Top 20 VPN Services of 2017

VPN (Virtual private network) software is used primarily to provide users with anonymity while using the Internet, while being able to encrypt Internet traffic. These capabilities render governments, Internet service providers and even wireless network hackers unable to see what is going on inside a VPN or who is using it.

Using a VPN, all data traffic is confined to a private, encrypted tunnel until they reach the public Internet. Destinations cannot be accessed until after the end of the VPN tunnel is reached. VPN services are quite useful in workplaces, especially for those who use mobile devices in accessing data from a work server. However, the most common use of VPN software is to remain anonymous to ISPs, websites or governments. This is true for users who download files illegally, such as in the case of copyrighted torrent files.

Everything you do on the Internet has to pass through your own ISP before reaching the destination. So, when you request Google, for example, the information is sent, unencrypted, to your ISP and then passes through some other channels before reaching the server that holds Google’s website. Basically, VPN services privatize information that can be read by ISPs or any other agency that inspects your traffic.

In this case, agencies see only the tunnel and not what is inside. They only get to view a single connection from a specific server and not who the user is, location or what is being downloaded or uploaded. VPN software also has the ability to provide agencies with user information or deny request for such. Such solution can be implemented as client and server software, hardware and software or on a subscription basis. There is also Secure Sockets Layer VPN, which enables remove users to connect by simply using a web browser.

As Internet security has become paramount in today’s world, more and more companies have been adopting VPN software. As a matter of fact, the global VPN market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13% by the end of 2022 and reach $106 billion. This growth is seen to be driven by the growth of the cyber security sector, the increase in the number of security proliferation, the growth of industries and increase in the use of mobile devices. However, this projections could be hampered by high deployment cost and lack of technical skills.

In this article, we will take a look at the top 20 VPN services in today’s market. We will discuss each platform’s details such as features, benefits and pricing and how your organization can benefit from them.

Software descriptions are aimed to provide prospects an idea as to what to look for in such tool. However, one should keep in mind that the following list is based on what we see as those that offer high quality to users. Their order on the list does not necessarily denote ranking. Here are our picks:

Top 20 VPN Services of 2017:

  1. NordVPN
  2. SaferVPN
  3. TunnelBear
  4. Private Internet Access
  5. Proxy.sh
  6. PureVPN
  7. ExpressVPN
  8. IPVanish
  9. HideMyAss
  10. Hotspot Shield
  11. TorGuard
  12. CyberGhost
  13. Buffered VPN
  14. VyprVPN
  15. HideIPVPN
  16. Norton WiFi Privacy
  17. Overplay
  18. StrongVPN
  19. Hide.me
  20. PrivateVPN

1. NordVPN

One of the most popular VPN software out in the market today, NordVPN has over 550 servers in 49 different countries. These servers aid users in different needs, which include encryption of both incoming and outgoing data, sending all traffic through a Tor network to safeguard user anonymity and protection against DoS attacks, which are usually done by malignant hackers.

Security is second to none with NordVPN. Its kills switch feature always monitors traffic between devices and the VPN servers. If for some reason, the data stream breaks, the kill switch will automatically terminate the connection, ensuring that your traffic is protected from prying eyes. Also, a DNS leak feature changes your DNS to point to the VPN server, ensuring that hackers cannot steal data from your default DNS.

The solution is downloadable and supports platforms such as OS X, Windows and Linux. Mobile systems like Android and iOS are also supported. These capabilities enable users to use the product on desktops, laptops, smartphones or tablet computers. The software can also be downloaded onto network routers, ensuring that all devices connected to such routers enjoy the same level of protection.

What is even better is NordVPN’s pricing scheme. The software is available for $8 a month. This is further reduced if one opts for the biannual or annual plan. A three-day trial period is also available to those who want to evaluate the solution first.

2. SaferVPN

A powerful VPN service, SaferVPN is very useful in hiding users’ IP addresses. It also allows access to blocked websites or safely share information. Privacy is also ensured as the service uses high security protocols. Using 256-bit encrytion keys and solid privacy policies, the service is ideal for personal and business use.

Having servers in 35 countries, SaferVPN offers absolute online anonymity with its no logs policy. The service’s site offers a smooth interface that provides users with all the information they need, along with easy to locate tabs, links and solutions. It has brand new applications that support both Mac and Windows machines.

