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VPN Shield Review – 2020

VPN Shield Review - 2020

VPN Shield is based in Poland, with servers in 10 other countries around the world. It’s been designed to be easy to use and offers a variety of subscription options that provide a lot of flexibility.

Why Choose VPN Shield


What piqued my interest in VPN Shield was the company’s focus on simplicity, coupled with apps designed specifically for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire. What can I say? I’m a sucker for friendly UI’s that are tailored to whatever device I am using. My big question was: could VPN Shield also deliver a high performing and secure service, to boot?

Best VPN for


  • Netflix, Hulu, and streaming online
  • Torrenting and downloading
  • Security and privacy

Works on


Mac

Windows

Android

IOS

Routers


Pros:

  • Cheap and flexible plans
  • Very fast connection
  • Cheaper network roaming charges due to traffic compression
  • Great apps and easy to use on any device

Cons:

  • No control over security features
  • Overall privacy is low - company keeps logs
  • Only has servers in 11 countries, so not great for traveling

Pricing and Plans

First off, VPN Shield is a very affordable product. Right now, a 3-year plan can be paid up-front for what works out to be $2.78/month. This is probably the most inexpensive VPN that still offers unlimited bandwidth and support for multiple devices.

There is also a 7-day option for $2.99, which is useful if the 24-hour free trial is not enough, or you find yourself in a region where your normal VPN gives a lackluster performance. I suspect that people don’t choose the week long option very often, but it fills a niche that few other VPNs do. 30-day, 90-day, and 1-year plans are also available. All are below average prices.

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One important thing to note about payment methods is that presently, VPN Shield only accepts payment via PayPal and allpay.com, which is a little disappointing since neither are totally anonymous.​


Features

VPNShield is one of the easiest VPNs to register for and install on every platform I tried: Windows, Android, iOS, and Kindle. As soon as you create a user name and password, you are able to download it from your device’s app store and turn on the default security settings immediately. For whatever reason, most other VPN products still don’t do this. Instead, they give you a set of instructions for fiddling with your device’s Internet settings.

Each client is designed specifically for the platform it is installed on, so everything makes sense visually and the menu system feels intuitive. As far as being easy to use and non-intimidating, VPNShield knocks it out of the park.

VPNShield has a ticket-based customer support system, which is never as good as a live chat feature. They integrate their ticketing into the client itself, however, so you don’t have to go to their website on your mobile browser and figure out how to fill out a ticket there. This is another one of those things that makes a lot of sense, but that few VPNs actually do.

Aside from being one of the easiest VPNs to use, VPNShield also does a lot of the technical work for you. For example, certain VPN tunneling protocols are preferred for use on different devices. Instead of having you figure this out by dealing with sub par performance and then troubleshooting online, VPNShield will automatically select the best settings for your device and region.


Tests

VPNShield claims that they use traffic compression to increase bandwidth and reduce network roaming expenses. The implication here is that they have a special sauce to increase their speed relative to other VPNs. To find out for myself, I went to www.speedtest.net.

For reference, here were my results before and after turning on VPNShield:

This makes VPNShield one of the absolute fastest VPNs I have tested, for both ping and download speed. They don’t have as many servers as other VPNs, so it's possible your results won't be as good - their US server is right in my backyard. Even so, I suspect that VPNShield will give most people above average speed.

Right after these results, I did a test on www.dnsleaktest.com to make sure VPNShield was actually working to hide my IP. Everything checked out there, with no leaking. I also checked on www.ipv6leak.com and found no problems.


Privacy

VPN Shield’s privacy policy was a little worrying as well. They do not keep traffic logs but do track bandwidth usage and session times. Additionally, their headquarters are in Poland, which is currently in the midst of passing some legislation that is Internet privacy-unfriendly. Coupled with the need to pay via PayPal, this is one of the least private and anonymous VPNs on the market. That being said, having even a basic amount of encryption and IP masking means that VPNShield is leaps and bounds better than browsing without any VPN at all.


Security

After searching on the website, I wasn’t able to find many details about VPN Shield’s tunnel protocols and encryption. And since each client for individual devices automatically sets the most appropriate protocol, there is no option to switch protocols or even see what is happening. For the VPN geek like me, this was a major downside - not only being unable to manually change protocols but to not even knowing what is going on behind the scenes.


