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Best VPN Services of 2017

As the year comes to an end, let’s reasses the best VPN services of 2017. Choosing the right VPN is a crucial task that is often challenging to many people. In general, a VPN should keep you internet usage private and secure but not every service handles your data in the same way.

Best overall VPN

The point of a VPN is to remain private and have your internet activity kept as private as possible. For that reason Mullvad has been rated the best overall VPN. Although the interface needs a lot of work, Mullvad does a great job with privacy. It has no-logging policy and does not collect metadata.

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Best VPN for US Netflix

If you live outside the US, a VPN is the only way you can access Netflix’s libraries. NordVPN is the way to go in this situation. It has figured out how to view the American version of Netflix outside of the country. It also delivers good speed and is very user friendly.

What a VPN can do

VPNs create a secure tunnel between your PC and the internet. Users connect to a VPN server which can be located in the US or foreign country. Your web traffic then goes through that server to make it seem like you are from that location. A VPN is a great choice for users when they are using public wifi and are at risk of being hacked.

It can also be used when you want to spoof your location to download content you should not have access to. A VPN can do a lot to protect your information but you should not rely on it especially when dealing with banking information. It is best to leave online finances for a home wired connection.

What to look for in a VPN

One rule of thumb when looking for a VPN is to pay for it. Free VPNs will not protect you privacy and are simply looking for data. The next  thing to look for is the VPN’s logging policy. Pay attention to what kind of information is asked of you. If it is more than should be required they are probably only looking for data.

How we Tested

The VPNs are judged on different criteria some of which include:

  • Speed tests – We connect to five different global locations and check the speed of our base Wi-Fi. We then connect to the VPN’s servers and run the test again. After averaging the speeds, we are able to get a better idea of each of the VPNs performances.
  • Country – We expect a VPN to offer a minimum of 20 different counties.
  • Privacy and Anonymity – Judged on the guarantees of the company as well as the reputation
  • Price – We expect to pay no more than $85 per year

Reviews

Below is a summary of our reviews and ranking of the different VPNs we have evaluated.

Sources: http://www.pcworld.com/article/3198369/privacy/best-vpn-services-apps-reviews-buying-advice.html?idg_eid=919930b10c799bbbd53641b083af96fa&email_SHA1_lc=&cid=pcw_nlt_pcw_tech_html_2017-07-07&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Top%20Stories%20%40PCWorld%202017-07-07&utm_term=pcw_tech_html

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