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Top VPN Services

A VPN can protect your data by ensuring that your connections are secure and private. While the promises of military-grade security or total invisibleness may appeal to you, Consumer Reports Yael Grauer recommends looking for more concrete proof that the service you are contemplating is legitimate.

Begin with compatibility. The service should support at least the popular operating systems like Windows, macOS and Linux, Android, and iOS. You should also check the number of devices that the service supports, and how many simultaneous connections it provides. It is also important to know the number of servers that are available and their locations around world. This can help you select the closest server to your home or one that provides fast speeds when you’re abroad.

Some services offer specialized features, like dedicated ‘Netflix’ servers that unblock geo-restricted platforms, or extra security measures, including RAM-only servers (which erase data each when the service is rebooted) dark web monitoring and security measures to protect against threats. You’ll also want to check the ownership structure of the company and if it has prior privacy or data breaches. scandals.

The most reliable overall service we tested was NordVPN, which has thousands of servers across 94 countries AES-256 encryption and ChaCha20, an effective kill switch, split tunneling and obfuscated servers. It’s also one of the few providers to publish its detailed no-logs policy and engages PricewaterhouseCoopers for annual audits. The prices aren’t cheap, but you do get a lot of features for your money and a great long-term plan comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.