We compile our lists carefully in order to make sure our reporting and our judgments are based on the most accurate information. To ensure this level of quality we employ a strict methodology involving very specific criteria. We compare, for example, each VPN’s privacy policies, security measures, upload and download speeds, pricing, and available features. We test them for data leaks. We consider how much customer support they offer. Of course, for a list like this one, our first concern is to include companies that have a strong presence in Mexico, so we count the number of servers. In the end, our final assessments are made based on a holistic evaluation of all of these elements.
Every VPN we profiled for this list has multiple servers in Mexico. Why? Because if you’re using a VPN in Mexico, you want one that has plenty of servers to choose from, so you can always find a fast connection. In addition, we take into consideration how many servers each VPN offers worldwide so you’ll be able to find a strong connection no matter where you may travel.
Security comes down to one simple question: is your data being leaked to the outside world? A leak makes you vulnerable, not just to hackers, but to government surveillance agencies. To ensure this won’t happen, we subject every VPN we review to two checks. First, we run a DNS leak check through the website DNSLeakTest.com. Then we run a WebRTC leak check using a tool offered by ExpressVPN. We’ve certified that every VPN on this list is absolutely leak-free.
One specific security concern is privacy. We want VPNs that not only protect us from hackers but ensure that no one, not even the government, can spy on what we’re doing when we’re online. In fact, privacy is so important that, even though it’s related to security, we’ve given it its very own category.
A VPN must be able to put its money where its mouth is, so to speak. Saying they keep our data private is one thing; putting specific practices into place to ensure that privacy is another. The best VPNs, for example, are headquartered in countries outside the Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and 14 Eyes alliances. If not, they’ve done something pretty extraordinary to frustrate surveillance such as maintaining no metadata logs of any kind. We look at what tools each company actually uses to protect us. We prefer VPNs that use AES-256 encryption, a kill switch, dynamic or dedicated IP addresses, split tunneling, and multi-hop technology. Finally, we take the time to research each company’s history to find out whether they’ve had any serious data breaches, and how they’ve handled them.
We test the upload, download, and latency speeds of every VPN using a speed test developed by Ookla. Of course, every VPN slows a machine down. However, by comparing speeds on a machine running a VPN to speeds on the same machine when it isn’t running the software, we can determine to a precise percentage just how much a VPN slows it down.
We also take account of what specific features a particular VPN offers. How easy, for example, does it make torrenting? Does it include tools to make the process particularly easy? Can we access streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, and HBO Max? Are the mobile apps up to the same high standards as the desktop apps? Does the software include browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge? And finally, we look closely at each company’s customer service including how easily users can get help and how many options they have to get it.
Maybe you can’t put a price on reliable online safety and security, but we definitely consider price when we’re evaluating a VPN. Obviously, that means thinking about what kind of value we’re getting for our money. So, for example, we make sure every subscription comes with sufficient simultaneous connections and server switches. Thinking about value also means comparing how each company’s price structure is set up. Finally, we look at the price in terms of the bottom line. Ultimately, we look for plans that cost $10.00 a month or less with plenty of available discounts to ensure we pay as little as possible.