Best VPN (virtual private network)
Last updated: June 16, 2021

Here's our favorite VPN: ProtonVPN.

Why: Switzerland-based ProtonVPN is made by the same team behind ProtonMail, one of our recommended email providers.

Business model: Monthly subscription fees. There is a free plan with slower speed and fewer features.

Note: There are many good VPNs available. Although we like ProtonVPN as a generally good option, we also recommend looking into other VPNs that may fit your needs better. Wikipedia offers comparisons of virtual private network services.

Other options

IVPN, a Gibraltar-based VPN that does not log any user activity.

NordVPN, a Panama-based VPN that is now being advised by web security expert Troy Hunt.

TunnelBear, a Canada-based VPN that performs annual security audits.

Mullvad, a Sweden-based VPN with helpful info like this privacy guide.

• Even more options in SafetyDetective's VPN Comparison by That One Privacy Guy.

• See also Finding the right VPN isn’t so simple, by security expert David Strom (June 9, 2021).