Computer security researcher
David Balaban reviewed each VPN included in our top list. He conducted hundreds of technical tests, rated the convenience and reliability of the software.
We are glad to introduce the list of 10 best VPN services according to BestVPNRating.com. All of them successfully passed our experts’ tests and were ranked as top services for 2020. What’s more, our experts’ recommendations will help you to understand how Virtual Private Network works and how to use it.
While every VPN hides your real IP address, different providers may offer or sometimes lag the following services and features. Their level is different as well.
The main features of VPN services in 2020:
Additional features of VPN services in 2020:
We have compared these features at 170 VPNs and selected 10 services, and David Balaban will tell about them.
Today you can find an ideal service that will fit your needs. It will both easy to use and affordable. You’ll feel more secure than ever before!
You might think: ‘’That’s all good, but before I pay any money for services, I have to be sure in their quality and benefits!’’
That’s why we reviewed Virtual Private Network services and their software from the technical expert’ s point of view. Later, when making the ratings, we took into account their prices. That’s why cheap and weak services haven’t been included in our Top VPN list.
Without any further ado, let’s dive into details.
Founded in 2009, ExpressVPN (visit official website) – is one of the first large-scale services.
According to Google Trends data, the popularity of the service is second only to NordVPN.
But the confirmed “No Logging” policy, the easiest initial set-up of the app and excellent customer support make ExpressVPN number one.
ExpressVPN does NOT keep information on when and what website you visit. The fact of evidence was the case in Turkey in 2017 (source: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/social-media-posts-e-mails-of-turkish-policeman-who-killed-russian-ambassador-deleted-via-virtual-computer-124304).
Take note of ExpressVPN features:
My colleagues from BestVPNRating and I have been using ExpressVPN for a long time already. I recommend this service because of its multipurposeness and safety.
The official website is www.expressvpn.com.
It’s the most prominent service in 2020. It was introduced in 2008. In addition to usual services, it offers a VPN server chaining. It possesses over 5000 servers. Any doubts?
Then have a look at its popularity among users (according to Google Trends). It beats all! It excels its nearest rival in popularity twice!
What does influence such growth? It’s easy – the price, a vast number of servers in 62 countries and high-grade service.
Take note of NordVPN features:
I like NordVPN very much. It has passed technical testing successfully and proved high-level stability of software. I reckon the disadvantages are temporary and unessential.
The official website is www.nordvpn.com.
Let me introduce Surfshark!
Perfect speed, cross-platform compatibility, superior security, Double VPN, attractive price and some additional functions. It manages to unblock Netflix!
We are not going to consider the popularity of the service based on Google Trends data, as Surfshark is just entering the market.
Take note of Surfshark features:
Once you try the app, you’ll like Surfshark forever! I’ve been keeping a sharp lookout for Surfshark for a long time and now I rank one of the highest on our list of the best VPNs.
The official website is www.surfshark.com.
What I like about CyberGhost VPN is its up-to-date character. At the present time, it introduces a new service in the VPN market – Smart Rules. “Set your own Smart Rules and automate your privacy. Wi-Fi rules available now. More coming soon!” – is stated on the official site. What else? 7 simultaneous connections and superior security. Also, this service will be convenient for the users who need a dedicated IP. CyberGhost VPN offers this additional function.
The service has been working since 2011 and took the leading positions for a long time. For the last year, it was pressed by other providers. And now it the third most popular service according to Google Trends:
Take note of CyberGhost VPN features:
CyberGhost VPN is one of the cheapest providers available (when choosing a 3-year plan). I recommend this service for the users who want to unblock Netflix, to connect many gadgets simultaneously and to use a dedicated IP.
The official website is www.cyberghostvpn.com.
Founded in 2010, PIA (Private Internet Access) was a hands-down winner in the sphere of
security services right up to 2017. As PIA has many servers, we rank it number 5. It is a good, large-scale, time-proved VPN. It has consistently cheap prices, fast speed and P2P-friendly servers.
