Top 5 Best VPN in 2018–2019

I have been using different VPN provider for the past three years. Prior to that, I would only use VPN occasionally. Mostly for online banking or purchases. Before that, I would trust Virgin internet and would not use VPN for banking or any security-critical login.

I must admit I have used Costa, Starbucks, and other public wifi without VPN. It only changed when I discovered how insecure WiFi networks are. A person with some basic knowledge of hacking and a few downloaded programs can easily scan for passwords and bank login details on the network.

I did some research to find the best VPN providers and checked about 10 different VPN services. Shortlisted five best VPN, after checking their level of privacy, price, speed. I have used paid subscriptions for three VPNs, so this review includes my personal experience with these VPN services.

Lately I have come across cheaper lifetime VPN services, I will add a section for lifetime VPN subscriptions soon.

1- PIA | Private Internet Access

“Private Internet Access out-performs and out-features the competition” -PCMag

www.privateinternetaccess.com

PrivateInternetAccess, PIA has a huge presence, over 3300 servers in 30+ countries. You can connect up to 5 computers and other devices simultaneously. There is no upload/download bandwidth restriction. Unlimited bandwidth makes it best VPN for online TV and video streaming. Private Internet Access encrypts traffic and they do not keep any logs.

PIA accepts Bitcoins as payment along with standard PayPal and credit cards.

PIA Yearly VPN costs $39.95 or $3.33/month

PIA’s best 2 Years VPN offer $69.95 or $2.91/month

PIA Monthly VPN subscription $6.95/month

VPN Platform and Devices support

Windows, Mac , Ubuntu Debian Linux, Android, iPad, iPhone, iTouch, DD-WRT routers.

Supported VPN Technologies

OpenVPN, PPTP, IPSEC/L2TP, SOCKS5(proxy)

2- ExpressVPN.com | Express VPN

www.expressvpn.com

ExpressVPN has a huge presence with servers in over 90 countries. You can connect three devices simultaneously. ExpressVPN provides 256-bit AES encryption and no internet activity is logged.

Like PIA Express VPN also accepts Bitcoins along with PayPal and credit cards. They also support payments from relatively less known AliPay, UnionPay, GiroPay, Yandex Money and Sofort. When compared with PIA their prices are slightly on the higher side.

Express VPN Yearly @ $99.95 or $8.32/moth

Express VPN 6 Month price $59.95 or $9.99/month

Express VPN Monthly subscription $12.95

Express VPN Supported platforms and devices

ExpressVPN has media streamer for Playstation, Apple and Amazon Fire TV and Xbox. They also have VPN browser extensions for Chrome, FireFox, and Safari. Their app can be installed on Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and DD-wrt and VPN support routers. ExpressVPN supports OpenVPN, SSTP, L2TP/IPSec and PPTP protocols.

3- NordVPN | Nord VPN

www.nordvpn.com

You can use up to 6 devices simultaneously with Nord VPN. They have VPN servers in over 60 countries. There is no bandwidth cap on Nord VPN subscription.

VPN supported Devices and Platforms

You can use up to 6 devices simultaneously with Nord VPN. They have VPN servers in over 60 countries. There is no bandwidth cap on Nord VPN subscription.

NordVPN 1 Year plan @ $83.88 or $6.99/month

NordVPN 3 Year plan price $99.00 or $2.75/month

NordVPN 6 month plan costs $54.00 or $9.00/month

NordVPN monthly subscription is $11.95/month

4- PureVPN | Pure VPN

Pure VPN has served 3 million

www.purevpn.com

PureVPN supports login from 5 devices at a time. They have VPN servers in over 140 countries, with some servers dedicated to streaming. Pure VPN offers unlimited bandwidth with 256-bit encryption. They also offer dedicated IP addresses with VPN service.

VPN support is available to all major devices and platforms supported by PIA and Express VPN.

Payment can be made using any major cryptocurrency, Paypal and debit/credit cards. Some less known payment methods are Skrill, WebMoney, AliPay, PaySafe card, Sofort, GiroPay and ideal. They also accept the gift card as payment for VPN service. Accepted gift cards include Walmart, Sears, BestBuy, JCPenny, and Target.

PureVPN 5 year plan costs $99.00 (time limited offer)

PureVPN 2 year plan costs $59.76 or $2.49/month

PureVPN 1 year plan costs $49.80 $ 4.15/month

PureVPN has $10.95 monthly subscription

www.purevpn.com

5- VyprVPN | Vypr VPN

www.goldenfrog.com/vyprvpn

VyprVPN has 70+ server locations and over 200,000 IP addresses. They offer unlimited bandwidth. VyprVPN technology also prevents VPN detection and banning which is useful in restrictive countries, like China where often VPN services are blocked.

VyprVPN supports Windows, Mac and iOS and Android devices. They also support OpenVPN, Tunnelblick, Feat VPN and Viscosity.

VPN services can be bought using PayPal, credit/debit cards, and AliPay.

Apart from these 5 best VPN services, I have used PrivateTunnel and CyberGhost. Both of these are excellent, private tunnel sells bandwidth like 250GB for around $25 (update: they no longer have bandwidth plans). You get unlimited time and number of devices to use this VPN. So it’s best for people on a budget or those who just want to use VPN for security-critical websites. CyberGhost offers unlimited bandwidth with standard features and prices are on the higher side.

Best VPN to watch UK, France TV

In the UK we have BBC iPlayer, Channel4 on demand and other TV channels available on the web. However, if you are outside the UK, for holidays or work, you can not access these online TV channels. They are banning IP addresses from the outside UK. Get an unlimited VPN like PIA and use their UK VPN server to get a UK IP to watch TV like you were in the UK.

Apparently, French TV channels also limit their online service to the geographic locations inside France, They also ban non-french IP address. Getting a French IP address using a VPN is the easiest workaround for this restriction.

VPN Speed and Anonymity test

Most of the VPN listed above offer a free trial and download test, signup for a free trial to experience speed yourself. Also, DNS leak tool like DNS Leak Check tests helps you find if you are exposing your real IP while on a VPN. All five VPN services mentioned pass DNS leak test.