The Best VPN Service in 2020 and 2021

back again with another tech comparison and this week in what the tech we are looking at the best vpn for you to use but before we start that firstly a question why do you need to use a vpn service well number one and the main reason i guess is that it provides security and privacy when using public networks you know that free hotel wireless or starbucks wi-fi well since they're open to everybody they're actually super insecure it doesn't actually take much for someone to track everything you're doing steal your passwords and even replace legitimate websites with fake ones that might contain like malware so you should probably know that when in a public space it's more secure to not use the public wi-fi and just even use 4g or 5g tethered from your phone but it's even more secure to use a vpn and then number two is it can have other benefits of course if you use a vpn to another country since you're now essentially browsing the internet from another country it can unlock experiences which are locked by region from your own country think more netflix or amazon choices and then lastly before we compare what is a vpn and vpn stands for virtual private network and it's kind of what it says on the tin it's a private network between you and the end network and it's secure so that nobody else can see what you're doing on the web so today we are looking at the best vpn provider for you whether that is for business or personal use and as always we'll be covering a few key areas for each provider speed security privacy ease of use streaming services and pricing now i won't be covering any additional features in this video so do let me know in the comments below if you want me to make more to cover that but we're just going to focus on the core vpn feature itself um so well here is the issue there are just so many vpn providers out there that it's just impossible to review them all so what i've done here is looked at seemingly the most popular options that are out there throwing a couple of other options in there as well and and we'll see where we end up pretty much if you do want me to do a second round of vpn providers and maybe compare them against whoever comes out on top of this review then drop something down below in the comments now these videos are never sponsored nobody's paid to be in these videos as i think it's important for these reviews to stay sponsorship free but with that said if you did want to sign up for any of these services links are in the video description below and some of those i do make a small commission for but this in no way excuse my opinion i basically just signed up for any that had affiliate schemes as it helps just cover the cost and time that it takes to put these things together anywho onto the list of who made the cut for this video and they are nordvpn expressvpn surf shark cyberghost and private internet access and you can jump to them by following the timestamps right here and down below the like button first of all do head over to the comments and let us know exactly where you're watching this from given the subject it would be awesome to know like exactly where you're based and i respond to each and every comment so challenge me hey and also don't forget to subscribe for more vpn videos if that is something you wish to watch or tech or business related things then it'd be cool for you to hang around for a while right let us begin with nordvpn [Music] now nordvpn is pretty much the go-to when it comes to vpn services they're seemingly everywhere when it comes to marketing and have noticeable celebrity endorsements from the likes of casey neistat and are fairly high in the rankings when looking at the app store and the iphone or vpn services like amazon fire tv when it comes to speed i'll be downloading some large test files through a system which i know will max out my connection speeds because speed test websites aren't always that reliable whereas this way will give us a consistent figure for the duration of the download now i have a one gig connection here so i should be able to download a maximum of well 100 megabytes well it's actually 125 megabytes because well bits and bytes gets confusing but so as not to confuse things let's just say that one gigabit per second is the same as 100 megabytes per second and we can all move on with our lives without boring you with all the geeky details now these tests were all done from an isolated machine that was hardwired into my internet connection a load of the reviews i saw were using like mobile or wireless devices which isn't a problem if you want to use a vpn but if you're testing speed and performance then doing tests over wireless can give you just dramatically different results each time and also something i noted that lots of other reviewers were doing they were testing the speed from already slow connections so they can't really comment on how well vpns perform i also ran the same test a couple of other times at different times of the day just to make sure the results weren't a one-off and factor in things like when kids come back from school here in the uk and when the us wakes up later in our afternoon and so forth now when it comes to nordvpn this performed pretty well but being the first one i've tested it'll be interesting to compare when connecting to nearby locations like in the uk and france i've got around 500 to 600 megabits per second which is pretty good halfway across the world to the us it's about 300 megabits per second and going all around the globe to australia or new zealand reduced those speeds down to around about 30 megabits per second which i was surprised at but it'll be interesting to see how that compares when we look at others when it comes down to security and privacy well in october 2019 a report emerged that one of its rented servers was accessed without authorization