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The essential VPN buyer's guide

A breakdown of the best VPN deals on the web to keep you secure and anonymous online.
StackCommerce
03.22.16
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As concerns over cyber security and privacy have escalated over the last few years, the use of VPNs (virtual private networks) has skyrocketed. For those who aren't familiar, a VPN encrypts your data by routing it through a network of remote servers, keeping it out of the hands of anyone who could otherwise access it on a public network. With so many VPN options available, it can be hard to sift through the clutter to find quality products at reasonable prices. To help, we've rounded up some of the best VPN offers available on the web, and break down the unique benefits of each. For a limited time, Engadget readers can save an additional 10% off the purchase of any of these offers with code ENGADGETVPN at checkout.

PureVPN


Normal Price: $9.95/Month or $600/Lifetime
The Deal: $69/Lifetime (88% Off)
Top Feature: Server Locations

If you're looking to use an app or access a TV channel only available in a certain region, server locations are key. PureVPN has more server locations than nearly any other VPN out there—over 550 servers spanning 141 countries and 6 continents. You can connect up to 5 devices at once, including routers, gaming consoles, and smart TVs, plus get 24/7 live support with your subscription. PureVPN has all the features advanced users want, and is easy enough for beginners to use, and is just $69 for a lifetime subscription.

VPN Unlimited


Normal Price: $25/Year or $500/Lifetime
The Deal: $39/Lifetime (92% Off)
Top Feature: Mobile Apps

Do you surf the web and shop as much or more on your mobile device as you do on your desktop? If so, you'll want to opt for a VPN with native mobile apps. VPN Unlimited is available across Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, and Windows devices, so you're always protected no matter what device you're using. A lifetime subscription would normally cost $500, but Engadget readers can pick one up today for just $39.

ZenMate Premium


Normal Price: $13/Month
The Deal: $49/Lifetime (94% off)
Top Feature: Browser Extension

For those who want a low maintenance, flexible, and easy to use VPN, ZenMate is the way to go. Unlike other VPNs on this list, ZenMate offers a handy browser extension that lets you easily turn the service on or off or switch between proxy locations without ever having to open the app. But just because it's easy to use doesn't mean it sacrifices security—ZenMate won the Europas Award for best security/privacy startup of 2014, so you know your data will be in good hands. It's normally $13/month, so a lifetime for just $49 is practically a steal.


VPNSecure


Normal Price: $9.95/Month
The Deal: $59/Lifetime (86% Off)
Top Feature: Logging Policy

While all VPNs keep you secure from the prying eyes of would-be hackers, many actually log your online activity themselves so are not 100 percent anonymous. More advanced users with higher security concerns should opt for a service with a strict no logging policy like VPNSecure. A subscription typically costs about $10/month, but Engadget readers can get a lifetime of complete anonymity today for just $59.


ProXPN Premium


Normal Price: $6.25/Month or $375/Lifetime
The Deal: $39/Lifetime (89% Off)
Top Feature: The Price

There's no denying that when it comes to choosing the right VPN for you, price will be a significant factor. ProXPN comes at an unbeatable price, but still offers an excellent blend of all the top features you'd want in a VPN, like unlimited traffic bandwidth, mobile device support, state of the art encryption, and a strict no logging policy. A premium account normally costs $6.25/month, but Engadget readers can get a lifetime subscription for just $39 today.

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