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The best malware protection software to guard you from online threats

Originally costing nearly $90, this is one of the priciest options out on the market. However, after some deep discounts, the product is still more than worth it. Bitdefender offers a wide range of malware protection services, starting with complete protection for Windows, Mac OS, iOS, and Android devices.
Their multi-layer ransomware creates more barriers to cyber criminals stealing your most precious data and information. There’s also a new feature of webcam protection, so you can forgo that paranoid piece of paper taped over your cam.
Bitdefender’s software also protects against email attacks and phishing. It offers a password manager to help keep track of all those different accounts. Additionally, unlike any of the other products we’ve encountered, it also features a file shredder.
Lastly, Bitdefender offers multiple options for parents who are hoping to protect their children from threats both on and off the computer. You can block inappropriate content, screen disturbing text messages and phone calls, allow your children to check in as “safe” in certain locations, and even get notifications if they’re outside of a safe zone.
As Matthew put it on Amazon reviews:

“I purchased this a while back because I needed some new antivirus software for my PC. I researched a lot and Bitdefender came up as the best and most affordable one around. I purchased five devices so after I made my Bitdefender account I installed it on my PC, phone, and other devices in the house. Since then I have fallen in love with Bitdefender! I really appreciate the many protection features like ransomware protection. For me it runs light and doesn’t bog down my system. I would recommend this product to anyone.”

Bots distorted the 2016 Election. Will the midterms be a sequel?

The fact that Russian-linked bots penetrated social media to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been well documented, and the details of the deception are still trickling out.

In fact, on Oct. 17 Twitter disclosed that foreign interference dating back to 2016 involved 4,611 accounts — most affiliated with the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm. There were more than 10 million suspicious tweets and more than 2 million GIFs, videos and Periscope broadcasts.

In this season of another landmark election — a recent poll showed that about 62 percent of Americans believe the 2018 midterm elections are the most important midterms in their lifetime – it is natural to wonder if the public and private sectors have learned any lessons from the 2016 fiasco. And about what is being done to better protect against this malfeasance by nation-state actors.

There is good news and bad news here. Let’s start with the bad.

Two years after the 2016 election, social media still sometimes looks like a reality show called “Propagandists Gone Wild.” Hardly a major geopolitical event takes place in the world without automated bots generating or amplifying content that exaggerates the prevalence of a particular point of view.

In mid-October, Twitter suspended hundreds of accounts that simultaneously tweeted and retweeted pro-Saudi Arabia talking points about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

On Oct. 22, the Wall Street Journal reported that Russian bots helped inflame the controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Researchers from Clemson University told the newspaper that 491 accounts affiliated with the Internet Research Agency posted more 12,000 tweets on the issue, with activity peaking soon after a Sept. 22, 2017 speech by President Trump in which he said team owners should fire players for taking a knee during the anthem.

The problem hasn’t persisted only in the United States. Two years after bots were blamed for helping sway the 2016 Brexit vote in Britain, Twitter bots supporting the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats increased significantly this spring and summer in the leadup to that country’s elections.

These and other examples of continuing misinformation-by-bot are troubling, but it’s not all doom and gloom.  I see positive developments too.

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock/Nemanja Cosovic

First, awareness must be the first step in solving any problem, and cognizance of bot meddling has soared in the last two years amid all the disturbing headlines.

About two-thirds of Americans have heard of social media bots, and the vast majority of those people are worried bots are being used maliciously, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 4,500 U.S. adults conducted this summer. (It’s concerning, however, that much fewer of the respondents said they’re confident that can actually recognize when accounts are fake.)

Second, lawmakers are starting to take action. When California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 28 signed legislation making it illegal as of July 1, 2019 to use bots – to try to influence voter opinion or for any other purpose — without divulging the source’s artificial nature, it followed anti-ticketing-bot laws nationally and in New York State as the first bot-fighting statutes in the United States.

