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UPDATE: Sept. 23, 2022, 2:03 pm EDT This story has been updated.
Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is one of the best ways to protect your data online and stay anonymous on the web, whether you’re trying to stream movies abroad, download torrents, bypass geo-restrictions, or just browse. Most provider plans cost between $2 and $12 per month, though many entice customers with discounted introductory rates that skyrocket after their initial term. To help you secure a plan that fits your budget in the short and long term, we’re compiling a weekly roundup of the best deals across all the VPNs we’ve personally tested. Below, you can check out our top picks as of September 23.
ExpressVPN — save 49% on a 15-month plan
Read our full ExpressVPN review.
A reliable server network, easy-to-use app, strong commitment to data protection, and privacy-promoting headquarters in the British Virgin Islands make ExpressVPN our favorite full-featured VPN on the market. It also happens to be one of the most expensive VPNs out there, so we’d highly recommend taking advantage of a promotion that’s been running since early June: you can sign up for a 15 month plan in solo $6.67/month, which is 49% off their standard rate of $12.95/month. (Bonus: Your purchase is covered by a 30-day money-back guarantee and comes with one year of unlimited Backblaze cloud backups.(opens in a new tab) (That’s a $7/month value by itself.) You’ll switch to a $8.32/month annual plan after the first term ends. Bitcoin is accepted.
Read our full NordVPN review.
Advanced users shouldn’t think twice about signing up with NordVPN, another British Virgin Islands-based industry giant that packs strong security features like double encryption.(opens in a new tab)obfuscated servers(opens in a new tab)dark web monitoring(opens in a new tab)malware protection, ad and tracker blockers, and Onion over VPNa tool that combines your VPN connection with the tor network for an extra layer of privacy. For a limited time, new customers can sign up for a 27-month plan(opens in a new tab) at the introductory rate of just $3.09/month (protected by a 30-day money-back guarantee): That’s 74% off its regular price of $11.99/mo. Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP are accepted.
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Read our full ProtonVPN review.
Switzerland-based Proton VPN is another great choice for privacy experts, with open source applications and critical infrastructure that is stored within a data center that requires biometric access. We recommend your Plus plan(opens in a new tab)which gives you full access to your server network, streaming service and P2P support, ad/tracker/malware protection and Tor over VPN(opens in a new tab) tool that allows you to direct traffic through the Tor network with a single click. Monthly subscriptions are $9.99, but you’ll save 50% and pay only $4.99/month if you commit to two years (with a 30-day money-back guarantee). Bitcoin is accepted.(opens in a new tab)
Read our full CyberGhost VPN review.
This Romania-based provider claims the largest and most globally diverse network we’ve ever seen, with special servers optimized for streaming, gaming, and P2P to maintain consistent connections. Sign up for 39 months of CyberGhost coverage(opens in a new tab) a $2.29/month (or 82% off their standard monthly rate of $12.99), and you’ll be able to renew at the exact same rate every 36 months thereafter. Like all CyberGhost multi-year plans, it includes a 45-day money-back guarantee and free access to your ID Guard.(opens in a new tab) and privacy protection(opens in a new tab) instruments. Bitcoin is accepted.
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Editor’s note: CyberGhost’s website features a countdown to the deadline to lock in that three-year + three-month rate, but we’re pretty sure that’s just a marketing ploy.
Read our full TunnelBear review.
Our recommendation for anyone who has never used technology before, TunnelBear is a simple and lightweight VPN with an intuitive (and adorable) interface. Although it is unable to unblock streaming sites and is based in Canada, a Five Eyes country, it should serve you well if you are just browsing the web. We recommend your Unlimited plan(opens in a new tab) over the free version for unlimited browsing and priority customer service, which goes for just $3.33/month when you sign up for three years, that’s 67% off your regular rate of $9.99/month and a fixed price that won’t increase after your first term. Bitcoin is accepted and refunds are offered on a case-by-case basis.
Read our full PIA review.
It’s nothing particularly special (and its US-based location isn’t ideal), but for users looking for a basic VPN with open-source apps, built-in ad blocking, and an email breach monitor free, PIA is worth checking out. At the time of writing, you could get 26 months of coverage(opens in a new tab) For only $2.19/month — which is 82% off your regular rate of $11.99/month and includes a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll switch to an annual plan at $4.75/month after the initial term is up, which isn’t terrible yet. Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin are accepted.
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Read our full IPVanish review.
Editor’s note: IPVanish and Vipre are owned by Ziff Davis, the publisher of Mashable. Any IPVanish or Vipre product or service featured on Mashable is independently covered by our team.
Another middle-of-the-road pick with a US-based location (boo), IPVanish makes up for the lack of advanced security features with a stripped back, stripped back app and support for unlimited simultaneous connections. You can get your first installment of their annual plan(opens in a new tab) for only $3.33/month (or 70% off their standard monthly rate of $10.99), which comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and free virus protection from Vipre. After the first year is up, you’ll get $7.50/month. Crypto is not accepted.
Read our full PureVPN review.
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