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The Best VPN Services and Apps of 2017 (Including Free Options) (Archive)

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March 31, 2017 5:43:32 PM

IPVANISH or Nord , have used both , very good , better connections on IPVANISH.
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April 2, 2017 2:46:41 AM

Bravo Brian, this article is worth the time
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April 4, 2017 4:26:54 AM

A very good article i must say, have used Astrill and Purevpn works great.
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April 4, 2017 9:15:34 PM

I didn't see Hidemyass VPN and was wondering how it stacks up against IPVanish.
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April 6, 2017 9:09:56 AM

IPVanish is much better , probably the best in my opinion.
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April 6, 2017 8:29:09 PM

Thanks SR-71 for your response to my inquiry, but do you know where they have a comparison of HMA and IPVanish? I'm probably going to test out IPVanish as I've used HMA and didn't seem to have a problem with it, yet they cost about the same.
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April 7, 2017 5:56:16 AM

IP Vanish must be having some money back option as well, so you can always try it out.
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April 9, 2017 3:08:41 PM

Ronald Ruffner said:
Thanks SR-71 for your response to my inquiry, but do you know where they have a comparison of HMA and IPVanish? I'm probably going to test out IPVanish as I've used HMA and didn't seem to have a problem with it, yet they cost about the same.


Thanks for using HMA :)  A search turns up several results on "HMA vs. X" and "HMA comparisons" if you're looking for opinions from around the web.

Here's a recent review: http://www.pcmag.com/review/343171/hide-my-ass-vpn

If anyone has any questions on HMA I'll be happy to help. Lots of answers here too: https://support.hidemyass.com/hc/en-us/categories/20018...
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April 9, 2017 3:26:30 PM

Huge Fan of IP Vanish.
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April 15, 2017 10:35:16 AM

I've used IPVanish in the past. I had no problems with it and it was simple and fast to use. It's been a while since I've used a VPN and am currently in the market at the moment for a VPN service. I found a site which did a side-by-side comparison of many VPN services and there was one from Sweden or something like that. Their security measures used seemed a notch ahead of the others but I completely forgot their name. I'll probably get IPVanish again but I'm pretty open to reading about other recommendations as well
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April 18, 2017 5:26:44 AM

PureVPN is worth giving a try. Although they do not offer a free trial but have a 7 day money back offer.
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May 1, 2017 7:25:37 AM

I agree IPVanish is great and affordable.
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May 5, 2017 3:39:25 AM

h_sahadath said:
VPN service is really effective to ensure your online security. IPVanish is one of the best VPN services. It has some excellent features that protect you from online threats.



Can you identify some of those features for that instance. Just asking
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May 5, 2017 3:43:04 AM

I think SR 71 Likes IP Vanish :)  just saying


personally I prefer to use https://www.expressvpn.com/ more expensive than IP Vashing, (unless you pay 60/6month but if you pay the yearly price its 8.30/month.. but monthly is 13.00

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May 20, 2017 2:31:12 PM

Of your criteria, the most important should have been privacy. Does the VPN keep connection logs? Do they keep logs of where you are going or what services you ae using? The best VPN.s, in my opinion, are the ones that have a "No logging" privacy policy....so even if served with subpoenas for records, there are none to give. Should have been the most important point in an article on 'Virtual PRIVATE Networks'. No?
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May 21, 2017 11:15:48 PM

I agree with the NORD VPN is the best VPN in my analysis because too much server and internet freedom and privacy to all in one personally use with no issue in speed and auto kill switch enables. In my recommendation NORD VPN :
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a b 8 Security
May 22, 2017 8:58:47 AM

Just went with NordVPN $79.00 \ 2 years , couldn't pass it up. Usually go with IPVanish but this price is unbeatable.
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July 13, 2017 1:25:37 AM

Tor Guard is what I use
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July 13, 2017 5:33:11 AM

Have used NordVPN for three years now. All others on list appear to retain IP traffic logs of the user; especially in US where laws are more strict. Great support service w/NordVPN too.
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July 14, 2017 2:13:27 AM

I'm for NordVPN. As many have tried it performed for me best.
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a b 8 Security
July 14, 2017 6:27:32 AM

I agree Nord is great.
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July 17, 2017 8:44:04 AM

