Save 71% with a two-year NordVPN plan, plus more of the best VPN deals as of Jan. 13
UPDATE: Jan. 13, 2023, 11:40 a.m. EST This story has been updated.
Using a virtual private network (VPN) is one of the best ways to protect your online data and stay anonymous on the web, whether you’re trying to stream moviesabroad, torrent,bypass geo-restrictions, or just plain browse. Most providers’ plans cost anywhere from $2 to $12 per month, though many lure customers in with discounted introductory rates that skyrocket after your initial term. To help you lock in a plan that’ll fit your budget in the short and long run, we’re compiling a weekly roundup of the best deals on all the VPNs we’ve personally tested. Below, you can check out our top picks as of Jan. 13.
A reliable server network, a user-friendly app, a strong commitment to data protection, and a headquarters in the privacy-forward British Virgin Islands make ExpressVPN our favorite full-featured VPN on the market. It also happens to be one of the most expensive VPNs out there, which is why we highly recommend taking advantage of an ongoing deal on its 15-month plan: You can sign up for just $6.67/month (billed $99.95 upfront), which is 49% off its standard $12.95/month rate and covered by a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll switch to an $8.32/month annual plan after the first term is up.
Power users shouldn’t think twice about signing up for NordVPN, another industry giant based in the British Virgin Islands that packs robust security features like double encryption, obfuscated servers, dark web monitoring, malware protection, ad and tracker blockers, and Onion Over VPN, a tool that combines your VPN connection with the Tor network for an extra layer of privacy. Its two-year Standard plan has dipped to just $3.49/month as part of a New Year sale (billed $83.76 upfront), which is 71% off its usual $11.99/month pricing. Your purchase is protected by a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Optional upgrades include:
NordVPN Plus (with cross-platform password manager and data breach scanner) — $4.49/month$10.58/month (save 57%) for two years
NordVPN Complete (with a cross-platform password manager, data breach scanner, and 1TB encrypted cloud storage) — $5.99/month$16.57/month (save 63%) for two years
The Swiss-based Proton VPN is another great pick for privacy wonks, with open-source apps and critical infrastructure stored inside a data center requiring biometric access. We recommend its Plus plan, which gets you full access to its server network, streaming service and P2P support, ad/tracker/malware protection, and a Tor over VPN tool that lets you direct traffic through the Tor network with a single click. Monthly subscriptions typically go for $9.99, but you’ll save 50% and pay just $4.99/month (billed $119.76 upfront) if you commit to a two-year plan. A 30-day money-back guarantee applies here, too.
This Romania-based provider lays claim to the biggest, most globally diverse network we’ve seen, with special servers optimized for streaming, gaming, and P2P to maintain consistent connections. New customers can sign up for a 28-month plan at just $2.03/month during its winter sale (billed $56.94 upfront), which trims 84% off its standard monthly fee of $12.99. Your subscription will renew as a $4.75/month annual plan after the initial term is up, which still isn’t terrible — and like all of CyberGhost’s multi-year plans, it comes with a 45-day money-back guarantee plus free access to its ID Guard and Privacy Guard tools.
Our go-to recommendation for anyone who’s never used the technology before, TunnelBear is a simple, lightweight VPN with an intuitive (and adorable) interface. Though it’s incapable of unblocking streaming sites and based in Canada, a Five Eyes country, it should serve you well for basic web surfing. We recommend its Unlimited plan over the free version for unlimited browsing and priority customer service, which goes for just $3.33/month (billed $120 upfront) when you enroll for three years — that’s 67% off its usual $9.99/month rate and a fixed price that won’t increase after your first term. There’s no money-back guarantee, unfortunately, but refunds are offered on a case-by-case basis. Note that you may have to click through to its homepage to see the offer.
It’s nothing particularly great (and its U.S. headquarters location isn’t ideal), but for users in search of a basic VPN with open-source apps, built-in ad blocking, and a free email breach monitor, PIA is worth a look. Its lingering Special Winter Sale nabs you 28 months of coverage for only $2.03/month (billed $56.94 upfront), shaving 83% off its regular rate of $11.99/month; that also includes a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll switch to an annual plan at $4.75/month after the initial term is over.
Another middle-of-the-road pick with a U.S. headquarters (boo), IPVanish makes up for a lack of advanced security features with a minimalist, straightforward app and support for unlimited simultaneous connections. You can get your first year of service for just $3.99/month (billed $47.89 upfront), which takes 67% off its usual monthly rate of $11.99 and includes a 30-day money-back guarantee. After that term is up, you’ll get bumped to $7.50/month on an annual plan.
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