though no user identifying information was present which supports the statement that no user activity is logged on their systems and secondly they then follow this up with multiple audits a bug bounty program a big investment in server security and more recently when filming this video they announced they were moving their entire infrastructure to co-located servers which for the non-geeky people amongst us means that they will own the underlying hardware that everything sits on rather than renting them from other providers which is good also important to note that nordvpn operates in panama outside of the 14i's alliance which basically means that norvpn can't be forced to hand over your data to the government this is one to watch for those of you particularly security conscious about your data and also nordvpn were audited to confirm their essential privacy protection measures and the no logs policy is actually true and they also commit to an annual third party audit with independent specialists and conduct security audits and pen testing so they really do take this seriously so in summary nordvpn seems to be committed to improving their security which is good because well that's kind of what vpn is all about in terms of ease of use well things in my opinion are great in this department the apps are all around great and simple and easy to use and and really i've got no complaints here you fire up choose a location and connect you're done in terms of streaming services a well-known feature of vpn services are that it can unlock services like netflix and amazon video and a whole host of other video content because it thinks you're physically sat within that country and therefore that unlocks a ton of content that would otherwise be restricted from being viewed when it comes to which streaming services you can watch whilst pretending to be in whatever country you're connected to then you should be able to get things like netflix hulu amazon prime bbc iplayer hbo and disney plus being completely open in this review i've tested some of these but i don't have subscriptions for all of them so i can't be 100 sure so my advice would be to test this before committing and all of the tester vpn providers offer money back guarantees so well worth using those pricing-wise there aren't really any different features it's just a two-year plan a one-year plan or a one-month plan it's two pounds 86 per month on the two-year 379 on the one year and 9 20 on the one month obviously the two year plan provides the best value here and for that price you can add up to six devices something to add in here and as i always do is that i contacted nor to see if i can offer any extras for people watching this video so click on the link below and use the coupon code pete to purchase a two-year plan and you'll receive four months for free and a surprise gift no idea what that is though i know that these videos stay live for a long time so this might change over time overall impression well this is a really strong contender to begin with seems to be priced reasonably and it's secure and doesn't store user data speed seems pretty good unless perhaps you're in the uk and want to vpn to new zealand australia so let us continue and over to one of the mostly highly rated vpns that i've seen in other online reviews expressvpn [Music] when researching which vpn providers i should be trialing as part of this review expressvpn was one that always came out on top though i'd never actually heard of it before in terms of speed well uk to uk hit 500 megabits per second uk to us around 60 to 100 megabits per second and when i tried that again to washington dc it was even worse at half the speed of even the last test results for uk to australia were between 26 to 40 megabits per second and then uk to new zealand ranged from a whopping half a meg but did go up to 130 meg at different times of the day so pretty mixed bag some good speeds in new zealand and some of the time i'd probably say that nordvpn definitely takes the medal on reliable speed so far but let's continue in terms of security and privacy well i couldn't find any reported breaches though my searches were just full of news articles about how they're partnering up with other companies like lastpass the fact that it hasn't been a breach that i can tell is good news and and in terms of that whole five eyes forty nights thing will express vpn are based in the british virgin islands and they prove that it doesn't retain any data logs and unable to provide any identifiable is that word any identifiable data on its users to governments which is all good stuff so uh let's move on in terms of ease of use and as with nordvpn it's easy choose a location hit connect and you're in when it comes to streaming services as with nord netflix hulu amazon prime iplayer hbo and disney plus should all work just fine but again if you're unsure then test this first they do have a 30 day money back guarantee if you have any issues and then on to pricing which is 10 pounds and 9 pence per month seven pounds 78 per month if you sign up for six months and then four pounds 48 per month if you sign up for 12 months now except for the one month those prices are significantly more expensive than nord almost double but also the price has changed a few times we're making this video so well one those prices may not be right and two just why so some great speed some great security pricing is a bit off however again after getting in touch with expressvpn there is a link down below beneath that like button that will give you three months free when you sign up for 12 months now onto surfshark [Applause] [Music] surfshark is also one of the ones that crop up after all these top reviews and particularly from what i read one of the fastest vpns around so let's see okay so for speed we ran the exact same tests uk to uk 600 to 700 megabits per