Top VPN Services

A VPN can safeguard your data by ensuring that your connections are secure and secure. But while claims of military-grade encryption, or total digital obscurity could be tempting, Consumer Reports’ Yael Grauer suggests that you search for more specific indicators that a service is legitimate before you sign a contract.

It is a good idea to start with compatibility – search for a service that can support at the very least the most well-known operating systems, such as Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS. Then you want to check the number of devices that the service is compatible with, and how many simultaneous connections it provides. Also, you should check the number of servers available and their locations around the world. This will help you choose a server that’s close to your home or offers speedy speeds when you travel across the globe.

Certain services provide specialized features, like dedicated ‘Netflix servers’ that block geo-restricted websites, or extra security features, such RAM-only servers, that erase data every when the service is rebooted, dark web monitoring, and security measures to protect against threats. Review the ownership structure of the company and if it has had any privacy scandals or data breaches in the past.

NordVPN was the most reliable overall service we test. It has thousands of servers across the world in 94 countries. It also provides AES-256 encryption and ChaCha20, a reliable Kill Switch, split tunneling, and obfuscated server. 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, but you do get plenty of features and a long-term, comprehensive plan that comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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