The ‘’tricky parts’’ I’ve found are SOCKS5 proxy and ad blocker.
But my Netflix tests were unacceptable. Besides, having studied Android users’ reviews, I’ve found out many complaints against the support service and app crashes.
Google Trends demonstrates interests over the past year:
Take note of PIA features:
I recommend this service to the users who aim at surfing the Internet without ads on a PC. But I don’t advise to use it on smartphones.
The official website is www.privateinternetaccess.com.
Being introduced in 2012, IPVanish stands out from the rivals because of the faster speed and SOCKS5 protocol in addition to the service. The provider takes a positive view towards torrenting. Moreover, it’s possible to use 10 devices simultaneously. It is ranked number 6 because IPVanish offers fewer servers than other providers do. Besides, the US jurisdiction allows only a 7-day money-back guarantee.
In the US and couple more countries it is ranked second in popularity after NordVPN, as for the rest of the world – it is not in the top. Considered all, it goes like this:
Data is taken from trends.google.com.
Take note of IPVanish features:
I’m in the dark about how to use torrents and have trust in no-log policy (it is mentioned on the official website) when using IPVanish. Being subject to the jurisdiction of the US, the service has to carry out the laws which are antithetical to torrents and ‘’No Logging’’ policy. In other respects, it is a very good VPN provider that copes with many tasks.
The official website is www.ipvanish.com.
VyprVPN is owned by Golden Frog, a well-known company engaged in IT security since the beginning of the 1990s. Its long experience provided an opportunity to work out a special product. They offer a proprietary Chameleon technology which serves to bypass restrictions of the countries where a standard protocol OpenVPN is blocked.
Besides, it offers a 3-day free trial version.
The basic parameters of VyprVPN are high-level. Many reviews caution that VyprVPN keeps logs for 30 days. That is no longer the case. The company does NOT store logs. It has been proved by a third-party company, which has performed an audit and declared that personal information is not collected by VyprVPN.
However, I don’t recommend to use it for torrents. Despite the fact that it does not prohibit torrenting, there are cases when the accounts were blocked (source: https://forum.goldenfrog.com/t/no-longer-feeling-private-after-copyright-notice/2872) in consequence of intellectual property rights violation.
Google Trends demonstrates little interest in VyprVPN for the last year worldwide:
At the same time, VyprVPN is in the first place in Indonesia, Mongolia, and Columbia.
Take note of VyprVPN features:
Well, the service is flavorful. However, VyprVPN Cloud is barely of use. It’s more like a marketing hook. I recommend this service to those who tried more popular
providers but haven’t manage to bypass blocking.
The official website is www.vyprvpn.com.
Founded in 2007, PureVPN is located in Hong Kong and is the leader in the market if take into account the number of countries where the provider places its servers. I’ve counted 140 countries. It supports torrents, allows using a dedicated IP and offers an unprecedented number of payment methods.
It might take the 3rd place in our rating but for some serious shortcomings.
I haven’t managed to access Netflix. Many servers have shown insufficient speed despite the fact the service introduces itself as the fastest in the world. There are Android users’ reviews which inform about insufficient security level. Although it is claimed that the
Virtual Private Network service is compatible with iOS, I haven’t found an application for iOS on App Store!
Google Trends reports that the popularity of PureVPN is insignificant.
Take note of PureVPN features:
I recommend PureVPN to the people who want to make use of unusual payment method, exotic countries and torrenting sites.
I don’t recommend PureVPN to those who appreciate the security and want to unblock Netflix. Also, you can’t use this
application on iOS, as it is unavailable on App Store.
The official website is www.purevpn.com.
TunnelBear was found in 2011. Its distinctive feature is a free package with the traffic limited to 500MB per month.
McAfee has become the owner of the service since 2018 (learn more about McAfee on Wikipedia), which guarantees high-level security. The provider undergoes a regular independent audit.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t support Netflix, the speed is not fast, and the number of servers is poor.
Besides, it is not compatible with routers, which makes TunnelBear unattractive to the advanced users and companies.
