 30+ countries, this is one of my favourite VPN solutions.

 

ZenMate – Locations

 

The first two screenshots come from an app for Windows.

ZenMate - server list 01 ZenMate - server list 02

The third and the fourth one come from my favourite web browser which is Opera.

ZenMate - Opera 01

ZenMate - Opera 02

The last one was taken on my Sony Xperia smartphone.

ZenMate mobile - server list

 

ZenMate – Speed Test – PC

 

Results of my direct connection are such amazing as always.

ZenMate - disconnected - speed test 2018

However, during my tests, results of VPN connections through ZenMate were worse than with other VPN providers.

Germany.

ZenMate - Germany ZenMate - Germany - speed test 2018

United Kingdom.

ZenMate - United Kingdom ZenMate - United Kingdom - speed test 2018

United States West.

ZenMate - USA ZenMate - USA - speed test 2018

Although these values are not outstanding, they are still good enough for browsing websites and watching 480p-720p videos.

 

ZenMate – Speed Test – mobile

 

In case of mobile app from ZenMate, the results of speed tests are significantly better than they were with Windows app.

The first step (as usual) – direct connection.

ZenMate mobile - disconnected - speed test

Here, you can see much better result after connecting through German server.

ZenMate mobile - Germany ZenMate mobile - Germany - speed test

Quite similar values with British one.

ZenMate mobile - UK ZenMate mobile - UK - speed test

And how about United States?

ZenMate mobile - USA ZenMate mobile - USA - speed test

I have chosen United States West for these tests.

Eastern servers are available for everyone for free with this service.

Therefore, they may be overloaded, and this is why I decided to use a server from western coast.

So, here we have a quite good ping and download speed. 7 Mb/s is much better than 2 Mb/s from my tests on Windows.

 

ZenMate – Settings

 

I have only two screenshots with settings of this app since there are not so many options to set.

ZenMate - settings

ZenMate mobile - settings

 

ZenMate – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– very user-friendly app for almost every platform

– amazing extension for Opera, Chrome and Firefox

Cons:

– servers in just 30+ countries

– sometimes it works so slowly that it’s not possible to load any website

 

 

7. Windscribe

 

Windscribe is a great VPN service based in Canada. With this service, you will get access to servers in 52+ countries.

 

Windscribe – Locations

 

Below, you can see only one screenshot with exemplary locations.

Later on, I will show you more of them.

Windscribe - server list 2018

 

Windscribe – Speed Test – PC

 

This is a speed test of my Internet connection without using any VPNs.

Windscribe - disconnected - speed test 2018

And here’s the most disappointing part.

Germany.

Windscribe - Germany - speed test 2018 Windscribe - Germany 2018

United Kingdom.

Windscribe - UK - speed test 2018 Windscribe - UK 2018

United States.

Windscribe - USA - speed test 2018 Windscribe - USA 2018

European servers provide lower speed than American one which is located much further.

Very interesting phenomenon.

 

Windscribe – Speed Test – mobile

 

After the last section, you may be wondering what values can be achieved on smartphones with this app.

So, here you’ll find the answer.

Let’s begin with the test of my direct connection.

Windscribe mobile - disconnected - speed test

Now, let’s check how it works on German server.

Windscribe mobile - Germany Windscribe mobile - Germany - speed test

This is much better result than it was on my PC.

How about United Kingdom?

Windscribe mobile - United Kingdom Windscribe mobile - United Kingdom - speed test

Also quite good values.

And the USA.

Windscribe mobile - USA Windscribe mobile - USA - speed test

Connection through the server located in North America is the fastest one again.

This is really interesting because I’m still in Poland.

 

Windscribe – Settings

 

On PC, settings of Windscribe are divided into 5 tabs/categories.

Windscribe - settings 01 Windscribe - settings 02

Windscribe - settings 03 Windscribe - settings 04

Windscribe - settings 05

Windscribe app for mobile devices doesn’t have so many options.