Final Thoughts

VPNShield is a very polarizing VPN, in that it does some things very well - and others very poorly. I personally wouldn’t use it, since I don’t mind paying a little extra so that I have some control over my security settings. Plus, consistent and reliable global access is important to me.

VPNShield is an ideal product if you need a fast connection, don’t want to fiddle with different configurations, and want to keep your costs down. The compatibility with Kindle Fire is also a bonus, and if you plan on using a VPN for heavy mobile use, you’ll save on roaming charges due to traffic compression. A 24-hour free trial is also available so that you can “try it before you buy it.”

TigerVPN Review – 2020

TigerVPN Review - 2020

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

Why Choose TigerVPN


TigerVPN is among newer VPNs with great performance and a large set of features. The Slovakian company already has servers in 42 countries – mostly in Europe and North America – and is continually growing. As part of TigerVPNs subscriptions, users also get free access to StickyPassword Premium, and Shimo VPN Manager – tools for users of more advanced features and multiple devices.

Best VPN for


  • Netflix, Hulu, and streaming online
  • Torrenting and downloading
  • Security and privacy

Works on


Mac

Windows

Android

IOS

Routers


Pros:

  • Excellent performance on speed tests
  • Top notch security and privacy features
  • A bit of a learning curve, but great tutorials and guides to manage all the features

Cons:

  • Tiger is not cheap – a 12-month plan is about $10/month
  • Shorter plans are more limited and even less economical
  • For users who don't need advanced features, could be overwhelming

Pricing and Plans

Like most VPNs, Tiger offers discounts for longer subscriptions - in this case, plans are month-to-month, 6 months, or a year. One important thing to note, however, is that there is a subtle difference between what is included in the plan: the 1-month plan only allows 2 simultaneous connections, while the 6-month and 12-month allow 3 and 5, respectively. Coupled with the high cost of TigerVPN overall, it is strongly recommended to commit to a year-long plan.

That being said, the one year plan comes in at $7.99/month, which is definitely on the high side. This goes up as high as $13.99 for the monthly plan, which has less features, and is almost definitely overpriced.


Features

While TigerVPN has a very appealing website and user interface, set up was not as intuitive as I would have hoped. From the user dashboard, I had to poke around quite a bit before finding the correct setup guide - and from there it sent me on a scavenger hunt to other parts of the help guide that required some manual searches and digging around.

During this time, I did attempt to use the live chat feature but did not get a response by the time I had figured it out on my own.

Once I had everything set up and learned the ropes, though, I did really enjoy using and configuring TigerVPN. Setting up may have taken 10 minutes instead of 5, but after that, I was impressed with the depth of the user guides and the overall smoothness of the UI. It felt very polished and professional, and I got a feel for everything very quickly. Overall, I’d say TigerVPN does a great job of presenting its features and making interacting easy.

The reason that Tiger puts the FAQs, help guides, and live chat front and center, is that there is a great amount of depth and customization to the service. Managing several devices and connections and being able to change security protocols, and so on, from one central hub felt easy. Whereas some VPNs try to make the whole process painless by presenting as little as possible, Tiger tries to do the opposite - by organizing and presenting everything, users feel engaged instead of lost.


Tests

TigerVPN has already established a reputation as a high-performing VPN, so we went and tested it on www.speedtest.net. For reference, here were my results before  and after turning on Tiger.

This made it the fastest VPNs that I've tested - actually ending up with a faster connection. Now, there will always be a little variance on speed tests, and no VPN can actually increase your internet’s performance - still, Tiger was living up to the hype.

I then checked the effectiveness of TigerVPNs security on www.torguard.net, to see if I was properly connected via their IP and found no problems and it was all good. Additionally, I got a soothing green light from IPv6leak.com.


Privacy

TigerVPN claims to keep no logs whatsoever, and while talk is cheap, we have yet to hear of any privacy or anonymity complaints from the relatively new company. Being based in Slovakia, local laws and regulations are generally privacy-friendly and should not present any issues that could compromise anonymity.


Security

On the security front, TigerVPN has access to all of the top-tier security protocols - OpenVPN, IPSec L2TP, PPTP - and gives users a lot of flexibility and control over them.Overall, TigerVPN presents itself as one of the best VPNs as far as anonymity and online protection are concerned - its great security protocols, friendly local government, and dedication to privacy are all great benefits.


