If you value your privacy, the IP-obscuring, ISP-evading power of a VPN is pretty much an essential purchase. That said, when does the money haemorrhaging stop? You're probably already forking out annual dinero for a decent internet connection, a virus solution and a third-party firewall as well. You'll therefore be looking for the best you can get for the smallest annual outlay for a VPN, and that's where we come in....
Updated October 17th, 2019
3 months FREE: Super-fast access to Netflix US/UK and more with ExpressVPN
ExpressVPN is giving customers 3 months free when they sign up to a 12-month plan ($6.67 p/month) as well as 49% off their first month. ExpressVPN also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Will my privacy be protected if I choose a low-cost VPN?
How well low-cost VPNs protect your privacy must be researched on a case-by-case basis. Every VPN website should have details on whether it keeps logs or not, what level of encryption it provides and whether or not it includes adware. The presence of adware or logs means where you go and what you access on the Internet is being tracked by either the VPN or a third party. The fewer levels of encryption present, the more likely it is that hackers will be able to access your data.
1 year for US$35.88
Based in the Seychelles and operating for 15 years, Boxpn is yet another low-cost, no-frills option. You're buying into a VPN service that can be used on only three devices simultaneously and the apps available support the expected OS types (Windows, OSX, Android, iOS). That said, they all lack a kill switch function. Through them you'll be getting high quality 2048-bit encryption and the Boxpn network is comprised of 80 servers setup in 40+ locations. Numbers-wise that's a decent sized operation. In terms of privacy we have the usual “no logs” claim and Boxpn's policy is laid out in straightforward language. Also, being in the Seychelles puts the company outside of the “Fourteen Eyes” (a collection of countries who share intelligence on Internet activities). The only downside: in the past the company has been marred by reports of bad service.
1 year for US$39.90
Browse Netflix US and UK libraries with a 14-day free trial of Getflix from Getflix
This Turkey-based VPN has spent more than a decade luring in folks who, as their company name would suggest, just want a better Netflix experience (by leaping geofences, one of the main benefits of any VPN). It stands above the crowd by offering a wide range of OS support, some of which are considered “closed systems” by its competitors (Xbox / PlayStation / AppleTV). We found the speeds to be decent but the installation process here is more complex than it needs to be. There are other limitations, too. While the Getflix network of servers does allow P2P activity, support for it has been segregated into fewer servers at a lower priority. And while they do offer privacy protection it's not as ironclad as some of the other VPNs on this list.
1 year for US$39.99
Save up to $7.89 on your annual subscription from EarthVPN
EarthVPN can give you access to BBC, Hulu, HBC and Fox Studios content. Sign up today!
1 year for US$39.99
Get 60% off Trust.zone VPN today from Trust.zone VPN
Hide your identity online and browse the internet anonymously with Trust.zone’s trusty VPN service
Affordable and seemingly all about maintaining your privacy, Trust.Zone looks to be up to the task thanks to being based in the law-resisting Seychelles. The positives of this service include decent speeds and reliability, a server network of 125 servers in 31 countries, and Trust.Zone isn't staunchly anti-torrenting like some VPNs. Better yet, their proprietary app is a cinch to set up and use, it features a killswitch, plus it can be used on three devices per subscription. There's always a downside, however, and with Trust.Zone the negatives fall squarely on its lack of support services. The sad fact is they just don't operate on weekends. It's a good thing that the service is so reliable then – we personally never had any grounds with which to test out the response times.
Adam Mathew is a writer for Finder, specialising in video games and TV. He's been the editor of magazines such as Ultimate Nintendo and Official PlayStation AU. His words may also be found in IGN, Gamespot, Kotaku, Red Bull, Game Informer and AusGamers.
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