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)|
|Company||GZ Systems||Golden Frog||London Trust Media, Inc.|
|Headquarters||Hong Kong||Austin, Texas, United States||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|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.|
|Sign up now!||Sign up now!||Sign up now!|
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
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
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