VPNs are becoming a major topic of conversation due to the recent removal of ISP privacy protections. There are hundreds of VPN providers out there already, and more are materializing every day—some for good reasons, and some for bad.
Given that reality, I thought it would be a good idea to assemble a short list of VPN options for readers that has the following characteristic: selecting any provider on this list might not be perfect or “the best”, but will likely be acceptable.
I created this list by doing a few hours of research, which includes parsing complex lists like this one, as well as other meta-lists online.
[ NOTE: Considerations include things like: whether or not they log, whether or not they protect activists, known issues around business ethics, technical security, popularity among security professionals, etc. ]
In short, you are unlikely to go wrong with any of these.
- Mullvad: OpenVPN-based, out of Sweden.
- Zipline: This is an IPSEC, hardware-based VPN run by a buddy of mine, Dan Tentler.
- IVPN: OpenVPN-based, lots of configuration options, including multi-hop.
- AzireVPN: Another solid OpenVPN-based solution, also with significant configuration options.
- OVPN.se: Yet another solid and highly-rated OpenVPN-based solution.
UPDATED: APRIL 2017
- If you have a recommendation on how to improve this list, definitely reach out and let me know.
- I put the updated date here because these recommendations can expire, meaning a company that’s good one day could become bad the next. So it’s important to keep that in mind when selecting a provider where trust is such a key component.