I know that most top 10 VPN lists come in the form of a chart that lays out all the reviews in a start system, but I’m going to do things a bit differently. To tell you the truth, many of these ‘star rated’ VPN charts are arbitrarily assigned by the owner of the site. They often reflect the percent of commission that is paid for each sale, rather than the actual quality of the VPN service, which defeats the purpose of the review. In fact, not all VPN services are suited to all people, and each user experience is going to be different.
So my Top 10 VPN list highlights some of the features, and I may make a few comments about which ones I like better than others. This is not an ‘official review’, there is not rush to ‘order now’ because the deals are going fast, and there are not ‘exclusive offers’. Just plain old facts. And if you want to know, yes, I make a commission off of these. I believe in full transparency, unlike some blogs about personal VPNs or online privacy. VPNs are listed in random order.
A reliable, and well established service. If you want it, they have it. PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN, and SSTP. Smartphone, PC, Mac, and Linux VPN, live support, and a wide range of options. Choose plans based on your region, level of security desired, and budget. 314 servers in 19 countries.
- Best Deal: $55 / Year
- Best Feature: Fast, Reliable Servers
- Visit StrongVPN
Come for the FREE stuff: Web based proxy, link cloaker, anonymous uploader, and anonymous email. ProVPN is cheap and gives you free access to (2012) 43 server locations. Simple download and installation, and choose servers based on speed. PPTP, L2TP, and SSTP for iOS, Android, Mac, Linux, and Windows.
- Best Deal: $ $6.55 / Month
- Best Feature: VPN Servers in 43 Countries, 30 day guarantee
- Visit HMA
Live support, PPTP, L2TP, SSTP, dedicated IP servers, dynamic IP servers, and custom VPNs for China or other blocked regions. 3 plan options, 14 countries, and torrent access to dynamic IP servers.
- Best Deal: $74.95 / Year
- Best Feature: SSTP for Win 7, Dedicated IP Servers
- Visit PureVPN
Widest support for internet devices including DD-WRT, Nokia, Windows Phone (some models), and more. Custom VPNs for China and Middle East. Friendly and fast support team, and simple installation are some of the highlights of 12VPN.
- Best Deal: $79 / Year
- Best Feature: Broadest Device Support, Military Encryption Upgrade
- Visit 12VPN
Mega-cheap plan and 11 server locations. Live support, and VPNs for most devices. Good VPN service for the price you pay.
- Best Deal: $3.95 / Month
- Best Feature: Live Support
- Visit SwitchVPN
Simple plans means no headache for you. $10 a month across the board – for anything and everything. It’s as simple as that. Choose servers based on speed. 39 servers is 15 countries, and 29,000 IP addresses.
- Best Deal: $10 / Month
- Best Feature: Choose Servers Based On Speed
- Visit IP Vanish
They’ve definitely got a unique setup, and divide plans based on user needs. VPNs for families and small businesses available, and torrent ready VPN servers are also on the menu. This is a very budget minded VPN service, and the even offer a free trial.
- Best Deal: $36.95 / Year
- Best Feature: Package Deals: Torrent VPN, Multi-VPN (family,business), +more
- Visit ibVPN
This is a UK oriented VPN service that also simplifies things. Privacy, security, and a fake IP address for one price – 5 GBP per month for 1 location, 9 GBP for full access. Sometimes simplicity says a lot. A cute dog says more.
- Best Deal: 5 GBP / month
- Best Feature: UK based, Easy To Use
- Visit MPN
There seems to be a difference between ‘anonymity’ and ‘privacy’. With a man in a black trench coat and shaded glasses, this is clearly a service for anonymous-minded individuals. Just remember – no illegal stuff compadres. Kind of a low-key service, they’ve been around for a couple of years and mentioned in several PC magazines over the years.
- Best Deal: $8 / Month
- Best Feature: Anonymity
- Visit Black Logic
With recent improvements to the site, and plans for expansion, IAPS is upping their game. They already offer a pretty comprehensive service – over 100 countries, various types of encryption, SSH proxies, SSL encryption upgrades, and more. They are clearly dedicated to your PRIVACY, as clearly stated in their ‘about-us’ page. It’s a pit I’ve got this as number ten, because it truly is an amazing service. Transparency is a key highlight of IAPS, and they really lay everything out on the table so there are no misunderstandings about what their service provides.
- Best Deal: $30 / Year
- Best Feature: IP Address in Antarctica? Yeah, it’s true. + 120 other countries you’ve never heard of
- Visit IAPS