Top VPN Services

Top VPN Services

A VPN can protect your data by ensuring your connections are secure and private. While the promises of military-grade security or invisibleness may appeal to you, Consumer Reports Yael Grauer advises that you should look for more concrete proof that the service you’re contemplating is legitimate.

Begin with compatibility. The service must support at a minimum the most popular operating systems, such as Windows, macOS and Linux, Android, and iOS. Then, you need to determine the number of devices the service is compatible with, and how many simultaneous connections it can provide. You’ll also want to check the number of servers that are available and their locations around world. This can help you choose the server closest to home or provides high speeds when traveling to another country.

Certain services provide specialized services, such as dedicated ‘Netflix servers that do not block geo-restricted services, or other security measures, such as RAM-only servers (which erase data each time the service reboots), dark web monitoring and threat protection. Examine the ownership structure of the company and determine if there have been any data breaches or privacy issues in the past.

The best overall service we tested was NordVPN which boasts thousands of servers spread across 94 countries AES-256 encryption and ChaCha20, an effective kill switch as well as split tunneling and obfuscated servers. It’s also one of the few providers to publish its detailed no-logs policy and engages PricewaterhouseCoopers for annual audits. Its pricing isn’t cheap, however you get a lot of features for your money and a long-term, comprehensive plan that comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.

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