The Best VPN Service of 2020

December 9, 2020

Best VPN Services of 2020

The best VPN services of 2020

The subject of this text is the review of services that offer secure, anonymous browsing from any location to any service anywhere in the world. Before we get into the review lets first see what the VPN in general is.

What is a VPN?

Businesses use VPNs to connect remote business networks and are now days used to allow workers to connect to their work network from home.

Anonymous and secure browsing and access to worldwide services

The countries around world are trying to enforce laws to gain control over the public internet, ISPs have to report to law enforcement agencies and media companies are creating different offers for different regions of the world. Users connecting to a local ISP network have to abide to local laws, their browsing history could be a subject of inspection of government agencies, and the offer of the  services they paid for could be limited by the region they reside in.

If we could connect to a large worldwide network over secure protocol that doesn’t keep logs of our browsing we could securely access any service anywhere in the world, as we were accessing them from their own country.

The services compared

We compared ExpressVPN, NordVPN, Surfshark, IPVANISH, CyberGhost, HideMyAss and StrongVPN

How we compared the services

To compare these services we used indicators such as the number of servers, the number of countries the servers are in, cross-platform support if they use integrated kill switch, if they use anonymous DNS servers, if they use no logs policy, if they use strong AES256 encryption, what protocols they use, if they use DNS leak protection, if they offer VPN split tunnelling and the number of simultaneous connections.

Express VPN logo
NordVPN logo
Surfshark VPN
IP Vanish logo
CyberGhost logo
HideMyAss Logo
Strong VPN logo

ExpressVPN

NordVPN

Surfshark

IPVanish

CyberGhost

HMA

Strong VPN

Servers

3000

5400

1700

1500

6695

1100

950

Countries

95

60

63

75

90

190

30

Platforms

Windows
Linux
macOS
Android
iOS
Chrome extension
Firefox extension
Router configuration

Windows
Linux
macOS
Android
iOS
Chrome extension
Firefox extension
Router configuration

Windows
Linux
macOS
Android
iOS
Chrome extension
Firefox extension
Router configuration

Windows
Linux
macOS
Android
iOS
Chrome extension
Firefox extension
Router configuration

Windows
Linux
macOS
Android
iOS
Chrome extension
Firefox extension
Router configuration

Windows
Linux
macOS
Android
iOS
Chrome extension
Firefox extension
Router configuration

Windows
macOS
Android
iOS
Router configuration

Integrated kill switch

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Anonymous DNS servers

Yes

Yes

Yes

75

90

190

30

No log policy

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Strong Encryption

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Supported VPN protocols

PPTP
L2TP
OpenVPN
IKEv2
WireGuard
SSTP
Lightway

OpenVPN
IKEv2/IPsec
NordLynx

OpenVPN
IKEv2
Shadowsocks

PPTP
L2TP
OpenVPN
IKEv2/IPsec

L2TP/IPsec
OpenVPN
IKEv2

PPTP
L2TP/IPsec
OpenVPN

L2TP
OpenVPN
IKEv2
WireGuard
SSTP

DNS Leak Protection

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

VPN Split Tunnelling

Yes

Yes (Chrome and Mozilla browser and mobile apps

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Simultaneous Connections

5

6

Unlimited

Unlimited

7

5

12

Side-by-side comparison of the best VPN services

Express VPN logo

ExpressVPN has more than 3000 VPN Servers on more than 160 locations in 95 countries. It supports major operating systems for personal computers, mobile devices addins for major browsers and apps smart TVs and game consoles.

Network Lock is ExpressVpns kill switch. It keeps your data safe even if your connection drops, blocking all of the network traffic until the protection is restored. ExpressVPN runs its own private, encrypted DNS on every server, making your connection safer and faster. ExpressVPN does not log traffic data, DNS queries, or anything that could be used to identify you. ExpressVPN uses AES-256 encryption the standard trusted by security experts worldwide.

You can choose between 5 protocols for your use case or you could leave the choice of the protocol to ExpressVPN by setting automatic and the app will choose the best protocol for your usage.

ExpressVPN will protect you against DNS leaks automatically but if you have any manual setups you might still have DNS leaks. In any case, ExpressVPN provides DNS Leak test so you can test your connection.

ExpressVPN supports VPN split tunnelling on apps for Windows, Mac, Android and routers. You can install Express VPN on any number of devices but only 5 devices can be connected at the time.

Tagline:
The VPN that just works.