Final Thoughts

TigerVPN managed to impress us as one of the few VPNs that was above average in almost every regard - it was very fast, boasts all of the top security protocols, and has a high degree of configuration. It is not as friendly on the wallet, and presents a lot of complexity (however neatly packaged), however, so is definitely a product we would recommend for users looking to access more advanced features and get a lot of mileage out of their VPN.

7 Best VPNs for Mac of 2020

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It’s no secret that using a Virtual Private Network will greatly enhance your online security, protect your privacy, and keep your Internet activity anonymous. And while it may initially sound like an overly technical process – tunneling your data through a remote server to hide your IP address – there are a ton of easy-to-use and affordable VPN products on the market that make the entire process seamless and straightforward, even if you aren’t a tech geek.

When getting started, the first thing you’ll want to do is make sure that the VPN you are looking at is compatible with your devices. While most VPN services will work on a Mac, some have add-ons and a user interface that will work better than others on your Apple PC. In this post, I’ll share my 7 favorite VPNs that work with Mac operating systems.

How to Evaluate a VPN

For the uninitiated, it helps to first understand what features differentiate one VPN from another. Differences lie in better security features, performance, and customer support.

The main point of a VPN is to protect your privacy and security, but some products do this better than others. When it comes to privacy, there are two things to look at: the company’s country of origin, and their stated privacy policy. Internet privacy regulations will vary from one country to the next – some governments might occasionally pry into Internet activity, while others remain totally hands off. The policy of the company will vary as well, with some keeping minimal logs, and others keeping absolutely no logs of your activity at all.

For security, there are different encryption protocols, although most use AES-256, which is the highest level of encryption currently available. If a company deviates from this, I will be sure to point it out.

It is also important to note how a VPN will affect the performance of your online activity. Since your data is tunneled to a remote server, there will always be some loss of speed, and possibly a drastic effect on latency. Each VPN will tackle this with their own technology, with the end result being sometimes dramatic differences in speed from one VPN to the next.

Finally, I always like to evaluate the more intangible aspects of a VPN service.

  • How easy is it to set up?
  • How intuitive is the interface?
  • And finally, what is their customer support system like?

These things can be just as important as the performance aspects… after all, if your VPN is too hard to use, you may give up altogether.

Making the Right Choice

Shopping for a VPN for your Mac will come down to a few key points. Some of these VPNs have thousands of servers worldwide – is global access important, or do you mostly stick to your own home turf? Additionally, would you rather have a lot of configuration options, or do you want something streamlined and optimized out of the box? How important is blazing-fast speed, and how important is price?

This list gives you some great places to start – reputable, trustworthy VPNs that have an Mac-friendly interface. You can read some of our in-depth reviews on these products, or dive right in with one of the many free trials that many have to offer. Improving your Internet security and keeping your online activity anonymous is just a few steps away.


1. ExpressVPN

Express VPN is one of the most well-known and reputable VPNs on the market. The Virgin-Islands based company has been around since 2009, and has built a reputation for honesty and reliability. It is a little more expensive than other VPNs, at $8.50/month when purchased annually, but delivers a total package of great security and high performance.

Downloads will be fast, and connectivity to the service has 99.9% uptime. There are server locations in over 90 countries, which is perfect if you like to take your Mac on the road (and are a nomad, like me). While they do keep minimal user logs (connection times, choice of server location), ExpressVPN strikes a great balance between security, performance, and global connectivity.

Pros:

  • Top of the line security and encryption
  • Live customer support available at all hours
  • One of the faster options
  • Servers in 90 countries

Cons:

  • Depending on subscription plan, quite a bit more expensive than other options
  • Limited configuration options
  • Limited to 1 other mobile device simultaneously

2. NordVPN

NordVPN is a trustworthy company that comes in at a reasonable price point, which gets better the longer you sign up for. It is widely regarded as the most secure VPN available. Not only do they have a no-log policy, they also feature automatic double-encryption.

As far as performance is concerned, NordVPN is not as fast as other VPNs, but is very reliable. With ample international server locations, NordVPN provides consistent service for uninterrupted torrenting and/or streaming.

The product is well-rounded, with an attractive Mac client and a choice of security protocols for different devices. In fact, NordVPN allows up to 5 simultaneous connections with one license. If you want to take your Macbook, iPhone, and iPad around the world with you, Nord is an affordable and reputable choice of VPN.