second uk to france nearly 500 megabits per second uk to us 200 to 400 megabits per second in some other tests and then uk to australia was between 30 to 40 meg as well as probably about 140 meg and some other tests then from uk to new zealand 20 nearly 30 megabits per second and then again around about 140 megabits in other tests done in like the early hours of the morning here in the uk so just wow that's pretty great on speeds so far that's definitely the best overall that we've seen for security well surf shock are one of the only ones where i could find that they have actually invited an independent company into vet them and produce a security report which is really good to see though i did notice the report only really covered the the google chrome and firefox extensions rather than the actual clients themselves and so not an internal security assessment so whilst it is great the browser add-ins get a clear bill of health it's not really what most of us are interested in terms of knowing how safe our data is but there are no real reasons to raise a concern here there's no reports of breaches but equally again no independent verification that they don't store that data one thing worth noting here is that surf shock does have the option to use multi-hop vpns which means it will literally jump from one country to another probably useful for maybe like journalists who are traveling through countries with certain restrictions but just be aware that since you're jumping across two vpn connections that this will impact your speeds further surf shark are also based in the british virgin islands which is friendly to privacy so again no issues there again as with ease of use it's easy to use select a server click connect and you're straight in also personal opinion here but i'd say the interface on nord is slightly nicer than shark nord gives you a nice map that you can zoom in and out and decide where you want to connect to though that's just a personal opinion and realistically you're just going to be searching for the country hitting connect and be done with it last couple of things and this one is really good is that you can hook up to unlimited simultaneous connections so you could technically connect and use this vpn on say your laptop your desktop amazon firestick chromecast games console mobile phone all at once and maybe for friends and family too for streaming services and as in the previous two all the usual suspects in terms of streaming so no concerns here at all either with that said i did find the app a little bit awkward to navigate and search on the fire tv so it's just worth a mention in terms of pricing you can sign up for a seven day trial if you sign up using the mobile app and then for one month it's 9 78 per month six months it's four pound 90 per month but if you wanted to sign up for 24 months then you can pay 45 pounds 14 which comes into just one pound 67 per month and you get a further three months for free incredibly low price again i contacted surfshark to see if there's any deals and using the coupon code of pete matheson see the link below which will give you a 84 discount plus four months for free so that's incredibly aggressively priced wow payment is also worth mentioning here as surf shark also allow you to pay in cryptocurrency so for those of you who want to stay completely anonymous then you can pay using that overall surf shock actually seems like a really really strong contender i mean it's slightly cheaper than norvpn it has some incredibly fast speeds and well it seems to work pretty well aside from being awkward to use on tv plus it does have that unlimited devices thing this could well be a great option next up cyberghost [Music] getting straight into cyberghost in terms of speed uk to uk hit 750 megabits per second uk to france 600 to 700 megabits per second uk to us 160ish here but 340 meg in other tests that i did uk to australia nearly 300 megabits per second just wow and then uk to new zealand 170 megabits per second so well speeds are definitely improving here and i'd say that between cyber ghost and surf shark for for pure speed if you're looking to use a vpn particularly for australia and new zealand vpn services then this so far this is definitely one of the best choices security well they reported a data breach due to a third-party service called typeform which had compromised some surveys which were sent back in 2018 they did report the information and confirmed that it only affected 120 email addresses and then 14 cyberghost users so i would say that's a good response i mean they communicated it well the only other concern here is that the company has gone through some changes over the years and and previously it was bought by a company that was pretty much infamous for bundling in dodgy stuff into its downloads that's probably not a reflection on who they are now of course but you know things can change but something to be aware of at least privacy is the same on paper as everywhere else they don't have any independent audits however they do release a transparency report every three months to chat about key stats and the people behind the company malware activity seen on its network so that's kind of nice and they're transparent they are also based in romania again outside of the 49ers thing so there's no risk of their hand being forced to share user information with the governments and then ease of use well yep easy to use one thing i do like here is that you can see how congested each of the servers are that you're connecting to which you can see on some of the other ones that we tested but it makes you wonder if the other vpn providers i was using and seeing much slower download speeds just happened to be on servers that were too busy but we just never knew and we'll never know when using it on the fire tv this is actually simple and huge congratulations to them