IVPN exceeded our requirements for being trustworthy and transparent. It also offers good performance without sacrificing security, and it's easy to set up and use on nearly any device running Windows, macOS, Android, or iOS. Other VPNs we tested had faster connections at particular server locations or lower prices, but they came up short on essential factors such as transparency about who exactly runs them. If you're ready for a VPN, we think IVPN is worth the price, even considering competitors with cheaper options. If you're not ready to commit, you can try it out with a seven-day money-back guarantee. It's easy and obvious to turn off automatic billing, too.
We’ve previously reviewed the “VPN” built into the Opera browser in these group tests, even though it’s an HTTP proxy, rather than a true VPN. However, recent changes following Opera’s sale of endpoint provider SurfEasy to Symantec in November 2017, including a drop in the number of endpoints and a performance hit for non-European services, have rendered it less useful for accessing region-restricted content, and we will no longer be including it.
Opera VPN works only through the Opera web browser, and it shouldn't be used for sensitive communications. Once very fast, Opera's VPN connections were painfully slow in our most recent tests. The Opera VPN mobile apps, which were full-fledged VPN services that performed decently in our 2017 tests, unfortunately closed up shop at the end of April 2018. There's one good feature, though: Opera VPN streamed Netflix successfully from all of its server locations (there are only three of them), which is more than many paid VPN services can do.
Hide.me VPN for Windows offers many options for customers, with multiple price points that allow differing numbers of connections and differing data caps. Clients exist for most operating systems, with instructions for setting up hide.me on systems without a client. Customers can also make use of 24/7 customer support chat if they need any additional support. One of the most important parts of the hide.me service is the customer agreement, which strictly limits the data the company can collect. If you're worried about advertisers or other companies getting their hands on your information, Hide.me VPN for Windows protects you from that risk.
Nevertheless, the point of a VPN is to remain private and to have your internet activity kept as private as possible. For that reason, we’re choosing Mullvad as the best overall VPN (see our full review of Mullvad). The company recently released an overhauled desktop client, and the VPN does a great job at privacy. Mullvad doesn’t ask for your email address, and you can mail your payment in cash if you want to. Like many other VPNs, Mullvad has a no-logging policy and doesn’t even collect any identifying metadata from your usage.
Hide My Ass, however, does have a 30-day money-back guarantee, and it offers loyalty rewards for convincing others to sign up. That said, it costs $11.99 a month, putting it on the higher end of VPN services. The current average monthly price for one of my top-rated VPNs is about $10.50. NordVPN also charges an above-average rate, but that gets you an above-average number of VPN servers and allows six simultaneous connections. Private Internet Access, on the other hand, asks only $6.95 per month, and it provides a powerful (if somewhat unfriendly) product in return.
Yet Mullvad is worth a look because it's extremely private. It asks nothing about you when you sign up. Instead, it assigns you a random number that will be your combined username and password. You don't have to provide an email address, and you can pay by mailing cash to the company's headquarters in Sweden. (Mullvad also takes credit cards, PayPal, bitcoin and wire transfers, and offers 30-day money-back guarantees for those.) Unexpectedly, it was pretty versatile at streaming Netflix from overseas — it didn't always get through, but in no country we tried was it always blocked.
BitTorrent and uTorrent are the most popular torrent clients which allow their users to download torrent files. Using uTorrent and BitTorrent is legal but there are still many stories in which users are concern about their privacy because these torrent clients save the downloading and uploading activities of their users. Due to logs issues, many users simply stop downloading torrents while other worries about lawsuits which can be submitted by the companies whose data has been downloading through BitTorrent or uTorrent.
When you download torrent, your IP address has been shared with all the other users who are downloading and seeding the torrent file. The same happened when you are uploading the torrent file. This IP address information can be used by hackers. This is also very common in case of P2P file sharing network because it is your IP address which has been used by torrent clients like uTorrent to provides you the torrent file.
Torrenting is a common name for a specific protocol used to transfer data and files over the web, but not the actual types of files. Although it gets a lot of bad press overall, it is perfectly okay and legal if you’re transferring files that you have the rights to. Piracy, on the other hand, is completely illegal regardless of the tools that you use to do it.