With the America’s National Security Agency, UK’s Government Communications Headquarters, India’s Central Monitoring System and China’s Great Firewall dedicated to spying on every individual (and individual activity) on cyber space, online privacy and anonymity is impossible without VPN encryption. However, not every VPN in the industry provides the kind of top notch encryption that is necessary to beat these cyber spying giants and their merciless spying activities.
Let me get one thing straight here: Encryption depends on the VPN protocol, not the VPN service provider. So you want a VPN service provider that offers as many encryption methods as possible. But deciding on an encrypted VPN is never easy because there are so many things that need to be considered. Considering the detailed reviews and evaluations I have carried out in the recent past, I came up with the following list of top 5 encrypted VPNs.
IPVanish offers 7000+ IPs to its users through a network of over 110 servers located across 47 countries. IPVanish offers OpenVPN, L2TP, and PPTP protocols for $10.00, $26.99, and $77.99 for 1, 3 and 12 months respectively. It is only the 1 month subscription that seems slightly above industry standard rates, but even that comes down thanks to discount offers that IPVanish frequently comes out with. And the 7 day money back guarantee isn’t so bad either.
Every package comes with IPVanish’s NAT Firewall cover, which I think is a great add-on, but not exactly what I would call a unique selling proposition.
IPVanish offers client VPN software for Windows, Android, iOS (minimum 7), Mac, and Mac OS X. Sorry but IPVanish has no client software for Linux support, but it does have some pretty neat Ubuntu support. A briefing of IPVanish and its characteristics cannot possibly be complete without mentioning that IPVanish offers not only Tutorials but also Visual Guides to help get encrypted VPN users on their way with setting up their IPVanish accounts.
PureVPN is one of the industry’s oldest VPN service providers. The veteran VPN service provider provides its users access to over 300 encrypted VPN servers located in over 26 countries.
With over 300 servers spread out across 26 countries, PureVPN claims to offer PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP, OpenVPN and IKEv2 VPN protocols with up to 256-bit encryption and 5 multi logins allowed – all topped off with a 3 day money back guarantee.
PureVPN provides 1, 6 and 12 month plans for $6.95, $44.95 and $49.95 respectively. If you look at the 12 month plan, you will notice that this has to be one of the most affordable encrypted VPN packages available in the VPN industry right now. And that is not all, because PureVPN keeps coming up with discount offers quite frequently – even when there is no international event taking place. When I was writing this review, a visit to the PureVPN website’s ‘Order VPN’ webpage revealed a 10% discount on all packages.
ExpressVPN is the VPN industry’s most reliable service providers. ExpressVPN is a multi-protocol VPN provider that gives users access to OpenVPN UDP, OpenVPN TCP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP and PPTP protocols. This means you will get military grade encryption on your VPN tunnel.
Express VPN offers three pricing plans, all of which provide access to the complete set of ExpressVPN features and options. The three pricing plans are available in 1, 6 and 12 month denominations so you can pick one that suits you best.
All pricing plans are powered by ExpressVPN’s network of 50+ servers that are spread out in around 40 countries across the world. In addition, all pricing plans are covered with the ExpressVPN 30 day money back guarantee. This means that you can take ExpressVPN for a test drive and check out the ExpressVPN’s unmatched encryption yourself.
In addition, ExpressVPN is highly compatible with almost all internet-enabled devices and operating systems. ExpressVPN’s custom software is user-friendly and loaded with features that are designed to give new and veteran VPN users the ultimate internet experience.
HideMyAss is one of the industry’s veteran encrypted VPN providers. HideMyAss offers OpenVPN, L2TP, and PPTP protocols in the form of 1, 6 and 12 month packages for $9.99, $39.99 and $59.99 respectively. All of it comes packed in a 30 day money back guarantee.
The encrypted VPN service provider has over 550 servers located in over 64 countries and position across 133 countries around the world. This gives users a range of over 69,000 IP addresses through the service.
Compatibility is not an issue with HideMyass’s encrypted VPN. For Windows users, HideMyAss offers client software for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. For Mac users, compatibility is available for Mac Tiger, Mac Leopard, Mac Snow Leopard and Mac Lion. Linux compatibility is only available through a basic command-line client. HideMyAss is also available for smart devices (both Android and iOS based). All of this software can be downloaded from the HideMyAss website – which also contains setup tutorials for the client software as well as for platforms for which no client software has been released to date.
On a personal note, you will love HideMyAss’s client software. The HideMyAss client software is extremely user friendly and offers a wide range of features that place the control of the encrypted VPN in your hand.
5- Private Internet Access
Private Internet Access has top-notch encryption with the best internet protocol availability. Subscribing to Private Internet Access gives you access to OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP/IPSec protocols. That way you can pick the protocol of your choice based on the encryption level you desire.
There is only one package that is available through three pricing plans, and all plans include access to all protocols. The 1, 6 and 12 month plans currently available on the Private Internet Access website and are affordably priced.
The 12 month pricing plan is the cheapest of them all, averaging in at $3.33, making it the cheapest VPN on the internet. The 6 month plan is available for $35.95 and the 1 month plan is available for a flat rate of $6.95.
All pricing plans come with the classic 360 degree compatibility that Private Internet Access is known for. Custom and user friendly apps are available for Windows and Mac OSX users. In addition, Private Internet Access can be configured manually on internet enabled devices for which custom apps are not available. Thankfully, all modern devices are being built to support VPN.
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