15 easy VPNs compared · Jan 2017

An easy VPN to set up and use is important for most webonauts. Simple VPNs are perfect to unblock websites easily, mask your IP address and do the basics for your PC or Mac and portable devices too.

Easy to use should mean the VPN "just works" with the minimum of fuss. I'm not looking for VPNs with no features! A well designed feature-rich client scores better, especially if it supports mobile and desktop devices. Downloading an app is much simpler than configuring built-in settings.

Technical support is as important - how easy are they to contact, what are support hours like, etc. If something goes wrong and I can't contact support, it's not easy to use.

Finally a moneyback guarantee seals the deal. If you feel like you can't decide then just pick the best-looking one and take it for a spin. I've included guarantees in the comparison below. The ranking algorithm includes value for money to make sure you're getting a good deal, not just the cheapest.

#1 ExpressVPN

VPN Features

87%
VPN feature rating

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client Features

87%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

100%
coverage rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Support

100%
support rating

High speed, ultra secure, and easy to use - ExpressVPN describes itself as the fastest VPN on Earth. Watch video from anywhere, unblock websites and regain your online privacy. Setup is easy, whether …

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 87 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#2 LiquidVPN

VPN Features

75%
VPN feature rating

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client Features

87%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

69%
coverage rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Support

59%
support rating

This is the Road Warrior plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#3 LiquidVPN

VPN Features

75%
VPN feature rating

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client Features

87%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

69%
coverage rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Support

59%
support rating

This is the Ultimate plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#4 LiquidVPN

VPN Features

75%
VPN feature rating

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client Features

87%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

69%
coverage rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Support

59%
support rating

This is the Sidekick plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#5 Private Internet Access

VPN Features

62%
VPN feature rating

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client Features

75%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

72%
coverage rating

Speed

100%
speed rating

Support

59%
support rating

I first joined PIA back in 2012 and was a long-standing customer for many years. The service is simple, straightforward and reliable. The VPN client has come on great and minor bugs were smoothed out …

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#6 IPVanish

VPN Features

75%
VPN feature rating

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client Features

75%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

72%
coverage rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Support

72%
support rating

IPVanish is designed to be 'the world's fastest VPN', as well as circumventing censorship filters (by employers, universities or governments) and boasts an impressive number of servers and shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 60 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#7 NordVPN

VPN Features

62%
VPN feature rating

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client Features

75%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

76%
coverage rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Support

93%
support rating

NordVPN is one of the few 'advanced' VPNs which can back up their claims by using exclusive double data encryption. The DoubleVPN encryption system uses a two-node server link with dual 256-bit AES CB…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 57 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#8 VPN.ac

VPN Features

62%
VPN feature rating

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client Features

50%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

65%
coverage rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Support

65%
support rating

VPN.ac focusses on security, speed and reliability developed by a team of security professionals, and skilled support staff with fast replies. Servers are pen-tested and audited for security. Each pla…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#9 StrongVPN

VPN Features

75%
VPN feature rating

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client Features

50%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

86%
coverage rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Support

72%
support rating

StrongVPN, despite the name, is a 'jack of all trades' VPN which promotes security, privacy, speed and ease of use. They have thousands of customer testimonials, even from China, which is promising. …

Things we like...
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Has own VPN client software
  • VPN settings can trade security for speed
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#10 Hide My Ass!

VPN Features

62%
VPN feature rating

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client Features

50%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

62%
coverage rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Support

79%
support rating

HMA is one of the most popular VPN brands out there, but I can't see what all the excitement is about. Yes it is easy to use and provides good support for mobile devices, but I wasn't impressed with t…

Things we like...
  • 190 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Has own VPN client software
Look out for...
  • Operated from UK (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#11 OverPlay

VPN Features

62%
VPN feature rating

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client Features

50%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

45%
coverage rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Support

65%
support rating

OverPlay started as a SmartDNS provider to unblock geo-restricted websites and video streaming, and now offers SmartDNS+VPN as a premium plan. The VPN seems good enough for basic protection over publi…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 48 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Not strong encryption
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#12 CrypticVPN

VPN Features

37%
VPN feature rating

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client Features

37%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

35%
coverage rating

Speed

62%
speed rating

Support

38%
support rating

CrypticVPN offer a general privacy/security service, and website unblocking as part of the package, with local server locations for fast browsing. They offer free port forwarding so you can accept inc…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Has own VPN client software
  • Supports video stream unblocking
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Not strong encryption
  • No moneyback guarantee

#13 AceVPN

VPN Features

75%
VPN feature rating

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client Features

25%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

25%
coverage rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Support

79%
support rating

This is the Ultimate plan. With a focus on unblocking video streaming and TV channel websites, as well as general private web browsing, AceVPN offers fast gigabit servers and intelligent routing for geo-unblocking without slowi…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#14 FrootVPN

VPN Features

62%
VPN feature rating

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client Features

25%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

25%
coverage rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Support

86%
support rating

A friendly group from Sweden, FrootVPN aims to be a low-cost VPN provider with good features. They boast over 300,000 users of the service. I liked the Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) support using a Di…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Supports video stream unblocking
Look out for...
  • No native IPv6 support
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#15 ZenVPN

VPN Features

37%
VPN feature rating

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client Features

25%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

25%
coverage rating

Speed

62%
speed rating

Support

72%
support rating

This is the Unlimited plan. ZenVPN claim many features - fast, secure, anonymous, affordable, simple. Simplicity is assured with the bespoke VPN client - just a few clicks and you should be up and running. ZenVPN offer two plan …

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Long moneyback guarantee
  • Accepts Bitcoin payments
Look out for...
  • Not strong encryption
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

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