Top VPN Services Reviews

Virtual private networks (VPNs) are getting attention due to massive marketing budgets and influencer partnerships. It’s a challenge to navigate the burgeoning VPN market, and many of the claims made about its capabilities and benefits may not be accurate. Consumer Reports online security expert Yael Grüner recommends looking for open source software, reliable builds, and up-to-date support for industry standard protocols.

CyberGhost’s zero-logs policy is a fantastic selling feature. It promises not to record your online activity or IP address. Apps are available for the majority of major operating systems and include 256-bit encrypted encryption, a kill button, leak protection, and the option to connect using the random port. It also scored better than the majority of VPNs in our internet speed test, though this could be due in part to the shaping of your traffic by your ISP. It also has a number of extra tools like Threat Protection, Onion over VPN and Double VPN.

Nord is a different option that scored highly in our tests. It also had a great showing in our geoblocking test and streaming testing. The apps are powerful and quite user-friendly, but a map-based interface could be a bit clunky on smaller screens. It’s compatible with a range of routers and Kodi TV set-top boxes and is one of the most extensive geographical coverages of our choices. It’s a great choice for watching Netflix abroad and also has dedicated Windflix servers for this reason. Recently, it added a feature called Perfect Forward Secrecy which protects your data with every session a new key which makes it more difficult for hackers to decrypt past activities.