They are all gathered in one place.

Windscribe mobile - settings

 

Windscribe – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– great user-friendly apps for many different platforms

– access to 11 countries plus 10 GB of monthly transfer available totally for free

– very good prices

– extensions for the most popular web browsers

Cons:

– speed test results are far form the best, especially on PC

 

 

8. NordVPN ($2.99 for 3-years subscription – 10/30/2018-11/30/2018)

 

NordVPN is a VPN service based in Panama. It is offering access to more than 4400 servers in 62+ countries.

 

NordVPN – Locations

 

Below, you can see four screenshots with exemplary locations available with this service.

NordVPN - server list 01

NordVPN - server list 02

NordVPN mobile - server list 01 NordVPN mobile - server list 02

There is also a map which I will show you in one of the next steps.

 

NordVPN – Speed Test – PC

 

Traditionally, the first step is a speed test of my direct connection.

NordVPN - disconnected - speed test 2018

Now, let’s check how it works on German server.

NordVPN - Germany 2018

NordVPN - Germany - speed test 2018

This is a very good result.

But take a look at the next photos.

NordVPN - United Kingdom 2018

NordVPN - United Kingdom - speed test 2018

Connection through the United Kingdom is even faster than through Germany.

The last test in this part – the United States.

NordVPN - USA Oklahoma City 2018

NordVPN - USA Oklahoma City - speed test 2018

This server is located in Oklahoma City, so these values could be slightly better.

 

NordVPN – Speed Test – mobile

 

Result of a direct connection is almost identical with the result from the previous part.

NordVPN mobile - disconnected - speed test

And how does it look like after connecting through VPN servers?

Germany.

NordVPN mobile - Germany NordVPN mobile - Germany - speed test

These values are much better compared to my test on Windows 7.

Now, it’s time for the United Kingdom.

NordVPN mobile - United Kingdom 01 NordVPN mobile - United Kingdom 02 NordVPN mobile - United Kingdom - speed test

Great values.

And the last test – the United States of America.

NordVPN mobile - United States NordVPN mobile - United States - speed test

Unfortunately, these values are far from the best.

 

NordVPN – Settings

 

Here, you can see 4 screenshots with settings of NordVPN on Windows and Android apps.

NordVPN - settings 01

NordVPN - settings 02

NordVPN mobile - settings 01 NordVPN mobile - settings 02

 

NordVPN – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– Anti DDoS, Dedicated IP, Double VPN, Onion Over VPN, P2P servers

NordVPN - server types

NordVPN mobile - server types

– quite low price compared to other services

– 6 simultaneous devices

Cons:

– Windows app shows that I am in the United States although I’m still in Poland (fortunately, Android app shows real distances)

NordVPN - Germany distance

NordVPN - USA distance

– there are only countries and numbers of servers (there should be also cities like in PureVPN, Hide My Ass!, IPVanish or ibVPN)

– often captcha challenges on many websites

flagcounter and cqcounter don’t work at all with IP addresses provided by NordVPN

 

 

9. ProtonVPN

 

ProtonVPN is a VPN service based in Switzerland and it provides access to 112 servers in just 14 countries.

 

ProtonVPN – Speed Test – PC

 

Here, you’ll also see the list of countries available with this service. This is why I decided to omit “Locations” section this time.

The first speed test – direct connection.

ProtonVPN - disconnected - speed test

Now, let’s connect through German server.

ProtonVPN - Germany 2018

ProtonVPN - Germany - speed test 2018

This result is very good.

So it’s time to switch to British server.

ProtonVPN - United Kingdom 2018

ProtonVPN - United Kingdom - speed test 2018

This is definitely outstanding result.

And how about the USA?

ProtonVPN - United States 2018

ProtonVPN - United States - speed test 2018

As a conclusion, we can say that this service is by far the fastest VPN service as it comes to speed on PC.

