Five Best VPN Apps in 2020

Five Best VPN Apps in 2020

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Virtual private networks (VPNs for short) keep your data safe online.

Once you’ve downloaded a VPN app to your mobile or laptop, you can hide your location, your identity, even your IP address, making them the perfect tool if you:

  • Prize your privacy 
  • Travel a lot
  • Use public WiFi

The best VPN apps work by encrypting all your internet activity, then channeling it through a tunnel to private servers so that no-one else but you (including ad trackers, governments, even the VPN provider itself) can see what you’re up to. So, if you want to check your financial accounts.

If you need to keep the details of an upcoming business deal secure. If you like to read work email while out and about…

…a VPN is for you.

The best VPN services to choose

These days, the best VPN apps are easier to use than ever. You don’t need to be an IT technician to install them. That said, some VPN services are better than others, so we’ve created a list of our five favorite VPN apps to help you find the service that suits your specific needs.

Ready to see our top picks? 

…Let’s go.

#1 ExpressVPN

  • Number of servers: >3,000
  • Countries: 94
  • IP addresses: 30,000
  • Speeds: Unlimited
  • Devices supported: up to 5
  • 24/7 live chat: Yes

Let’s cut to the chase: ExpressVPN is one of the best VPN products money can buy.

It has a wide range of apps, is supremely easy to use, and offers 24/7 support in case you ever run into difficulties. It also offers the fastest service out there. Moreover, you can run the VPN on Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux, and BlackBerry operating systems (as well as Android TVs, games consoles, or at-home routers) — plus, it supports up to five devices at once.

If you’re unsure about how to use a VPN, the one-click startup option makes this the choice for you. If you want something more advanced, a ‘kill switch’ and DNS leak protection can satisfy your needs (not forgetting the bank-level encryption and firm no-logging policy). 

Still unsure? Try it risk-free thanks to ExpressVPN’s 30-day money-back guarantee.

#2 Surfshark

  • Number of servers: >1,000
  • Server locations: >60
  • Devices supported: Unlimited
  • 24/7 live chat: Yes

Surfshark is the new kid on the VPN block. Still, it ranks up there with the best. This VPN app is as fast as it is powerful, and it offers lots of servers to bypass regional restrictions alongside unlimited device support. Moreover, their 24-month subscription works out as one of the cheapest available (however, this deal comes without the 30-day money-back guarantee).

On the negative side, the mobile app isn’t as fully-fledged as the web-based product. Plus, while live chat is always on-hand, there is limited online support beyond set-up. Finally, some servers are located in a different place to their IP address — meaning you could see slower performance depending on where you are. 

#3 CyberGhost

  • Number of servers: >6,000
  • Countries: ~90
  • Server locations: >110
  • Devices supported: up to 7
  • 24/7 live chat: Yes

CyberGhost is a feature-rich VPN that earns its place in our top five apps. Its simple UI makes it a pleasure to use, with easy-access buttons in the Windows client for streaming, torrenting, safeguarding your data during transmission, and avoiding censorship. Plus, if you’re somewhat fanatic about privacy, you may prefer CyberGhost just for the fact it has a Romania-based HQ (it’s not a US company).

You can connect to CyberGhost using your operating system’s network settings, or use OpenVPN software. You won’t need to use your name to access the service; all you need is an email address. And you have a choice over the VPN protocol you use while you can connect your at-home router to CyberGhost as well.

Its month-by-month subscription is one of the more expensive but… the extended 45-day money-back guarantee gives you extra time to decide if the service is for you.

#4 IPVanish

  • Number of servers: 1,300
  • Server locations: >75
  • IP addresses: >40,000
  • Devices supported: up to 10
  • 24/7 live chat: Yes

We like IPVanish as much for its exemplary customer service as for its generous device support: you can connect up to ten mobiles, laptops, and smartphones across macOS, Windows, Android, and iOS. The desktop version has plenty of features to keep advanced users smiling, while less tech-savvy folk will love IPVanish for its simplicity (not to mention its well-above-average network speeds).

Is there a downside? Well, that depends. There’s no kill switch on mobile. And it is a little expensive when compared to other options (with a meager 7-day money-back guarantee). Some might also shudder at its US location — but that’s a personal preference over an outright negative.

#5 NordVPN

  • Number of servers: >5,500
  • Server locations: >60
  • Devices supported: up to 6
  • 24/7 live chat: Yes

It would seem remiss not to include the world’s best-known VPN service provider in our top five: NordVPN has been around for a long time, and for a good reason. It boasts 2048-bit encryption, which is a military-grade defense system that any government would be happy to hide behind — and that’s only improved by DNS leak protection, two kill switches, and super-fast connection speeds.

NordVPN also offers a range of unique features for payment providers (including PayPal, credit card, even Bitcoin, that work across Chrome and Firefox). Plus, SmartPlay can get past most geo-restrictions. And if you experience issues? No problem. NordVPN has a vast knowledge base, email support, and live chat for troubleshooting.

Sounds perfect, so what’s the catch? In October 2019, NordVPN suffered a reported data breach: not great news for a security company. It’s taken measures to guarantee this doesn’t happen again, but it probably shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

Still, it’s an economical option with deep experience in the sector, so if you can get over the slip-up — NordVPN could warrant a place towards the top of this list.

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A VPN is one way to guarantee network security. Alternatively, give Mid-Coast Tech a call on 207-223-7594, and we can help you ensure your business is 100% secure.