While I support the increase in awareness and focused interest by legislators, I do feel the California law has some holes. The measure is difficult to enforce because it’s often very hard to identify who is behind a bot network, the law’s penalties aren’t clear, and an individual state is inherently limited it what it can do to attack a national and global issue. However, the law is a good start and shows that governments are starting to take the problem seriously.

Third, the social media platforms — which have faced congressional scrutiny over their failure to address bot activity in 2016 – have become more aggressive in pinpointing and eliminating bad bots.

It’s important to remember that while they have some responsibility, Twitter and Facebook are victims here too, taken for a ride by bad actors who have hijacked these commercial platforms for their own political and ideological agendas.

While it can be argued that Twitter and Facebook should have done more sooner to differentiate the human from the non-human fakes in its user rolls, it bears remembering that bots are a newly acknowledged cybersecurity challenge. The traditional paradigm of a security breach has been a hacker exploiting a software vulnerability. Bots don’t do that – they attack online business processes and thus are difficult to detect though customary vulnerability scanning methods.

I thought there was admirable transparency in Twitter’s Oct. 17 blog accompanying its release of information about the extent of misinformation operations since 2016. “It is clear that information operations and coordinated inauthentic behavior will not cease,” the company said. “These types of tactics have been around for far longer than Twitter has existed — they will adapt and change as the geopolitical terrain evolves worldwide and as new technologies emerge.”

Which leads to the fourth reason I’m optimistic: technological advances.

In the earlier days of the internet, in the late ‘90s and early 00’s, networks were extremely susceptible to worms, viruses and other attacks because protective technology was in its early stages of development. Intrusions still happen, obviously, but security technology has grown much more sophisticated and many attacks occur due to human error rather than failure of the defense systems themselves.

Bot detection and mitigation technology keeps improving, and I think we’ll get to a state where it becomes as automatic and effective as email spam filters are today. Security capabilities that too often are siloed within networks will integrate more and more into holistic platforms better able to detect and ward off bot threats.

So while we should still worry about bots in 2018, and the world continues to wrap its arms around the problem, we’re seeing significant action that should bode well for the future.

The health of democracy and companies’ ability to conduct business online may depend on it.

Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, raises $1.25 billion

It pays to have the most popular game in the world.

Epic Games, the creators of the runaway gaming smash hit Fortnite, have raised $1.25 billion in a new round of financing.

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It’s been 20 years since Epic Games first released its Unreal game development engine in concert with its first person shooter, Unreal. Since then, the company has been releasing free-to-play games as a loss leader to show off what its powerful development toolkit can do.

Now, with the insane success of Fortnite, the company has flipped the script.

Since Fortnite became the thing that nearly every gamer in the world plays, the company has slashed prices on the Unreal game engine even as it keeps upgrading the technology.

And the company has been plowing that cash back into the community to support esports tournaments with a $100 million prize pool to support competitive Fortnite gamers.

The company’s game has become the kind of old-school cultural phenomenon that one rarely sees in the fractured age of internet silos. It’s inspired dance crazes, Halloween costumes, and even a Monopoly game and a Nerf gun.

And now it appears that the game has also inspired some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley’s venture capital investment scene to commit huge sums to continue its success.

Investors in the latest round include KKR, Iconiq Capital, Smash Ventures,Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins and Lightspeed Venture Partners, as well as gaming companies like aXiomatic, which announced a significant investment from the NBA legend Michael Jordan earlier in October.

The new investors are joining Tencent, Disney, and Endeavor as minority shareholders in the company — which amazingly still is controlled by its chief executive and founder, Tim Sweeney.

Epic Games has fundamentally changed the model for interactive entertainment under the company’s visionary leadership,” said Ted Oberwager of KKR, in a statement.

The best VPNs according to the Reddit community

We did a deep dive into Reddit and found these VPNs to be your best bets.

Would you be cool if someone leaked your entire Google history to the government? How about if your internet provider made it so that one episode of The Bake Off took an hour to load?

If you’ve had a crisis about anything related to the above, you’ve probably given some thought to getting a VPN.