 

ProtonVPN – Speed Test – mobile

 

Before going further, let’s check my direct connection speed.

ProtonVPN mobile - disconnected - speed test

Now, it’s time for connecting through Germany.

ProtonVPN mobile - Germany 01 2018 ProtonVPN mobile - Germany 02 2018 ProtonVPN mobile - Germany - speed test

As you can see, this connection is a little slower than it was on my PC.

The second test in this part of the article – United Kingdom.

ProtonVPN mobile - UK 01 2018 ProtonVPN mobile - UK 02 2018 ProtonVPN mobile - UK - speed test

This is really great result.

And the United States.

ProtonVPN mobile - USA 01 2018 ProtonVPN mobile - USA 02 2018 ProtonVPN mobile - USA 03

ProtonVPN mobile - USA - speed test

These values are much worse compared to those from PC but they are still quite good for such long distance.

 

ProtonVPN – Settings

 

ProtonVPN has only a few options in its settings.

ProtonVPN - settings

ProtonVPN mobile - menu ProtonVPN mobile - settings

 

ProtonVPN – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– user-friendly interface

– Swiss-based service

– up to 10 simultaneous connections

Cons:

– only 14 countries

– quite high price

 

 

10. TunnelBear

 

TunnelBear is a VPN service based in Canada. With this VPN, you will get access to servers located in 22+ countries.

 

TunnelBear – Locations

 

2 screenshots below show you almost every country available with TunnelBear.

TunnelBear mobile - server list 01 TunnelBear mobile - server list 02

There are only 3 more countries than that: Sweden, Switzerland, and Ireland.

 

TunnelBear – Speed Test – PC

 

This is how this app looks like when it is disconnected.

TunnelBear - disconnected

And this is a speed test of my connection with real IP address and location.

TunnelBear - disconnected - speed test 2018

So, let’s connect through Germany.

TunnelBear - Germany

TunnelBear - Germany - speed test 2018

This result is quite good.

Let’s check how it works through the United Kingdom.

TunnelBear - United Kingdom

TunnelBear - United Kingdom - speed test 2018

Download speed could be slightly better but it is good anyway.

The last country – USA.

TunnelBear - United States

TunnelBear - United States - speed test 2018

Not the best, not the worst – this is rather an average result.

 

TunnelBear – Speed Test – mobile

 

Speed test with my original IP address.

TunnelBear mobile - disconnected - speed test

Germany.

TunnelBear mobile - Germany TunnelBear mobile - Germany - speed test

United Kingdom.

TunnelBear mobile - UK TunnelBear mobile - UK - speed test

USA.

TunnelBear mobile - USA TunnelBear mobile - USA - speed test

 

TunnelBear – Settings

 

Below, you can see 4 screenshots with settings of TunnelBear.

TunnelBear - settings 01

TunnelBear - settings 02

TunnelBear - settings 03

TunnelBear mobile - settings

 

TunnelBear – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– 500 MB free trial

– interesting app design

– quite good speed of connections

Cons:

– small number of locations

 

 

11. SlickVPN

 

SlickVPN is the next VPN service in this test which is based in the USA. With this service, you will get access to servers located in 35+ countries.

 

SlickVPN – Locations

 

This app can display available locations on a map as well as on a list which known from any other VPN provider.

SlickVPN - Locations Map 2018

SlickVPN - server list 01 2018

SlickVPN - server list 02 2018

There is an additional view which shows distances from particular servers to your real location.

SlickVPN - servers distance 01 2018

SlickVPN - servers distance 02 2018

 

SlickVPN – Speed Test – PC

 

The first part of this section of the article – speed test of my direct connection.

SlickVPN - disconnected - speed test 2018

The second step – Germany.

SlickVPN - Germany 2018

SlickVPN - Germany - speed test 2018

Now, it’s time to run speed test through British server.

SlickVPN - United Kingdom 2018

SlickVPN - United Kingdom - speed test 2018

And the last part of this section – the United States.

