Top VPN Services Reviews

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September 26, 2023

The virtual private network (VPN) is getting attention, thanks in part to huge marketing budgets and collaborations between influencers. However, navigating the growing market isn’t easy, and claims of features and benefits aren’t always correct. Consumer Reports’ online security expert Yael Grauer recommends looking for open-source software, reproducible builds, and up-to date support for industry-standard protocols.

CyberGhost’s zero-logs policy is a major selling point. It claims that it will not keep track of your online activities or IP address. Applications are available for most major operating systems, and include 256-bit encrypted encryption, a kill button, leak protection, and the option to connect using an unidentified port. It also scored better than most other VPNs in our internet speed test, though this could be due to the shaping of traffic by your ISP. It also has a number of additional tools such as Threat Protection, Onion over VPN and Double VPN.

Nord is another alternative that scored highly in our tests, with a strong showing in our testing of geoblocking and streaming. The apps are powerful and a bit user-friendly however a mapping-based interface can be a bit difficult to navigate on smaller screens. It’s compatible with a variety of routers, Kodi TV set top boxes and has the broadest coverage of any of our picks. It’s a great choice for watching Netflix outside of the United States and also has dedicated Windflix servers for this reason. Recently, it added a feature called Perfect Forward Secrecy, which secures data by using a different key for each session. This makes it more difficult for hackers to encrypt the past activities.

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