VPNs and How we Reviewed Them
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have become an indispensable tool for many internet users in order to:
- Protect their privacy and anonymity on the internet
- To secure their internet connection when using public Wi-Fi networks
- To access overseas websites and web services such as Netflix, Home Box Office and streamed broadcasts of major sporting events that may be blocked to them by geographical restriction
- To use BitTorrent and P2P networks anonymously without disclosing their real IP address
- To bypass national firewalls operated by restrictive regimes that block access to sites like Facebook and Google.
In preparing this series of reviews we looked at 23 commercial VPN services which we culled down to seven as outlined in ” We’ll add additional VPN reviews based on suggestions from our site visitors. To have your say click on the poll in the right sidebar or post a comment below.
All the services reviewed here are subscription based though some offer both free and paid services. If you are only interested in free we suggest you consult our separate review of the
Our VPN Review Recommendations
In the process of reviewing VPN services it soon became clear that there was no overall winner that was better in every way but rather particular services excel in particular areas. For example some VPNs provide great anonymity while other offer fast network speed or are geared towards the needs of BitTorrent users.