The interest to TunnelBear, as reported by Google Trends, can be compared with the interest to CyberGhost VPN:
Take note of TunnelBear features:
A free package is a good attempt to attract new consumers.
But 500MB! Is this for real?
You’ll use it to watch an HD video for no more than 30 minutes. I reckon it to be a marketspeak. That is why I can rank this provider number 9 only, despite the high-class security.
All the more so as the speed and server network leave much to be desired.
The official website is www.tunnelbear.com.
ZenMate offers a freemium plan with the speed limit. But hold off on using it. This plan is not available in the app, the speed is 2 Mbps (when connecting to the Internet through 3G) and only four locations are available. A paid ZenMate plan is more advantageous. Fast speed, many supported devices, the feasibility of using Netflix and torrents, a wide range of locations.
Among the minuses of its packages are possible IP leaks and logs keeping.
The popularity of ZenMate is rather high cross the globe (according to the data of Google Trends), but it decreases:
I associate it with a quite good free VPN package.
Take note of ZenMate features (paid packages):
I recommend this service because of its package with unlimited traffic. But remember there are other restrictions! I don’t recommend to pay for it. There are services with better characteristics at this price. For example NordVPN or CyberGhost VPN.
The official website is www.zenmate.com.
The chart with the list of the main and additional features will be the easiest way of choosing a VPN.
VPN is an absolutely legal technology. Still, Web-censoring countries have expanded banning and blocking of Virtual Private Networks.
Besides, we have the information about possible problems with VPN in Uganda, Turkmenistan, Venezuela, and Belarus.
In the rest of the countries, VPN use is absolutely legal.
A VPN network hides real IP addresses of any device in a reliable way, and it’s the VPN server’s IP that will be defined, while yours will stay hidden. It’s a useful function, isn’t it? It’s even more useful if you use torrents or want to bypass geo-restrictions and stream with Netflix, Hulu, or other Streаming Video Services.
Moreover, you may have other reasons to surf the Internet anonymously. Nobody can define your IP, and consequently – your real geo-location, while you are connected to Virtual Private Network.
There are certain vulnerabilities connected with IP leaks that may occur as a result of non-perfect functionality of VPN apps. But more on that later.
Faking your IP, a VPN network uses its servers located worldwide. There are both popular locations included in the list of almost every provider, and the ones which are difficult to find.
In case the list of countries where servers are located is important for you, have a look at it before purchasing.
We recommend you to choose a provider with lots of different locations. As a rule, having tried a VPN network once, people use it for years. That’s why a wide choice of servers will probably come in handy in future.
It’s a very important feature for VPN connections. In 2020 the best rated VPN services offer the most modern and reliable methods of encrypting that can’t be cracked nowadays. For example, ExpressVPN applies AES-256 encryption that has been recognized as the encryption standard for TOP SECRET information in the US.
Moreover, there’s an opportunity to choose an encryption algorithm.
Traffic encrypting makes internet connections secure. Even if you connect to public Wi-Fi networks, you’ll be able to send any confidential data in a secure way. Your logins and passwords won’t be intercepted.
Besides, online payments are much more secure with VPN.
Taking into account the nature of VPN connections, internet speed will be lower if you are connected to Virtual Private Network.
Depending on the settings and your ISP’s opportunities, internet speed will be reduced at 30-40%, or even at 50-60%. For example, if your ISP offers internet connections at 30 mbit/s, your VPN speed may be reduced to 20 mbit/s.
Nevertheless, you should ensure that VPN features and tariff plans fit your needs, even if your Internet is very fast. Moreover, think twice if you need a VPN for streaming HD video.
That’s why the best way is choosing a fast VPN from our Top 10 or look through speed test results in our reviews of 180 services.
In 2020 there’s no need to know how to set up software and configure it to work with your VPN provider. Currently, a good service offers user-friendly apps, which are easy to set up.
Need apps for PC, Mac, iOS, or Android (read review "Best VPN for Android")? No problem. You just need to subscribe, install and launch the software by one click.
