Are mobile VPNs safe?

The best VPN services in 2021

Jim Martin (Techadvisor), Amy Cao, Ina Reiter

VPN is an abbreviation for Virtual Private Network. It is a software / app for PC, smartphone, tablet or TV that allows you to surf the web anonymously. We tested the most important VPN services for private use.

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Which is the best VPN service?

Chances are, you don't have the time to dig into the full details of a VPN service, all you want to do is to know which is the best deal for you. Here are six VPNs that are recommended depending on your application.

For more information, see our selection of the below 10 best VPNs as well as detailed purchase advice.

Why do I need a VPN?

VPN services offer privacy protection, circumvent country barriers, enable global streaming and protect against DDoS attacks. Do you want to surf the web securely and anonymously and protect your data better? Or watch a certain series from abroad, e.g. on HBO Max, Netflix US, Disney + US or on a foreign Sky program? Then a VPN client on your device is the solution.

There are several aspects to consider when choosing a suitable VPN service: cost per month, connection speed, number and location of servers, number of apps offered, quality of technical support and other factors.

One log-in for all devices

All of the VPN services presented here enable an account to be used on multiple devices at the same time. This effectively lowers the already low monthly prices, as the whole family can use a VPN service at the same time: One person could stream content from Netflix US while another is surfing the Internet and another person could use the VPN for better security in the public web. Fi turns on.

1. NordVPN - Overall Winner

NordVPN's service is easy to use and has a practical smart play function. This will help you connect to the server that best suits your needs.

  • 5,017 servers in 59 countries

  • Works with Netflix and other streaming services

  • WireGuard support

  • 6 simultaneous connections

  • Mobile apps & browser extensions

Based in Panama and with a verified no-logs policy, NordVPN is a great choice for many reasons. It's one of the fastest VPNs out there, thanks to WireGuard, and it has a good range of features including split tunneling, which was recently introduced.

You can currently save 68 percent with NordVPN: The two-year subscription costs 2.97 euros per month (with a 30-day money-back guarantee)

2. ExpressVPN - Premium, feature-rich service

ExpressVPN is the right choice if you're looking for a top-notch, secure VPN service that works on all of your devices. It's easy to use, fast, and packed with features.

  • 3,000+ servers in 94 countries

  • Works with Netflix and other streaming services

  • Kill switch

  • 5 simultaneous connections

  • Mobile & Amazon Fire TV apps as well as browser extensions are available

In addition to excellent security and privacy, your favorite streaming services (and other websites) are unblocked and friendly technical support is available 24/7.

The 15-month subscription costs 5.54 euros (6.67 US dollars) per month (with a 30-day money-back guarantee)

3. Surfshark - best price-performance ratio

Surfshark costs less than most of its competitors, although the VPN service can connect to an unlimited number of devices. In addition, the offer is constantly being improved with the addition of new servers, locations and functions.

  • 1,700 servers in 63 countries

  • Works with Netflix and other streaming services

  • Kill switch

  • Unlimited simultaneous connections

  • Two-factor authentication

  • GPS spoofing

Some locations are virtual and are not actually in the countries that are selected. However, this won't matter to most, as a virtual server also enables everything, including unblocking popular streaming services. The so-called MultiHop servers come in handy when you want more security and privacy, and the price is very competitive.

With Surfshark VPN you pay only 2.07 euros per month for the 24-month subscription (with a 30-day money-back guarantee)

4. CyberGhost - best VPN for streaming

Cyberghost VPN is an easy-to-use VPN that is great for unblocking streaming services and has a wide range of servers to choose from.

  • 6,500+ servers in more than 90 countries

  • Works with Netflix and 34 other streaming services

  • Kill Switch (Windows)

  • 7 simultaneous connections

  • Mobile apps and browser extensions

The no-spy servers are owned by the company, operated in its Romanian headquarters and thus offer a more secure option than servers that are often only rented from other VPN providers. If all you need is a VPN to unblock streaming services and websites, CyberGhost is one of the cheaper options. The service also has handy Amazon Fire TV and Android TV apps.