Pros:

  • Great security features and double encryption
  • Support for multiple devices
  • 2-year subscription option makes it one of the most economical options ($3.33/month)

Cons:

  • Mediocre speed
  • Customer service has slower response times

3. IPVanish

IPVanish is another big VPN provider with a history of success. It’s on the more expensive side with a price point of $6.50 to $10 per month depending on plan. But, the flip side is that it offers insanely good performance and hundreds of servers worldwide. Add in its zero-log policy, and this is a VPN that deserves a second look.

IPVanish differs in the types of users that will appreciate it the most. The service offers a lot of special features, like IP address cycling and a kill switch, but these come at the expense of a clunky and unattractive user interface. While it does have a custom interface for Mac users, it still isn’t as user friendly as other options.

IPVanish also provides more options and configurations for the truly technical user, including connections from up to 5 devices simultaneously.

Pros:

  • Great reputation, with servers in over 60 countries
  • True zero-log policy provides maximum privacy
  • Allows connection from 5 devices simultaneously
  • Many configurations and customization options

Cons:

  • More expensive than other VPNs
  • UI can be difficult to navigate and unintuitive
  • Customer service has only middle-of-the-road reviews

4. PureVPN

PureVPN has been a highly rated VPN for over a decade, and offers a lot of features to help you get the most mileage out of your subscription. In addition, the company has 80,000 IP addresses in 141 countries, ensuring optimal global performance and options for bypassing geographic restrictions on content.

PureVPN is a very flexible product, and the Mac version is easy to install and has a simple interface for hassle-free use. That being said, it also comes standard with a robust set of security configurations and features like DNSLeak protection. It’s a great choice if you want something that has a checklist of every major VPN feature that’s still super easy to use.

PureVPN is expensive if purchased month-to-month ($10.95) and in 6 month plans ($8.95/month), but offers steep discounts for longer subscriptions. They do have a 7-day free trial as well, so if you’re looking for a Mac-friendly VPN, this is a good way to test the waters.

Pros:

  • Robust set of features and security protocols
  • Total package of performance and usability
  • Support for virtually any type of device

Cons:

  • More expensive for plans under 2 years

5. Buffered

Buffered is a newer player on the VPN scene, and the service truly feels like it was designed with Mac users in mind. On top of a secure and high-speed network, they already have servers in almost 40 countries, support 5 simultaneous devices, and have a super responsive customer service system in place.

Right now, their cheapest plan is an annual subscription that comes out to around $8/month. This puts it firmly on the high end of VPN prices. In exchange, you get a great custom Mac client and detailed configuration guides.

Buffered is more of a niche product for customers who want to get a lot of mileage out of deeper VPN features, but would like to do so with the aid of tutorial videos and documentation.

Pros:

  • Total package of speed and OpenVPN security
  • In addition to Mac client, has compatibility with every OS and SmartTV’s
  • Although customer service is not live chat, still very responsive and helpful

Cons:

  • One of the most expensive VPNs
  • Minimal logs are kept (login times and connection durations)

6. HideMyAss!

HideMyAss is a long-standing competitor on the VPN market with a unique set of pros and cons. The company’s primary target user is someone who is mostly concerned with a great interface, ease of use, and responsive customer support. If you want something that can be easily set up and isn’t cluttered with rarely-used options, then HideMyAss could be the VPN for you.

All of HideMyAss’s features are easily usable and ready accessible on their Mac client. What you will miss out on are specialty servers, connectivity for more than 2 devices, the ability to change VPN protocols, and ad blocking. If you don’t think you will use any of these features, then HideMyAss is a simple VPN solution with worldwide servers and above average performance.

Pros:

  • Performs well on speed tests
  • Servers in 190 countries
  • Great user experience and customer support

Cons:

  • Very few configuration options or special features
  • Connectivity logs can be kept for a month, or longer
  • Expensive, considering how few features it has – $6.66 to $11.95/month based on plan

7. CyberGhost

CyberGhost is a new VPN provider that delivers an intuitive and user-friendly experience – and its Mac client is no exception to the rule. They have a great privacy policy, highly responsive customer service, and unique features like a 1-click streaming option that can help you bypass geo-restrictions on content.

CyberGhost’s pricing is pretty average, although they only offer subscriptions of one year or more. It is also costly to upgrade to their Premium Plus plan (taking the cost from $5.83/month to $9.16/month), with the only added benefit being support for 5 devices instead of 2.

