What Is a VPN and Why Do I Need One?
“A VPN is a secure connection between your computer and a server. Normally, when you connect to the internet, you first connect to your ISP (Verizon, Spectrum, Comcast, or someone else), which then connects you to whatever websites you visit. When you use a VPN, you connect to a server run by your VPN provider, which directs your traffic instead.
Essentially, your VPN serves as an anonymous middleman that does your browsing for you, so providers can’t track the sites you’re visiting. This means your ISP can’t see what you’re doing on the internet. It also means you appear to access the internet from the IP address of your VPN server (rather than your own IP address), so any website monitoring your activity won’t know where you’re browsing from.” Monica Chin, Mashable.
Best VPNs 2019
The best all-around VPN service for privacy, speed and unblocking sites.
Price: from $6.67 / month | Check it out now on expressvpn.com
- Very fast VPN servers in over 90 countries
- Excellent 24/7 customer support
- Runs on virtually every platform
- Top-level encryption
- 30-day money back guarantee
ExpressVPN is the VPN provider that the team at Fully Gaming uses and for good reason – it’s affordable and offers what we would argue is the best overall VPN service out there at the moment.
The services performance is excellent plus there are a few little extras that you don’t find elsewhere like the browser extensions that control the desktop application. The speeds are the best in the business in most North American and European locations, and ExpressVPN is completely upfront about its use of virtual servers.
ExpressVPN has been around for a decade now, and its customers have been consistently happy with the service – which says a lot!
Anonymity focused and feature rich.
Price: from $2.99 / month | Check it out now on nordvpn.net
- Strong and improving connection speeds
- User-friendly apps
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- Live chat support
- Works with Netflix
Although NordVPN offers pretty good speeds overall, it hasn’t got the same performance when it comes to stability. Saying that though, the service provided is constantly improving and is still one of the strongest available.
NordVPN also does well in the features category with advanced leak protection, tools to defeat VPN blocks, and dedicated servers to offer more anonymity. NordVPN also works with Netflix and other major streaming services.
Takes users anonymity seriously but not as speedy as some competitors.
Price: from $2.91 / month | Check it out now on privateinternetaccess.com
- Great performance
- No traffic or request logs
- Very affordable
- Support for Bitcoin
- 5 devices per plan
- An established and respected provider
Private Internet Access is a VPN that focuses its attention to keeping costs down and anonymity, and in both areas it does not disappoint. There are some areas for improvement including setting up more servers located in more locations and support for as broad a range of platforms as a VPN like ExpressVPN.
The actual performance of Private Internet Access is decent, with reliable and fast connections times making it one of the best out there for performance. We also saw high US and European speeds but the performance did drop when you choose some of the more long-distance connections outside of the US and Europe. Latency is acceptable, and we have suffered no disconnects so far either.