in-depth research on security, online privacy & vpns

Below are the best VPN services which we have researched and reviewed based on security flaws, privacy issues, download speed, logging policies, value for money, and usability. 


“ExpressVPN’s features are really top notch; they may go a little overboard with their security which can cause marginal performance differences, but we wouldn’t say this is a game changer as we’d much prefer to have better security to protect us.”

“For me, NordVPN goes that step further in satisfying their customers. They offered outstanding download and upload speeds, even in the U.S.. This, coupled with their friendly live chat and top-notch security, it’s hard to believe you can get connected from just £2.82 per month!”

“As with the other top VPN’s, VyprVPN cover most devices. One of the things I found striking was their user interface. It’s really easy to use, even for beginners. If you want to give things a go, you can opt into their 3-day free trial. Be careful though, VyprVPN don’t offer any refunds on their plans.”

top 10 vpns for 2023


Best Overall VPN in 2021 ($3.49/Month)


Best Premium VPN ($8.32/Month)


Best VPN for Performance ($6.67/Month)


Excellent Performance, Feature-Packed ($6.49/Month)


Beginner-Friendly, Fast VPN ($5.00/Month)


Best Cheap VPN ($3.33/Month)


Cheap, Strong Encryption ($4.08/Month)


Cheap, Strong Encryption ($5.00/Month)


Cheap, Strong Encryption ($5.00/Month)


Cheap, Strong Encryption ($5.00/Month)

latest vpn reviews:

ibVPN Review (2022)

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PureVPN Review (2022)

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Hide My IP Review (2022)

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Avira Review (2022)

Known for their antivirus product, Avira brought a VPN out in 2016. Read my full review on it.
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Mullvad Review (2022)

Mullvad is a VPN that's not as well known as others, so I've delved into this VPN to find out what it's all about.
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VPN.S Review (2022)

VPN.S, also known as VPNSecure, is a solution worth considering if you are looking for a simple and easy-to-use VPN. 
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SaferVPN Review (2022)

SaferVPN describes itself as the fastest and simplest VPN on the market. Bold claims! Does it live up to them?
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Proton VPN Review (2022)

ProtonVPN is based in the friendly jurisdiction of Switzerland. A great start, but does the good news continue for this VPN?
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PrivateVPN Review (2022)

PrivateVPN is a user-friendly VPN that is good for streaming purposes and combines effective encryption with a strong no logs privacy policy.
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Ivacy Review (2022)

Ivacy has been around for quite some time now, and it certainly offers some great features. Discover all.
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Astrill VPN Review (2022)

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Opera Review (2022)

Opera is more of a proxy than a full VPN, but it is free, which is always good news! Should you bother downloading it, though?
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AVG Review (2022)

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AirVPN Review (2022)

KeepSolid offers robust VPN services for both the business and also the individual user. Delivering innovative online security and productivity solutions to their international customer…
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ZenMate Review (2022)

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frequently asked vpn questions:

Safe is quite a generalised word and can mean different things to different people. However, we’ll go over several questions you might have to discover whether VPNs are safe to use for the services they offer.

Yes, they are. VPNs are a legal tool to use; some countries may place restrictions on them, such as UAE, but you’ll need to check this out dependant on where you live. VPNs are often used by large businesses as a secure way to connect between offices and remote or homeworkers. The use of them does not cause suspicion, and shouldn’t.

No, they won’t be able to look at any of your internet data as it will all be encrypted by your VPN. Your ISP will not be able to trace your IP, location, or what you’re looking at on the internet as all of this information is hidden by your VPN.

Yes, however, check with your VPN provider that they are happy for you to use P2P as some may place restrictions on this. Generally speaking, however, you should be able to access P2P and stream videos or movies at the click of a button.

In general, yes. The idea behind VPNs is to provide a safe and secure environment to perform internet activity without being spied on and without the worry of hackers. If a VPN provider doesn’t protect their customers’ privacy, they are going against their own business model.

Either way, a VPN is much more trustworthy and reliable than your ISP who can access every piece of data you transmit when visiting a webpage.

You most certainly can! Android, iOS (iPhones and iPads) and Windows phones offer the most VPN support. VPNs for mobiles will perform in the same way as a desktop; they’ll provide a secure browsing environment, encrypt your data, and hide your IP address for any internet connection you make.

It’s definitely worth mentioning, however, that custom and some particular mobile apps can and will send your personal data, such as your mobiles IMEI number, GPS data, contacts, and more. Often you’ll be prompted on your mobile to allow/deny this data, but sometimes you won’t even be aware of it.

We would, therefore, say, when using a VPN on your mobile, to be aware of which apps you’re using and avoid custom ones, or ones that will send your personal data. Your best bet will be to access online services via your mobiles web browser, rather than through an app, to ensure you’re getting the most out of your VPN.

Designing and running a VPN service costs a lot of money due to the nature of the systems. Technical support is high on the list, as are expensive servers to manage all of the back-end technology. There’s no such thing is free – well, this is, unfortunately, the case when it comes to VPNs.

Providers need to make money due to their high running costs, so if a service is being offered free, they’ll likely be making money off you in some way or another. Saying that, though, there are some very reputable VPN services that offer a limited free service with the mindset that you’ll enjoy using their products, and therefore hand over some cash for a premium service.

This often works, as you’ll want the most out of a VPN, so being restricted will become frustrating very quickly.

Truly unlimited free VPNs, such as, Hola will actually steal your bandwidth and sell it on to make money; pretty shocking right? Generally speaking, if you’re looking for the best VPN service, you’ll need to pay for it, and doing so will actually protect you in the long run.

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