Best VPN Services

15+ Best VPN Services (2018)

 

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.

Let’s get started!

 

1. PureVPN

 

PureVPN is a number 1 on my list since this is by far the best VPN service 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 2 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!

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.

But now, let’s go back to our number 1, 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!

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

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

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.

Now, let’s connect through German server.

PureVPN - Germany

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

PureVPN - Germany - speed test

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

PureVPN - United Kingdom

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

The third destination – United States.

PureVPN - United States

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 - United States - speed test

Now, let’s travel to Bermuda.

PureVPN - Bermuda

Download speed is even better than it was through Seattle.

PureVPN - Bermuda - speed test

The next location – Cape Verde.

PureVPN - Cape Verde

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

PureVPN - Cape Verde - speed test

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

PureVPN - Cayman Islands

This time, download speed is espacially amazing.

PureVPN - Cayman Islands - speed test

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

PureVPN - Turks and Caicos

These results are also very good.

PureVPN - Turks and Caicos - speed test

 

PureVPN – Speed Test – mobile

 

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

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.

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 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 PureVPN mobile - United Kingdom - speed test

Now, we will check opportunities of American server.

PureVPN mobile - United States 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 PureVPN mobile - Barbados - speed test

Dominican Republic – almost as fast as a previous one.

PureVPN mobile - Dominican Republic 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

 

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. 🙂

 

 

2. Hide My Ass!

 

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

So let’s start with German server.

Hide My Ass! - Germany

This is speed test after connecting through German server.

Hide My Ass! - Germany - speed test

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

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

And here’s the most interesting part:

Atlanta, GA, USA.

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

Los Angeles, CA, USA.

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

Liberty Island, NY, USA.

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

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 Hide My Ass! - Barbados - speed test

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

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

The next location is Panama.

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

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

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

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! - Germany 001 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! - United Kingdom 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! - Spain Hide My Ass! - Spain - speed test

Now, it’s time for 2 American cities.

Boston.

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

Los Angeles.

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

Connection through Boston is really fast for such a distance.

LA is enough for watching 720p video.

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

It’s Barbados.

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

And Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Hide My Ass! - Saint Vincent 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:

– price significantly higher than for PureVPN

 

 

3. IPVanish

 

IPVanish is a very good VPN service based in the United States of America. If you decide to use it, you will get 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 definitely choose number 1 or number 2 from my list. Otherwise, you can keep looking for your favorite VPN service below. 🙂

 

IPVanish – Locations

 

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

IPVanish - server list 01

IPVanish - server list 02

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

 

IPVanish – Speed Test – PC

 

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

Maybe these results are not especially outstanding, but they are still very good.

So let’s start by checking my connection speed.

IPVanish - disconnected

IPVanish - disconnected - speed test

Now, let’s connect through German server.

IPVanish - Germany

IPVanish - Germany - speed test

The next try – United Kingdom.

IPVanish - United Kingdom

IPVanish - United Kingdom - speed test

And the USA.

IPVanish - USA

IPVanish - USA - speed test

 

IPVanish – Speed Test – mobile

 

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

IPVanish mobile - disconnected IPVanish mobile - disconnected - speed test

Now, it’s time for a German server.

IPVanish mobile - Germany 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 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 IPVanish mobile - USA - speed test

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

 

IPVanish – Settings

 

IPVanish - settings 01

IPVanish - settings 02

IPVanish - settings 03

IPVanish - settings 04

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

– 5 simultaneous connections

Cons:

– hostname with “ipvanish.com” on many servers

– higher price than for PureVPN

 

 

4. Ivacy VPN

 

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

Now, it’s time for connecting through Germany.

Ivacy VPN - Germany

Ivacy VPN - Germany - speed test

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

Ivacy VPN - UK - speed test

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

Ivacy VPN - USA - speed test

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

And here’s what I’ve found.

Ivacy VPN - USA 02 - PureVPN

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 Ivacy VPN mobile - Germany - speed test

The same situation takes place in case of British server.

