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 December 14th, 2019
VPN In Touch is a German provider that's priced at the lower end of the dollar scale but offers a pretty simple service when compared to what's out there. You're only getting three devices per subscription (which is about two less than we'd expect as standard) and their server network only offers 25 servers ineight locations (UK, US, Canada, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, France, and Singapore). The app driving all this is simplistic and quite features-less (for example it doesn't even have a kill switch
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.
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.
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.
experienced no service issues.
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.