You should start using a VPN service now if you’re not already using one. VPN services help protect your data from spying eyes and gives you access to geo-restricted content from video streaming services while abroad.
But with so many available, which is best? Here to help answer that ever allusive question we’ve tested some of the most popular VPN services around to provide a clear, easy to understand list of the best ones out there.
1. Best Overall: Private Internet Access VPN
Over a period of two years now, Private Internet Access has performed the best when compared to other VPN service providers and remained the cheapest full-fledged VPN service we've tried. It has over 3,000 servers worldwide, supports platforms ranging from Windows and Mac to open-source routers, and lets you customize your tunneling and encryption protocols. You can pay in bitcoin, and you don't have to provide your real name.
Private Internet Access' client interfaces aren't as flashy or cutesy as some other services' software, but they're clear and simple enough for newbies to start right away. A toggle switch reveals all the settings a VPN expert would ever want to play with. You can also skip Private Internet Access' software and connect directly to the servers, or use a third-party OpenVPN client.
The only downsides to Private Internet Access are that you can't select your username — you've got to stick with an assigned random ID — and that you've occasionally got to reinstall a balky driver in Windows. (There's a button to do this.) Selecting Private Internet Access as our VPN service of choice was almost a no-brainer, but because it's based in the U.S., anyone wary of the FBI may want to consider another service.
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