Unfortunately, not all services offer reliable and safe apps. That’s why we recommend you to consider the ratings at Bestvpnrating.com and choose a VPN from the best ones.
It’s a very important function if you care about your safety and anonymity. For some reason, the encrypted VPN tunnel can break. But a good VPN client will disconnect the Internet to avoid leaking of your intelligible data and personal information. A protected connection will recover automatically when a VPN server is accessible again.
In case a VPN server remains unavailable, you’ll be able to change a VPN location securely.
Kill switch is not offered by all providers. Before any purchase, carefully study our VPN reviews and take use of the top services according to BestVPNRating.com.
Leak makes it possible to define personal information despite using a VPN.
DNS leak occurs when you use domain names, and visiting sites, your computer or gadget first contacts a DNS server to learn the IP of the website. Your ISP’s DNS is usually used, that’s why it’s easy to define your geo-location.
IPv6 leak is connected with two types of IP addresses: ‘’short’’ and ‘’long’’. ‘’Long’’ IPs are used as the number of ‘’short’’ ones is limited which leads to two ‘’parallel’’ networks. It’s impossible to perform a VPN connection for both networks mentioned above. That’s why one can know your real IP address.
WebRTC leak is related to P2P video transmission technology. WebRTC poses risks to anonymity as this connection bypasses Virtual Private Network.
Use only those VPN that protect you against those leaks.
Our Top 10 VPN list includes the services tested for Netflix. Not all servers offered by these services work with Netflix, but there’s no provider that will guarantee you using Netflix via any server.
Read further to know what VPN works with Netflix.
The other streaming services tested by us are available as well. You can learn more from our VPN reviews.
Besides, secure authorization methods also protect your personal data.
Every service provides with customer support, but still, its level is different enough. There are various ways you can get customer support: by email, messengers, and 24/7 chat. All VPNs from our site have an excellent customer support with a high rating.
Most of VPN providers claim that users’ logs aren’t kept. It’s impossible to prove or disprove it by testing.
Our experts found credible confirmation of ‘’No-Logging’’ policy only at ExpressVPN, Private Internet Access and Perfect Privacy. The confirmation facts were taken from different independent mass media sources. You can read about criminal investigations that lead to VPN servers being arrested and inspected. It’s great if ‘’No-logging’’ policy is proved.
It’s not only money refund when you aren’t pleased with a service but also the total refund in case you are pleased, and what’s more, with no questions asked.
It’s a good way to try subscriptions at different VPN providers without spending money for those who want to test several services.
Even there are VPNs from our top 10 that don’t support torrenting. In many countries torrents aren’t legal that’s why jurisdiction plays an important part. Carefully consider all cons and pros of the service you will choose. We always specify there whether torrenting is supported.
In 2020 many providers offer services for Xbox, PlayStation, Apple TV, etc. We tried to take into account these services when making the list of 10 best providers.
If you get interested in it, read our reviews and find there the list of devices supported by the service.
The level of privacy depends on the jurisdiction of a VPN. If you want to get maximum privacy and ‘’No Logs’’ policy, choose VPNs located out of ‘’5 eyes’’ alliance, «14 eyes» and countries friendly to them.
You’ll find the information about the jurisdiction in the overview of each service from the top list. Besides, P2P support often depends on the jurisdiction.
Lots of users need VPN in browsers. For this, you can set up an extension compatible with your browser and manage a VPN connection from there. Extensions increase security in case your ISP supports IPv6 (most of the largest Internet Service Providers are included).
We didn’t take into account this feature when making our ‘’Top VPN services’’ list, but they do offer such software.
What does this feature stand for? It’s an opportunity to configure the connection in a specific way (some programs bypass VPN, and the rest of them work via it).
You may need it if you work in different browsers: using your real IP in one browser and a fake IP – in another one.
This function is offered by ExpressVPN, for example.
The function lets you create a chain of VPN servers. Each element of the chain encrypts traffic and provides the highest level of anonymity even with the service that may keep logs.
