Virtual Private Networks better known as VPNs have the potential to revolutionise the way we use the internet and the way we seen.

For many this has already happened. While VPNs cannot make online connections completely anonymous they do usually mask a computers source IP address.

This results in increased privacy and security but also the ability to bypass territorial copyright restrictions. Some authorities and corporations have associated VPNs with the dark side of the web.

And sometimes they have legitimate cause to be concerned so using a VPN is not without risk. In some countries individuals that gain access to restricted content may be violating the law, and if caught can be expelled from school, fired from jobs, jailed, or subject to other punishments and loss of access.

But with an estimated 400million users around the world VPNs are here to stay.

The free bit with most VPNs is they come as part of a thirty day free trial or a 30 day cancellation period. The distinction is important as the cancellation period comes after you’ve signed on, that means you pay first.

Express VPN


With servers in 94 countries Express VPN is extremely powerful and popular. I found it simple to use and achieved good speeds across all platforms. Its customer support is spot on and quick to respond.

There is a 30-day money-back guarantee which gives you a clue that you need to pay up front. There is no free trial period.

ExpressVPN guarantees that no logs are kept of your browsing history and that it will not share your private information with third parties. As a logless VPN, ExpressVPN keeps no activity logs or session data, so there’s nothing to connect you to your browsing activities.



NordVPN claims to provide military-grade protection for your internet data and from what I can tell they’re not kidding.

There's an automatic kill switch to ensure users are protected even if connection is somehow disrupted and you can customize the server you choose for your specific requirements. For example, if you are looking for high securitiy web sites you can connect to the Tor over VPN or DoubleVPN servers. NordVPN also offers Anti-DDoS servers for users who want to be protected against DDoS attacks. Also if you are using the VPN service to stream video, you can connect to the ultra-fast servers,.

If that’s not enough the company’s servers are under the jurisdiction of Panama, where there are no mandatory data retention laws, so users can rest assured that their activity is not logged or stored in the NordVPN servers and their privacy is protected.

All user activity and logs are never saved on their servers.

Again there is a 30-day money-back guarantee. That tells you a clue that you need to pay up front. There is no free trial period.

Hot Spot Shield


They seem to do everything bigger at Hot Spot Shield,

HotSpot Shield does have a plan that’s free to use, but it sis retricted to visiting their US servers. It will also prevent users from gaining access to some of the most popular streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. And as expected, it will be riddled with advertisements.

You’ll want to opt for the premium plan if you’re looking for a more flexibility and speed, which of course means paying. .

However this VPN service covers all the most important needs for the internet user who’s after improved privacy and security, such as:

  • Free and premium services available
  • Wide device support including Android & iOS apps
  • Great speeds & unmetered bandwidth
  • Malware protection