A virtual private network (VPN) is a privacy tool that protects your device and information when you’re online. The best VPNs encrypt your data and route it through a secure server—giving you a new IP address, and making it appear as though you’re in a location of your choosing. This makes it easier to unblock streaming services and restricted content abroad whilst hiding your internet usage from cyber criminals, internet providers, and even governments.
However, there are hundreds of VPN providers to choose from, and unfortunately, most of them don’t offer the privacy and security you need. In TechRadar’s 15 years online, our experts have tested and reviewed over 100 VPN services, and in the past three years, I’ve found countless providers that don’t meet our standards.
To help you choose which one is worth your hard-earned cash, I’ve compared the technical security, privacy policies, features, unblocking capabilities, speed, server locations, and (most importantly) the value for money of the best services to curate this list of the top VPNs.
Andreas Theodorou (MRes, BA)
As a digital privacy advocate and expert, he’s spent the past four years leveraging his master’s degree to research VPNs, cryptography, and other cybersecurity topics.
The three best VPNs in 2024
Want a quick answer? Here are the three best VPN services right now:
My latest in-depth VPN tests are underway, so keep checking to see whether ExpressVPN can hold onto its crown. For now, though, I’ve ensured the servers, features, pricing, and performance are all up-to-date.
What are the best VPN services in 2024
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