Five Best VPN Service Providers

If you have a need to encrypt and secure your internet connection—whether you're using an unsecured public Wi-Fi connection or are worried about an authoritarian government snooping your data—a VPN service is just what the doctor ordered. Here are the five most popular tools for the job.

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If you're unfamiliar with VPN services, the value behind a VPN is this: You encrypt all data from your local computer to the VPN endpoint, adding security to an otherwise insecure situation. A prime example is when you use an unsecured wireless connection (for example, at a cafe or a university) or when your government wants to control or spy on your internet activity (Egypt and China come to mind, but many examples exist world-wide).

VyprVPN

VyprVPN is a service brought to you by Goldenfrog. Goldenfrog partners with Giganews, a well-known Usenet provider which has been around since 1994, and you actually get the VyperVPN service free if you subscribe to a Giganews platinum account. VyperVPN itself costs $US14.99/month for their plain PPTP service and $US19.99/month to upgrade to the professional version which includes L2TP/IPsec. These two protocols allow you to connect to their service from a wide range of devices and operating systems—the two standards work with everything from Ubuntu to Windows and from Android to iOS.

WiTopia

WiTopia's entry level plan starts at $US39.99/year (PPTP only) and goes up to $US69.99/year, which includes PPTP and OpenVPN/IPSec VPN support. One of the things that makes WiTopia stand out from the crowd is that they have exit servers in an incredible 31 countries. This means that you are able to select which country or even which city your traffic appears to be coming from, which helps to get around some of that unseemly geo-lock content providers often put on their media. They include alternative ports as well as an SMTP relay for email should you need it.

StrongVPN

StrongVPN offers exit points in an impressive 15 countries, though on cheaper packages you may only receive the ability to use one of them. Their plans start at $US7/month, but this restricts you to PPTP and 4 exit cities; to switch countries or add OpenVPN support you'll need to pay extra fees. You can view all the different options on their packages page. StrongVPN is based in the US.

Ipredator

Ipredator is a Swedish VPN provider with a starting rate of €15 ($20.30 USD) for 3 months. It appears that currently PPTP is the only protocol supported, but OpenVPN support is in beta testing. It appears that their one exit point is in Sweden, which does have strong data and privacy protection laws. Their site is a bit sparse on details on their company and service, but our readers have picked them as one of their favourites so we have to go on their word.

proXPN

The only one of the five contenders with a free option is proXPN. They have a custom Windows client which manages your network settings for you and also allows you to switch exit points, reconnect your VPN on disconnection and have it run on startup. The free account is limited to 1Mbit and only allows a United States exit; the pro account is $US5 a month or $US45 per year. If you upgrade to the pro account, there's no bandwidth limit and you can choose between a United States or Netherlands exit. PPTP is not available by default but is available upon request. One of the downsides of proXPN is that their client is Windows-only; instructions are available from their support if you are connecting from MacOS X.

Honorable Mentions

Two software products worth mentioning that aren't strictly services but received a lot of attention in the voting include: OpenVPN is a client which can connect to any VPN service and is a component of popular "roll your own" setups. If you have the technical know-how, you can set up your own PPTP or IPSec service out of your own home or business. Also LogMeIn Hamachi is a free tool and service for creating a point-to-point VPN network between computers. You could use Hamachi to share your internet connection on your home PC with a remote computer and have a very nice and secure connection.


Comments

    I have tried different VPN Service Provider and found Hidemyass as the best vendor in the industry. Though i have got the solution to all my problems related to VPN from Bestvpnservice.com . They are into the business very much professionally and they guide their visitors with the best they can do. Hats off to http://www.bestvpnservice.com

    I prefer OverplayVPN (https://www.flashrouters.com). Fast servers in more than 60+ countries. Works for me.

    something about boxpn is wrong. I can not find where they are located. When you try to purchase, Paypal says non-american and non verified......
    And worst of all.... if you search for boxpn, all you can find is their own Ads or comments about excellent service.... no negative comment at all???

      They have an online chat and email support services. So why don't you ask? I just checked their website and it seems to me a pro vpn service provider.

      I'm planning to open an account at boxpn and will share my feedback with you.

        Just created my boxpn account.

        Very easy and simple to order. No switching needed, you can get access to all of their servers with one account.

        Have been connected to their Washington DC servers for more than 1 hour, no connection drops, it's good so far. I get about 15-16Mbits speed on my 20Mbit.

        This is very interesting that they also allow unlimited p2p traffic. When I asked the support guy about p2p, they politely asked to stop seeding traffic after download anything.

        As a conclusion www.boxpn.com is a quality vpn service provider, with a great price.

    I tried https://www.boxpn.com and it's working properly. Cheap as hell, also very fast.

