2019 was a bad year for online privacy, it broke records of leaked personal data and we suspect 2020 is not going to be any better. YOU can do a lot to protect yourself and getting a good VPN is the first and most important step. This is a handy list of 5 best VPNs for 2020 to help you pick one out today.
Those 5 have held up against vigorous testing by VPNselector and a lot of other tech sites over the year and have had constant high rankings.
Top 5 Best VPNs for 2020
1. NordVPN – Best Value VPN
2. ExpressVPN – Fastest VPN
5. Private Internet Access
NordVPN is the winner of VPNselector Best Value VPN. Besides running neck-and-neck in terms of speed and features it comes with an incredibly affordable price tag.
What we like about NordVPN:
- A lot of servers to choose from
- Multi-platform support
- Panama jurisdiction
- No-Logs policy
- Netflix, HULU, Disney+, etc support
- Very good price
Nord VPN also ranks high in the Global Live VPN Speed Test that compares some of the top VPNs daily in LIVE tests and displays historical data in a graph form. This helps you see the speed and the consistency of a VPN provider over a long period of time.
NortdVPN has features like adblocker and malware protection as well as the network kill switch that you definitely want to use and It also works in heavy-censorship countries like China.
NordVPN has excellent 24/7 online support which is extremely important and we highly suggest giving NordVPN a try. The 30-day money-back guarantee allows you to try before committing.
ExpressVPN is our Overall Winner 2019 for features, speed, and reliability, but the higher price tag gives it the second place in our recommendation. It has been around since 2009 and is located in the privacy heaven of the British Virgin Islands. It is a great all-rounder.
What we like about ExpressVPN:
- Very fast
- Supports Netflix and other streaming services
- Unrestricted torrenting
- Works in China
- A lot of servers in 94+ countries
- Browser Extensions
- Great apps
ExpressVPN is a clear leader in the Global Live VPN Speed Test and it has proven to be very consistent with the speed, When some VPNs suffer from instability, ExpressVPn is constantly the fastest.
The fast speeds make ExpressVPN perfect for:
You can also use ExpressVPN on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and various smart TVs as well as install in on your router. You can use all the necessary features like the network kill switch to make sure you are never exposed – the kill switch will cut your connection if for some reason the VPN goes down.
Things like the 24/7 online support and the 30-day money-back guarantee are must-haves in the VPN industry and ExpressVPN does not disappoint. It has a very detailed help section with in-depth guides to set it up on more complex devices like a router, but setting it up on Windows or macOS devices or on your phone is as easy as it possibly can be.
3. CyberGhost VPN
CyberGhost is from a Romanian company and has been around since 2011. It has a very reputable history and is definitely one of the most well known brands in the VPN industry.
What we like about CyberGhost:
- Very beginner-friendly
- Works with: Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, etc
- Lo-Logs policy
- Affordable price
CyberGhost has over 5,700 servers in 90 countries, It has dedicated streaming and torrenting servers for maximum speed so you can enjoy your favorite shows with no lag.
It comes close to the speed of ExpressVPN and ProtonVPN for example and the feature list is also impressive.
You can get CyberGhost for as cheap as $2.75 per month
ProtonVPN is a Swiss-based VPN provider that offers probably the best privacy and security features. The guys behind this great VPN have also brought to you ProtonMail – privacy-focused e-mail service.
What we like about ProtonVPN:
- Affordable price
- Excellent speed
- Great Free tier
- Lot`s of extra features
In January 2020 ProtonMail has launched ProtonCalendar beta! It`s the first fully encrypted calendar app that you can use to keep track of your appointments and plans while keeping your data private.
ProtonCalendar uses end-to-end encryption to keep all your events’ sensitive information private and secure. The event title, description, location, and participants for every event are encrypted on your device before they reach our servers, so that no third party (including ProtonMail) can see the details of your events. Only you will know your plans.https://protonmail.com/blog/protoncalendar-beta-announcement/
The great additional features and the fast download speeds make ProtonVPN one of the best VPNs for 2020.
5. Private Internet Access
Private Internet Access VPN is the best choice for the technically proficient, power users. It’s based in the US but it`s transparent in how they handle user privacy and even disclose how many data requests they get and how many they deny from government agencies.
The speed test show nice and consistent speeds and the time to connect times are very impressive.
What we like about Private Internet Access:
- 3300+ Servers
- Open-source desktop client
- All servers 2p2 optimized
- 10 simultaneous connections
Private Internet Access (or PIA in short) has a relatively low price for the Yearly plan but instead of the usual 30-day money-back guarantee it only offers 7 days. No 2 or 3-year plans available as of today.
PIA has great features like ad blocker, malware blocker, supports P2p, Multiple VPN Gateways, PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec and you can use it on 10 devices at the same time. Most VPNs limit themselves to 4-6 so If you have a lot of devices at home and don`t want to (or don’t know how to) set up a VPN on your home router PIA might be the choice for you.