In this era of internet privacy (or lack thereof), much ado has been made about a little something called a virtual private network, or VPN. But what is it, exactly?
In a nutshell, a VPN is a service that creates a private, secure internet connection between your computer and a server, which reroutes (and thus conceals) your online activities. It works sort of like “an anonymous middleman that does your browsing for you,” as Mashable’s Monica Chin put it last year.
VPNs are gaining traction among individual internet-goers for a few really good reasons: Not only can they hide your browsing behavior on public networks, protecting your data from the prying eyes of hackers, but they tweak your IP address so that you can access restricted and censored content, no matter where you are. (This can come in *very* handy if you travel a lot or work remotely.)
We have our personal favorite VPNs, which you can read about here. But generally, most elite VPNs — i.e., ones that aren’t free — can be trusted to provide adequate online protection. Below are five such options, all of which are on sale right now.
Windscribe is both a desktop application and browser extension that you only need to install once to enjoy premium privacy protection online. As you go about your daily internet business, it’ll work diligently in the background to unblock websites, keep your data safe, and remove ads and trackers from your activity.
On top of all that, you can rest easy knowing that Windscribe has a strict no-logging policy and an anonymous sign-up process that doesn’t ask you for your email address. Now that’s privacy.
A one-year subscription to Windscribe VPN Pro includes unlimited downloads, unlimited data, and unlimited simultaneous connections on an unlimited number of devices. Sign up for just $49 — 54% off the usual retail price of $108. For a limited time, you can save an additional $10 off of this VPN with code MAYVPN10 to get it for just $39.
With a subscription to TigerVPN, not even your ISP or the government can see what you’re doing online… not that you’re doing anything illegal, right? Right?
TigerVPN provides military-grade encryption and privacy protection for both Android and iOS devices so that your data is always locked down, no matter what kind of system you’re using. What’s more, its low-latency servers offer up to 10Gbps connectivity for amazingly high connection speeds at any one of its 15 VPN nodes around the world.
A three-year subscription to TigerVPN with unlimited device installations typically retails for $429, but you can sign up for only $69.99 — a savings of 83%. For a limited time, you can save an additional $10 off of this VPN with code MAYVPN10 to get it for just $59.99.
As you probably gleaned from its name, FastestVPN runs lightning-quick with 99.9% uptime. Every subscription includes a NAT firewall, ad blocker, and anti-malware software, each of which is accompanied by its strict no-logging policy, and gets you access to its more than 200 high-speed servers located across the globe.
Capable of being used on two different devices at once, FastestVPN is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, your router, and even smart TVs.
A lifetime subscription to FastestVPN for two devices is valued at $240, but you can sign up for only $19.99 — a 91% discount. For a limited time, you can save an additional $10 off of this VPN with code MAYVPN10 to get it for just $9.99.
This bestselling VPN is trusted by more than 10 million users around the world, who rely on it for unrestricted online browsing without speed or bandwidth limits on any public WiFi network. By signing up for its services, you get access to its 70-plus server locations around the world, although you can also easily configure it on your at-home router.
Score a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited for just $29 — more than 90% off its typical retail price of $499.99 — when you use code MAYVPN10.
Ivacy VPN lets you engage in P2P file-sharing and buffer-free HD streaming in complete anonymity, and under impressive 256-bit encryption. Not only that but with more than 1,000 servers in over 100 locations worldwide, you can watch basically anything anywhere, geo-restrictions be damned.
It’s also worth mentioning that Ivacy VPN is an official partner of the National Cyber Security Alliance, which means it’s super committed to online privacy education and cyber safety.
Still not sold on Ivacy VPN? Well, get this: It normally retails for $1,194, but for a limited time, it’s on sale for $39.99 — a stellar 96% markdown. Plus, you can save an additional $10 off of this VPN with code MAYVPN10 to get it for just $29.99.