SlickVPN - USA Atlanta 2018

SlickVPN - USA Atlanta - speed test 2018

It turns out that this connection is extremely fast so I decided to switch to another American city – Los Angeles.

SlickVPN - USA Los Angeles 2018

SlickVPN - USA Los Angeles - speed test 2018

Not such fast as previous connections but this is very good result for such long distance (~6.000 miles / ~9.600 km).

Unfortunately, this service is the only one in my test which does not provide an app for Android / iOS.

There is a possibility to use it on smartphones with OpenVPN app and .ovpn configuration files, but this not so convenient solution.

However, SlickVPN is definitely one of the best VPN services if you need it for PC / Mac OS only.

So now, I will go to settings of this app.

 

SlickVPN – Settings

 

Below, you can see 2 screenshots with settings of this app.

SlickVPN - settings 01 2018

SlickVPN - settings 02 2018

 

SlickVPN – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– very user-friendly app

– list of servers can be sorted by countries or by cities

– distances from particular servers to your location

– very fast connections

– low prices

Cons:

– lack of Android / iOS app

 

 

12. Buffered VPN

 

Buffered VPN is a VPN service based in Hungary. This service is offering access to servers located in 45+ countries.

 

Buffered VPN – Locations

 

4 screenshots below will show you some of those 45+ countries.

Buffered VPN - server list 01 Buffered VPN - server list 02

Buffered VPN mobile - server list 01 Buffered VPN mobile - server list 02

 

Buffered VPN – Speed Test – PC

 

Traditionally, the first stage is to check my direct connection speed.

Buffered VPN - disconnected - speed test 2018

The second stage – connecting by German server.

Buffered VPN - Germany 2018 Buffered VPN - Germany - speed test 2018

Now, let’s check how it works on British server.

Buffered VPN - United Kingdom 2018 Buffered VPN - United Kingdom - speed test 2018

And the last step – USA.

Buffered VPN - United States 2018 Buffered VPN - United States - speed test 2018

All these values above are great.

 

Buffered VPN – Speed Test – mobile

 

In this section, I will show you performance of this VPN on my mobile device.

This is how my connection works before using VPN.

Buffered VPN mobile - disconnected - speed test

So let’s begin the tests.

Buffered VPN mobile - Germany 2018 Buffered VPN mobile - Germany - speed test

German server works great but here is the most interesting thing associated with Buffered VPN.

Every speed test on my Sony Xperia (using this VPN) shows higher upload speed than download speed.

As you might have seen before, my direct connection can upload about 4 Mb in 1 second.

So I don’t have idea how Buffered could achieve 6 times more….

Buffered VPN mobile - Great Britain 2018 Buffered VPN mobile - Great Britain - speed test

After connecting through Great Britain, we can see quite similar values as before.

Buffered VPN mobile - USA 2018 Buffered VPN mobile - USA - speed test

Fortunately, the last test shows rather credible results – download 14.70 Mb/s, upload 1.5 Mb/s.

 

Buffered VPN – Settings

 

As it comes to settings, list of available options provided by this service is quite short.

Buffered VPN - settings

Buffered VPN mobile - menu Buffered VPN mobile - settings

 

Buffered VPN – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– high speed

– user-friendly apps for different platforms

Cons:

Kaspersky products detect a virus in Buffered installation file for Windows (https://www.virustotal.com/#/file/3592996e6c4b1e86c3a2d54f25eb4d23dc057d84ef5052c9604c25c3edfae19e/detection)

– during the first try, this app leaked my real IP address and location – some “my ip” websites showed me these data

– this is one of the most expensive VPNs on the market

 

 

13. VirtualShield

 

VirtualShield is a VPN service based in the United States. It provides access to servers located in 12 countries only.

 

VirtualShield – Locations

 

Since this list of countries is very short, I will show you a full list this time.