Inaccurate review. Nord should get really more points. It's download speed reaches nearly ISPs, they provide high security level and like SR-71 BLACKBIRD mentioned their offer 2y for 79$ is unbeatable, where you pay for 1 year express more and have the same (for example with US servers it performed me even worst).
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July 25, 2017 7:29:17 AM

NordVPN performs better than described. From my point of view it should be rated as #1 or at least #2
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August 2, 2017 5:21:39 AM

I'm using Nord for three months and I don't have any issues with performance. Speed reduces just around 7%. Big bonus they have 24/7 support team via live chat
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August 9, 2017 6:38:35 AM

I use PureVPN and recently they have introduced free advance features including Antivirus/Antimalware, IDS/IPS network protection, App Blocker, and Parental Control that's a huge plus and cost saver for me in the same subscription. Definitely a must have VPN service for all-in-one function.
https://www.purevpn.com/advanced-vpn
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August 16, 2017 7:36:41 AM

I'm using NordVPN. I have great speeds and connections stability so in my mind it's the best service keeping in mind that price starts from around $ 3.3 per month for no logs service based in Panama (out of 14 eyes) with a lot of servers and 400+ streaming services available.
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August 17, 2017 4:51:06 AM

Opera Free VPN is a pretty solid free version with acceptable speeds and decent functionality. Express VPN is fast, but also has log storage, which is not entirely ideal for privacy. Nord's support is questionable and the speeds can drop. However, they do not keep the logs, the best option for privacy.
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August 17, 2017 5:35:39 PM

Been a fan of Nord VPN lately , great price and new features keep being added.
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August 29, 2017 2:23:26 AM

I am a Privatoria user and it is not worse than VPN providers described here plus they have better price offer
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September 20, 2017 2:05:31 PM

I like and use Private Internet Access. just tested speeds
clear 22 ping 92.7 down 11.7 up
PIA 39 ping 88.3 down 11.1 up
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October 9, 2017 6:28:57 PM

Thanks for this! Been finding good VPN to use.
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October 13, 2017 9:18:26 AM

Have only used NordVPN so can't comment on others. However Nord only costs me about 1-2 megs on my 50 Mbps connection and I check my speed every day. Cost is very reasonable when purchased on an annual or two year plan.
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November 1, 2017 2:14:26 PM

I have been trying PIA for the last month or so. I wish my experience were even half the experience the judges / experts had. I found it extremely slow, the support service ignored my email regarding set-up, and finally it would lose connection in the middle of my torrents thus exposing my activity to the world. Though I am writing calmly and in normal case, please use your imagination to insert expletives and put my text above in all caps. I thought Nord was overrated until I tried PIA.
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November 1, 2017 2:24:12 PM

Wow. Just spent time detailing my experience and then was required to log-in - submission gone.

SO, one more time.

I have been trying PIA as it is so well reviewed. I should say I WAS trying PIA. I become so frustrated with it that I cancelled my subscription (but I will receive no refund, of course. And yes, it was a yearly membership.)

I wish my experience had been half as good as the judges'/experts'. The three reasons I am moving on NOW even though my subscription isn't up for 11 months:
1) Ignored my support request email. I wrote them with a problem about the way the software had loaded and never heard back.

2) Sloooooooooooooow. Nord was a speed demon in comparison.

But the final straw? 3) PIA kept dropping my connection in the middle of activities thus exposing my actions to the regular good old web and all the snoopers accordingly.

In comparison Nord, when used with Viscosity, was a dream.

So, though I have put my experience mildly above, please imagine it curse-filled and in ALL caps. I can't adequately express my frustration and disappointment.
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November 17, 2017 10:44:54 PM

PureVPN discount now stands at a MASSIVE 87% OFF!
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December 3, 2017 4:26:26 AM

Astrill are a diabolical service!
This was their suggestion to a support issue:-
[Ticket ID: 899410469] Accessing BBC iPlayer
Hi Mark,
Thank you for contacting Astrill support!
BBC is actively blocking our shared server. The only solution now is to have a Private IP but unfortunately we do not have available Private IPs now. We have run out of stock because our clients bought Private IP for BBC.
If you are willing to purchase Private IP, we will have new batch of IPs in few days.
Private IP cost $5/month.
Let us know if you still have concerns and we will be glad to assist you.
Best regards,

