10 Android VPN Apps To Check In 2019

Posted: Jul 13 2019, 8:08am CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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10 Android VPN Apps to check in 2019

Today, our smartphones and computers are almost always connected to the internet where we read and respond to emails, exchange data, access social media accounts, and access mobile banking services, among other functions. In a bid to minimize your expenses on cellular data, you may find yourself frequently connecting to unsecured Wi-Fi networks in restaurants, coffee shops, airports, and so on. Unfortunately, a hacker or any other malicious person connected to the same free Wi-Fi hotspot can access your sensitive data. This explains the rising cases of identity theft and cybercrime. The Insurance Information Institute reports that there were about 16.7 million identity theft cases reported in 2017.

One way through which you can secure your browsing data on your Android smartphone is by installing a VPN app.

How does a VPN work?

A VPN keeps your online traffic secure and private through sending your traffic to a secure server that could be anywhere in the world, thus successfully masking your IP address. The VPN could also encrypt your online traffic so that no hacker, the internet service provider, or a government agency can read it.

Apart from securing your data when you are using public Wi-Fi, using a VPN also enables you to access geo-restricted internet content. The VPN does this by rerouting your mobile traffic through a country where the restricted content is available.

There are tons of VPN applications on the Google Play Store, all of which promise an outstanding user experience. In this post, we discuss our pick of the best # VPN apps for your Android device.

ExpressVPN

The Virgin Islands-based VPN is one of the fastest, safest, and reliable brands in the market. The app boasts more than 3,000 servers in more than 90 countries across the globe. The VPN runs on a variety of Android devices, including smartphones, tablets, and TV streaming boxes.

When using the ExpressVPN, you are guaranteed military-grade 256-bit encryption, zero-logging policy, along with DNS protection. The app is lightweight and has a pretty straightforward user interface. Once you install, you are awarded a one week trial period after which you can subscribe to the paid version at $7 per month.

Pros

Cons

It allows for content torrenting

The app only allows three simultaneous connections

Round the clock customer support


The app has a 30-day money-back guarantee.


It’s a great tool for unblocking popular streaming sites


NordVPN

NordVPN stands out due to three key highlights: speed, privacy, and security. The VPN has an impressive network of more than 5,000 servers in over 60 countries. The unlimited bandwidth enables you to enjoy content from geo-restricted sites such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO, BBC iPlayer, Showtime, Sling TV, and Amazon Prime Video.

The app is lightweight and features the 256-bit data encryption features, zero-logging policy, ad-block, and DNS leak protection. It also supports OpenVPN over TCP and UDP. Though the app no longer offers a free trial, you can get it at $2.99 once you subscribe to the three-year plan.

Pros

Cons

Good speeds when downloading or streaming

You can choose server location but not a specific location

Servers are optimized for Netflix unblocking


You can connect up to six devices at once


Surfshark VPN

Although Surfshark is relatively new, it is fast gaining popularity. Currently, the VPN has a network of over 800 servers in more than 50 countries across the globe. Its privacy features include AES 256-bit encryption, secure protocols which include IKEv2 along with OpenVPN which supports, UDP and TCP, as well as a kill switch that blocks malicious URLs and prevents identity leaks should the connection be interrupted. Start enjoying uninterrupted Netflix by downloading Surfshark.

The VPN does not have a free trial, but you can subscribe to the two-year plan which goes for $48 or the yearly plan, which costs $72. This translates to $2 or $12 per month respectively.

Pros

Cons

The VPN has an ad-blocking feature

The yearly plan is a little pricey

It supports P2P sharing on all its servers


It has incredible download and streaming speeds


The VPN is compatible with multiple devices


VyprVPN

The Swiss-based VPN was updated in the recent past to incorporate the no-logging policy. It has a clean and simple user interface that automatically connects you to the fastest server available. It offers quite a number of features such as automatic reconnection, connection on startup, and a kill switch, through which you can tweak it to suit your specific needs.

VyprVPN’s incredible speeds make it ideal for HD streaming on Netflix. You can also access sites such as Amazon Prime and Hulu. The VPN is fairly priced as it will cost you only $5 per month.

