Hi, I’m Alex and I’m a location-independent (“digital nomad”) product manager. I travel a lot – at least one country a month – so finding a VPN for things like Netflix (Cheers reruns), secure online banking, and anonymity is important.

I’ve come to realize two things: VPNs are hard to understand.

Since I’ve used and tested so many VPNs, I figured I’d share what I’ve learned: which VPNs actually work and which VPNs don’t make the cut.
I also wrote an extensive guide Blogger’s Guide to WordPress Security – check it out!

Top 3 VPNs

1. ExpressVPN

  • Fastest and most reliable VPN
  • User-friendly
  • 148 server locations
  • 24/7 customer support

2. Surfshark

  • Good speeds
  • Intuitive software
  • Accepts Bitcoin

3. NordVPN

  • Good speeds
  • Intuitive software
  • 81 server locations

ExpressVPN

5/5

ExpressVPN offers anonymous and secure web browsing in an affordable, clean, and user-friendly package.

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Surfshark

4.5/5

Surfshark offers desirable perks like military grade encryption, high speeds, the ability to unblock content (websites and regional) and more.

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NordVPN

4.5/5

NordVPN has hundreds of servers and can be tailored to fit any user’s needs, from gaming, P2P file sharing, data security, and expanded content availability.

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IPVanish

4.5/5

IPVanish combines solid security and better-than-average privacy. It’s easy for the tech-blind to set up and affordable (though not the cheapest option).

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CyberGhost

4/5

CyberGhost stands out as a modern Virtual Private Network provider that has a real dedication to user privacy.

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ibVPN

4/5

There’s a lot to love about ibVPN, including the no-logs policy, robust encryption, fully-featured intuitive apps, security tweaks, and low-cost custom plans.

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PureVPN

3.5/5

Pure VPN delivers on many fronts – excellent client, good speeds, a broad server coverage, and all the nifty pre-set modes for streaming, P2P, and privacy. 

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VPNArea

3/5

Though it has its quirks, VPNArea has the building blocks to provide the utmost security and the tools to support the needs of any user.

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CactusVPN

3/5

Not the largest network, but the cross-platform software is dead-simple, the security is watertight, and the speeds are decent.

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Hotspot Shield

3/5

A US-based VPN from AnchorFree. Hotspot Shield VPN comes as an app and a browser extension in both free and paid packages.

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TunnelBear

4/5

If you’re after ease of use and no-hassle experience, you just might find TunnelBear an ideal solution for the moment.

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Private Internet Access

4/5

This American-based company has thousands of servers worldwide and is one of the most trusted names in the VPN space.

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Ivacy

3/5

Few match up to Ivacy in terms of security, speed, and simplicity.

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SaferVPN

4.5/5

Complete with 24/7 live chat support, comprehensive guides, a kill switch, and tops it off with a broad range of VPN protocols, including OpenVPN.

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hide.me

4.5/5

They have made a commitment to zero logs storage, gigabit speeds, and simplicity, which sets them apart in the industry.

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VPN Unlimited

4/5

From slow speeds and no choice of which server you use to poor marks for security and a very basic UI – a mediocre choice in VPNs.

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VyprVPN

4/5

Well-established, user-friendly and solidly secure, VyprVPN seemed to be evolving before my eyes.

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TorGuard

3.5/5

Solid encryption and P2P file sharing, TorGuard offers a very good product with extremely fast speeds in the U.S. It also offers plenty of features for security buffs.

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HideMyAss

3.5/5

A VPN with a great name and fun graphics, but if that’s your favorite thing about it, you may want to look for different software.

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TigerVPN

4/5

It has great mobile apps and a useful help and lookup tool to make configuration and customization a breeze.

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VPN Shield

3.5/5

VPN Shield has been designed to be easy to use and offers a variety of subscription options that provide a lot of flexibility.

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Windscribe

4/5

As more are looking to use VPNs, niche VPN services are entering the market to capture different user buckets, like this one.

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Astrill

4/5

The features look good: many servers support P2P, the protocol choice is ample, encryption is strong, and there’s a free trial if you’re on the fence.

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SpyOff

3.5/5

A decent network of 395 servers in 21 countries. The technical specs look good – OpenVPN, 256-bit encryption, no traffic logs, and a free trial.

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Mullvad

4.5/5

Owned by Swedish-based Amagicom AB, a well-known cybersecurity company. Mullvad is Swedish for a mole – a suitable name for a VPN with a strong stance on privacy.

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Boleh

4/5

They support OpenVPN and L2TP and provide native clients for popular platforms. Robust encryption and privacy, make Boleh a feasible option for long-term.

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Hideman

3.5/5

They use 256-bit encryption, PPTP, LTP, and OpenVPN, offer an intuitive cross-platform client, free no-registration trial, and even a Warrant Canary page.

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SurfEasy

4/5

With over 1000 servers in 28 countries, SurfEasy offers excellent speeds, supports torrenting, and deploys OpenVPN and 256-bit encryption by default.

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Freedome

4/5

A reliable VPN that’s easy-to-use, flexible, cross-platform, and lightweight. Not be the largest network, but the speeds and bandwidth are decent.

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AirVPN

4.5/5

AirVPN is an Italy-based company that’s earned quite a reputation in the VPN industry.

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Le VPN

3.5/5

Le VPN is based in Hong Kong and provides all of the standard VPN security and privacy features – plus a lot of extras.

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Zoog

3/5

It doesn’t have the best available performance or the most robust set of features, but it’s easy to install, use, and supported on a variety of platforms and devices.

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Slick

3.5/5

A US-based VPN that’s been on the market since 2012. It’s lesser-known, but they boast fairly decent server coverage of 145 locations spanning 46 countries.

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Perfect Privacy

4/5

Heavily geared toward privacy protection, Perfect Privacy offers the best encryption protocols the industry has to offer, backed by unique functionality, cross-platform support, and servers in 23 countries.

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Zenmate

3.5/5

Zenmate’s simplistic UI and fairly acceptable performance coupled with the ability to unblock popular streaming services make it a feasible proposition if you’re after entertainment and some privacy.

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