You’ll also want to double-check their server locations to make sure you will be getting the best performance. As a newer company, they have a limited amount of servers, which are mostly in North America and Europe. Despite these minor drawbacks, CyberGhost is a high-performance VPN that I would recommend to any Mac user.

Pros:

  • Excellent performance on speed tests
  • Great UI and overall experience
  • One of the best no-log privacy policies
  • Special features like 1-click streaming

Cons:

  • Only available in one-year plan, and basic plan only 1 simultaneous device
  • Limited servers overseas mean Cyberghost works best in North America and Europe

7 Best VPNs for BBC iPlayer of 2020

Top 3 VPNs

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The use of a Virtual Private Network can provide a dramatic increase in online privacy and Internet security. VPNs, which allow a user to connect to a remote server in order to hide their IP address, keep Internet activity both encrypted and anonymous.

An additional benefit of connecting to the Internet through a remote IP address is the ability to bypass regional restrictions of online content. This is great for accessing content that may be blocked in your region – services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer are only accessible from certain geographic regions, or limit their content based on your location. Even if you are currently able to access these services, you may not be able to while traveling to different parts of the world.

While any VPN will allow you to connect from a server outside of your area, not all of them will be able to provide access to every content site. To prevent this type of behavior, content streaming sites will often block users who are connecting from a proxy IP, like a VPN. In this sense, not all VPNs are created equal – some have better technology and a few tricks to help bypass these additional restrictions.

Choosing the Best VPN

Choosing a VPN can be difficult since there are now so many options. The best way to shop is to narrow down what features you simply must have to make the whole thing worth it to you. If being able to stream content from BBC iPlayer – privately, securely, and from around the world – is a priority, then this list will give you several great options to explore.

With the right VPN, you will not only be able to stream BBC’s content privately and securely, but also from anywhere in the world without restriction.


1. ExpressVPN

Express VPN is a Virgin Islands-based service that has been operating since 2009. During this time, the company has built a reputation for consistency and a dedication to user privacy. ExpressVPN costs a bit more than other providers, but delivers a secure VPN with good performance, while still being user-friendly.

With servers in over 90 countries, ExpressVPN is one of the best options for optimizing connectivity, regardless of where you are. If you’re trying to view content on BBC iPlayer, this also confers the ability to connect through IP addresses in several different regions, allowing access to a wider variety of content, and a fast connection while globe-trotting.

Although it does not have the depth of features and configurations as some other VPNs, Express is perfect for the user who doesn’t mind paying a little extra for a well-rounded VPN with worldwide access and great usability.

Pros:

  • Well-rounded VPN, above average in performance and privacy
  • 30-day money-back guarantee allows full access and is easy to cancel
  • Over 1,000 servers worldwide assures reliable connection at all times
  • Has been consistently able to access BBC iPlayer since 2009

Cons:

  • One of the most expensive VPNs, even on a yearly plan
  • Limited configuration options for the price point

2. IPVanish

IPVanish is another of the big VPN providers with a history of success. It is similar to Express VPN in that it is a bit more expensive (from $6.50 to $10 per month, depending on plan), but has good performance and hundreds of servers worldwide. IPVanish also has a true no-log policy (many other VPNs keep limited activity logs for up to 30 days).

Where IPVanish differs from ExpressVPN is in its long list of features. It has a lot of special features, like IP address cycling and a Kill Switch, but these come at the expense of a clunky and unattractive user interface. This makes it less friendly for beginners or users who want something simple and effective, but can provide more options and configurations for the truly technical user. It also allows connection from up to 5 devices simultaneously, adding to its appeal as a robust product

Pros:

  • Great reputation, with servers in over 60 countries
  • True zero-log policy provides maximum privacy
  • Allows connection from 5 devices simultaneously
  • Many configurations and customization options

Cons:

  • More expensive than other VPNs
  • UI can be difficult to navigate and unintuitive
  • Customer service has only so-so reviews

3. NordVPN

NordVPN is a reputable market leader, with budget-friendly plans and servers in over 60 countries. NordVPN users get access to lots of deeper features, like different encryption protocols, a kill switch, and more. Additionally, the company is based in Panama, which is great for privacy.

NordVPN also has an easy installation and great interface, making it a user-friendly option for someone that just wants to turn on a VPN and start streaming with minimal hassle. That being said, NordVPN’s customer service has received mixed reviews, so users looking to get into more advanced features should be cautious selecting Nord.