Pros

Cons

It supports P2P as well as torrenting

The configurations options available are not ideal for robust users

Has excellent encryption


24/7 support


It integrates seamlessly with a wide range of devices


Windscribe

This is a Canadian-based VPN, which makes it a perfect alternative for the US-based VPN customers. The VPN’s free tier provides users with 10GB of data every month. The paid plan offers unlimited data. The VPN has over 450 servers in over 60 countries. Its Windflix feature unlocks US Netflix. Windscribe also supports torrenting and unlike most VPNs, it works in China. The VPN offers monthly and yearly pricing plans which cost $9 and $49 respectively.

Pros

Cons

It has suitable privacy and encryption features

The VPN is quite costly for month-to-month users

It works on a wide range of devices

It does not have 24/7 support

It supports torrenting and Netflix unblocking


The VPN offers unlimited simultaneous connections


CyberGhost

The Romanian-based VPN, which was founded in 2011 focuses on value pricing, server selection, and usability. Its airtight security and fast speeds make this VPN perfect for people looking for a torrenting solution. CyberGhost has over 3,000 servers across more than 60 countries. The VPN allows you to choose from a number of profiles depending on how you intend to use it. For instance, the “surf anonymously” profile is suitable when you are surfing on unsecured Wi-Fi. On the other hand, the “secured streaming” profile allows you to access streaming channels such as BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime, and Netflix, among others.

Pros

Cons

It offers round the clock live support

The 24/7 live support is only available through live chat or an e-mail ticket

You can connect up to seven devices


It unlocks a host of geo-restricted internet content


PureVPN

The Hong Kong-based VPN service has recently adopted a no-logs policy which has seen it become quite popular. PureVPN offers a complete security suite with each subscription through which you can protect your Android device through app-blocking features, one-click antivirus software, in-built website filters, and malware shield. This makes it one of the most comprehensive internet safety services on the market today. PureVPN has over 2,000 servers in more than 180 locations across the globe.

PureVPN payment plans include the monthly, yearly, and two years billing cycles which cost you $10.95, $35.88, and $69.12 respectively.

Pros

Cons

It’s quite easy to use making it ideal for first-time users


It has a 31-day money-back guarantee


The long-term subscription plan makes it one of the cheapest VPNs in the market


IPVanish

The ‘top tier’ VPN owns and controls its server network, making it one of the most reliable VPNs on the market. The VPN offers AES 256-bit encryption along with RSA-2048 bit key authentication. The VPN service has a “Scramble” feature which is designed to obscure your device against network traffic sensors which sense and block VPNs. IPVanish offers decent speeds and reliable performance. It is quite popular among Kodi users as it is easy to set up and operate.

IPVanish has three payment plans. The monthly billing cycle goes for $10 while the three-month and yearly payment plans cost $26.99 and $77.99 respectively.

Pros

Cons

Each payment plan has a 7-day money-back guarantee

Not all of IPVanish servers unblock Netflix

You can connect over 10 devices simultaneously


Round the clock support including telephone support for those in the US


It has reliable connections and impressive speeds


PrivateVPN

Private VPN is based in Sweden. Its network is relatively low as it has a little over 100 servers in 59 countries. The VPN offers enhanced security through AES-256-bit data encryption and RSA-2048 and HMAC SH256 data authentication protocols. PrivateVPN also provides you with DNS leak protection, IPv6 leak protection as well as an in-built kill switch.

PrivateVPN unlocks content from Hulu, Netflix, Sky, and Amazon Prime among others. The PrivateVPN pricing plan is quite affordable as you pay $7.67 for one month, $14.64 for three months, and $45.84 if you opt for the yearly plan.

Pros

Cons

24/7 client support

The limited servers could be a deterrent

Easy installation


Unlocks US Netflix


You can connect 6 devices simultaneously


With so many VPN products on the internet today, choosing one is often daunting. In order to find a VPN that’s right for you, evaluate your needs, and narrow down to a VPN that best suits you. Keep in mind that the country where a particular VPN is based along with the company policies can affect how privately or anonymously you surf.

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