Offer:
30-day money-back guarantee, 24-hour live chat support

Basic features:
160 server locations
Content from anywhere
IP address masking
Works on any device
Anonymous browsing
Content from anywhere

Advanced features:
VPN split tunnelling (Some devices go through VPN while others go to the internet directly)
Trusted server technology (no data is ever written to HDD)
Network lock kill switch 
Private DNS (Express VPN runs own private DNS on every server)
Best in class encryption (Advanced mathematics in AES 256)
No activity or connection logs (does not and will ever log traffic data, DNS queries)

Educational features:
Express VPN Trust centre ()
Speed test(Choose the fastest server location for your network)
Public WiFi safety (Express VPN is essential for using public Wifi)
Active blog ()
Stream sports guide (Stream sports online, privately and securely)
How-to privacy guides

Additional features:
Defeat ISP throttling
Unlimited bandwidth
Use 5 devices simultaneously

NordVPN logo

NordVPN has more then 5400 VPN servers in more then 60 countries. It supports major operating systems for personal computers, mobile devices addins for major browsers with configurations for supported routers.

NordVPN Kill Switch continuously monitors your connection to the VPN server. If the connection accidentally drops, the Kill Switch blocks your device (or the apps you have specified) from accessing the web. NordVPN software has two versions of the Kill Switch feature one for Windows and one for Android, iOS, macOS.

When you connect to NordVPN, your device only uses DNS servers operated by NordVPN. All your DNS queries travel over the encrypted tunnel and are resolved on the same VPN server you are connected to.

NordVpn has a no-logs policy that is audited by independent auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Zurich, Switzerland.

NordVPN uses AES256 encryption. Their software creates a tunnel to transmit your data to VPN servers securely, it uses three different security protocols to determine how that tunnel is actually formed. Those are IKEv2/IPsec, OpenVPN and NordVPNs own NordLynx built on wireguard to get one the fastest secure VPN solutions on the market.

NordVPN also provides DNS leak protection, but for various reasons, you still may have DNS leaks. That is why NordVpn provides DNS leaks tests so you can modify your configuration and protect completly.
NordVPN supports split tunnelling on Chrome and Mozilla browser extensions as well as on mobile apps.

One NordVPN account will cover 6 devices at once. If you connect NordVPN to your router, it will secure every device on your network, using up only a single space out of the 6 available.

Tagline:
Stay safe with the world’s leading VPN

Offers:
30-day money-back guarantee,

Features:
Secure internet
Ultrafast connection
Strict no-logs policy
Uninterrupted streaming
Privacy on the go
VPN servers everywhere
Multiple devices
Protect your data nonstop
Your personal IP
Mask your IP
P2P welcome here
Double protection
Use with ease
Block malware and adds

Surfshark VPN

Currently, Surfshark has over 1700 servers in 63+ countries. It supports major operating systems for personal computers, mobile devices addins for major browsers with configurations for supported routers.

Kill Switch is a smart feature on Surfshark apps for Windows, macOS and iOS and Android, it turns off your internet connection if the VPN connection drops, protecting your personal data and location from unplanned exposure.
Each VPN server has its own DNS complete with leak protection when used in conjunction with IPv4 stack.

Surfshark has a no-log policy. Companies country of jurisdiction is British Virgin Islands. They use ram servers only and have independent security audit. Surfshark also features Obfuscation that enables you to hide the that you are using VPN from your  ISP.

Surfshark VPN relies on AES-256, Advanced Encryption Standard (sometimes also referred to as Rijndael algorithm). AES has been adopted by the U. S. government and is the only publicly accessible cypher approved by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Surfshark uses IKEv2, OpenVPN, Shadowsocks. IKEv2 popular among mobile users works better when connecting to a nearby server. OpenVPN works best with long-distance servers favoured for desktop operating system users. Shadowsocks was created specifically for bypassing the so-called The Great Firewall of China. For people outside of China Shadowsocks is unnecessary.
Surfsharks apps will block all the DNS requests that your device is making and direct them through a safe, encrypted tunnel.

VPN split tunnelling called Whitelister on the Surfshark VPN app – is the software capability to have only some of your internet traffic go over VPN while the rest uses the internet as usual.

Surfshark offers an unlimited amount of simultaneous connections.

 

Tagline: Secure your digital life

Features:

CleanWeb: Surf in a clean cyber ocean with no ads, trackers, malware and phishing attempts.
Unlimited devices

Whitelist:
Allow specific apps & websites to bypass the VPN. Works great with mobile banking apps.
Strict no-logs policy
Kill Switch
Private DNS & leak protection

Camouflage Mode:
Makes sure that even your internet provider can’t tell that you’re using a VPN. Stay private, always.

MultiHop:
Connect via multiple countries at once to take ID protection & footprint masking to a whole other level.

NoBorders mode:
Internet should be open to everyone. This mode allows to successfully use Surfshark in restrictive regions.

Hide your IP:
Protect your privacy by hiding your real IP address that can be connected to your digital identity.

Encryption:
We guard your personal data by using industry-leading AES-256-GCM encryption.

Secure protocols:
IKEv2/IPsec is a default protocol on all of our apps. If you prefer, you can still select to use OpenVPN.

