The virtual private network (VPN) is in a flurry due to massive marketing budgets as well as collaborations with influencers. It’s not easy to navigate the growing VPN market, and some of the assertions made about its features and benefits aren’t accurate. Consumer Reports online security expert Yael Grüner suggests seeking open source software, reproducible builds and up-to-date support for industry-standard protocols.
CyberGhost is able to make a convincing case for its zero-logs policy that promises not to record your online activities or IP address; the apps are compatible with all major operating systems and offer the 256-bit encryption and a kill switch. It also offers leak protection and the ability to connect using an unspecified port. It also scored better than the majority of VPNs in our speed test, although this could be due to traffic shaping by your ISP. It also provides additional tools like Threat Protection, Onion Over VPN and Double VPN.
Nord is another alternative that scored highly in our tests, including an impressive score in our geoblocking and streaming testing. The apps are incredibly powerful and fairly pleasant to use but the mapping-based interface can be a little cumbersome on smaller screens. It’s compatible with a wide range of routers, Kodi TV set top boxes and has the biggest geographic reach of our picks. It’s a great option for watching Netflix overseas and also has dedicated Windflix servers for this reason. Recently, it added a feature called Perfect Forward Secrecy which secures your data by using a the use of a fresh key every time that makes it harder for hackers to decrypt your previous activities.