VirtualShield - server list 01

VirtualShield mobile - server list

 

VirtualShield – Speed Test – PC

 

You’ve just seen the list of countries availale with this app.

Now, let’s take a look at speed tests results.

The first step – speed test of direct connection.

VirtualShield - disconnected - speed test 2018

As fast as always.

Now, let’s connect through Germany.

VirtualShield - Germany VirtualShield - Germany - speed test 2018

The next location – United Kingdom.

VirtualShield - United Kingdom VirtualShield - United Kingdom - speed test 2018

And the last one in this section of the article – the United States.

VirtualShield - United States VirtualShield - United States - speed test 2018

As you can see, these values are far from the best ones.

And how does it look like on Android?

The answer is shown in the next section.

 

VirtualShield – Speed Test – mobile

 

Before going further, let’s check my connection speed without using VPN.

VirtualShield mobile - disconnected - speed test

Now, let’s connect through Germany.

VirtualShield mobile - Germany VirtualShield mobile - Germany - speed test

The second VPN connection – United Kingdom.

VirtualShield mobile - United Kingdom VirtualShield mobile - United Kingdom - speed test

And the last test in this section – the United States.

VirtualShield mobile - USA VirtualShield mobile - USA - speed test

Conclusion – European servers worked faster on Android, but the American one – on PC.

 

VirtualShield – Settings

 

Here, you can see a few screenshots with different options of VirtualShield.

VirtualShield - IdentiSafe VirtualShield - Performance

VirtualShield - Coming Soon VirtualShield - settings 01

VirtualShield - settings 02

VirtualShield mobile - settings 01 VirtualShield mobile - settings 02

 

VirtualShield – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– 30 days free trial

– quite good user interface

Cons:

– servers in 12 countries only

– “Pricing” not available publicly

– high prices for basic subscription

– useful but expensive add-ons

– only 3 simultaneous devices (additional option for 15 devices is extremely expensive)

VirtualShield - Pricing

 

 

14. KeepSolid VPN Unlimited

 

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is a VPN service based in the USA. With this service, you’ll get access to 400+ servers in 52+ countries.

 

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited – Locations

 

Here, you can see some examples of locations available with this service.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - server list 01 2018

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - server list 02 2018

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited mobile - server list

 

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited – Speed Test – PC

 

As usually, the first step – speed test of my direct connection.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - disconnected - speed test 2018

Now, let’s connect through Germany.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - Germany 2018

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - Germany - speed test 2018

These values are very good.

So let’s switch to British server.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - UK 2018

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - UK - speed test 2018

There is one very interesting thing on the screens above.

Although I was connected through Great Britain, the app showed my real IP address.

However, speed test detected British IP address and ISP.

And the last test in this part – the United States of America.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - USA 2018

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - USA - speed test 2018

This time, the same situation occurs.

I have American IP address, but the app shows my real IP.

As it comes to results of this test, they are outstanding!

 

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited – Speed Test – mobile

 

And here’s the next interesting (and negative) thing about this VPN.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited mobile - disconnected 2018 KeepSolid VPN Unlimited mobile - disconnected - speed test

The app for Android shows that I am in Africa although I’ve never been there!

So now, let’s connect through German server.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited mobile - Germany 2018 KeepSolid VPN Unlimited mobile - Germany - speed test

The next location – United Kingdom.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited mobile - UK 2018 KeepSolid VPN Unlimited mobile - UK - speed test

And the last one – the USA.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited mobile - USA 2018 KeepSolid VPN Unlimited mobile - USA - speed test

So now I can say that this is definitely one the best VPN services in terms of speed.

