“What’s a VPN?” we hear you ask. Well, firstly it stands for a “virtual private network” and it’s a piece of software that gives you more privacy and anonymity online by protecting your browsing activity.
Initially, this type of software was developed for large corporations who needed to protect their sensitive information from being sent over public and private networks.
But the personal VPN market has grown exponentially, and many people now use them not only for keeping their data secure but also for accessing streaming services in different countries. This is particularly useful if you’re a frequent traveller, or want to access a wider range of content – for example, American Netflix in the UK. Do keep in mind, however, that using a VPN to access foreign content is normally not permitted in the content provider’s terms of service.
It’s worth noting that if you’re not based in the US yet see the dollar sign when it comes to payment for a VPN, don’t let that put you off – the software can be purchased from anywhere in the world.
Whether you’ll be using your VPN because you need more TV and film options or simply want to protect your data, it pays to keep an eye out for the best deals. Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you and scoured the internet for the cheapest prices.
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NordVPN: Was £8.84 per month, now £2.74, Nordcheckout.com
According to our guide to the best VPN software, NordVPN is the best for using on an iPhone. It’s one of the best-known apps and it allows you to “access to its network of over 5,000 servers across 62 countries,” noted our writer. When used as an app, it’s very simple, “with a clear map for access to its servers and a ‘quick connect’ button to take you to the nearest and probably fastest server with a single tap”. In honour of the company’s birthday, you can now save 70 per cent on its two-year plan, meaning it’ll cost just £65.86 for the period, slashing the average monthly price from £8.84 to £2.74.
ExpressVPN: Was £9.66 per month, now £6.20, Expressvpn.com
If you’re starting to feel like there is absolutely nothing left to watch, subscribe to ExpressVPN and you can bypass the geographical restrictions on leading streaming services. In our guide to the best VPN software, our reviewer said this software is best for your mac or PC as well as Amazon Fire devices. In terms of the latter, our writer said that it’s “important to choose a VPN that already has native app support”, and if you are an “Amazon Prime subscriber, you will also be able to stream content from a specific country on your Amazon device by going into the settings and changing the country and region”. With a whopping 35 per cent off its 12-month plan, you’ll be paying as little as £6.20 per month.
Surfshark: Was £9.36 per month, now £1.80, Surfshark.com
Considered the top VPN option for Android users, it also excels in the fact it can be used on an unlimited number of devices, “making it great for families with multiple computers, tablets, and phones no matter what operating system they are using”, noted our writer in the guide to the best VPNs. It’s also easy to navigate and features a range of privacy tools and connection options. Currently, you can get access to the VPN for a mere £1.80 per month – a huge 81 per cent saving.
Hotspot Shield: Was £10.99 per month, now £2.69, Gethotspotshield.com
If you find that your video streaming service is constantly buffering, Hotspot Shield might be the answer, as it’s “one of the fastest VPNs that is currently available on the market”, said our writer. It also is a great choice if you’ve exhausted all that British Netflix has to offer and want to access content from across the pond. There’s a huge 76 per cent saving if you sign up to the three-year plan.
CyberGhost: Was £10.89 per month, now £1.99, Cyberghostvpn.com
Providing access to thousands of servers around the world, Cyberghost is another particularly useful service if you’re looking to access video content. With a massive 83 per cent discount, sign up to a three-year subscription now and it’ll work out at just £1.99, plus you’ll get three months free and, in the unlikely event that you’re not happy with the service, it includes a 45-day money-back guarantee.
Private Internet Access: Was £8.76 per month, now £2.19: Privateinternetaccess.com
Commonly known as PIA, this service provides the usual protection you’d expect from a VPN and unblocks all your favourite streaming apps, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+. According to the brand, it’s easy to use and set up, so make use of the discount on its plans today. With a 30-day money-back guarantee, you can always back out if it’s not for you.
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