Top VPN Services 2014

The main point of using VPN is to protect your identity from hackers and spying agencies, so the first thing that you should do while subscribing to a VPN service is to read their privacy policy and terms and conditions.

When you read the policy, make sure it is written in simple English without any legalese, and it should explicitly mention that the company does not keep any user logs. There is no point getting a VPN service that keeps a log of your activities. A VPN that really values your privacy won’t keep logs of your online activities.

When you subscribe to a VPN service, make sure you consider these points.

Server Location

Make sure you check their server list before you sign up. It’s always a good idea to get a VPN provider that offers servers in several countries. When your VPN server is placed between your computer and the Internet, you’ll certainly experience latency, making your download speeds slower. To make sure this latency isn’t very noticeable; you should select a server that is near your location. So if you’re browsing the Internet from New Zealand, you can select a server based in Australia.

Speed Issues

If an American user connects through a server located in Australia, they might notice excessive buffering while streaming a video. To avoid this issue, you have to ensure that the company has servers in your region as well. By connecting to a local server, you can hide behind their IP and still get high bandwidth.

VPN encryption protocols

The three most common encryption protocols used by VPN companies are: OpenVPN, PPTP, and L2TP/IPsec. If you are a desktop user, OpenVPN is the best option for you. It provides excellent security and fast downloads.

However, L2TP is a better option if you want to connect several mobile devices through the VPN server. It is also ideal for people who live in countries where Internet censorship is rampant. It is slower than OpenVPN, but it is more difficult to block, and has more support for mobile devices.

Some of the most popular VPN companies are listed here. All of them support desktop computers as well as mobile devices. They also support a range of operating systems.


PureVPN

PureVPN screenshot

PureVPN has a user-friendly software client, and offers affordable packages. A very useful feature of their VPN service is that they allow users to use split tunneling, which means they can encrypt specific parts of their browsing session. This feature is quite popular with gamers.

Read the full PureVPN review


VyprVPN

VyprVPN

One of the largest VPN companies in the world, VyprVPN has over 700 servers in different parts of the world. They also provide mobile apps for iPads and Android users.

Read the VyprVPN review


Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access allows you to surf the web anonymously by cloaking your identity. With almost perfect VPN services, they also offer some cool features like auto-disconnection and concealing DNS leaks from spying entities.

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OverPlay

Overplay

With PPTP OpenVPN protocols and high speed servers, this service is certainly worth a look. It gives a strong performance and their speeds go up to 6MBPS, which is something you’ll not get from other providers.

Read our OverPlay review


HideMyAss Pro

HideMyAss Screenshot

This is a UK based company that is widely regarded as the largest VPN service in the world. Their VPN client is easy and user friendly. Also, they have servers in over 125 countries, so you will have no difficulty finding a server close to your location. They allow you to connect multiple devices at the same time.

Read the full HideMyAss review