Top VPNs

Corporations, governments and scammers all want access to your personal data, and more individuals are choosing to use a VPN to shield themselves from the constant probing.

A lot of VPN companies resell a service under a different name, or utilize third-rate networks that can’t come close to the big boys. So it is appropriate to focus on the top three VPN providers that are worthy of your consideration.

PureVPN VyprVPN Private Internet Access (PIA)
Editor’s Score 3.9/5 4/5 4.2/5
Company GZ Systems Golden Frog London Trust Media, Inc.
Headquarters Hong Kong Austin, Texas, United States Denver, Colorado, United States
Initial release 2006 2009 2010
IP Cloaking Yes Yes Yes
Protocols AES-256 OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP and Chameleon OpenVPN, IPSec/L2TP, PPTP and SOCKS5
Encryption 256-bit Up-to 256-bit Up-to 256-bit
Firewall NAT Firewall ($1.99/month add-on) NAT Firewall Advanced Firewall (Netfilter Project)
Network 750+ Servers in 141 Countries 70+ worldwide server locations, 700+ servers across 6 continents 3253+ Servers in 25 Countries
Software/Apps All major mobile, desktop OS supported, plus routers, DD-WRT, gaming consoles, BoxeeBox, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Browsers and 20+ other OS and devices. Advanced proprietary software for all major desktop, mobile operating systems plus platorms such as DD-WRT, OpenWRT, ASUSWRT, Boxee, Synology NAS and more. Basic, easy-to-use software for all major desktop and mobile operating systems.
Price Starting at $2.95/mo. Starting at $5/mo. Starting at $3.33/mo.
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PureVPN

Company is based in the free-market capitol of the world, Hong Kong, which may be a turn-on or turn-off. Software, apps and support are extensive and rival tech-wizards at Golden Frog (VyprVPN). This is currently the most aggressively priced service for a basic VPN. If you want a firewall too, it will cost you $1.99 more per month, so you may want to look at PIA if price is your number one determining factor.

Score: 3.9/5 – Best price

VyprVPN

Golden Frog caters to the computer enthusiast. VyprVPN software lets you switch between protocols such as OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP and Chameleon. On top of 256-bit encryption, Chameleon goes a step beyond that by scrambling metadata to prevent DPI, VPN blocking and ISP throttling. Their service is priced a bit higher than the others, however the intuitive, attractive software and advanced features makes it worth the admission price.

Score: 4/5 – Best features

Private Internet Access (PIA)

PIA is trustworthy, U.S.-based, and provides more worldwide servers at your disposal than any other VPN service. Their software is far from feature-rich, but it’s simple to use, conveniently sitting in your taskbar. So if checking out a slick graph showing your connection speed isn’t a make-it-or-break-it concern, PIA is a good choice. It’s the cheapest way to get a VPN with a NAT firewall, which is included in the price.

Score: 4.2/5 – Best value

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