One of the platform’s notable features is its ability to provide fast connection speeds. VPN software are known to reduce Internet speeds significantly, but with SaferVPN, you won’t even notice any speed reduction. The service also allows multiple user accounts at both personal and business levels. Customer support is available 24/7, which include email, tickets, live chats and a comprehensive knowledge base.

SaferVPN is available both in monthly and annual subscription basis, starting at $7.49 per month.

3. TunnelBear

Another strong contender on our list of top 20 VPN services, TunnelBear is user-friendly and supports both desktop and mobile clients. It is incredibly easy to use as it comes with an automatic connection option, which in all likelihood will eliminate the need to change any of its default settings.   

The software supports Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices. It also has plugins for browsers such as Chrome and Opera. This feature basically protects any device that can run a browser. Installation takes only seconds and does not require additional tweaking. The app’s Vigilant Mode prevents data from leaking while TunnelBear is reconnecting. The solution can also disguise VPN traffic as normal HTTPS traffic. As for security, the platform provides a list of Wi-Fi network that can be trusted.

The solution’s free package offers 5 GB of traffic every month and can support up to 5 devices. However, for those who want more advanced features, the vendor offers alternative pricing models.

4. Private Internet Access

An inexpensive and top-performing VPN, Private Internet Access (PIA)  is designed to let users sign up and make anonymous online payments. It boasts more than 3,000 servers around the world and supports Windows, Mc OS X, Ubuntu Linus and iOS.  A Chrome browser extension that would fit any desktop platform is also available.

The software does not really have to be installed to be used in different operating systems. It supports the PPTP, L2TP/IPSec and OpenVPN connection protocols. Manual setup compatibility is extended to most Linux systems. PIA can also be installed by running lightwieght OpenVPN client solution.

The platform is capable of blocking commercial ads for PCs, Macs and Linux computers through its Mace ad-blocking program, which can be accessed from the Advanced Settings menu. It has been proven to have a good network latency and has but a moderate impact on download speed, a feature that is quite useful.

The service is available at $6.95 per month or $39.95 annually. It allows up to five devices on a single account. However, PIA does not have a free trial but it does have a 30-day money back guarantee.

5. Proxy.sh

Proxy.sh is a powerful VPN software that boasts over 200 servers in 40 different countries across five continents. The service’s servers support L2TP/IPsec, PPTP and OpenVPN on most desktop or mobile operating systems. It uses 4096 bit RSA keys and 128 bit Blowfish cipher for encryption, which constantly regenerates every hour.

The solution’s SafeJumper tool has the ability to connect to any preferred network. With this feature, users can view connection time and traffic volumes. It can set up shortcuts to provide faster connections, while making sure that  nothing is logged as every online activity is encrypted.

Pricing is quite flexible, with a three-day plan available for just $2. But for those who want to avail of the complete service and support, A basic plan of $5 per month, a solid plan of $10 a month, and dedicated plan of $25 per month are also available. These packages offer users access to Proxy.sh servers in different countries and unlimited bandwidth. Custom plans can be arranged, all one has to do is contact support.

6. PureVPN

One of today’s leading VPN providers and another worthy mention on our list of top 20 VPN services, PureVPN is known for its service quality and customer support. The service has 450 servers in 101 countries, allowing users to surf the Internet and use any online solution without having to reveal their IP address. This is very useful to those who want to bypass Internet censorship.

With the service, user data cannot be intercepted as all traffic are encrypted. A split tunneling functionality allows users to route traffic from specific applications through the software. It likewise has a kill switch, which effectively cuts off Internet connection when the VPN connection fails. This prevents the accidental revelation of IP addresses.

The service supports Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices, but manual connection through Linux, BlackBerry, Boxee Box, HP WebOS or DD-WRT is also possible. It likewise allows users to use up to five devices using the account. PureVPN’s proprietary gigabit network ensures uptime and extremely fast speeds. It offers unlimited bandwidth, which is ideal for users who like video streaming or playing online games.

One of the most inexpensive VPN platforms today, the service does not require prospects to prepay services. Pricing schemes include monthly, bi-annual and annual payment options.

7. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is a lightweight, easy to use and powerful VPN solution. The software provides users with 256-bit encryption and standard OpenVPN. It has a wide array of features for users who want a dependable service. The service accepts bitcoins aside from traditional payment forms like PayPal.

