Privacy and security as eroded the longer we live online and the more applications we use. Our ISPs (internet service providers) track our online habits and sell data to advertisers and market manipulators. Google, Facebook, and advertisers track our online whereabouts and use that data to compile a personal dossier which is then used to help manipulate our behavior.
Short of going off the grid, what can you do?
One layer of privacy and security that works to help reduce the trackers and data collectors is a VPN (virtual private network). There are many. Here are the ones the Villagers prefer.
All of these are good VPN services and since they are selected by Villagers writers we decided not to list them in a particular order of preference.
NordVPN – Over 5,000 servers in 60 countries. Unlimited VPN traffic. Auto kill switch. Up to six devices on a single account. Full encryption. No logs.
ExpressVPN – Over 160 server locations in nearly 100 countries. Easy to change country locations. No activity or connection logs. Encrypted connection.
CyberGhost – Over 3,000 servers in more than 60 countries. Unlimited bandwidth. No logs, no tracking. Encrypted connections.
TunnelBear – I use this one and though other Villagers dropped it when McAfee bought it, TunnelBear remains a good service for me. 22 countries, AES 256 bit encryption. No logs.
IPVanish – Over 40,000 IP addresses, more than 700 servers, and 60 countries. No logs. Unlimited bandwidth.
Private Internet Access VPN – This is the newest one on our list and we consideer it a value VPN. Data encryption and IP cloaking. Up to five devices at the same time. No logs.
As always, your mileage may vary. Most offer a trial period. TunnelBear is not as geographically diverse as the o thers. ExpressVPN and IPVanish do not have an ad blocker option. All run on macOS and iOS. TunnelBear is the easiest to setup and use. Private Internet Access VPN is more for power users. NordVPN and ExpressVPN received the highest ratings from the Villagers writers.