Ivacy VPN mobile - UK 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 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

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

So let’s connect through Germany.

ibVPN - Germany

ibVPN - Germany - speed test

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

ibVPN - United Kingdom - speed test

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

ibVPN - USA New York - speed test

Connection through New York is blazingly fast.

How about Los Angeles?

ibVPN - USA Los Angeles

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

ibVPN - protocols

As it comes to VPNs, there are 2 especially recommended protocols – IKEv2 and OpenVPN.

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

ibVPN - settings 01

ibVPN - settings 02

ibVPN - settings 03

ibVPN - wizard

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

 

ibVPN – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

– DoubleVPN, TORoverVPN and P2P servers

– “Fastest Server” plus loading of every one of them

– 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

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

Germany.

ZenMate - Germany ZenMate - Germany - speed test

United Kingdom.

ZenMate - United Kingdom ZenMate - United Kingdom - speed test

United States West.

ZenMate - USA ZenMate - USA - speed test

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

 

Windscribe – Speed Test – PC

 

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

Windscribe - disconnected - speed test

And here’s the most disappointing part.

Germany.

Windscribe - Germany - speed test Windscribe - Germany

United Kingdom.

Windscribe - UK - speed test Windscribe - UK

United States.

Windscribe - USA - speed test Windscribe - USA

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

 

NordVPN is a VPN service based in Panama. It is offering access to more than 4300 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

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

NordVPN - Germany

NordVPN - Germany - speed test

This is a very good result.

But take a look at the next photos.

NordVPN - United Kingdom

NordVPN - United Kingdom - speed test

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

The last test in this part – the United States.

NordVPN - USA Oklahoma City

NordVPN - USA Oklahoma City - speed test

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 x64 Ultimate.

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

ProtonVPN - Germany - speed test

This result is very good.

So it’s time to switch to British server.

ProtonVPN - United Kingdom

ProtonVPN - United Kingdom - speed test

This is definitely outstanding result.

And how about the USA?

ProtonVPN - United States

ProtonVPN - United States - speed test

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 ProtonVPN mobile - Germany 02 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 ProtonVPN mobile - UK 02 ProtonVPN mobile - UK - speed test

This is really great result.

And the United States.

ProtonVPN mobile - USA 01 ProtonVPN mobile - USA 02 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

So, let’s connect through Germany.

TunnelBear - Germany

TunnelBear - Germany - speed test

This result is quite good.

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

TunnelBear - United Kingdom

TunnelBear - United Kingdom - speed test

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

The last country – USA.

TunnelBear - United States

TunnelBear - United States - speed test

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

SlickVPN - server list 01

SlickVPN - server list 02

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

SlickVPN - servers distance 01

SlickVPN - servers distance 02

 

SlickVPN – Speed Test – PC

 

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

slickvpn disconnected speed test

The second step – Germany.

SlickVPN - Germany

SlickVPN - Germany - speed test

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

SlickVPN - United Kingdom

SlickVPN - United Kingdom - speed test

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

SlickVPN - USA Atlanta

SlickVPN - USA Atlanta - speed test

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

SlickVPN - USA Los Angeles

SlickVPN - USA Los Angeles - speed test

 

 

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 at least 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

The second stage – connecting by German server.

Buffered VPN - Germany Buffered VPN - Germany - speed test

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

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

And the last step – USA.

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

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 disconnected - Germany - speed test

So let’s begin the tests.

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

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

Buffered VPN mobile - USA 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:

– servers are located in just 45+ countries

Kaspersky products detect a virus in Buffered installation file for Windows

– 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

As fast as always.

Now, let’s connect through Germany.

VirtualShield - Germany VirtualShield - Germany - speed test

The next location – United Kingdom.

VirtualShield - United Kingdom VirtualShield - United Kingdom - speed test

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

VirtualShield - United States VirtualShield - United States - speed test

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

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

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - server list 02

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

Now, let’s connect through Germany.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - Germany

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - Germany - speed test

These values are very good.

So let’s switch to British server.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - UK

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - UK - speed test

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

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - USA - speed test

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 thing about this VPN.

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

The next location – United Kingdom.

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

And the last one – the USA.

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

Conclusion – 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

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - settings 02

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

 

 

 

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