With the current available discounts, NordVPN can give you a premier VPN experience for less than $4/month for a 2-year plan. This makes it one of the most affordable options for using BBC iPlayer with maximum protection, and enabling access from almost anywhere on the planet.

Pros:

  • Very affordable, especially with a longer commitment
  • Servers in over 60 countries
  • Great reputation for privacy – no user logs and no local government regulations get in the way
  • Up to six simultaneous connections

Cons:

  • While consistent, overall speed is slow
  • Customer support is mediocre

4. Buffered

Buffered is a more recent addition to today’s VPN lineup, and its strengths play well to the BBC iPlayer user. On top of their secure and high-speed network, they already have servers in almost 40 countries, support 5 simultaneous devices, and have a responsive customer service system.

Additionally, users get access to custom clients for different operating systems and great configuration guides for mobile. This can allow streaming from varied devices, including SmartTVs – a great boon for the BBC iPlayer user. This positions Buffered as more of a niche product for customers who want to get a lot of mileage out of deeper VPN features, but would like to do so with the aid of tutorial videos and documentation

Pros:

  • Total package of speed and OpenVPN security
  • Compatibility with Windows, Mac, and Linux – plus smart TVs and mobile
  • Although customer service is not live chat, still very responsive and helpful

Cons:

  • One of the most expensive VPNs
  • Minimal logs are kept (login times and connection durations)

5. VPNArea

VPNArea is known for its multi-platform integration, allowing users to access Netflix from different devices. It also has an easy and appealing UI, and very responsive customer support.

While not the fastest VPN, BBC iPlayer users will find performance to be more than adequate for streaming. Additionally, VPNArea has all of the best security features and total privacy with a no-log system. The company is headquartered in Bulgaria, which adds an extra layer of comfort due to the country’s privacy-friendly legal system.

VPNArea has servers in over 60 countries, and a 7-day free trial to help you get a feel for it. Overall, it is a user-friendly service with great privacy controls. While not as feature-laden as some of the more expensive services, it is great for the casual VPN user.

Pros:

  • Live customer support and ticket system available 24/7
  • Support across multiple devices and easy mobile set-up
  • Top tier privacy and security

Cons:

  • Middle of the road speed
  • Performance and connectivity can vary based on region (the 7-day free trial may help you decide)
  • Less configuration options than the bigger VPNs

6. HideMyAss

HideMyAss is a great VPN for users that are mostly concerned with a great interface, responsive customer support, and ease-of-use. Additionally, HideMyAss has servers in 190 countries, making it one of the best for accessing content from different regions and while on the road. If you are mostly concerned with accessibility, and less so with in-depth features and configuration, this might be the VPN for you.

What HideMyAss users will miss out on includes speciality servers, connectivity for more than 2 devices, the ability to change VPN protocols, and ad blocking. If you know that you won’t be needing those features, then HideMyAss provides good performance with all of the standard security features, and one of the most user-friendly packages on the market.

HideMyAss comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, and their great website and customer support makes it easy to cancel. This one is definitely worth checking out and seeing how BBC iPlayer runs for you.

Pros:

  • Performs well on speed tests
  • Servers in 190 countries
  • Great user experience and customer support

Cons:

  • Very few configuration options or special features
  • Connectivity logs can be kept for a month, or longer
  • Expensive, considering how few features it has – $6.66 to $11.95/month based on plan

7. TunnelBear

TunnelBear is a smaller VPN provider that promises a great balance of security, usability, and price. They also have a free version with limited monthly data that can be a great way to get your toes wet with VPNs and see if this is the right product for you. TunnelBear is also a no-log service, which will put to rest almost all privacy concerns while online. Along with top of the line security, TunnelBear gives as much anonymity as VPNs are currently capable of providing.

The downside of TunnelBear, as with many newer and smaller companies, is a more limited selection of servers. Currently, there are only server locations in 20 countries. While this adequately covers most of North America, Europe, and Asia, users who live in or heavily travel to places in Africa and the Middle East may want to look to a different provider. For content streaming, also note that you will not be able to access content that is restricted to only these areas.

TunnelBear is still adding new features, allows up to 5 simultaneous connections, and has a great ad-blocker plug in and mobile app. For the right user, who plans on sticking around the supported region, TunnelBear is an exciting new VPN.

