Virtual Private Networks (VPN) have been gaining traction lately due to the eroding nature of online privacy. A VPN acts as an encrypted tunnel that shuttles data from your PC to a special server before hitting the open internet. This special server features a shared IP, also providing a bit of extra anonymity.
There are plenty of VPN services to choose from, but they aren't all created equally. Paid VPNs are generally preferred due to increased performance, extra features, and a clearer disclosure of data logging. One paid VPN service that we reviewed warmly is IPVanish, a leading provider in the arena.
IPVanish has strong encryption, works on a wide variety of devices (including some routers), has a long list of servers in plenty of countries, promises to not keep user logs, and offers solid speed and performance across the board.
When it comes to subscriptions, IPVanish usually offers three different options. You can get one month for $10, three months for about $9 per month (total of about $27), or one year for about $6.50 per month (total of about $78).
If those prices seem a bit steep, Windows Central has a Black Friday/Cyber Week deal running from November 22 to November 29 that makes a special two-year subscription come in at just $69. That's a monthly cost of just $2.87. Compared to the regular yearly subscription offer, you're getting two years for less than half the price.
If you've been thinking about a VPN service to help protect your privacy online, this deal for IPVanish might be the push you need. Seriously, that's good value.
We test and review VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:
1. Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service).
2. Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroad.
We do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.
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