here who because they're kind of taking the same approaches like the likes of youtube where you visit a website enter code and then it links to your accounts without faffing to type on you know your username password onto the screen or using the remote control for streaming services well it seems to be a bit of a mixed bag in all honesty it should support everything but i've seen reports that amazon prime tv won't work but my experience was just fine and again just test this out first but one thing i did like here is that on amazon fire tv i had specific servers for streaming services so whilst on one hand there are reports of issues streaming well i kind of like this implementation if it works on pricing it's 10 pounds 89 per month three pounds 45 per month if you sign up for one year and then two pounds 89 per month for two years or 199 a month for three years and three months pretty good on the pricing front then in comparison to the others and they give you a 45 day money back guarantee which always helps overall cyber go seems to have a really good product and the speeds i saw in my tests have been almost unbeaten so far but personally with the questionable ethics in previous years as well as the odd reported hiccup in amazon prime streaming and pricing which is kind of middle of the road i guess for all the providers it's not great it's not bad but when there are other options available like surf shark which has almost as good speeds but none of those questions hanging over it then i probably only recommend this if it's the slightly faster download speeds to australia and new zealand one of the only things that you're bothered about and then finally onto private internet access [Music] private internet access is one that i see crops up on some of the youtube reviews and videos as sponsors but isn't really widely reviewed and certainly not ranked in many of the vpn comparisons that i've looked at so let's give this one a try and just see how it compares in terms of speed uk to uk hit almost 400 megabits per second uk to france 300 megabits per second uk to us 250 megabits per second uk to australia 50 60 it really took ages to ramp up and then in other tests i did it went up to 160 and then uk to new zealand topped out around about 150 160-ish but it did almost reach 200 in some other tests so overall pretty okay results privacy again this seems all above board though it is worth mentioning that pia is in the five eyes or rather now the 14 hours country which means they could be forced to give up information to the government if so requested however they have confirmed that they don't store any local user data and in fact a post on reddit claims that when russia tries to force their hand and make them log all of the russian internet traffic for up to a year they stopped doing business in russia and they've also shut down all their vpn services in brazil and south korea and more recently in july of 2020 in hong kong so that's kind of nice to know ease of use well no issues using the client though on the mac this sits in the menu bar at the top rather than a standalone application like all the other clients i use and in terms of streaming with the fire tv app no issues there and they're one of the companies that haven't really got a clever pin or login system so you do have to sit there and type in using those remote controls but a little half but hey once we're in the interface is super clean and simple it does seem to struggle with many of the streaming services netflix and iplayer are just a few that i had issues with and so you'll likely need to choose an alternative vpn provider if this is the main reason you're signing up for and something i noticed it might have just been on mine but when i connected the vpn on fire tv went to watch something and came back it looked like it was disconnected so not quite sure what's going on there in terms of pricing and for those of you who do just want a good vpn service then you can pick up one month for eight pounds and nine one year for two pounds 71 per month and two years for two pound 19 per month with two months free which is pretty good pricing to be honest so which one is it there are so so many great services here and to be honest the results are just pretty much too close to cool i think for me i would say it's probably going to be surf shark as the overall winner with nordvpn is a very very close second overall because nord is a well-known brand and the software is clean and easy to use and reliable and just works with good speeds to boot but with surfshark they simply had incredible speeds at incredible prices plus it has that unlimited devices thing which means you can install and use surfshark vpn on multiple devices and be connected like wherever you want whereas nords is limited to six devices expressvpn to five devices cyberghost is 7 and pia is for 10 devices for the best new zealand and australia speeds at least here from the uk then cyberghost is definitely worth looking at and i would suggest that you pick one that's the best suits your needs and make use of any of the free trial periods or money back guarantee periods as you'll be able to make sure that it's fast enough and works with your streaming services and we're done phew that is everything for this video this one was super difficult to make as you can go into so much detail on the vpn services and and everything that's involved but but then each service would need it its own video and it would just be a monster video to shoot so hopefully this fairly high level overview of each service has done its justice of course subscribe to the channel for more comment below with any questions and i'll do my best to respond to each and every single one of them otherwise like subscribe all the things and see in the next video thank you bye [Music] you

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