Pros:

  • Great interface and many user-friendly features
  • An excellent privacy policy and the best encryption
  • Affordable plans around $5/month

Cons:

  • Limited server locations, and many regions are left out
  • Performance is inconsistent – too few servers can limit bandwidth and speed

Best VPNs for Android Phones and Tablets of 2020

Best VPNs for Android Phones and Tablets of 2020

Top 3 VPNs

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    Intuitive software
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    1,000+ server locations
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With so many great Virtual Private Network products on the market now, picking the best one can be an arduous process. The best way to tackle this challenge and find the right VPN for you is to evaluate your needs and narrow it down from there.

If you already know what you’ll be using your VPN for, it becomes much easier to navigate through the variety of options available. While many VPNs will be compatible with your Android tablet, not all of them will have easy installation or a tablet-friendly interface. Where you are located geographically will also come into play.

Every VPN comes with its own set of privacy and security features. The country where the VPN is based, as well as the company’s own policies, may effect just how private and anonymous you will be online. Additionally, while every VPN will have a negative impact on speed and performance, some fare better than others in giving users low ping and fast data transfer. Using Virtual Private Networks is an inherently technical experience; the best VPNs will both give users lots of options and configurations while remaining easy to use and pleasing to look at.

Ultimately, every VPN will have a strike a certain balance between security, performance, and usability. They can also vary widely based on price and, sometimes confusing subscription plans. 

The Right VPN for the Right Purpose

For Android tablet users, there are some companies that rise above the rest. Not only do these VPNs have Android-compatible mobile apps, but their user interfaces and technological features translate well to your Android tablet or phone. I took a look at the seven best VPNs for Android that are currently available. 


1. VyprVPN

Vypr is a well-rounded VPN that is based in Switzerland, a country with very privacy-friendly regulations, although it’s important to note that Vypr does maintain minimal logs on connection times and data amounts. Vypr also has great security features, allowing use of different encryption protocols, including the proprietary Chameleon system, which further masks user data.

Users should be warned that Vypr only has servers in North America, Europe, and Asia. If you are located outside of these areas, your connection will likely be a lot slower and less consistent. That being said, within those continents, there are over 700 servers, so unless you do a lot of globetrotting, Vypr will provide great performance. Vypr has a sleek and highly usable client across many different operating systems, and its Android app is no exception. Getting started is a breeze, and navigating the app is pleasant, rather than frustrating. Although Vypr is a little more expensive than other VPNs, it provides a well-rounded VPN product with great ease-of-use and top-notch security.

Pros:

  • Excellent encryption and very secure
  • Easy to install and easy to use
  • Over 700 servers worldwide

Cons:

  • Premium service is $6.66/month billed annually, above average for VPNs
  • Although Vypr does not keep activity logs, connection logs are kept for 30 days
  • Poor connectivity in some parts of the world

2. ExpressVPN

Express VPN is a Virgin Islands-based service that has been operating since 2009. During this time, the company has built a reputation for consistency and a dedication to user privacy. While it is one of the most expensive VPNs on the market today, ExpressVPN provides a secure and robust VPN service, packaged in an easy-to-use and attractive client.

With servers in over 90 countries, ExpressVPN is among the best option for optimizing connectivity no matter where you are. For the Netflix user, this also confers the ability to connect to Netflix through IP addresses in several different regions, allowing access to a wider variety of content.

Although it does not have the depth of features and configurations as some other VPNs, Express is perfect if you don’t mind paying a little extra for a well-rounded VPN with worldwide access and great usability.

Pros:

  • Well-rounded VPN, above average in performance and privacy
  • 30-day money-back guarantee allows full access and is easy to cancel
  • Over 1,000 servers worldwide assures reliable connection at all times
  • Has been consistently able to access Netflix since 2009

Cons:

  • One of the most expensive VPNs, even on a yearly plan
  • Limited configuration options for the price point

3. F-Secure Freedome

F-Secure Freedome VPN is a more recent addition to the VPN roster, and its strengths translate very well to the Android format. It is a sleek, attractive client that can be activated with the press of just one button. The company offers a free five-day trial as well, so you can experience its greatest asset: its usability.

Beyond its slick client interface, F-Secure does not have a lot of compelling configurations or extra features beyond its built in virus scanner. For many users, this will be fine, however.

