Best VPN Roundup 2018 by VPNRanks | Votes are Out! And the Award Goes to…

Best VPN Roundup 2018 by VPNRanks | Votes are Out! And the Award Goes to…

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As the year draws to a close, VPNRanks has decided to present users with the best VPN roundup for 2018. We evaluated the performance of 150 VPN providers based on their speed, reliability, encryption, and their overall features.

In our panel’s list, we have 7 of our best experts deciding which VPN provider is the deserving winner for the categories we have selected.

But there’s one award where we experts don’t get to make any decision, but rather YOU get to pick the winner for ‘People’s Choice Award’.

People’s Choice Award

So, vote for your favorite VPN provider so we could crown the WINNER!

Do remember, you have a few days left. We will be disclosing the results on January 7, 2019.



Now, we get to the good part! It’s time to unfold the deserving winners of 2018 with our best VPN roundup. Let’s begin…

Best Overall VPN – ExpressVPN

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Very few VPNs made the list as the top contenders for overall best VPN award and ExpressVPN was the clear Winner. Mainly because, it had the fastest speed among the various nominees, strongest 256-bit encryption, based in British-Virgin Island that holds no data retention laws, and all of its plans are fully refundable, no questions asked.

Nominees:

  • CyberGhost
  • Buffered
  • ExpressVPN – WINNER
  • Ivacy
  • NordVPN
  • PrivateVPN
  • PureVPN
  • Surfshark

Best Newcomer – Surfshark

 

Surfshark VPN easily won the award for Best Newcomer because the service was launched 10 months ago in March 2018 and since then it has made a strong impression in the VPN industry.

The presence of so many big players in the VPN industry, Surfshark is the only premium service provider offering unlimited device access with a single account.

It also has the cheapest price, available at $1.99. Combine all these aspects and you get an exceptional conversion rate!

 

Nominees:

  • Surfshark – WINNER
  • SigaVPN
  • PerfectVPN
  • Hidester VPN
  • VPNHub

Best Speed – ExpressVPN

 

 

There’s no comparison to the speed and versatility of ExpressVPN when it comes to connecting short distance or long distance servers. When connected to a short distance server, ExpressVPN’s speed only dropped to 11% (i.e. 26.62 Mbps) on a 30 Mbps internet connection.

When connected to a longer distance server, ExpressVPN performed exceptionally well with only a 16% decline in original internet speed when compared to the speed of other VPN in this category.

Nominees:

  • PureVPN
  • Surfshark
  • ExpressVPN – WINNER
  • CyberGhost
  • HideMyAss
  • IPVanish
  • Windscribe
  • Buffered

Best Encryption – NordVPN

 

Not all VPNs truly offer 256-bit encryption, and certainly, no one offers a Double VPN encryption as NordVPN.

It has an extra layer of privacy which is highly recommended in countries where there is a high level of online security, internet censorship, and strict internet regulations. None of the VPN providers mentioned in the nominees offer Double VPN encryption.

Nominees:

  • ExpressVPN
  • NordVPN – WINNER
  • Ivacy
  • CyberGhost
  • Private Internet Access
  • VPNArea
  • PureVPN

Best Free VPN – TunnelBear

 

It was a tight call between TunnelBear and the newly arrived SigaVPN. But our panel awarded TunnelBear as the best free VPN because it offers 500 MB of free data with a strict No Log Policy.

Not just that, with zero cost to spend it offers lightweight extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera and is available for 4 platforms i.e. Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS.

Nominees:

  • Tunnelear – WINNER
  • SigaVPN
  • ZoogVPN
  • ZenMate
  • Hola VPN
  • Proton VPN

Best Customer Service – Ivacy

 

Customer service is at the center of all business operation and that leads to either satisfied or dissatisfied customer. Ivacy has the best customer service and wins the award by a majority decision.

In a test to judge the response time for each nominee from their Live Chat support, Ivacy managed to pull a response time of 9 seconds, fastest of them all.

Nominees:

  • ExpressVPN
  • Cactus VPN
  • Ivacy – WINNER
  • PrivateVPN
  • TunnelBear
  • Windscribe
  • Surfshark

Best Value for Money – IPVanish

 

When we look into a VPN that has the perfect balance of features and price, we found IPVanish to be the one that offers great value for money.

For a price of only $3.74/month, it gives you access to 10 simultaneous connections on multiple devices with just one account that can be used by your entire family.

Not only that, IPVanish offers all VPN protocols include OpenVPN and has a 7-day money-back guarantee. For us, that’s great value for money!

Nominees:

  • CyberGhost
  • PrivateVPN
  • Ivacy
  • IPVanish – WINNER
  • Private Internet Access
  • ZenMate
  • HideMyAss

Editor’s Choice – PureVPN

 

In this Editor’s Choice category, our panelists crowned PureVPN as their personal favorite! Being a streaming favorite, PureVPN has introduced a unique ‘Channels’ feature in its app that let you connect to Netflix, HBO GO, or any other streaming service directly.

Also, being skeptical about our online privacy, it’s based in Hong Kong which is not a part of the 5 and 14 Eyes nation. With these features combined, it truly appeals to us as a perfect choice.

Nominees: 

  • CyberGhost
  • ExpressVPN
  • NordVPN
  • PureVPN – WINNER
  • Surfshark

Meet Our Expert Panelists

 

 

The Wrap Up

2019 will bring more security threats and challenges, which is why we would always advise you to get the best VPN for any category that you like.

So the question remains, which VPN will you prefer while moving on to the next year? All we could do is advise you, and the best VPN roundup for 2018 is its reflection.

 

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Shahmeer Baloch is a marketing professional-turned-tech writer who despite had a successful career at Evyap made a drastic change when his interest in technology and international cyber laws became evident. Baloch’s love for new technology is profound and well addressed. Loves to play tennis on weekends.


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