We know you’ve seen loads of VPN reviews from experts across the board, including from our tech team at Mashable. But if you wanted a raw opinion — or thousands of them — from people with absolutely no filter, there’s only one place to go: Reddit.

Because who better to ask about the best private networks than the people who experiment with them all day, every day?

Slowly but surely, people are becoming more obsessed with online privacy (or lack thereof). Your internet provider can choose to slow down your internet if they want to, and they could also go after sites like Netflix and demand money for offering high viewing speeds. And keeping your illegal stream or questionable search history private? Forget about it.

The easy solution is to get a VPN (virtual private network), an internet security subscription that can change your geolocation, take you off the company-owned server, and basically allow you to make up your own internet rules. 

VPNs provide a way for people to get around internet roadblocks and censors, stream or download without worry, protect themselves from hackers, and keep their internet usage mostly private from third parties. They’ll especially come in handy if providers do decide to stop playing nice with Netflix, or if you’re in a country where American Netflix is blocked.

VPNranks.com has a ranking of the VPN services that Reddit users have voted to be the best — or so it says. Here’s what we found when we actually dug through Reddit threads of users discussing their experiences with five of the top VPNs out there right now:


Great for Netflix • Easy interface • Mega security
Security features can lower speed
If you’re all about security, NordVPN is probably the pick for you

1. Nord VPN

NordVPN gets high ratings for security features, its easy interface, and ease of Netflix streaming.

  • Monthly:
    £9.09/month
  • Six months:
    £6.85/month
  • One year:
    £5.32/month
Chosen as one of Mashable’s top three for staying anonymous online, NordVPN is a choice backed by much of Reddit. It’s made for fast streaming and torrenting, P2P and non-P2P options, and is one VPN that can actually bypass the American Netflix block anywhere in the world. Plus, a single NordVPN login can be used on up to six devices simultaneously, so sharing the perks and splitting the price is a major bonus for savvier internet users. Reddit user ambillop writes:

I haven’t had any issues with nordvpn (windows 10), mostly use it for netflix and torrenting, like how easy the UI is. I did not try PIA but I can say for sure that at least nord works with netflix and has a live chat.

Another appealing factor is its smooth, well-designed user interface and super easy setup across all devices: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and more. Reddit users put emphasis on how strong the Windows application is compared to competitors like PrivateInternetAccess. Mashable’s Ray Wong writes

Connecting to Nord’s various servers is easy — just click on the country you want to connect with on the map. We also like that NordVPN comes with a built-in ad blocker called “CyberSec.” In addition to blocking ads, the company says CyberSec will shield your device from malware and phishing.

Reddit users give Nord praise because it actually seems trustworthy, especially compared to other VPNs that may hand over information to the wrong people. Nord is also equipped with the ability to connect to a Double VPN, which encrypts your traffic twice for double the protection. One NordVPN fan on Reddit, Sacredkeep, even mentioned that NordVPN solved the problems that PureVPN and PIA gave them. Plus if you have any issues, Nord offers a 24/7 live chat. If you want a no frills, no worries situation, NordVPN is the simple, smooth operator that has your back.


Speedy • Compatible with loads of devices
Some Reddit users find it shady • No Netflix
If you’re looking for speed and use on multiple devices, it might be worth it to try PureVPN for a month to see if the Reddit haters are wrong

2. PureVPN

PureVPN gets high marks for speed and versatility, but some Reddit users think something shady is going on.

  • Monthly :
    £8.33/month
  • One year:
    £4.12/month
  • Two years:
    £2.50/month
If you download and upload content, movies, and games on a daily basis, PureVPN is a choice with notably fast downloading and uploading speeds. Compared to other VPNs that get the same speed (like Astrill), it’s considerably more affordable. PureVPN has more than 500 servers spanning across 140 countries and impeccable access in China — and may be the only option available in some places. Pure VPN is also extremely accessible when it comes to devices: It’s compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome, and Firefox, as well as apps for media streaming devices like Android TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and Kodi. So, if nothing else, it’s one of the most versatile of the bunch. Though Mashable dubbed it one of the best due to its speed and how many things it can do, Reddit users insist that it is not a trustworthy choice. Multiple Redditors claim that PureVPN lies to users about not logging their information or search history when they really do. Some also believe that PureVPN uses spammers and claim that a lot of positive feedback about PureVPN on Reddit are from fake accounts. Reddit user cloudhat writes:

“Yeah, I have lifetime subscription to PureVPN and it sucks. Does not hide my DNS despite me checking the box that says DNS leak. They spoof their servers as well. I connected to China servers (don’t ask me why) and my IP was in Brazil. Used for like 4 months and now I am using another VPN.”

Or, stated bluntly by Reddit user U/Siaisthefuture:

Don’t fucking use Purevpn! I’m getting fucking targeted adds based on what I’m searching fuck pure vpn private my ass.”

As for the price, you can one month for £8.33, one year for £4.12/month, or two years for £2.50/month — so if you want to try it for a month to see if they’ve been trolling Reddit or not, it won’t cost you too much.


Unlimited bandwidth • Can unblock geo-locked channels • Speedy • Works with Netflix
Pricier than other options
If you’re a regular torrenter who loves entertainment and needs great security, unlimited bandwidth and fast speeds, this could be your pick

3. ExpressVPN

Offers fast download speeds, great security, has great global reach, and is easy to use for beginners.

  • Monthly:
    £9.86/month
  • Six months:
    £7.60/month
  • One year:
    £6.33/month
We’re slightly surprised that ExpressVPN wasn’t top in the rankings, as Reddit users really seem to love it (or as close to love as you can get with the ultra-picky Reddit community). If you do a Reddit search on any other VPN, someone in the comments will say Express is better. At first glance, it already looks a lot more user friendly and a lot more trustworthy than PureVPN. In his ExpressVPN review, Redditor bigkenw writes:

The client is uniform across every device I have used (Windows, Android, and Amazon FireOS). I would like to say I was quite happy that ExpressVPN is one of the few VPNs (that seem trustworthy) that actually had a client in the Amazon App Store for the Fire tablets. No more need for sideloading, manual updates, or sketchy OpenVPN clone clients. At first the speeds weren’t the greatest on the “Smart Location” server (New York). These speeds capped at about 12Mbps down and 10Mbps up. I have 150Mbps/15Mbps service. After hunting for other servers I found a few that provide roughly 60Mbps/15Mbps service throughout the US and Canada. DNS Leak tests were successful in that I am not leaking.

As of now, I am very happy with the service. I would still love to see them up the speed of their connections.

Another user, icurate, joins the thread:

I am about to renew after my first year with them and have had zero issues. Speed is consistent and when I switch to a different continent there is minimal lag. I do leak tests sporadically and have not found one. They aren’t the cheapest, but in my book they are among the best.

It’s also notable that ExpressVPN is able to gain access to Netflix, which some (like PureVPN) are not able to do. Like PureVPN, ExpressVPN is one of the best for getting around roadblocks in China (though there are only servers in 94 countries), and has up to 256 bit encryption. Get one month for £9.86, six months for £7.60/month, or a one-year subscription for £6.33/month. You would probably be paying more per month compared to any other VPN, but the quality is definitely there — and if you’re really not happy, you can get your money back within the first 30 days.


Ranks in the top 3 on Reddit • 30-day money back guarantee • Works with Netflix
Some users say it’s slow
Because of its high ranking but reported issues, this might be a good one to try with that 30-day money back guarantee

4. CyberGhost

CyberGhost ranks in the top 3 on Reddit, but some users report issues. We recommend trying it out with its 30-day guarantee.