    I use boxpn (https://www.boxpn.com) vpn service provider in UAE to bypass their restrictions. They support SSTP. I need Skype over here and boxpn does the job for me. Cheap price and great service.

    i just use the 1 day FREE trial from http://www.monkeyvpn.com whenever I need a PPTP VPN

    I recently changed plans with my Internet provider, and am now blocked from using P2P (f.ex. uTorrent). Will a VPN service allow me to continue using torrents?

      Some vpn providers are allowing p2p traffic, you should ask them before buying it. I know that both boxpn and strongvpn allows p2p traffic.

    I use SlyGhost VPN (http://slyghost.com/) - excellent low-cost vpn service provider. Definitely recommend it.

    I have been using Lamnia VPN for awhile now. Simply the best VPN service I have come across. Friendly live support ( an actually very funny guys running it , big Rugby fans! ). I chatted to them a couple of times before I decided to sign up with them, as I have used quite a few VPN's and wanted to be sure before I signed up. My fav is their video tutorials. I am pretty computer savvy but it just made it so easy to setup.
    I have used their UK and USA servers and found them to be 99% buffering free and very quick to connect.
    I totally recommend Lamnia VPN

    I have been with vpn networks for more than 3 years now. I like the idea behind being secure and getting my traffic encrypted. I believe internet should be free. At this time I tried many vpn companies and many of them are not professional enough but they are almost trying to do the same. The only two company stand out from the crowd are boxpn and strongvpn.

    I loved boxpn because they are very different in security base like cleaning internet traffic from malwares and having corporate grade firewalls to secure their clients. I think they are the only company paying attention that much on security. They are also very quick on support emails and providing excellent service with very polite responses.

    I liked strongvpn because they have a broad variety of servers and they have live chat support 24/7 everyday. It's incredible.

    I recommend both vpn service providers.

    I recommend http://hideman.net/
    Hideman software will the best for anonymous surfing , unblock website, encrypt traffic. I like Hideman, because use very easy. Fast VPN country, maybe because new service))) When I travel in China I use Hideman and don't have problem. Good software, Thanks developers, i don't see analogs.

    I used many vpn service providers before like hma, vypr, etc and I ended up using two of the best vpn services : boxpn and strongvpn.

    boxpn is good because of their extreme security layers. They are mainly good in Europe and USA with speedwise. Price is very great. I asked them how they provide this service with the low price - 5.99 per month - and they replied to me that they own all their own networks. Also they are located in Turkey which is very good for anonymity. The bad thing is they don't have servers in Australia. I asked them and they say that they are in process of deploying servers in AU, don't know when they will be live though.

    strongvpn is little better in speed in Australia and Asia. It has a long history company so very trustable also. The only bad thing is they are located in USA.

    I suggest both www.strongvpn.com and www.boxpn.com to all.

    I use HMA-Hide My Ass VPN. And I am completly satisfied I have read lot of reviews but HMA wast the best choice..Here is a review : http://topvpnreviews.net/best-vpn-services/hidemyass-review

      Will not deal with HMA after they ratted out a client to the US authorities.

    I think this list missed a big name >> Hotspot Shield (more than 10 million satisfied users).
    Visit >> http://www.freevpnformac.com for 99.9% online security

    I just to point out now to use a vpn service backed up by a company based in US or UK (or by extension in any EU countries). Especially if you wanna use torrents.

    Also, put questions about their logs. If they have any, drop them.
    They don't even need to know your name (payments done by paypal). If they have complicated register forms, then drop them.

    My 0.02$.

    I used a lot of VPN's and the one with which I am really satisfied is http://www.superbvpn.com/
    It helps me to watch BBC without delays.

    I would suggest you:
    http://www.cryptip.com
    Their servers are reliable and fast and best of all their services are affordable
    Also thinking about changing to L2TP protocol since PPTP seems to not be reliable anymore.

    Another good VPN service is https://www.blackvpn.com/. Works with OpenVPN and IPSec.

    Guys you can try VersaVPN. They are awesome vpn service I ever tried. Offering 3 protocols like PPTP, L2TP and OPENVPN. Also port forwarding features I like the most.

    Visit: http://www.versavpn.com

    I am using Hotspot Shield Free VPN. http://www.hotspotshield.com

    It encrypts your network traffic. HTTPS encryption secures your browsing session, sensitive data and online shopping information protecting your financial transactions.

    HSS VPN is a great tool to access blocked websites and surf anonymously.

    I'm using SSL Private Proxy and they have offered a great vpn service very cheap with torrents download allowed and unmetered bandwidth. Very great service

    I'd like to recommend against SuperbVPN. The connection was pretty spotty (used it from East Africa), and there's a totally hidden autorenewal policy, which I'm categorically against. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

    I have been using Fast VPN and have been really pleased with the service:
    http://www.fastvpn.me/

    While in China I would suggest using a VPN service like HighspeedVPN good speed and it is affordable.

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