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VPNs offer a great way to bypass geo-blocked content and let you browse an internet without borders. Here we round-up the best VPNs of 2017.

Best VPN 2017

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NordVPNIPVanish VPNPureVPNTunnelBear VPNHotspot Shield EliteHide My Ass
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£4.34 / Month£3.92 / Month£2.95 / Month£3.77 / Month£4.52 / Month£3.77 / Month
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Opera
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Why do I need a VPN?

Most of the Western world’s internet is relatively free and unrestricted. You can visit the vast majority of websites without fear of prosecution, and be served the same content as users in other countries – for no extra cost. See also: Best Kodi Boxes 2017.

Unfortunately, your internet freedom does not travel with your passport (and laptop). Travel to South Korea for example, and you’re subject to South Korean internet laws meaning will only have access to restricted content. 
Also, some services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video will be geo-blocked, meaning you’ll be served smaller libraries than you’re used to at home. The flipside is that if you travel to the US and connect to the web, your Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video libraries will swell.

A VPN offers you a way around location-based internet. 

Best VPN 2017: How do VPNs work?

VPNs rely on multiple server locations and encryption to spoof your location. They’re as simple as that. 

When you sign up to a VPN you’ll usually download a piece of software that encrypts your data and sends it to a server location of your choice. See also: Best Mac Antivirus 2017.

Here the server will decrypt your data and then forward it to the local ISP. The returned data is then encrypted again and sent back to your computer.

The end result is your computer accessing the same internet as the server location you choose.

Best VPN 2017: 4 buying tips

Choosing the right VPN can be confusing. Here are the four main features you need to look out for.

1. Best VPN 2017: Server location

VPNs rely on their own network of servers. If you want to watch US Netflix for example, pick a VPN that has multiple servers in the US. Likewise, if you based in the UK and want to watch BBC iPlayer when you’re abroad, pick a VPN that has several servers based in the UK.

2. Best VPN 2017: Is it in a ‘Five Eyes’ country?

If you’re employing a VPN for privacy reasons, this should be near the top of your priorities list. 

The Five Eyes agreement is between the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and is designed for the free sharing of intelligence between these nations. 

What this means is if your VPN providers is based in a Five Eyes nation, a government within could, in theory, demand to access data from your VPN provider. If this is something that concerns you, choose a VPN that’s not based in one of these countries. Better yet, choose a VPN that doesn’t keep logs of your activity as well.

3. Best VPN 2017: How fast is the VPN

The performance of your VPN is also a huge factor as you will only be able to browse the web at the speed your VPN server allows – regardless of what connection speed you have at home. Of course, the speed of VPNs will vary from minute to minute, but the reputation of the VPN’s speed is definitely something you want to pay attention to.

4. Best VPN 2017: Multiple OS support?

It’s hard to believe, but some of the major VPNs still don’t offer multi-platform support. Buffered, for example, doesn’t have an iOS app, instead, you have to download OpenVPN and battle through pages of settings to get started. 

The best VPNs will have dedicated apps that run on Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and some even support Linux. Check the table above for more details. 

By | 2017-08-03T09:04:38+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

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