UPDATE: Feb. 24, 2023, 5:20 a.m. EST This story has been updated.
Using a virtual private network (VPN) is one of the best ways to protect your online data and stay anonymous on the web, whether you’re trying to stream movies abroad, torrent, bypass geo-restrictions, or just plain browse. Most providers’ plans cost anywhere from $2 to $12 per month, though many lure customers in with discounted introductory rates that skyrocket after your initial term. To help you lock in a plan that’ll fit your budget in the short and long run, we’re compiling a weekly roundup of the best deals on all the VPNs we’ve personally tested. Below, you can check out our top picks as of Feb. 24.
Read our full review of ExpressVPN.
A reliable server network, a user-friendly app, a strong commitment to data protection, and a headquarters in the privacy-forward British Virgin Islands make ExpressVPN our favorite full-featured VPN on the market. It also happens to be one of the most expensive VPNs out there, which is why we highly recommend taking advantage of an ongoing deal on its 15-month plan(Opens in a new tab): You can sign up for just $6.67/month (billed $99.95 upfront), which is 49% off its standard $12.95/month rate and covered by a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll switch to an $8.32/month annual plan after the first term is up.
NordVPN(Opens in a new tab) — save 72% on a 25-month Standard plan (with three or 12 months of free bonus coverage)
Read our full review of NordVPN.
Power users shouldn’t think twice about signing up for NordVPN, another industry giant based in the British Virgin Islands that packs robust security features like double encryption(Opens in a new tab), obfuscated servers(opens in a new tab), dark web monitoring(Opens in a new tab), malware protection, ad and tracker blockers, and Onion Over VPN(Opens in a new tab), a tool that combines your VPN connection with the Tor network(Opens in a new tab) for an extra layer of privacy. The company is currently celebrating its birthday, but you get the present: For a limited time, new users can score a 25-month Standard plan(Opens in a new tab) for just $3.35/month (billed $83.76 upfront) with the promo code besafewithnord. That’s 72% off its usual $11.99/month pricing and protected by a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll also “win” three or 12 months of extra coverage after checkout. Keep in mind that your plan will renew annually at $8.29/month after this term ends.
Optional upgrades include:
NordVPN Plus(Opens in a new tab) (with cross-platform password manager and data breach scanner) — $4.31/month
$12.99/month(save 67%) for 25 months with code besafewithnord
NordVPN Complete(Opens in a new tab) (with a cross-platform password manager, data breach scanner, and 1TB encrypted cloud storage) — $5.75/month
$14.49/month(save 60%) for 25 months with code besafewithnord
Read our full review of ProtonVPN.
The Swiss-based Proton VPN is another great pick for privacy wonks, with open-source apps and critical infrastructure stored inside a data center requiring biometric access. We recommend its Plus plan(Opens in a new tab), which gets you full access to its server network, streaming service and P2P support, ad/tracker/malware protection, and a Tor over VPN(Opens in a new tab) tool that lets you direct traffic through the Tor network with a single click. Monthly subscriptions typically go for $9.99, but you’ll save 50% and pay $4.99/month (billed $119.76 upfront) if you commit to a two-year plan(Opens in a new tab). A 30-day money-back guarantee applies here, too.
Read our full review of CyberGhost VPN.
This Romania-based provider lays claim to the biggest, most globally diverse network we’ve seen, with special servers optimized for streaming, gaming, and P2P to maintain consistent connections. New customers can sign up for a 26-month plan(Opens in a new tab) at just $2.19/month (billed $56.94 upfront), which trims 83% off its standard monthly fee of $12.99. Your subscription will renew as a $4.75/month annual plan after the initial term is up, which still isn’t terrible — and like all of CyberGhost’s multi-year plans, it comes with a 45-day money-back guarantee plus free access to its ID Guard(Opens in a new tab) and Privacy Guard(Opens in a new tab) tools.
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Read our full review of TunnelBear.
Our go-to recommendation for anyone who’s never used the technology before, TunnelBear is a simple, lightweight VPN with an intuitive (and adorable) interface. Though it’s incapable of unblocking streaming sites and based in Canada, a Five Eyes country, it should serve you well for basic web surfing. We recommend its Unlimited plan(Opens in a new tab) over the free version for unlimited browsing and priority customer service, which goes for just $3.33/month (billed $120 upfront) when you enroll for three years — that’s 67% off its usual $9.99/month rate and a fixed price that won’t increase after your first term. (You may have to click through to its “Plans” page to see the offer.) There’s no money-back guarantee, unfortunately, but refunds are offered on a case-by-case basis(Opens in a new tab).
It’s nothing particularly special (and its U.S. headquarters location isn’t ideal), but for users in search of a basic VPN with open-source apps, built-in ad blocking, and a free email breach monitor, PIA is worth a look. Pick its longest plan and you’ll pay just $2.19/month (billed $56.94 upfront) for 26 months of coverage(Opens in a new tab), shaving 82% off its regular rate of $11.99/month; that does include a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll switch to an annual plan at $4.75/month after the initial term is over.
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Read our full review of IPVanish.
Another middle-of-the-road pick with a U.S. headquarters (boo), IPVanish makes up for a lack of advanced security features with a minimalist, straightforward app and support for unlimited simultaneous connections. You can get your first two years of service for just $2.92/month (billed $69.99 upfront), which takes 76% off its usual monthly rate of $11.99 and includes a 30-day money-back guarantee. After that term is up, you’ll get bumped to $7.50/month on an annual plan.
Editor’s Note: IPVanish is owned by Ziff Davis, Mashable’s publisher. Any IPVanish or Vipre products or services featured on Mashable are covered independently by our team.
Read our full review of PureVPN.
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