NordVPN is a top-tier company, whether your primary interest is security or productivity. From AES-256 encryption to multihop, NordVPN uses all the most cutting-edge technology to make sure you surf safely and anonymously. The company doesn’t skimp on the extras either. It offers split-tunneling capabilities, servers set up specifically for peer-to-peer torrenting, and full access to streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video.
NordVPN subscriptions start at just $3.20 per month, so it’s easy to see why NordVPN tops our list of best VPNs.
Servers in India and Around the Globe
Whether you live in India or you’re just visiting for a few days, you’ll want a nearby server. The closer the server, the faster your connection. NordVPN has more than 30 servers split between Mumbai in the west and Chennai in the east, so you can always find a clear signal. The company also maintains over 5,400 servers in 60 countries around the globe, so you’ll still be able to find a nearby connection if you decide to hop from New Delhi to Berlin.
Dynamic IP Addresses
NordVPN offers dynamic IP addresses, which create a safer browsing experience. All VPNs assign you an IP address to mask your actual address so no one can track your activities. Shared addresses keep you safe from spying. Since several users use the same address, it’s impossible for hackers to know who is doing what at any particular moment. An industrious hacker, however, could still target everyone using that address with a single scam, and they’d be bound to catch someone. A dynamic address, in contrast, changes periodically. If anyone does manage to zero in on your IP address, they’ll lose you again when the address switches to something new.
NordVPN also features a relatively new VPN technology known as multihop. While a normal VPN routes your internet connection through one encrypted tunnel, VPNs that use multihop, like NordVPN, route the connection through two or more encrypted tunnels. Like dynamic IP addresses, all that hopping around makes it even more difficult for anyone to follow your online movements so you can stay safe and anonymous.
Surfshark offers some great features, such as split tunneling and torrenting support, but it’s also secure. In addition to using AES-256 encryption and the OpenVPN protocol, the company is based in the British Virgin Islands so Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and 14 Eyes countries can never force it to turn over customer data. Surfshark’s subscription plans, which start at $2.49, include servers in three Indian cities: Mumbai, Chennai, and Indore.
As we say all the time, you need a secure VPN any time you’re using public Wi-Fi. Routing all your traffic through the VPN, though, can use up valuable bandwidth and slow down your connection. That’s why Surfshark offers split tunneling. Split tunneling allows you to log on to the regular internet at the same time you’re logged on to the VPN. You can transfer sensitive materials, such as work files, via the VPN, but still use the public Wi-Fi connection for more routine tasks like listening to Spotify.
Most people associate torrenting with downloading copyrighted material, but you can get a lot of great open-source content through torrenting as well. A lot of classic old movies, for instance, are in the public domain and readily available on sites like BitTorrent. Just because you’re not doing anything illegal, though, doesn’t mean torrenting isn’t dangerous. Any time you’re doing P2P sharing, your personal information is at risk unless you’re using a secure VPN. Surfshark has many features for torrenting, including fast download speeds and servers specifically dedicated to P2P sharing.
Headquartered in the British Virgin Islands
You may think the best VPN companies would be located in the U.S., since America is the leader in most tech industries. Companies located in countries such as the British Virgin Islands, however, can be far safer than those in the U.S. The U.S. is a member of Five Eyes, a group of countries that have agreed to share intelligence information with one another. That intelligence includes information about its own citizens. BVI, where Surfshark is located, is outside Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and 14 Eyes, which means the company never has to turn over customer data to government agencies.
Understanding the LAw: The British Virgin Island’s Data Protection Act, passed in 2021, forbids anyone from disclosing personal data “for any purpose other than the purpose for which the personal data was disclosed.”1
3. Private Internet Access VPN
We know the company’s promise is true, because, in recent court cases, PIA representatives testified that the company keeps no user records.2
Low Prices on Every Plan
PIA prices are affordable, and that’s true for all the company’s plans. We prefer month-to-month subscriptions because we don’t want to be tied down to long-term commitments. A single month of PIA costs $9.95, which is over $2 less than CyberGhost costs. If you’re looking for an even cheaper price, PIA offers one-year subscriptions for $3.33 per month and 39-month subscriptions for $2.08 per month.