It’s also important to note that F-Secure Freedome has a smaller amount of servers, which are primarily located in Europe and North America. As such, it probably won’t be great for everyone, especially if you live in more remote areas of the world. Within these particular regions, however, performance is good, if not completely consistent.

F-Secure Freedome only offers annual subscriptions, but you can choose how many devices you would like to be able to use with one license so that you have better control over the price, which is reasonable.

Pros:

  • One of the most user-friendly VPNs, and works great on Android
  • Built in virus scanner
  • Starts under $4.50/month

Cons:

  • Limited number of servers can hurt performance
  • Lack of features and customization options

4. NordVPN

NordVPN is a reputable market leader, with budget-friendly plans and servers in over 60 countries. NordVPN users get access to lots of deeper features, like different encryption protocols, a kill switch, and more. Additionally, the company is based in Panama, which is great for privacy.

NodVPN also has an easy installation and great mobile interface, making it a user-friendly option for Android users. While their customer service and support is only so-so, it’s unlikely you will need any help getting up and running or using some of Nord’s basic features.

Depending on what you use your tablet for, you may experience some issues with data speed and performance. While many users are happy with Nord, it is not the fastest VPN available. That being said, it has plans for under $4/month, which certainly makes it an affordable option for anyone on a budget.

Pros:

  • Very affordable, especially with a longer commitment
  • Servers in over 60 countries
  • Great reputation for privacy – no user logs and no local government regulations get in the way

Cons:

  • Mixed results on performance – generally consistent, but slower than other options
  • Customer support is mediocre

5. Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access provides a great balance between security, performance, and price. It also has additional features like DNS and IPv6 leak protection. For subscription plans of a year or more, Private Internet Access comes in at an impressive $3.33/month. It also has more servers than any other VPN, which means uptime and consistency are great, regardless of whether you are using your tablet at home, or taking it on the road.

The downside is a noticeable drop in performance compared to the more expensive options. Depending on what types of activities you use your tablet for, this may not justify the lower price point. High definition streaming and online gaming may not perform at their best. It is important to recognize that it is hard to predict what kind of latency and data transfer speed you will get from your location and device. Private Internet Access currently offers a 7-day free trial so you can see for yourself.

Pros:

  • Great value on any subscription plan
  • Access to a few configurations and features
  • Consistent connectivity due to high amount of servers

Cons:

  • Poor performance compared to other market leaders
  • Weak and unattractive UI
  • Ticket-based customer support system means longer wait time

6. TunnelBear

TunnelBear is a smaller VPN provider that promises a great balance of security, usability, and price. The company also offers a free version with limited monthly data that can be a great way to get started, and depending on how much you use your tablet, could actually provide enough bandwidth. TunnelBear is also a no-log service, which makes it as private and anonymous as a VPN can get.

The downside of TunnelBear, as with many newer and smaller companies, is a more limited selection of servers. Currently, there are only server locations in 20 countries. While this adequately covers most of North America, Europe, and Asia, users who live in or heavily travel to places in Africa and the Middle East may want to look to a different provider. For content streaming, also note that you will not be able to access content that is restricted to only these areas.

TunnelBear put a noticeable emphasis on creating a great mobile experience, with a sleek look and a built-in ad blocker. For an Android user who plans on sticking around the supported region, TunnelBear is an exciting new VPN.

Pros:

  • Great interface and many user-friendly features
  • An excellent privacy policy and the best encryption
  • Affordable plans around $5/month

Cons:

  • Limited server locations, and many regions are left out
  • Performance is inconsistent – too few servers can limit bandwidth and speed

7. Hideman

Hideman is a VPN that currently offers a mobile-only subscription for Android and iOS users. If you are looking for privacy and anonymity on your Android device, Hideman may be just what you’re looking for.

Either version of this VPN has consistent performance, and no log-keeping for paying users (there is also a free version with limited bandwidth, which keeps some user logs). Like many smaller VPN providers, most of Hideman’s servers are in North America and Europe, so be sure to check what servers are near you if you live outside these areas.

Overall, Hideman provides a very pleasant and affordable mobile VPN experience. Their mobile-only plan makes it clear that they put a lot of effort into the user experience for Android users, and is one of the best VPNs specifically desinged for this type of use.

Pros:

  • User interface works great on Android tablet
  • Mobile-only plan less than $3/month
  • No logs for paying users

Cons:

  • Limited server selection outside North America and Europe
  • Full version for multiple devices is $9/month
  • No live chat for customer support
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