  • Monthly:
    £11.43/month
  • Six months:
    £7.03/month
  • One year:
    £4.62/month
Another VPN with a money-back guarantee is CyberGhost. The theme we were seeing here was that when servers are good, they’re really good, but when they’re bad, they’re really bad. However, after looking through Reddit threads, we’re not really sure how this ranked in the top three. The biggest thing: This is not the VPN to get if you’re looking to torrent or stream, as it’s known to be pretty slow. Reddit user NewWorld98 writes:

I was trying to torrent a UFC event that I happened to miss recently, 500+ seeders and 200+ leechers for a 720p recording. Not the best ratio, but certainly doable considering. The download wouldn’t even start. CyberGhost does have an option for torrenting servers specifically, but they’re always “busy” and they use the term “too popular” as if that’s some sort of excuse. I’ve used the program for a few days and I’m going to get a refund as soon as humanly possible.

Complete joke and a complete waste if you were looking to torrent using this specific VPN.

However, if you want to just surf the good ole’ web, it works well enough. But if you need something to torrent with, this program is not for you.

Another user, privacycaringweirdo, had a similar experience:

I supported them on their starts but it was a mistake, they are running vpn traffic through your computer, even if you have premium this is what they does. I always got slow speed, they always had [REDACTED] support making excuses worst service ever, not speaking of leaking your dns, crashdowns without any warnings so your entire traffic is unprotected. complete bs service

Wow, “complete BS service” is pretty harsh. We did see some positive comments from users mentioning that they didn’t have these problems. Others also mentioned that it’s a good idea to test out every VPN service with a money-back guarantee just to see how they work, because why not? Unless you’re in China — CyberGhost servers are apparently not the greatest there. Get one month for £11.43, six months for £7.03/month, or one year for £4.62/month (there is a free version, but Reddit users warn to not even think about it).


Ranked high for features, reliability, and speed • Very affordable
The user interface is not great
If you’re looking for speed and reliability and don’t mind a crappy user interface, this could be your pick

5. Private Internet Access VPN

If a good-looking user interface means nothing to you, but you want speed and reliability, PIA is a great choice.

  • Monthly:
    £5.29/month
  • One year:
    £2.53/month
  • Two years:
    £2.21/month
This was technically number eight in the rankings, but after we saw it mentioned positively so many times in Reddit discussions, we decided to bump it up. Private Internet Access VPN, otherwise known as PIA, attempts to give off reliability vibes with its home page (children on bikes was an interesting choice), which some might feel conned by. However, we’ve gathered that Redditors believe that this wasn’t a farce, and that it’s actually a super trustworthy option. It was Mashable’s top choice too, due to the fact that it comes with a heap of user-friendly features and doesn’t kill your device to install. However, it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing interface of the bunch, and some users mention that they had to switch VPNs simply because of that. But if you don’t care about the looks so much as server reliability, variety of features, and speed, it’s a good choice. Reddit user KaiForceOne writes:

I’ve had PIA for over 2 years now. Speeds have been amazing, only 2 or 3 times have I had to drop and switch to a different server when speeds were acting up on one of them. I’ve been able to access pretty much every site I need, only one I found to be wonky while on VPN is the bank of america site. Other than that it really is worth the money.

Reddit user cspjohn writes:

I have been using PIA for two years now. Actually, I was really sceptic when I first went to the website. It had a stock photo of a family, shady “we are the best” text all around. But hey, I subscribed to give it a try. And it worked wonderful. PIA has been an incredibly solid, fast and reliable VPN provider for me through 2 years. 

Mashable’s Ray Wong (who chose PIA as number one for staying anonymous online) writes:

You get your standard secure VPN account, encrypted Wi-Fi, P2P, IPv6 leak protection, a VPN kill switch, and a whole lot more. Private Internet Access VPN sure as hell isn’t a sexy app you want to open all the time (so just set it to automatically open when you log in), but what it lacks in aesthetics it makes up for with a long list of features. It also has a solid backbone, claiming over 3,100 servers in 28 countries worldwide.

For all of the good reviews it gets, it’s surprising that subscriptions are so affordable (but we’re not complaining). Get it monthly for £5.29/month, yearly for £2.53/month, and two years for £2.21/month. 

The 7 best VPNs for gaming

Using a VPN needn’t affect your gaming.

