VPN stands for “Virtual Private Network”. VPN is software that helps make people anonymous or more anonymous on the internet, it makes your device believe that it is in another location.
Most people download a VPN for the sake of privacy or to keep their online life anonymous. VPNs are also used when countries ban certain apps that might be necessary to you or your favorites, it is used during this situation because a VPN lets you change your IP address from one location to another therefore, you could change your location to the country or area in which the app works.
This article will tell you which are the 10 top best VPN in 2021 with their uses and descriptions.
ExpressVPN works on MAC, Windows, iOS, Linux, and Android and it is also easy to use on devices such as Apple TV, Roku, Amazon fire stick, smart TVs, the Pl, Xbox, routers, etc.
It unblocks streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon prime video, Disney+, and so on without any difficulty whatsoever. ExpressVPN has 3000+ servers in 160 locations across 94 countries so that gives us a huge range of networks. It can support five devices all at the same time without any hindrance.
This service already uses AES-256 encryption which is just like the US government and also provides a choice of multiple other protocols such as IKEv2, OpenVPN, etc to keep data safe. What is the most exciting about this VPN would be that it has started using its very own Lightway protocol to increase speed even more.
Besides numbers and specifications, this VPN does stand out even during real-life testing. To begin with, it is fast, really fast with very good connections across multiple servers in various countries. Lastly, ExpressVPN is just very easy to use and is very customer friendly, it can be used on a desktop, phone, or TV streamers.
Therefore, ExpressVPN was made for both pro users and inexperienced users.
NordVPN again works perfectly on the MAC, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android.It has 5,600+ servers in 80+ locations across 59 countries. NordVPN too uses AES-256 but it also has an option to turn on the Double VPN system, this option encrypts all the internet traffic not once but twice. NordVPN allows six devices simultaneously which is better than ExpressVPN because that allows only 5.
The other features of NordVPN would include killing switches, proxy extensions for google chrome and firefox, DNS (Domain Name System) leak protection, and payment options including PayPal, credit cards, and Bitcoins.
Another reason why NordVPN is liked so much is that it is customer-friendly, the how-to-use steps are explained in NordVPN’s myriad troubleshooting articles, it also has a 24/7 chatbot and customer support to help people. Lastly, just like ExpressVPN, NordVPN also unblocks sites such as Netflix, iplayer, Youtube, Hulu, Amazon, etc.
SurfShark in the recent past has become very good and famous in the VPN market. Surshark has an unbelievably good pricing scheme and it allows unlimited connections.
So if one wants to use their desktop, a couple of phones, a tablet, an amazon firestick, and a laptop to watch movies or shows from around the world, it can be done using one connection only simultaneously. Also, one connection can be used by multiple family members and relatives as well.
SurfShark just as express VPN is very easy to use and does not cause any complications for the users. This VPN keeps its users' online identity secure, hence it has added a new protocol WireGuard to its OpenVPN and IKEv2 options.
Surshark does not lack in any places but if we do have to compare ExpressVPN and NordVPN have improved their server speed by a great amount whereas Surfshark VPN has remained the same.
Hotspot Shield is a VPN that has always done well concerning its free VPN, but trying to make their premium VPN better has made them climb the ranking scale. The free VPN option gives you full access to 1800+ servers across 80+ countries, with no ads.
Hotspot shield just like ExpressVPN allows up to 5 devices to be connected simultaneously. This VPN gives very fast speed and a very consistent download speed and about 330-410Mb speed. Hotspot shield has a “smart VPN” option- this option lets the user select websites on which they want the VPN bypassed.
Hotspot just as every other VPN is very simple to use and has 24/7 customer service options.
IPVanish has 1600+ VPN servers in more than 70 countries. IPVanish allows unlimited connections simultaneously. IPVanish just like every other VPN has 24/7 customer support but the good thing about this VPN is that the customer support can be accessed by the app on the users' phone.
IPVanish has a speed that is above average, but not quite as fast as the VPNs mentioned before. IPVanis has AES-256 encryption, a kill switch, DNS, and IPv6 protection.
In comparison to the other mentioned VPNs, IPVanish seems to be lagging in terms of security protocol, speed, and even unblocking of certain apps and sites but if users want a VPN with simultaneous connections without hindrance then IPVanish is the best-suited VPN.
Private Internet Access, called PIA, may not be the fastest or the cheapest VPN available but it does have some features because of which it may be on your list.
PIA has shown a great increase in server counts in recent years, from 2000 to currently 20,000 which is way higher than the server numbers of any other VPN.
PIA has the perfect mix of security features and protocols which includes WireGuard. These features and protocols include chrome extensions that allow blocking of location access, website referees, third-party cookies, and much more. PIA can also support up to 10 connections simultaneously so you can use all your devices at once with only one connection.
As good as the PIA VPN is, it does not seem to be becoming one of the fastest VPNs. PIA isn't the slowest VPN either, it supports normal web surfing but would not be able to support intense use such as gaming and streaming very well.
CyberGhost has a base of 10+ million subscribers,6500 servers across more than 90 countries. This VPN can be used on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android as well as Torrents.
CyberGhost is a good VPN to use on the desktop or laptop, it has an interface that is easy to follow and it connects you to the right server as per your needs.
CyberGhost has a special feature called the Smart Rules panel which automatically connects the user to a preferred server to launch a particular app. When compared to desktop use it could be said that the mobile app is a little weaker and does not have the same level of efficiency.
CyberGhost has no issues unlocking sites such as Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, etc, it also has some really good speed but begins to lack when used in far-off places.
Windscribe can be used on windows, mac, Linux, Android, and iOS and it provides browser extensions for chrome, firefox, and Opera. It also covers unlimited devices with just one subscription. Netflix, amazon prime video, iPlayer, and so on can be easily streamed by using Windscribe therefore it can be used by people who want to stream movies and videos from around the world.
Its speed outranks CyberGhost and Surshark only with the default OpenVPN protocol.
Windscribe has only 400-odd servers in 110 cities across 60 countries, which is lesser than most other providers and unfortunately, Windscribe does not have 24/7 customer service so sometimes most queries are not answered for a long time.
ProtonVPN in recent years has made a lot of additions and changes and has worked towards bettering their Android and iOS apps and Linux client. protonVPN has also started auditing its apps to show that they are complying with today's privacy standards. It offers stylish apps to use, working kill-switches, and desktop features.
Although ProtonVPN has been improving, in comparison to some of the previously mentioned VPNs it lacks some features especially when it comes to server speed and it has not yet adopted WireGuard.
Unfortunately just like Windscribe ProtonVPN does not have a 24/7 support service which has left many users' queries unanswered and them unhappy. Although ProtonVPN lacks certain features it does not mean it isn't a good service, it is a well- functioning and trustworthy service and it must be tried
VyprVPN is a Switzerland-based server and is pretty famous. It has only about 700-odd servers with a spread of around 60+ countries which is less compared to the reach of the modern servers.
As for website unblocking the server is great, it will give its users access to Netflix, youtube, Hulu, iPlayer, disney+, etc without any hindrance, however, it does not give access to amazon prime video but that has always been a task for most servers.
On one hand, the android app for VyprVPN is great with special features such as DNS leak protection, kill switch, URL filters, auto-reconnect options, etc, on the other hand, the iOS app for VyprVPN is not as great but still good to use.
VPNs are a private and secure solution within the internet itself. VPNs could allow people to enter companies and make use of their private internal system but it also allows people to use the internet in complete privacy, hence VPNs have their advantages and disadvantages and users must be careful.
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