 

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited – Settings

 

Below, I will show you 4 screenshots with settings of KeepSolid VPN Unlimited.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - settings 01 2018

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - settings 02 2018

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited mobile - settings 01 KeepSolid VPN Unlimited mobile - settings 02

 

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– quite low price

– very high speed (at least during my test)

– 5 simultaneous connections

Cons:

– location issues in apps for Windows and Android

– I wasn’t able to use this service without making a payment although there is 7-day free trial

– their money-back guarantee is just a fiction; although I claimed a refund within 7 days from purchasing monthly subscription, employee of customer support was trying to convince me that their service is better than it really is, and I haven’t got my money back yet…

 

 

15. VPNSecure

 

VPNSecure is a VPN service based in Australia. It provides access to servers located in 48+ countries.

This time, I will show you examples of locations in the next steps, so let’s jump right into speed tests. 🙂

 

VPNSecure – Speed Test – PC

 

This is how this app looks like when it’s not connected to any server.

VPNSecure - disconnected 2018

My internet connection is fast enough to continue testing VPNs.

VPNSecure - disconnected - speed test 2018

So let’s connect through Germany.

VPNSecure - Germany 2018 VPNSecure - Germany - speed test 2018

There is one interesting thing on the left screen above. Although I was connected through German server, VPNSecure had a problem with displaying that location.

However, dospeedtest.com managed to detect German IP address.

Now, let’s switch to British server.

VPNSecure - UK 1 2018

As you can, the same situaton occurs.

But this time, I found a solution.

Step 1. Click “>” next to “Current Location”.

VPNSecure - UK 2 2018

Step 2. Click “> Re-check Location” button.

VPNSecure - UK 3 2018

And now you can see VPN location in the app.

IP address has also changed, but I prefer to hide all IP addresses as I mentioned before.

And here’s the speed test of this connection.

VPNSecure - UK - speed test 2018

Now, I will show you speed test results after connecting through the USA.

VPNSecure - USA 2018 VPNSecure - USA - speed test 2018

Unfortunately, this is really very slow connection.

As it comes to current location in the app, I had to update it according to the clues given above.

 

VPNSecure – Speed Test – mobile

 

Before going further, I will show you speed test results of my direct connection.

VPNSecure mobile - disconnected - speed test 2018

It is as fast as always. 🙂

So let’s check how it works on German server.

VPNSecure mobile - Germany VPNSecure mobile - Germany - speed test 2018

It looks very well.

Now, let’s switch to the United Kingdom.

VPNSecure mobile - United Kingdom VPNSecure mobile - United Kingdom - speed test 2018

This is also very good result.

And how about the United States?

VPNSecure mobile - United States VPNSecure mobile - United States - speed test 2018

This is not the best result but it’s better compared to the values from the test on Windows.

 

VPNSecure – Settings

 

Below, you can see 5 screenshots with menu and settings of this app.

VPNSecure - menu 2018 VPNSecure - settings 2018

VPNSecure mobile - menu VPNSecure mobile - settings 01 VPNSecure mobile - settings 02

 

VPNSecure – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– apps available for many different platforms

– servers in 48+ countries for a medium price

Cons:

– location issues on Windows

– 48 countries might be too small and a medium price might be too high for many people

 

 

16. VyprVPN

 

VyprVPN is a VPN service based in Switzerland. It provides access to servers in 70 locations (cities, not countries!).

 

VyprVPN – Locations

 

Below, you can see exemplary locations available with this app.

VyprVPN - server list 01 2018 VyprVPN - server list 02 2018

Probably, you have seen that this service has one of the worst pings among all the tests.

Furthermore, this app is very inconvenient in use (at least from my point of view).

And here’s why.

As you can see, there are 2 windows of this app on my taskbar. There is a main window and a separate one with locations.

If you want to choose any location, you have to open the second window (that with locations), click on the location of your choice, go back to the main window, and click “Connect”.

And here’s the more interesting fact – the main window is hidden by the window with locations by default. You can set it aside for better convenience.

There are also 2 screenshots from my Sony Xperia smartphone.

VyprVPN mobile - server list 01 2018 VyprVPN mobile - server list 02 2018

 

VyprVPN – Speed Test – PC

 

As usually, there are 3 speed tests in this section of this article.

