If you’re not up to the task of setting up an OpenVPN on your own, you can pay for a provider to do the work for you. Check our OpenVPN review below and see what suits you best.
The key differences among OpenVPN providers fall mainly in the categories of value and of the breadth of access the VPN gives you. Providers also differ somewhat in terms of features, speed, reliability, customer service, and storage space.
With that number of variables, it can be challenging to look past each provider’s claims to find what it is that you need.
Are you looking to be able to stream Netflix programs? How important is your ability to use the network across a range of devices? Does cost matter a lot to you? What about the method of payment accepted by the network? Don’t forget customer service: Do you care if there is a live chat feature or if you will have to rely on email or trouble tickets for support?
Our OpenVPN review is designed to help you make the best decision. At the end of our examination, we compare each of our 10 top OpenVPNs by price, number of servers, number of platforms, number of devices, cost, and customer service.
If you’re looking for reasonably priced reliability, NordVPN is likely the answer. How about $2.99 per month for a three-year plan? If you have trouble with commitment, you can choose one of three other pricing tiers:
- $3.99 per month for two years,
- $6.99 per month for one year, or
- $11.95 for one month.
Whether you are dealing with servers in the United States or across the globe, you get reliable and consistent speeds through NordVPN, even for streaming from popular sites like Netflix. One reason is that the company operates a large number of servers: 5,416.
NordVPN also offers reliable security and privacy: It doesn’t log or even track user activity, and for open source, it employs AES-256-CBC with a 2048-bit DH key.
Your subscription fee comes with some bling:
- There’s a 30-day money-back guarantee.
- NordVPN accepts Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, credit cards, Alipay, GiroPay, iDeal, UnionPay, and SOFORT.
- You can save money through an annual subscription.
- Your license covers up to six devices.
But there are a couple of drawbacks. One is that NordVPN supports only eight platforms: Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS, Android, and Android TV, with extensions for Chrome and Firefox. Some other VPNs support a broader range.
The other is that, although NordVPN promises 24/7 customer service, the support isn’t live. So you either have to search through the support library or send an email and wait for a response.
Private Internet Access VPN supports an average range of platforms: Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera as well as routers with Tomato, DD-WRT, and PfSense. It runs 3,335 servers. Your license covers five devices.
The lowest rate offered is $2.91 per month with a two-year subscription. Other options are $6.95 for one month and $3.33 per month for one year. As with other VPNs, you can pay with Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies as well as major gift cards. There is a 7-day money-back guarantee.
In terms of security, you get the industry standard AES-256-CBC encryption, and PIA doesn’t keep logs on user activity.
The major drawbacks are that PIA offers no live support, only trouble tickets, and it doesn’t offer reliable access to Netflix. However, if you don’t care about Netflix, that’s no problem.
IPVanish is an OpenVPN of moderate value. For more money—$4.87 per month with a year-long contract, $10 for one month, or $8.99 per month for three months—you get a lot, but not all, of the features of Express and NordVPN. You can pay with a credit card or PayPal only.
Vanish claims to be the “world’s fastest VPN,” and it does offer decent speeds for servers in the United States and worldwide. It’s fast and reliable enough to use it for streaming from sites like YouTube and for online gaming.
In terms of security, like its competitors, IPVanish doesn’t track or log user activity. It uses AES-256-CBC encryption and anonymous torrenting, and it comes with a kill switch.
With Vanish, you have access to censored apps and websites, but only some servers provide access to Netflix. It supports nine different platforms—Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Fire TV, Windows Phone, Linux, Chromebook, and routers—and allows for 10 connections on multiple devices at the same time. Each license covers five.
Vanish provides 24/7 email support, telephone help, and live chat as well as a 7-day money-back guarantee.
One major drawback of Vanish is that it has access to a smaller number of global servers—1,200—than either Express or NordVPN.
VPNSecure is a decent, basic VPN. For $6.66 per month for 12 months, $8.32 per month for six months, or $9.95 for one month, you can count on AES-256-CBC encryption and service for six platforms—Windows, MacOS, iOS, Linux, Android, and a variety of routers (DD-WRT, Tomato, Asus, Open-WRT, Synology NAS with DSM 5.x or DMS 6.x, and Raspberry PI).
You can pay with PayPal, Bitcoin, Perfect Money, Payza, Cashu, Paymentwall, or credit cards.
Like other VPNs, VPNSecure doesn’t log users’ activity. It offers live customer service chats and support tickets with under-30-minute response time.
Although VPNSecure promises unrestricted Internet, it does block access to some sites. It also runs only 79 servers, which means you might encounter some speed and reliability problems.
One of the biggest draws of this VPN is that for 30 days you can test drive it for free and see how it works and if it meets your needs.
Torguard is a reasonable deal covering almost all of the bases.
You have four payment options from which to choose: $9.99 per month, $19.99 per quarter, $29.99 semiannually, or $59.99 per year. All options come with a 7-day money-back guarantee. You can use Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, credit cards, Paymentwall, or PayGarden to pay.
For that price, you have access to more than 3,000 servers, and you get the usual AES-256-CBC encryption, support for six platforms (Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and routers including DD-WRT, Tomato, and PfSense), a license for five devices, and log-free user activity. Extensions are available for Safari and Firefox.
