The best VPN 2020 for smartphones July 15, 2020 – Posted in: Smartphone news
Many VPNs these days are much lighter and easier to use and are optimized for mobile phones. According to one study As of 2019 powered by Top10VPN, over 480 million VPN mobile apps have been downloaded worldwide in the past 12 months, 54% more than the previous year. While free services account for 84% of all mobile VPN downloads, we recommend avoiding free VPN apps andopt for a paid service as much as possible.
Here is our selection of the best VPNs for iPhone or Android smartphone that we have tested so far this year.
Surfshark: fast and feature-rich
Number of servers: 1.000
Number of server locations: 63 countries
Country / Jurisdiction: British Virgin Islands
Despite its level of customization and performance, Surfshark for iOS and Android offers a surprisingly intuitive interface for beginners. Its four-tab design hides a multitude of privacy tools and connection options. One of its most appreciable features allows you to go from one country to another to hide your route directly from the main window without having to go into the menus.
Although the Surfshark network is smaller than some, the service compensates with its features, including unlimited support for the number of devices. In other words, you can run your entire home or office on the VPN. There are also anti-malware, ad blocking and tracker functions.
The Chrome and Firefox extensions of the service were highly rated following the privacy audit conducted by the German security company Cure 53. However, it should be noted that the audit was sponsored by Surfshark.
The service is available on macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, FireTV and routers. You can also configure game consoles via DNS settings. Very useful is the function that allows you to whitelist certain applications and websites to automatically bypass the VPN. This can be of paramount importance for certain professional uses.
In addition to the multihop, Surfshark offers two other special modes designed for those who want to get around the restrictions and hide their tracks more carefully online. Camouflage mode masks activity so your ISP doesn’t see that you’re using a VPN. The “NoBorders” mode allows you to use Surfshark in restricted areas. During our tests, we found no DNS or IP address leaks, and had no problems accessing Netflix.
Tariff level, the best current offer is $ 1.75 / month for 24 months
or $ 41.99 if you pay the entire amount at once. A word of advice: take advantage of the 30-day trial period to decide if you like this service.
CyberGhost: a pleasant interface
- Simple application but with several options
Number of servers: 6446
Number of server locations: 90 countries
Country / Jurisdiction: Romania
CyberGhost is an attractive VPN provider which offers certain advantages not offered by its competitors such as reimbursement up to 45 days under the Satisfied or reimbursed guarantee. It also allows you to connect up to 7 different devices with the same subscription, it’s a little more than other providers.
Its mobile application for iOS or Android is very easy to use. As soon as the application is launched and a first authentication with its registration email and password, a button allows you to launch the connection to one of the 6446 servers distributed in 90 countries. It is the application that determines the choice of the best server.
It is also possible to manually choose the country of your choice just like certain settings accessible in the parameters. It offers rules for automatic connection depending on the Wi-Fi network, an ad blocker and ad tracker, or a malware protection system.
Several types of subscriptions are available. That for the month is invoiced 12.99 euros monthly while the offer for 12 months is available at a price of 5.99 $ / month. The most attractive offer is offered at 2.64 $ / month over 3 years.
NordVPN: reliable and secure
Reliable and easy to use app
Number of servers: over 5400
Number of VPN server locations: 59 countries
Country / Jurisdiction: Panama
NordVPN is one of the most recognized brands in the VPN world. Its iOS application is as easy to use as its desktop client, with a similar design. The handling is very intuitive. Like the desktop version, the iOS application opens on a screen where the user can select a country or connect to the fastest server automatically. The “split-tunneling” function allows you to select other applications that you do not want to run via the VPN.
NordVPN offers up to six simultaneous connections where most providers offer only five or less. There is also a circuit breaker and the possibility of using the VPN via Tor. We did not detect any privacy leaks during our testing and its speed was found to be fast and reliable.
Although NordVPN has been on our list of best VPNs for a long time, we re-evaluated it in 2019 after a report revealed that one of its rented servers had been consulted without authorization in 2018. NordVPN reacted by launching several audits Security, a reward program for finding bugs and increased investment in server security.
The best current offer is a two-year subscription at $ 3.11 / month against $ 6.22 monthly per year or $ 10.64 if you choose the monthly offer without obligation.
ExpressVPN: fast and efficient
Simple, fast and efficient application
Number of servers: more than 3,000
Number of VPN server locations: 94 countries
Country / Jurisdiction: British Virgin Islands
The iOS and Android applications of ExpressVPN are designed with the same concern for efficiency and speed. A simple button on the home screen allows you to connect quickly. All security and privacy tools, account and settings options, and the support page are all carefully hidden under a three-bar icon in the upper left corner of the screen. ExpressVPN includes an IP address checker as well as two leak testers and a password generator.
The company says its network is based on TrustedServer technology, which ExpressVPN has built to ensure that its users’ online activity logs are never kept. ExpressVPN has a solid history in terms of privacy, having experienced a seizure of servers by authorities which has proven that it does not actually keep any activity logs. We also appreciate the quality of the configuration guides and the detailed information in the FAQ.
Like the main VPN services we reviewed this year, ExpressVPN offers a circuit breaker feature that prevents network data from leaking out of its secure tunnel in the event of a VPN connection failure. In operation since 2009, ExpressVPN has a large network of servers in 94 countries. Its best offer at the moment is $ 7.61 / month for an annual package.
CNET.com article adapted by CNETFrance / Image: Dan Nelson / Pixabay