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Best VPN apps – free and premium VPN apps for your PC, Mac, iPhone and Android smartphone

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VIRTUAL Private Network (VPN) apps should be the first port of call for anyone looking to protect their data or online browsing history. We’ve tracked down some of the best free and paid-for VPNs out there on a host of devices, so read on for our recommendations. It’s important to note that VPNs can be […]

VIRTUAL Private Network (VPN) apps should be the first port of call for anyone looking to protect their data or online browsing history.

We’ve tracked down some of the best free and paid-for VPNs out there on a host of devices, so read on for our recommendations.

Use it sparingly and you should be able to make TunnelBear’s 500MB data limit last

It’s important to note that VPNs can be used to get around geo-restrictions that stop you watching videos in certain countries. This is illegal, so it’s important not to use them for this purpose. VPNs should only be used to help protect your personal data from snoopers.

More recently, the backlash over Snapchat‘s app redesign had some utilising a VPN to get around the update – although the company’s official Twitter account warns against it, and so do we.

There are plenty of VPN programs popping up online all the time, so we’ve taken the liberty of finding the best paid and free ones to keep you secure.

The best VPN apps for PC

NordVPN offers clients for Windows, Mac, and Linux – plus a Chrome plug-in and Firefox add-on. It’s an easy-to-use tool that boasts double encryption to ensure the most secure solution around. The search bar offers quick access to global servers, and there’s extra privacy through connection to the Tor onion network (an anonymous web browsing software used by major sites like The New York Times and Facebook).

Like most free VPNs, TunnelBear boasts a premium version that ditches the download limit restrictions. But, if you’re okay with a data cap of 500MB of traffic each month, this is a solid free VPN. We’d recommend using it intermittently to get around the constraints, and you’ll probably enjoy the cutesy design while you’re at it.

OpenVPN Connect for Android is free but requires a lot of know-how on the part of users

The best VPN apps for Mac

A lightning-fast VPN for Mac, this Switzerland-based provider owns and operates all of its servers. Auto-selection of the fastest servers is just one of the paid perks, along with auto-encryption of untrusted WiFi networks, and unrestricted connections by IP address.

Betternet’s free-forever service doesn’t come with a data limit. But be warned, it’s considered one of the worst for intercepting malware and you won’t be able to choose the server you connect to.

NordVPN’s all-encompassing app is one of the best money can buy

The best VPN apps for iPhone

With over 1,000 servers in more than 60 locations, IPVanish is a top-performing VPN client with a great iOS app. It works on both iPhones and iPads (iOS 8 or higher) and auto-connects every time internet traffic is detected. There’s absolutely no free tier, not even a trial. In exchange, the app doesn’t record your online activity or connection data on iOS.

You may have heard of the Opera web browser, well the company behind it also boasts a VPN app. Its free and unlimited, and also blocks ads and trackers. So what’s the catch? It can be slow and unresponsive at times. But you get what you pay for (or in this case, what you don’t pay for).

The best VPN apps for Android

ExpressVPN’s Android app is super-fast and extremely safe (touting an SSL secured network with 256-bit encryption, for all the privacy buffs). Everyone else can rest assured knowing that it should always have a connection available near you.
One of the few truly free VPN apps out there, OpenVPN is open-source (which means other, more privacy-minded folk can dig through its code and see if it measures up). It requires much more legwork than the paid apps on this list, and there’s plenty of advanced settings that need fine-tuning before you can fire it up. It should be noted that you’ll need to create and set up an OpenVPN server in order to use the app.

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