Virtual private networks (VPN) are among the best security tools available for any privacy-oriented Internet user. Changing your location and IP address with a VPN can help you connect to public WiFi Hotspots, bypass censorship firewalls like in China, or even unlock the Netflix catalogue from other countries.
Whatever the reason, VPNs are powerful, accessible, and popular tools. Here are the best VPN apps for Android in 2021.
NordVPN is one of the most popular VPN services available on the planet. It has more than 5,000 servers in over 60 countries and offers high speeds. The Android application offers the standard range of VPN features, including a quick connect button for fast and secure VPN access, unlimited bandwidth, a kill-switch feature (stops your traffic if you lose the VPN connection) as well as private servers. Their VPN extensions for Firefox and Chrome, as well as native desktop applications, offer a great user experience.
ProtonVPN is a unique provider when it comes to VPN applications. This privacy-oriented Virtual Private Network offers all desirable features. It is entirely free with no subscription or any advertising included in the App. The paid version offers extra features. The Android application provides unlimited data usage, a range of servers in various countries, and a robust non-registration policy.
Other features include relatively fast speeds, a system that can re-route your traffic through privacy-friendly countries, and the support of Onion/Tor. It is the new kid on the block, so you might encounter a few bugs with their VPN client. However, it is hard to find a more privacy-oriented VPN for this price.
TunnelBear VPN is one of the best free VPN applications available on the market.
It works like most VPN applications. You easily log in, the software hides your location and traffic, and you can enjoy free navigation. The free version gives you access to 500 MB per month. You can upgrade to an unlimited amount of bandwidth for $9.99 a month or $59.88 a year. The company does not have a logging policy, which is good news. It will also stop all traffic if your connection is interrupted through a kill-switch feature.
VyprVPN is another popular option. The company runs more than 700 servers in more than 70 countries and has its own infrastructure and maintains its hardware.
VyprVPN for Android works as expected. The free version includes a one-time 1 GB allocation. You will have to upgrade to a premium plan to get more data allocation.
Their logging policy is pretty clear. The company keeps logs of user activity for 30 days to help various agencies fight crime and unethical behaviour. You can find out more with a simple email to their customer service department.
Every Android VPN application listed in this article offers a great user experience.
When it comes to VPN services, you can either go for a free provider or upgrade to a paid plan.
Free VPN applications are functional, but they often come with annoying ads or privacy policies that will compromise your experience as a user. If you value your privacy, you can opt for paid versions that will come with no ads, a large number of servers, and many additional premium features. The website Opportunites Digitales reviewed the top VPN services on the French market.