Best for speed

IPVanish

Lays a claim to being the fastest VPN on the market. Speed is essential for any successful gaming VPN.

A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, is an essential service to secure your internet connection. 

A VPN gives you greater control over how your online activity can be tracked, providing a combination of security (keeping your computer and data protected) and privacy (keeping your identity protected). 

So how does a VPN accomplish this? By creating an encrypted connection between your computer and a server operated by the VPN service, that’s how. When you’re connected to the VPN server, all of your network traffic passes through a safe, protected tunnel and no one else should be able to monitor your activity. That’s the theory anyway.

Even the very best VPNs will likely have an impact on your connectivity, though, sometimes to the point where lag gets in the way of your gaming — which is unacceptable, particularly if you’re a first-person shooter fan. 

So how do you select a VPN when both security and gaming are priorities. You need a VPN that ticks three boxes — speed, ping, and protection — so that when you’re in a virtual life and death situation, lag doesn’t deliver the killer blow.

These are the best gaming VPNs in the UK:


Security is a focus • Good geographical spread • Speed and ping remain strong
Not the cheapest option
There are less expensive options out there but if your priority is security then Nord VPN is ideal

1. Nord VPN


Nord VPN is perfect for those that require protection above all else.

  • Monthly:
    £9.09/month
  • Six months:
    £6.85/month
  • One year:
    £5.32/month
  • Two years:
    £3.05/month
With over 5100 servers in 62 countries dotted around the world, Nord VPN is able to supply a connection that isn’t too heavily impacted by reductions in speed and increases in ping.
Ping is a major issue for gamers, and particularly those who prefer fighting or first-person shooter games, where split seconds make all the difference. The fact that Nord VPN does not result in a major increase in ping should be music to the ears of security conscious gaming lovers everywhere. 
Nord VPN is a strong contender when it comes to security, with a selection of offerings that boost protection. Traffic passes through two separate VPN servers, you get the option of a dedicated IP, and NordVPN operates a ‘no logs’ policy, meaning your data is secure.
Much like the majority of VPNs, monthly billing can be slightly pricey, but if you commit for longer, you’ll get much better value for money.

Dedicated IP • Great network of servers
Not the best speed results
Not the fastest and noit the prettiest, but an all-around options for those that want a VPN without any real weaknesses

2. Pure VPN

PureVPN is a solid performer with just enough of everything to stand out from the crowd.

  • Monthly:
    £8.33/month
  • One year:
    £4.12/month
  • Two years:
    £2.50/month
Pure VPN ticks a lot of boxes, with geographically diverse servers, a dedicated IP, and a strong privacy policy. It’s not the fastest, but it was faster than most and is definitely fast enough for most users. 
So PureVPN boasts an outstanding network of international VPN servers and its performance is very solid.
Overall PureVPN is a serious option for all gamers. Whilst it isn’t the absolute fastest VPN in terms of ping or upload/download speeds, it is one of the best thanks to its mix of competitive performance and a polished design. 

Excellent download speeds • Pick and choose the best server for you
No free trial
The lack of a free trial shouldn’t put you off, particularly with such strong all-round download speeds

3. IPVanish

Lays a claim to being the fastest VPN on the market. Speed is essential for any successful gaming VPN.

  • Monthly:
    £7.63/month
  • Three months:
    £6.86/month
  • One year:
    £4.95/month
Speed is an essential when it comes to using a VPN when gaming. IPVanish has excellent download speeds all-round and stakes a claim to being the king of speed. 
IPVanish also offers a good number of servers in over 60 countries, and it isn’t tricky to root out a solid server. In fact, it’s this ability to select a server that sets IPVanish apart when it comes to gaming. When looking for the right server, you can sort by ping time, which means you can pick out the server that is best suited to your gaming needs.
There’s no free trial with IPVanish, but subscriptions do come with a 7-day money-back guarantee, giving you a little peace of mind. 
IPVanish secures your web traffic from prying eyes and gives you the chance to select the server right for you. 