But first, let’s start with checking my direct connection speed.

VyprVPN - disconnected - speed test 2018

Could be better but 20 Mb/s download speed is great anyway.

So let’s connect using German server.

VyprVPN - Germany 2018 VyprVPN - Germany - speed test 2018

This is very good result.

Now, let’s check how it works on British server.

VyprVPN - United Kingdom 2018 VyprVPN - United Kingdom - speed test 2018

Not so bad.

And the third test – The United States.

VyprVPN - USA 2018 VyprVPN - USA - speed test 2018

This server is located in Chicago so this is also very good result.

 

VyprVPN – Speed Test – mobile

 

Now, it’s time for the last 3 speed tests in this 6000-word long article.

But first, let’s check my connection speed without using VPN.

VyprVPN mobile - disconnected - speed test 2018

Germany.

VyprVPN mobile - Germany 2018 VyprVPN mobile - Germany - speed test 2018

United Kingdom.

VyprVPN mobile - UK 2018 VyprVPN mobile - UK - speed test 2018

United States.

VyprVPN mobile - USA 2018 VyprVPN mobile - USA - speed test 2018

 

VyprVPN – Settings

 

Here, you can see screenshots with settings of VyprVPN.

VyprVPN - settings 01 2018

VyprVPN - settings 02 2018

VyprVPN - settings 03 2018

VyprVPN - settings 04 2018

VyprVPN - settings 05 2018

VyprVPN - settings 06 2018

 

VyprVPN – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– 200,000 IP addresses

– 5 simultaneous connections

Cons:

– this is quite costly solution

– inconvenient Windows app

 

 

Summary

 

Below, you can see a short summary of this article in the form of a table.

I hope it will help you to make a decision which service to choose.

(There are links to the websites of each service in two rows – these with their names and their prices.)