Customer service is 24/7 and includes live chat and trouble tickets.
Although the service connects to Netflix, you have to pay an additional fee for the connection.
Cyberghost offers a variety of subscription plans, with the most affordable being $2.50 per month with a three-year contract. But you can also opt for $12.99 for one month, $5.25 per month for one year, or $3.69 per month for two years. With your license, you can connect up to seven devices.
For payment, the provider accepts Bitcoin, PayPal, and credit cards, and you have a 45-day money-back guarantee.
Security-wise, Cyberghost will meet your needs with
- A kill switch.
- No user activity logs.
- DNS and IP leak protection.
It operates through a good number of servers—3,600. And you have access to 24/7 customer service via live chat, a request form, and FAQs. It works with nine different platforms— Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Stick, Android TV, Kodi, and Linux—as well as Chrome and Firefox.
The VPN provides access to blocked websites and allows you to play region-locked games.
Avast is the most simple VPN in our review. It’s ideal for beginners who want to add some protection to their Internet browsing but aren’t yet ready to explore more complex features.
Beginners will find Avast easy to use and set up. And they’ll have access to most of the basic VPN features: coverage for a few principal platforms (MacOS, iOS, Windows, and Android), log-free user activity, AES-256-CBC, customer support via trouble tickets and phone calls, and access to some blocked sites.
A license includes up to five devices. You can pay with Bitcoin and enjoy a free trial for seven days and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
The downside is you pay for calls with customer service, and there are no monthly plans. The network is limited, and you can store only restricted amounts of data for 30 days.
Prices range from $80 per year for a five-device license down to $20 per year for an Android or iPhone device.
The best news about Betternet is it’s free. Of course, that means that you don’t get as much as you do from other VPNs. Like Avast, Betternet is easy to use and set up. It works for five major platforms: Windows, MacOS, iOS, Chrome, and Android.
It takes just a few moments to set up and, presto, you can start surfing securely. Betternet logs none of your activity.
Because it’s free, there are drawbacks: You can only use one device per license. The app comes with ads. And the network is limited with just a few servers. Also, the service doesn’t work with Netflix. Customer service is provided only to premium users.
Like AVG and Betternet, Turbo VPN is a simple and easy-to-use VPN. Unlike Betternet, it offers 24/7 customer service.
Turbo VPN is free of charge, but it is a pretty limited service. It’s only available on Android and iOS. The company has just five servers, and you get to use one device per license.
The reason to use Turbo is if you are simply looking for a VPN for your phone and you plan to use it mostly when you are traveling or on public WiFi. For such restricted applications, Turbo will likely suffice.
OpenVPN Comparisons by Feature
To make it easier for you to choose from the 10 options in our OpenVPN review, we have created five category-specific comparisons:
- Best Price, which compares each VPN’s best price offering
- Number of Servers, which shows how many servers each VPN operates
- Customer Service, which compares the options for accessing customer support
- Number of Platforms, which details how many different operating systems, routers, and other platforms the VPN will serve
- Number of Devices, which identifies how many devices are covered by one of the company’s licenses
NordVPN: $2.99/mo. for 3 years
Express VPN: $8.32/mo. for 1 year (with three free months)
Private Internet Access VPN: $2.91/mo. for 2 years
IPVanish: $4.87/mo. for 1 year
VPNSecure: $6.66/mo. for 1 year
Torguard: $4.99/mo. for 1 year
Cyberghost VPN: $2.50/mo. for 3 years
Avast VPN: $79.99/yr.
Turbo VPN: Free
Number of Servers
NordVPN: 5,416 servers
Express VPN: 3,000 servers
Private Internet Access VPN: 3,335 servers
IPVanish: 1,200 servers
VPNSecure: 79 servers
Torguard: 3,000 servers
Cyberghost VPN: 3,600 servers
Avast VPN: 55 servers
Betternet: 11 servers
Turbo VPN: 5 servers
NordVPN: 24/7, not live
Express VPN: 24/7, live, email, support tickets
Private Internet Access VPN: trouble tickets
IPVanish: email support, telephone help, and live chat
VPNSecure: 24/7, live, support tickets
Torguard: 24/7, live, support tickets
Cyberghost VPN: 24/7, live
Avast VPN: paid phone call, support forums, support tickets
Betternet: support tickets
Turbo VPN: 24/7, 2-hour turnaround
Number of Platform
NordVPN: 6 devices
Express VPN: 3 devices
Private Internet Access VPN: 5 devices
IPVanish: 10 devices
VPNSecure: 5 devices
Torguard: 5 devices
Cyberghost VPN: 7 devices
Avast VPN: 5 devices
Betternet: 1 device
Turbo VPN: 1 device
Any of the 10 OpenVPN choices in our OpenVPN review might be the right one for you. All of them provide good security and privacy. The key is to prioritize your other needs.
If speed and reliability are the most important considerations, then go for the VPNs with the most number of servers and comprehensive customer service. If you’re more concerned about reaching Netflix, then look to make sure that’s an option. If cost is number one for you, then you might get by with the more limited VPNs that restrict devices and platforms.
Make your choice and get started browsing safely, no matter whether you are at home, on a plane, or at a WiFi cafe.
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