The best free VPNs (and paid alternatives)

1How can you best protect your identity and data when online? The simple answer is with a virtual private network, or VPN. This is the easy part. Actually picking a VPN is much tougher. Which VPN is best for you, and do you need to pay for the service? 
Based on customer reviews, we have compared the best VPNs (both paid and free) to give you a clear answer to this question. But first, we're going to explain how these services protect your identity and data. Stay with us.
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A VPN is basically a connection method used to add security and privacy to private and public networks. VPNs are becoming increasingly popular as more of the modern world transitions to the web. A VPN improves online privacy because the user's initial IP address is replaced with one from the VPN provider. Those subscribed to a VPN can obtain an IP address from any gateway city the VPN service provides. Read more... More about Tech , Software , Security , Vpn , and Online Security



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BEST FOR HIGH-END FEATURES

ExpressVPN


Strong distribution of servers and a slick interface make up for higher price.

Monthly: £10.18/month


6 month plan: £7.85/month


15 month plan: £5.24/month







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BEST FOR SECURITY

NordVPN


One of the most popular services for securing your online activities.

Monthly: £9.15/month


1 year plan: £5.35/month


2 year plan: £3.05/month


3 year plan: £2.29/month







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BEST FOR NEWBIES

CyberGhost VPN


CyberGhost combines usability with unique tools and powerful features.

Monthly: £10.29/month


1 year plan: £4.59/month


2 year plan: £3.09/month


3 year plan: £2.10/month







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BEST FREE OPTION

TunnelBear


One of a small number of providers that offers a truly free VPN service.

Monthly: £7.85/month


1 year plan: £3.92/month


2 year plan: £3.28/month







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BEST FOR PRIVACY

IPVanish VPN


IPVanish's privacy policy paints a positive picture of an extremely privacy-conscious service.

Monthly: £3.93/month


3 month plan: £3.54/month


1 year plan: £2.55/month







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BEST FOR TIGHT BUDGETS

Windscribe VPN


Windscribe offers up an interesting alternative to paid VPN services.

Monthly: £7.07/month


1 year plan: £3.21/month




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