VPN Name1. IPVanish2. PureVPN3. Hide My Ass!4. Ivacy VPN5. ibVPN6. ZenMate7. Windscribe8. NordVPN9. ProtonVPN10. TunnelBear11. SlickVPN12. Buffered VPN13. VirtualShield14. KeepSolid VPN Unlimited15. VPNSecure16. VyprVPN
Based InUSAHong KongUnited KingdomHong KongRomaniaGermanyCanadaPanamaSwitzerlandCanadaUSAHungaryUSAUSAAustraliaSwitzerland
Number of Countries60+140+190+50+57+30+52+62+14+22+35+45+12+52+48+70 cities
Simultaneous Connections1055555Unlimited6555535105
P2PYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYes
Platforms (software / hardware)Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Fire TV, Windows Phone, Linux, Chromebook, RoutersWindows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, TV, Routers, Gaming consolesWindows, macOS, Android, iOS, LinuxWindows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, Kodi, XboxWindows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, Routers, Gaming consolesWindows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, Opera, Chrome, Firefox, Apple TV, Fire TV, Gaming consolesWindows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, Chrome, FirefoxWindows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, Android TV, RoutersWindows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, RoutersWindows, macOS, Android, iOS, ChromeWindows, macOS, Android, iOS, LinuxWindows, macOS, Android, iOS, RoutersWindows, macOS, Android, iOS, Opera, Chrome, FirefoxWindows, macOS, Android, iOS, Apple TV, Linux, Windows Phone, Opera, Chrome, FirefoxWindows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, RoutersWindows, macOS, Android, iOS, TV, Routers
Price (USD monthly)3.33-10.00 (21.11.2018-27.11.2018)1.32-10,95 (from 16.11.2018)2,99-11,99 (19.11.2018-30.11.2018)1.34-9.953.08-10.955.99-9.994.08-9.002,99-11,95 (30.10.2018-30.11.2018)8.00-10.00 ($4-$5 version has many restrictions)5.00-9.994.00-10.007.62-12.994.99-10.992.78-9.99 or 199.996.66-9.956.67-12.95 (cheaper subscription has many limitations)
Money-Back Guarantee7 days15 days30 days7-30 days15 days14 days3 days30 days30 daysNo30 days30 daysThere's no money-back. There is 30-days free trial.7 days7 days3 days
Pros- interface
- "Best City" / "Best Server"
- P2P
- 10 simultaneous connections
- I have no issues with this service at all
- number of locations
- low ping
- many P2P servers
- many virtual servers
- very good price
- very useful app
- 5 simultaneous connections
- multiple security protocols
- useful apps available for many platforms
- extra discount
- the biggest number of locations from all VPNs
- user-friendly interface
- many physical and virtual servers
- quite good results in speed tests
- 5 simultaneous connections
- very low price
- user-friendly interface
- very good results in speed tests
- 5 simultaneous connections
- DoubleVPN, TORoverVPN and P2P servers
- "Fastest Server" option plus loading of each server
- apps available for many different platforms
- 5 simultaneous connections
- very good price
- very user-friendly app for almost every platform
- great extension for Opera, Chrome and Firefox
- great user-friendly apps for many different platforms
- access to 11 countries plus 10 GB of monthly transfer available totally for free
- very good prices
- extensions for the most popular web browsers
- Anti DDoS, Dedicated IP, Double VPN, Onion Over VPN and P2P servers
- quite low price compared to other services
- 6 simultaneous connections
- user-friendly interface
- Swiss-based service
- 5 simultaneous connections
- 500 MB free trial
- interesting app design
- quite good speed of connections
- very user-friendly app
- list of servers can be sorted by countries or by cities
- distances from particular servers to your location
- very fast connections
- low prices
- high speed
- user-friendly apps for different platforms
- 30-days free trial
- quite good user interface
- quite low price
- very high speed
- 5 simultaneous connections
- apps available for many different platforms
- servers in 48+ countries for a medium price
- 200,000 IP addresses
- 5 simultaneous connections
ConsI haven't found any.- small issues with connection quality on smartphone- this app is not P2P friendly
- quite expensive
- 450 servers in 50 countries is not a lot compared to services number 1-3180+ servers in 57 countries only- servers in just 30+ countries
- sometimes it works so slowly that it’s not possible to load any website
- speed test results are far form the best, especially on PC- issues with displaying my real location on Windows
- there are only countries and numbers of servers
- captcha challenge repeating a lot
- some websites cannot be loaded using IP addresses provided by NordVPN
- servers in 14 countries only
- quite high price
- small number of locations- lack of a dedicated Android / iOS app- Kaspersky detected a virus in an installation file (probably it's a false positive)
- this app leaked my real IP address and location during the first connection attempt
- price of this service is definitely too high
- servers are located in 12 countries only
- pricing is not available on the website
- high prices for a basic subscription
- useful but expensive add-ons
- basic subscription allows for connecting up to 3 devices (there is an option to choose an option for 15 devices, but it is extremely expensive)
- location issues in apps for Windows and Android
- 7-days free trial hasn't worked for me
- they don't give money back although they are obliged to do it
- location issues on Windows
- 48 countries might be too small and a medium price might be too high for many people
- price is too high
- inconvenient Windows app

 

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8 Comments
  • Glenmore
    Posted at 16:40h, 08 June Reply

    I can see that you’ve put a lot of work in this article. Really great job! I love it and thanks for such precious recommendations!

  • vipin
    Posted at 06:39h, 09 June Reply

    even though i do not have a technical bone in my body… but this post helped me a lot to learn VPN… thanks for this very eloborative post…

  • Jesse
    Posted at 14:53h, 25 July Reply

    Outstanding work! However, I have found a few great VPNs in this guide.
    Can I use more than one service?

  • Pierre
    Posted at 15:50h, 06 September Reply

    Amazing article! I will go back here from time to time in order to check some updates.
    However, this guide helped me to choose 3 services which are best suited for my needs.

  • Zoe
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