What is the very best VPN service in 2019?
We’ve gone around the internet and taken a look at a whole bunch of them in order to bring you a list of our top picks for the best VPN service in 2019 - come take a look.
In today’s modern world, technology has advanced enough - and become integrated enough into our society - that it’s very likely that even the least tech-minded of folks out there will have heard of VPNs. For those still unsure as to what that acronym actually means, a VPN (or Virtual Private Network) is essentially a way to trick your own internet connection into thinking that you’re accessing the internet from a country other than the one you’re currently in.
There are also a number of security benefits that can be gained from using a VPN for your day-to-day internet browsing. In addition to masking your geographical location from whatever site, program or service you’re visiting, it’ll also stop services being able to access any more of your personal data than you want them to be able to access. In the ever-increasingly risky internet of the modern world, an unsecured connection can allow outsiders to access your data and can have a very real impact on you.
Setting yourself up with the right VPN service (for the right price), is a surefire way to make sure your internet browsing is safe, secure and that you have as many options as you could possibly want. Here, we’ve taken a look and compiled a list of the best VPN services of 2019.
Best VPN in 2019 - NordVPN
When it comes to a VPN that offers far more options than you’ll see from most of its competitors, you’re going to want to check out NordVPN. Somewhat ironically based in Central America, NordVPN offers users six simultaneous connections across 2000 servers, high-end encryption and an auto-killswitch function.
Those 2000 servers are based in 61 different countries, offering a wide array of places to tunnel into, depending on your needs. With reliable speeds, a policy of not keeping logs on your activities and arguably the best value in the range, NordVPN has established itself as one of the leaders of the VPN business at this time. It also happens to be one of the cheapest offerings on this list, per month.
Best VPN in 2019 - ExpressVPN
Arguably the most comprehensive option on this entire list, ExpressVPN offers a huge amount of options, unlimited bandwidth, P2P traffic and up to seven simultaneous connections. It’s also one of the only VPN services around these days that works on Netflix, YouTube, BBC iPlayer as well as Xbox One and PS4 consoles, which is a nice added bonus.
It’s hard to say many negative things about ExpressVPN, but if we were to pick out a couple of things, perhaps the most notable would be ExpressVPN’s absolute lack of any kind of trial period (something offered by the majority of its competitions) as well as its slightly higher price. It also has a three-device limit for paid accounts, which is less than others out there. All that said, though, it’s hard not to position ExpressVPN as possibly the best VPN service available right now.
Best VPN in 2019 - Pure VPN
It might not offer quite as many features as other services, but PureVPN manages to compete in most other areas. Similarly to NordVPN, the service offers over 2000 servers - though, with PureVPN, the spread is a little wider, based in over 140 countries. PureVPN offers apps, unlimited bandwidth, split tunneling and 24-hour live chat support.
For your monthly cost of under £3 / $4, you’ll be getting five multi-logins per household, supporting multiple people within the same account - perfect for student dorms or house shares, where the monthly costs can be split multiple ways. There’s also an automatic killswitch with that, to protect your privacy at all times.
Best VPN in 2019 - HMA Pro
How can a list of VPN services be made without including the company that uses a cartoon donkey as a mascot? That Donkey is wearing a fedora!
Beyond the art style, HideMyAss - or HMA Pro as it tends to be known in most places - is a feature-rich alternative to the VPN offerings of slightly bigger companies like NordVPN. The service (and accompanying app) are designed to be as user-friendly as possible and its fairly foolproof setup will allow you to get up and running with your VPN in a matter of minutes.
It’s absolutely worth noting, though, that HMA does not operate a no-logs policy like other services and, as such, this is a simple solution designed to let you use it as and when you need it. If you need a VPN for something more intense or constant, this one might not be for you.
That said, with annual subscriptions regularly going up for sale, HMA Pro’s user-friendly and simplistic approach will be better suited to those who are taking a more casual approach to their VPN experience.
Best VPN in 2019 - TunnelBear
Time for more adorable cartoon animal mascots, this time of the grizzly variety. TunnelBear is one of the most identifiable VPN services out there, having had its name out there for quite some time now. Like HMA Pro, it takes a simplistic approach, designed to onboard beginners into the wide and often confusing world of VPNs.
The fact that it is a simple VPN designed for relative beginners does not mean that it’s any less secure than some of its more advanced competitors, just that it's likely the easiest to use out of any of the VPNs we’ve seen. Everything from its menus and options, down to the descriptions is simple, intuitive and easy to understand.
With this in mind, TunnelBear will likely put off some of the more tech-savvy of you out there. There are limited customisation options, even though TunnelBear is every bit as secure as any other VPN out there. As a nice big positive on top of everything else, TunnelBear offers a free plan - a limited service of 500MB of data each month - so you are absolutely able to try out this whole ‘VPN’ madness without having to spend a penny.
So there you go - our top picks for the best VPN service in 2019. Have we missed anything you think we should have covered? What’s your favourite VPN service? What do you use VPNs for? Let us know, over in the forums.