The service does not log any user data and caters to those who like to download torrent files. However, ExpressVPN has a policy against downloading copyrighted material and may cancel accounts that make such an offense. It cooperates with authorities in such matters, by furnishing information that it has about an account.

The service has around a hundred servers around the world, in all continents. Server switching is facilitated on the line from just about anywhere. This feature is ideal for use by those who need to reach different locations or those who are in obscure places. Connection speed is relatively fast, with the service offering unlimited bandwidth. Albeit significant lag can be experienced during connection, such is resolved in just a few minutes.

It has applications that support PC, Mac, iOS and Android. Customer support is available 24/7, which include remote desktop, Skype, live chat and email.

The service is available at $12.95 per month, a bit expensive for such service. However, a 30-day money back guarantee is available for those who want to try the product out first.

8. IPVanish

One of the pioneers in the VPN service sector, IPVanish offers advanced functionalities focused on online security. It has a zero logs policy, effectively eliminating a user’s online trail. It has servers in around 60 countries, which include the United Kingdom, US and Egypt.

IPVanish can be run on any computer and mobile devices. It is capable of simultaneously using different types of connections. Paying with Bitcoin gives users additional security features as cryptocurrency cannot be tracked unlike government currency. This is because information required when paying with bitcoin are but an email address and a password.

The service supports torrenting through its zero logs policy. It supports PPTP, Open VPN and L2TP connections, with each going up to 256 bits except for PPTP. To further increase security, IPVanish uses shared IPs, making it even more difficult to identify users. This also ensures that even the vendor could not furnish agencies with your information even if it wanted to.

Although lacking in live support, IPVanish has a knowledge base that contains virtually everything that customers should know. The service is inexpensive, costing only $6.50 per month.

9. HideMyAss

One of the most popular VPN services in the market, HideMyAss has a myriad of features that are sure to attract anyone who wants online anonymity. It uses a variety of servers that work with any operating system or mobile device. Aside from PPTP and OpenVPN protocols, the service supports L2TP, which is more difficult to block. Ideal for getting around censorship and firewalls.

Just about any browser can be configured to work with the application. Internet speed is fast, reduced only by 2 percent. The tool requires only a few settings configuration before surfing the Internet. The service likewise offers unlimited bandwidth so that users can browse as they would without a VPN.

With HideMyAss, users are able to change IP addresses randomly, ensuring that their online activity cannot be tracked by anybody. Its Secure IP Bind feature keeps some applications from running until the platform is turned off. This provides an additional layer of security and is highly applicable to torrenting.

10. Hotspot Shield

A powerful VPN service, Hotspot Shield is ideal for those who enjoy using public Wi-Fi. It is basically a free VPN that comes in the form of an application or as a browser extension. Security is assured as the service uses OpenVPN , which makes use of the same encryption as HTTPS does. This feature is particularly effective in protecting credit card information during online purchases.

The service uses Advanced Encryption Standard with a 256-bit key, a common method employed by VPN services. Connections are protected using 2048-bit public key encryption. For privacy, the service offers a malware detection software. What is good about the software is that it can be downloaded and used without providing any personal information. This holds as long as you use the free version of the software and never contact customer support.

Although it has a no logs policy, the vendor collects user activity data and could opt to share them with third parties. The service can be used for torrenting but the company warns against copyright infringements. One weak spot is the service’s customer support. It has no live chat support and it takes more than 24 hours to get a reply. However, a knowledge base is available in the company’s website.

As for pricing, the service’s free and paid versions essentially share the same features and functionalities, which is why trying the free version first is recommended.

11. TorGuard

A popular VPN service, TorGuard has servers in over 50 countries and enables users to unblock websites and get around censorship. This ensures that wherever you are in the world, there is bound to be a TorGuard server near you. By default, the service enables users to make five simultaneous connections. This lets users run the service on all their devices. To better protect users, the service has a kill switch. However, this feature is not available on mobile devices. Likewise, a Domain Name System leak protection works on Windows and OS X.

The solution is also able to bypass firewalls through stealth connections. Additional security is provided through an ad and malware blocker, which can be switched on and off. For those who enjoy torrenting, the software supports such process, with certain servers optimized for P2P networks. This is designed to keep high-speed browsing on other connections. However, the service warns users to keep torrenting activities confined to specific cities around the world.

TorGuard is being offered on different payment models, A proxy service costs $5.95 monthly, the complete service is available for $11.55 per month while the annual model costs $64.