IPVanish has some features you won’t find with other VPNs. Many of the VPNs on this list, for instance, maintain servers on both sides of India (in Mumbai and Chennai). IPVanish has servers in the nation’s capital as well. In addition to New Delhi servers, IPVanish offers an unlimited number of devices and an unlimited number of simultaneous connections. For an extra charge, you can buy a dedicated IP address. The company also provides something truly rare in the world of VPNs: phone support.
Unlimited Devices and Connections
One of IPVanish’s real selling points is that you can install the VPN software on an unlimited number of devices. No matter how many desktops, laptops, tablets, readers, or phones your family has, they’re all covered under one IPVanish plan. IPVanish goes further though. It also allows an unlimited number of simultaneous connections, so not only can you use the VPN on all your devices, but you can also use it on all your devices at the same time.
Dedicated IP Addresses
IPVanish offers a feature you won’t find with every VPN: dedicated IP addresses. Dedicated addresses mask your actual IP address, so you can still surf with anonymity. They don’t change every time you log on the way shared and dynamic addresses do, which means you don’t have to verify your credentials constantly at secure sites. Your bank, credit card company, and phone company will all know exactly who you are every time you visit.
Here’s something else you won’t get with most other VPNs: IPVanish offers 24/7 phone support. You can also access the company’s library of help topics and talk to a real live person via the online chat feature. Every now and then, though, it’s nice to hear a human voice — something you can only do if a VPN service operates a phone line.
Want to access content from streaming services located around the world? ExpressVPN does that. Want to get an Indian IP address using a server located in England? ExpressVPN does that. Want a protocol that’s as secure as OpenVPN but offers faster speeds? ExpressVPN has it. ExpressVPN’s price is at the high end of the market, but, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Plus, if you sign up for a full year of the service, the price falls by almost 50 percent.
Access to Streaming Services
VPNs keep you safe when you’re online, but that’s not their only function. Some VPNs, including ExpressVPN, help you get around blackouts and geo-restrictions to access more streaming content. Netflix, for example, offers different shows and movies in different countries. If you’re in the States and you want to watch U.K. content, you’ll need a U.K. IP address. The same is true if you want to watch shows and movies available only in Canada, Japan, or France.
Whether you’re outside India looking to access content available only in the country, or in India looking to access content available elsewhere, ExpressVPN has you covered. And you’ll get far more than just Netflix. ExpressVPN provides access to all the biggest streamers, from Hulu and Prime Video to HBO and Disney+ — and lots of niche services such as BritBox, Acorn, and Hallmark.
Virtual Server in the U.K.
Say you’re a native of India making your home in Great Britain. British servers will be close, so they’ll obviously give you the fastest connections with the least hassle. You want to be able to access Indian content, though, and that requires an Indian IP address. Wouldn’t it be great if someone offered a virtual server in the U.K. — a nearby server that would mimic Indian IP addresses? Turns out, ExpressVPN does.
Definition: A virtual server is a server that’s not actually in the physical location it claims to be. It lets VPN users choose an IP address from a relatively distant location, without having to route their signal through that distant location.
A Choice of Protocol
Protocols are important for a VPN. They are the instructions that tell the VPN how to deploy its various encryption methods. ExpressVPN offers several protocol choices, including OpenVPN, which has for many years been the gold standard in protocols. It’s open-source, and it has been tested for over two decades so it’s essentially bug-free.3ExpressVPN also offers the Lightway Protocol, a proprietary protocol developed by ExpressVPN itself. It’s based on OpenVPN source code, so it’s safe, but it eliminates redundancies in OpenVPN, so it achieves faster speeds.