Best VPN Services 2019: What’s Safe to Use

HotSpotShield (Popular Free/Limited VPN)

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HotSpotShield is considered by many to be one of the best free VPN services available as an app and desktop software. It’s certainly a popular option with over 500 million users around the world.

According to our research HotSpotShield offers fast connection, a great user interface that is easy to use, torrenting support, and fast installation. If you are looking for a free or low-cost VPN option, this may be it.

Of course, HotSpotShield may not be the best option for those looking for full privacy, like as Ian Paul at PCMag warns. The service works more like a proxy, allowing access to many of the streaming services but lacking in terms of anonymity.

HotSpotShield offers a free version, but it is relatively limited. For instance, the free version is limited to a 500MB bandwidth cap which resets every 24 hours. For those looking for unlimited access the VPN service offers a paid version starting at $3.50/month if you sign up for 36 months at once.

Pros (The Good)Cons (Bad)The Ugly
+ Free service (limited)– Not working with Netflix! Company located in 5 eyes jurisdiction
+ Fast server speeds– No double hop
– Incompatible with routers
– Long customer service response time
– Cryptocurrencies not accepted

The Bottom Line: It’s All About Your Needs

Finding the best VPN service for your needs is all about you.

If all you’re looking for is a simple screen so that you can browse streaming services more freely, a free and basic VPN tool may do the trick.

Some users will need more complexity in the VPN. Advanced users may look for specific encryption,  a VPN kill switch, or zero bandwidth capping for P2P file sharing.

Some beginner users will be looking for the easiest to use (and cheapest!) VPN service out there. Others may want a free trial, a monthly payment plan instead of a lifetime license, or a 100% refund guarantee. Some VPN features to look for include:

      • Safety features and no DNS leaks
      • Top-notch customer support
      • A proven speed test for the VPN in action
      • A straightforward UX for use with streaming services
      • Compatibility with mobile devices
      • Low-cost or high performing VPN services.

All of these are factors that may impact what the best VPN service is for you..

The bottom line is that a VPN can either create a private browsing tunnel or let you browse sites otherwise not available in your geographic location.

Take your time doing your research, reading through our in-depth reviews and capabilities of each of the top VPN services outlined above to make the best decision.

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5 thoughts on “Best VPN Services 2019: What’s Safe to Use

  1. The biggest issue that I’ve had with VPNs previously is random disconnections or hang-ups which slow down your ability to navigate online. As somebody who works fast, a buffering screen or slow loading webpage is near hell for me. I have experience with several of the VPNs listed in this review and can moderately recommend PIA for ease of use and generally positive connectivity.

  2. I have tried Nord VPN it works well, But only problem I faced is that it is not secure as they said. It also lags because of the servers are used everywhere I tried free membership it doesn’t give full support but it’s nice to have this VPN in system. It uses secure and the best proxy servers.

  3. I would love to know what you think about WindScribe. I know it’s bad that it’s headquartered in a “5 eyes” country though I don’t know why. If they don’t keep logs, what difference does it make?

    • WindScribe actually has a potential Backdoor which appeared after we tested their setup file with VirusTotal. In addition, they confirm to log last activity timestamps and the total amount of bytes transferred in a 30 day period.. And in the end we never know for sure, these are just claims. A VPN gets extra pointsif their HQ is not located in 5 eyes just for security reasons. We think of it as a risk minimalization 🙂

      PS: We did a review on WindScribe as well. If you are looking for specific info https://www.vpntesting.com/reviews/windscribe/

      I Hope it helps!

      Andy.

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