12. CyberGhost

Designed to give users total online privacy and security, CyberGhost is capable of changing IP addresses to something that cannot be identified. All traffic data are also encoded and encrypted, fully protecting those who are fond of using public Wi-Fi. It likewise secures browsers and all online solutions.

The service provides unlimited bandwidth and uses protocols such as OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec and PPTP. Up to five devices can be simultaneously connected with users able to use their choice of connection type. It supports both Apple and Android devices, enabling users to access the service anytime, anywhere.

CyberGhost has over 800 servers in 30 different countries, making it easy for users to find a fast and secure connection. It does not collect any user data and all traffic information are protected by 128-encryption. Speed is fairly fast, allowing users to stream content, download files and do online shopping. The service comes in three plans, a one-month plan, a six-month plan or an annual package.

Customer support is limited to a live chat feature that is accessible eight hours a day. It is available in English and German.

 

13. Buffered VPN

An impressive and fast VPN service, Buffered VPN offers total online security and world-class customer support. The service boasts of providing access to content from any country in the world. This is achieved through the service’s server locations in 37 countries. It supports Windows, Linux and Mac platforms, but can also be set up on Android and iOS. The service offers excellent latencies and fast upload speeds, very good for browsing.

The service’s no logs policy means that it does not store user online activity data and promises not to release them unless required by law, ensuring that your information is in safe hands. What sets this service apart from others is its refund policy. Users are able to use it for up to 10 hours or 10GB of bandwith and still get a refund, a far more generous policy than what others have to offer.

However, Buffered VPN is a bit expensive. It is available at a monthly fee of $12.99, but this can be reduced if one opts to avail of its annual plan.

14. VyprVPN

A Switzerland-based VPN service, VyprVPN offers 73 server locations, unlimited data usage and over 200,000 IPs. It provides secure DNS servers, a kill switch and different auto-connection options. The service supports Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux and smart TVs.

VyprVPN does not restrict connections by IP address, it can be accessed via router, mobile phone networks or a 4G tablet with minimal problems. The service does not log traffic, discriminate against devices or protocols or limit connections. It provides setup instructions for over 60 devices and OS configurations.

Installation is a breeze and one can easily connect with a single click. It replaces your IP address with a new one, which can be viewed along with your connection status. The system can be reconfigured through a settings dialog. Albeit it slightly reduces your upload speed, download speeds are remarkably increased.

The service is available at $9.95 per month, which can be further reduced with its annual subscription model.

15. HideIPVPN


Known for its speed, ease of use and native clients, HideIPVPN supports Windows, Mac, iOS and Android platforms. Its Smart DNS service is known to be able to unblock some sites. The service supports a variety of protocols, which include SSTP, OpenVPN, SoftEther, PPTP and L2TP/IPSec. With the service, torrenting is allowed although only on German and Dutch servers, this is due to the fact that it only has seven server locations in North America and Europe.

Like other VPN providers, HideIPVPN does not log user information, keeping your data relatively safe.

The vendor offers a free trial of the real product, requiring no credit card details. All it asks for is your name and email address and that’s it. The platform is easy and fast to set up, with tutorials to install the system manually readily available. To further protect user identity, the service is capable of blocking both DNS and WebRTC leaks.

Connection is fast and hassle-free, with anonymity achieved in seconds. However, connection speeds are highly dependent on your location of choice, you may have to switch locations in order to get the connection speed that you want.

The service is available on a monthly and yearly subscription basis starting at $5.83 per month. A 24-hour free trial of the software is also available for those who want to evaluate the tool first.

16. Norton WiFi Privacy

Norton WiFi Privacy is a VPN solution that is specifically designed for mobile devices. It is downloadable from the App Store or the Google Play Store. The software is capable of protecting users from the dangers associated with public Wi-Fi hotspots. It has the capability to block ads, which automatically hides advertisements while preventing sites from tracking user location.

The app likewise prevents websites from collecting users’ private data, allowing for safer and more secure web browsing. To make things even better, the solution automatically connects whenever an unsecure Wi-Fi connection is detected, ensuring constant protection. It connects to the nearest server, resulting in optimum speeds. But one can also connect manually and be able to choose a preferred server.

