Hello I'm Mauricio CEO of Cloudwards
and in this video I'll be showing you the best VPNs out there. Our team has tested over fifty of them over ast few years, after paying for each out of our own pocket, and we feel confident we can offer you independent expertise. Before we go on, I’d like to just quickly share how we make money. This video is not sponsored by any VPN, instead we get paid through affiliate relationships, but we’re dedicated to offering you advice free from bias. If you sign up for one of the providers mentioned in this video, we’ll earn a commission which helps us to produce videos and in-depth reviews you’ll find on Cloudwards.net and on this YouTube channel. Thank you for
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Virtual private networks are a great way to both protect yourself online, while also unlocking streaming content from all over the world. Basically, VPNS are a great double whammy in that they offer both security and entertainment, and we recommend everybody use one when going online.We’ve divided this video into two parts, with the first being a general rundown of our five top picks, and the second part going into more detail on both providers and our criteria. Hopefully, this will help you pick the perfect VPN for you. However, if you need some more detail on anything I’ll discuss here, I’ve linked to our main article in the description below which offers plenty of links to related subjects as well as going into the nitty gritty of everything VPN. With all our criteria in mind, we nominate ExpressVPN as the best VPN out there for 2020.
Hot on Express’ heels comes NordVPN, which offers about the same level of protection and streaming comfort, but falls a bit short in the speed department, being a tad inconsistent compared to most other providers. It wins, however, in the price department, and also offers a better torrenting experience, making it jump to first spot for people looking for a budget option. If you sign up for 3 years the monthly price goes down to under 3 dollars per month.
Third on our list is CyberGhost, which offers a great overall product much like Nord and Express do, but falls yet another small step behind. That said, it’s cheaper again than Nord, so it may be the perfect choice for you, especially if you’re in Europe where most of its servers are located.
Fourth on our list is VyprVPN, which actually does a few unique things when it comes to security with its Chameleon protocol, but fails when it comes to streaming. However, at sixty dollars for a two-year sub, it’s the cheapest VPN out there and has managed to dethrone our next and last pick as the best deal in the VPN market. Last is Private Internet Access, or PIA for short. It's been around for a very long time now, but has aged very well.
We like PIA mainly because no other quality service offers such a cheap yearly plan while staying secure. However, it’s not great for streaming and it’s two-yea plan is 70 bucks. Okay, so that’s our quick top 5. But, you may wonder, how did we establish this ranking? Well, over the years our team has gotten pretty good at gauging the worth of a service using our set criteria. However, for the sake of not making this video half an hour long while giving our editorial process away in the meantime we'll just give you a rundown
here so you can make your own judgment. As I said in the introduction
the two main criteria when choosing a VPN are security and streaming.
You can choose which one is the most important for you, or even both, but we try to treat them about equally and derive our other criteria from there. When it comes to protection, you generally want a VPN that uses the Open VPN protocol and
AES-256 encryption. There are obviously other options out there, and most VPNs will let you change them, but we like those two options as a baseline. Also important is that a VPN doesn’t leak your location, and none of these five do.
As for streaming, it’s getting harder and harder to get through the blocks set up by Netflix Hulu and Amazon, but Express, Nord and CyberGhost all do a decent job of it. While you will be forced to switch servers regularly, you’ll still be able to watch what you want, where and when you want it without any real trouble.
Simply put, you can say bye bye to the proxy error from now on. We’ve published other videos on the nasty proxy error specifically for Netflix which you can check out in the card above here. However, another important criterion related to streaming is speed. After all, no matter how well a VPN punches through the Netflix block, if you end up watching the buffering circle for most of the time, it’s useless.
We’re always checking our favorite VPNs’ speed at Cloudwards, and as you can see here, ExpressVPN is a clear winner, with PIA hot on its heels. CyberGhost and Vypr are a bit more middle of the road, but it works out fine in the end. NordVPN is also great, but we don’t include it in our rankings as it very much depends on the server you connect to. Some are lightning fast, while others are as slow as molasses. Luck seems to be the keyword, here, and so we have a hard time recommending Nord for its speeds.
Next up is something that we call user friendliness, which is the most subjective criterion we have.
We really like Express here because all it is is one big button to start and stop it, plus a smaller button that lets you choose the location. It’s superbasic but gets the job done. On the other end of the spectrum you have the much flashier Nord, which offers an interactive map as well as a list-based server selection. We like it a bit less, but Nord does have a better settings menu to let you tweak things to your heart’s desire. CyberGhost is kind of in the middle here, as is VyprVPN, offering simple apps with windows that fold out if you need a bit more information.
PIA is the odd duck in that it only lets you work through a system tray icon, which takes some getting used to. Now, all of the providers here have great mobile apps for Android and iOS and they work in the same way as their desktop counterparts. So you can browse securely on your iPad while using a public wifi connection. A related issue is that of customer support which with all five is decent
though some are definitely better than others.
Express, Nord and CyberGhost all have good chat-based support that gets back to you quick, while PIA’s only works via email and varies a bit. We’ve rarely had trouble, but some of our readers have and reported that in our written reviews on Cloudwards.net. However, if we had a “best improvement” award, it would go to VyprVPN. Until about a year ago their support was slow to respond, and when they did they were often rude and unhelpful. However, a new wind has been blowing at Golden Frog and lately things are a lot better, up to the level of any competitor. Lastly we’d like to talk a bit about privacy policies. Of course, we’d never recommend a service that has a poor track record in this to you, we leave that to others, and you’re safe to go with any of the five providers we’ve mentioned here.
Not only have we read through the privacy policies, anybody can do that, but we’ve also gathered as much data as we can from users to see if there were any reports of breaches or other issues. As far as we can tell, all services deal quickly and efficiently with problems when it comes to security and privacy, and none sell your data to third parties. As I said earlier, we’ve been doing this for a while and we’ve never received a report about any of these five services that stood up under scrutiny. Nord, for example, has suffered from a few small hacks, but the team behind the service was always quick to jump on the issue and fix it.
Now, this video is running a bit long as it is, so I’ll leave it basically to you. If you want more information on any of this stuff, make sure to check out any of the articles linked below or even just visit Cloudwards.net. and browse around. Also remember,we’ve got excellent discounts for our for our top picks, so check them out in the description. If you liked this video, please give us a thumbs up and if you’d like to receive more like it, please subscribe. My name was Mauricio, and thank you very much for watching. See you in my
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