Strong privacy policies • Easy to navigate interface • Ad blocker • Free option
Limited data in free package • Performance isn’t great • Lack of server locations
TunnelBear VPN is a real option for those that prioritise usability and aesthetics over performance

4. TunnelBear VPN

A strong contender for those just beginning their journey into the world of VPNs and don’t want something to complicated.

  • 500 MB:
    £0/month
  • Monthly:
    £7.64/month
  • One year:
    £3.82/month
  • Two years:
    £3.19/month
TunnelBear VPN has strong privacy policies, a pleasing and easy to navigate design, and browser extensions (including an ad blocker). It also offers a genuinely free package, with the caveat of limited data.
So how does this VPN compare when it comes to gaming? Speed results are pretty uninspiring, and a lack of geographic diversity in server locations is also a sticking point, but TunnelBear VPN doesn’t force you to compromise between security and usability like much of its competition, and usability is key. 
So if you can get over the increase in ping, TunnelBear VPN is an option, and should be something to consider, particularly if you are just dipping your toe into the world of VPN and want an easy VPN that doesn’t overcomplicate things.

Delivers great performance • Affordable • Ad blocker • Kill switch
Interface is crude • No free version • No specialised servers
Who really cares about a pretty interface when the speed and ping are so good?

5. Private Internet Access VPN

Looks can be deceiving. The interface might trouble some people but the speed is a real strength.

  • Monthly:
    £5.29/month
  • One year:
    £2.53/month
  • Two years:
    £2.21/month
Private Internet Access VPN is a great example of function over form. There’s no getting away from the fact that the Spartan Interface is a bit crude and will probably confuse new users. The stats don’t lie however, and Private Internet Access VPN delivers when it comes to performance, and it’s affordable too. 
Private Internet Access VPN also has a few useful features like an automatic ad blocker and a kill switch to immediately stop your Internet connection if the VPN drops. It could do with a little makeover but who really cares when it’s fast and affordable? It has everything you need to enjoy your gaming and your privacy.
There is no free version, and no specialised servers, but you shouldn’t need them with such strong performance.

Custom apps for mobile • Operates in 94 countries
No free trial • Limited number of simultaneous connections
With a really strong presence worldwide and custom apps for Android and iOS, ExpressVPN is perfect for mobile gamers

6. ExpressVPN

A mobile and speedy VPN. What more do you need?

  • Monthly:
    £9.86/month
  • Six months:
    £7.60/month
  • One year:
    £6.33/month
You should be able to find a speedy server with ExpressVPN from anywhere in the world. That’s because they now operate across 94 countries.
In terms of gaming, ExpressVPN really excels when it comes to the mobile. ExpressVPN offers custom apps, in particular for Android and iOS, making it easy to stay protected on the go. That’s all well and good but being mobile doesn’t count for much if the speed drops off considerably when using the VPN. Well ExpressVPN delivers on that front too with strong performance levels across the board. 
There’s no free trial with ExpressVPN so you can’t try before you buy, but there is a 30-day money back guarantee so if you aren’t satisfied, you aren’t stuck. 

Has its own servers and infrastructure • Impressive performance • Excellent server distribution • Strong privacy policy
No money-back guarantee • Low total number of servers • Only allows a few simultaneous connections
Bit of a mixed bag but the great performance stats and live chat support make up for the lack of a money-back guarantee

7. VyprVPN

Owning their own servers and infrastructure has had a positive impact on VyprVPN’s performance.

  • Standard:
    £3.63/month
  • Premium:
    £4.75/month
Much like IPVanish, VyprVPN has its own servers and infrastructure, resulting in impressive performance stats that make gaming easy.
VyprVPN has a really excellent distribution of VPN servers worldwide and an equally strong privacy policy. It does only allow a few simultaneous VPN connections however, and its total number of servers is low.
Unlike many of its competitors, VyprVPN does not offer any sort of money-back guarantee, but it does offer a three-day free trial period and live chat support so you can properly scope it out before you jump in and commit.