Norton Wifi Privacy uses bank-grade security encryption protocols, adding an additional layer of protection. It supports both Android and Apple devices. However, the service does not support multiple simultaneous connections and can only be used on a single device at a time. It also cannot be used on computers.

The product is cheaper than most VPN software, with its annual subscription priced at only $29.99. For those who want to evaluate the solution first, a 7-day free trial is available, along with a 60-day money back guarantee.

17. Overplay

A robust VPN service, Overplay offers two distinct types of services–a VPN and a Smart DNS service. The VPN service encrypts user data to hide them from potential threats. Its 128-bit encryption ensures fast connections, while providing security when browsing the web.

The Overplay Smart DNS service, on the other hand, routes internet connection using a different DNS to give the illusion that one is located in a different country, without significant speed reduction. This is very useful to those who want to access sites that are blocked in their own countries. The service supports PCs, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Wii, PS3, XBOX360, among other devices.

Overplay is easy to install and even easier to use. Its simple user interface is suitable for those who do not want complex features. All one needs to do is run the app and choose the country you want to connect to. It offers a very good speed, with any speed reduction hardly noticeable. As the software has server locations in 48 countries and over 14,000 IP addresses, anonymity is assured.

Overplay is available in two pricing models, Smart DNS at $4.95 a month and Smart DNS with VPN at $9.95 a month. Annual subscription and a 7-day money back guarantee are also available.

18. StrongVPN

A powerful VPN solution, StrongVPN focuses on the fundamentals of online security. The solution has server locations in 44 cities in 22 countries worldwide. It supports Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices, making it applicable regardless of what platform you are using. Wide protocol support is available and it uses up to 2048-bit encryption. Its StrongDNS service sees to it that there is absolutely no risk of DNS leak. What’s good about the service is has control over server speed testing, it can run comprehensive tests on chosen servers, helping users identify fast connections.

Privacy is likewise assured with the service’s no logs policy, meaning it does not collect any user information whatsoever from those using its service. This provides additional protection to online data. As for speed, Strong VPN has minimal impact on both download and upload speeds. Latency is known to double with long distance connections.

However, the service can only support up to two simultaneous connections. It is available at $10 per month, which significantly decreases with its annual subscription model.

19. Hide.me

A Malaysia-based VPN service, Hide.me has a formidable international reach and offers its total VPN platform to users worldwide. It has 85 server locations in 23 countries, three of which also provide proxies. What’s good about this service is that it supports P2P-based downloads on most locations.

For the vendor, privacy protection is of the utmost importance. This is why the service comes with privacy settings, allowing users to bind Internet connections to the service. This ensures automatic connection to the fastest server whenever the client starts. A kill switch functionality facilitates automatic reconnection whenever the service is disconnected. Still, all inbound and outbound traffic are blocked in the event the kill switch fails.

Hide.me uses bank-grade security encryption and EAP-MSCHAPv2 for username and password authentication, offering additional security for users. Safety protocols such as IKEv1, PPTP, L2TP and SSTP are also supported, all of which have their own 128-bit protections. The service includes port addresses in its connection conditions, an effective means by which to counter threats coming in through FTP.

Hide.me’s premium plan starts at $9.99 per month while its Plus plan is priced at $4.99 per month. For those who want to try the software first, the vendor offers a forever free plan.

20. PrivateVPN

Sweden-based PrivateVPN is a secure VPN service that has over 80 server locations across 52 countries, which include the UK, Europe, Brazil, Australia and Canada, among many others. The service supports all known operating systems. It supports simultaneous connections of up to six devices at a time, making it ideal for families with large VPN requirements.

Supported protocols include OpenVPN, L2TP, PPTP, IPSec, IKEv2, HTTP Proxy and SOCKS5, all of which can be toggled from a single interface. Security is excellent, with the solution featuring a kill switch that automatically severs the connection should the VPN connection be interrupted. This prevents accidental leakage of web traffic. As an added measure, the solution has a zero logs policy, meaning it does not collect any user information.

Another unique feature is remote installation. This functionality allows a customer support agent to set up the VPN for the user. It is likewise very useful for general maintenance purposes. However, the service is quite overpriced, with the basic plan starting at $6.71 per month. This is further reduced with the adoption of the three-month or annual pricing models. For those who wish to evaluate the solution first, a 30-day money back guarantee is also available.

So there you have it. Our top VPN software. Each one is strong in its own right, it is up to you to evaluate and see what’s best for you.

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