We’d like to prevent you from making a crime with VPN. Any technology won’t protect you from a serious investigation conducted by the police from several countries.
This service is not offered as often as you could wish. Use our review "Best VPNs With Free Trial 2020" to find a service with a free trial period.
We recommend CyberGhost VPN from our Top 10.
Besides, you can learn how Virtual Private Network works with a free VPN (read our ‘’Best 10 Free VPN Services 2020’’ review). But be careful! It has been reported that some free services sell users’ personal information to third parties and distribute malicious software (read https://www.thesslstore.com/blog/windows-10-alert-installing-free-vpn-services-can-install-rootkit-based-adware/).
Our experts strongly recommend you to take seriously what David Balaban’s saying about VPN services:
‘’Have you ever thought of how much it costs to maintain hundreds of servers located in dozens of countries, a website, support specialists, and pay for traffic? You can’t control their ways of monetization and rely on them not selling your personal data to third parties. Though they could be useful to know about the principles of their work. I believe that nowadays even premium services, like ExpressVPN. are affordable for most of the internet users. And NordVPN, which is the best service in a ‘’budget’’ group, is almost free.’’
Taking into account poor security and untransparent enough terms of service, free VPNs won’t be tested for our top list.
Moreover, one can use the services for free during a free trial period or choose a traffic-limited package offered by many premium VPN providers.
Security in the field of information technologies is getting higher. Modern computer and gadget systems have been more reliable and stable than they were 5-10 years ago. Still, the modern world is not limited to your hard drive or smartphone.
The Internet is getting faster and more available, which results in increasing of the amount of data transferred. Lots of people prefer convenient cloud storage to keeping documents, photos, and video.
VoIP services open new boundaries for communications with people from almost all over the world. Social networks, forums, online shops, etc, are the websites visited by you with the help of your personal information.
Unfortunately, that growing data transfer is put at risk. For example, numerous Wi-Fi spots are ‘’ideal’’ for hackers to get access to your devices. Intercepting of logins, passwords, payment data may occur in such places.
In most countries ISPs collect and keep information about users’ online activities: connection time, websites visited, and IP addresses.
What’s more, there are sometimes virtual barriers created for the restriction of freedom and control.
What’s the way out of this dilemma?
Without any doubt, it’s a VPN technology, which is the most convenient and secure for people and companies.
It encrypts traffic that goes through your ISP (today it’s impossible to decrypt the intercepted or stolen information which is protected in such a way) and hides the domains you visit on the Internet. The websites you visit can’t define your real geo-location. That sounds incredible, but it really works!
Just have a look at the growing interest in Virtual Private Network over the past 5 years, which is seen from Google Trends:
As you can see from the screenshot above, more and more people and companies care about data protection. Because in the 21st century, which is called ‘’information age’’, it is obvious to do that.
Use WhatsApp, Telegram, Skype, Viber, etc. Stream with Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon Prime, etc. Care about your online safety. Do shopping online. Open new opportunities of the Internet.Enjoy doing this in any place with Virtual Private Network!
Have you ever thought of them? Considering our readers’ reviews, many of them have already looked for proxy/socks lists and spent much time on constant connections, checks, and changes. The only reason is that proxy/socks taken from public usually don’t work, and their lists are often reposted from the same sources for the sake of advertising.
What’s more, the sites you visit via incognito mode can easily define that you use a proxy. They often fail to protect against DNS leaks and never protect against IPv6 and WebRTC leaks. Moreover, it is much easier to use VPN!
Here are 4 easy steps available for all who can pay for the services on the Internet (you won’t have to reveal your personal data):
We hope that the article was helpful in choosing your VPN. For this, we’ve compiled the most credible data out of hundreds of sources, conducted thousands of tests and personally tried all services.
Experts of BestVPNRating
Computer security researcher
David Balaban reviewed each VPN included in our top list. He conducted hundreds of technical tests, rated the convenience and reliability of the software.
Encryption and data privacy advisor
Dainan Gilmore has studied and evaluated technical opportunities of the services.
Based on their reviews, the best providers were selected.