IP Vanish logo

IPVanish

IPVanish offers over 1,500 servers in more than 75 different locations around the world.

Supports Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android, Chrome OS, Fire TV and configurations for supported routers.

Currently, macOS, Android, and Windows client support Kill Switch feature. IPVanish does not monitor, record or store logs for any single customer’s VPN activity. They have a zero log policy.

IPVanish uses AES 256-bit encryption. This is the same encryption standard used by the U.S. government to safeguard sensitive data.

IPVanish offers IKEv2, OpenVPN, L2TP, IPsec, PPTP VPN protocols.

They also offer DNS leak protection. Split tunnelling is a feature of FireOS and Android app.

IP Vanish offers an unlimited number of connections to their VPN per account.

 
Features:
User-friendly apps for all of your devices

40,000+ shared IPs, 1,500+ VPN servers in 75+ locations

Unthrottled speed

256-bit AES encryption

Zero traffic logs

SOCKS5 web proxy

Access to censored apps & websites

IKEv2, OpenVPN, and L2TP/IPsec VPN protocols

250GB SugarSync® encrypted storage & backup

Unmetered connections

24/7 customer support

30-day money-back guarantee

CyberGhost logo

CyberGhost

CyberGhost offers more than 6600 servers in more than 100 different locations in 90 countries around the world.

Supports apps for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox, Android Tv, Amazon Fire TV and configurations for routers and smart TVs.
CyberGhost offers an automatic kill switch. They offer anonymous DNS servers for leak protection with AES256 encryption.
OpenVPN, IKEv2, WIreGuard, L2TP/IPSec are the VPN protocols that CyberGhost offers.

Their company is based in Romania and has no legal obligation to keep records on its users. They have a strict no-logs policy and offer split tunnelling on mobile and desktop.
CyberGhost allows using 7 devices at the same time.

 

Features:

Over 6200 VPN servers worldwide
AES 256-bit encryption
DNS and IP leak protection
Automatic kill switch

OpenVPN, IKEv2, WireGuard® protocols
Strict No Logs Policy
Unlimited bandwidth and traffic
Highest possible VPN speeds

Up to 7 devices protected simultaneously
Apps for Windows, macOS, Android, iOS & more
24/7 live Customer Support service
45-day money-back guarantee

HideMyAss Logo

HideMyAss

HMA has more than 1100 servers in more than 190 countries on 290 locations.
It has apps for Windows, macOS, android app, ios app, configuration script for Linux, configuration for routers, router setup for apple tv, an app for android tv, firefox and chrome plugins, router configurations for game consoles.

HMA has an integrated kill switch on Mac and PC.
It hides your IP address and secures everything you do online with 256-bit AES encryption.
HMA supports OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP/IPSec VPN protocols.

They offer DNS leak protection.
Split-tunnelling is the feature HMA offers only on android devices.

HMA offers 5 simultaneous connections which means you can have unlimited installations but only 5 devices may be connected at once.

Features:

Audited No Log VPN

30-day money-back guarantee

No logging

Smart Kill Switch

Split-Tunnelling

IP Shuffle

Leak protection

Military-grade encryption

Automatic connection rules

Fully encrypted servers

DDoS protection

Servers in 290 locations spread across 190 countries

P2P-optimized servers

Windows or Mac. Android or iPhone. Linux or iPad

Lightning Connect to instantly get access to the best online experience

Data centres have servers capable of 20 Gbps throughput, and most of our other locations have servers with 10 Gbps throughput.

Strong VPN logo

StrongVPN

StrongVPN has about 950 servers in 30 countries.

They offer apps for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, AmazonFire TV, router configurations, and manual configurations for Linux, Synology NAS, Kodi, Amazon Kindle, and Chromium OS.

StrongVPN sets the DNS servers automatically if using their apps.

There is a kill switch functionality on Windows and macOS apps.

Their software supports AES 256 encryption with support for Wireguard, IKEv2, OpenVPN, SSTP, IPSec and L2TP VPN protocols. As their VPN protocol of choice StrongVPN uses IKEv2.
StrongVPN apps prevent DNS leaks. But testing should be done to make sure DNS leaks are prevented.

Strong VPN lets you use split tunnelling on Android devices.

You can connect up to 12 devices simultaneously with a single StrongVPN subscription.

 

Features:

Apps for iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, and more
Light Mode and Dark Mode app options
950+ servers in 35 countries and 59 cities
59,500 VPN IPs

Up to 12 simultaneous connections
‘Best Available Location’ feature
Security on public Wi-Fi networks
WireGuard®, L2TP, SSTP, OpenVPN, IPSec, and IKEv2 protocols
Zero logging
No speed limits
30-day money-back guarantee
Accepts all major credit cards, PayPal, Alipay

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