I paid $99 for the UK Private IP but it was so slow it was completely unusable. But, they refuse to refund my money. They've offered to transfer me to another UK Private IP but there aren't any available and they can't tell me when there will be one available. So, I paid my $99 2 weeks ago, I haven't heard anything more from anyone in their support team about getting a different Private IP and, therefore, haven't been able to use my product for 2 weeks. The final straw is that, BBC iPlayer has suddenly started working with the normal Astrill IP's so I needn't have bought the Private IP at all. Keep away from Astrill unless you want to be ripped off!!!
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a b 8 Security
December 3, 2017 5:26:09 AM

Credit card chargeback. Failure to provide the service paid for to an acceptable quality.
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January 2, 2018 5:22:55 PM

Have you ever known a person who tries too hard to be cute? That's TunnelBear...with all of the same pitfalls.

Even rudimentary features of TunnelBear feel unfinished because most of the development effort has focused on presenting an image of "cuteness".

Support is probably the worst aspect of TunnelBear. As expected, the cuteness actually masks mean-spiritedness. When I failed to participate in the cuteness game by contacting TunnelBear about a problem and suggesting how the unfinished features could be improved, TunnelBear responded with a pompous, sactimonious attitude.

In short, TunnelBear needs more substance and less cuteness.
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January 17, 2018 8:18:57 AM

What does the author mean here, "anyone wary of the U.S. government may want to choose another service?" Does the government own or run Private Internet Access, their top pick? Or is that warning simply because the company is based in the US?
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January 17, 2018 5:31:28 PM

ctbrowncoat said:
What does the author mean here, "anyone wary of the U.S. government may want to choose another service?" Does the government own or run Private Internet Access, their top pick? Or is that warning simply because the company is based in the US?


based in the US.
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January 17, 2018 6:24:55 PM

R_1 said:
ctbrowncoat said:
What does the author mean here, "anyone wary of the U.S. government may want to choose another service?" Does the government own or run Private Internet Access, their top pick? Or is that warning simply because the company is based in the US?


based in the US.



Got it. Thanks
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February 13, 2018 6:25:37 AM

My experience doesn't match the authors at all. My first VPN PureVPN had great speeds in my opinion. Once I learned it has logs I quit ofc., but the service was not 6/10 in my experience. Other VPN I loved ProtonVPN is not even on list. Also great speeds, seem safe and secure because its same company as ProtonMail we all know and trust! Lastly I use NordVPN right now and my speed loss is nearly inexistent. It has many features and superb customer support, I do not think this review is fair. I suggest giving all these services another shot - NordVPN and Proton has trials, Nord also has 30 day refund guarantee so it doesn't cost anything to try. Pure has no trial, but I don't know, you have a budget for these things anyway probably.
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February 16, 2018 10:23:47 AM

Thank you for the reviews!
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February 16, 2018 10:29:03 AM

I still strongly advocate PIA.
I tried NORD, the speed was just as good but I found it took longer to connect. I was unable to watch netflix through nord unless I went to the specialty servers and even then netflix knew I was in the states not the UK. PIA is cheaper to boot for these reasons alone I prefer PIA.
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February 21, 2018 7:32:12 AM

I use NordVPN for streaming on my firestick. Setting up my router was a b****, but once I got used to it it's all smooth sailing. 5/5 GG NordVPN!
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March 12, 2018 9:12:31 AM

This is my second year with NordVPN. I have tested it and compared it throughout the years with other VPN services. The features that they offer are exactly as advertised and I am happy with the speed. The support informed me even at the very beginning that the speed might be affected by more than their servers or even my own network speed but such things as my device or OS and driver versions. However, their service just kept improving in the past year so I'm really happy with it.
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March 13, 2018 2:47:45 AM

What a shame ProtonVPN is not on the list... Well I have tried few of these too, but my experience seems to differ from the author's. I moved from Express to Pure and after their log scandal blew up I moved to NordVPN. Set up on my router wasn't easy but the speed drop is almost unnoticeable.
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March 14, 2018 3:35:47 AM

This is a good review! Haven't these vpns but I use FrootVPN and I like the speed. It also keeps no logs at all.
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