The UK has pretty aggressive legislation that affects everyone’s online privileges. Since the Snoopers’ Charter became law, state surveillance continues to increase at the expense of basic privacy. But by installing a VPN on your devices, you’re able to retain your anonymity.
There are hundreds of VPN providers on the market available to British users, so choosing one isn’t easy. Many aren’t as robust or reliable as they claim to be. Trust is often a hard thing to place, and no provider—other than through testimony—can give you any reason to take their word for it.
Thankfully, our experts are on a mission to research and test VPNs to make your job just that little bit easier. Well, a lot easier in fact. Because we don’t just test the more established providers, we test them all. And we keep testing them to make sure our reviews are always accurate.
Let’s get into it. Below are our top five recommendations for the best VPNs for the UK.
ExpressVPN offers unmatched, all-round attention to privacy, speed, and performance. It has servers in more than 145 cities worldwide and is available to anyone anywhere with an internet connection. Linux, Windows, Mac and mobile users can all benefit from its services because it’s available on all platforms. ExpressVPN is also available as a browser extension, on VPN routers and is even possible for smart TVs.
If you have problems or any questions about the service, take comfort in ExpressVPN’s 24/7 live chat. We’ve all had an immediate technical problem past office hours at some point. That’s no issue here. To keep users secure it has a 256-bit encryption, along with P2P support and an automatic kill switch.
Even though the service doesn’t offer a free trial period, it makes up for it with a no-questions-asked, 30-day money-back guarantee.
As mentioned earlier, IPVanish is a great VPN and probably one of the best there is for torrenting. Unlike many VPN providers that are in the business of cheaply made products or free plans, IPVanish sets itself apart with a quality service. It boasts a 60-country server network with 1000+ servers, 40000+ shared IPs, five simultaneous connections, unlimited P2P traffic, and a no-logs policy.
While some people might have an issue with the higher-than-average price tag, it’s clear that IPVanish’s quality platform, choice of server locations and loyalty to privacy and performance are worthy of biting the bullet.
To be fair to its competitors, some of our tests found that it was more prone to the occasional network failure. But it’s worth pointing out that these failures on a whole, with the right provider, are unlikely. If you find yourself unsatisfied, get reimbursed with the 7-day money-back guarantee.
Some users may take issue with it being based in Central America, but NordVPN offers top-tier security and a zero-logging policy. The products if offers hits the mark, and in many cases is superior to some of those based outside the US. With NordVPN you benefit from a 256-bit encryption, 5000+ servers to connect to, powerful DNS leak protection, up to six simultaneous connections, and a dedicated IP address, as well as other features.
Its handy ‘SmartPlay’ feature is designed to circumvent region-based restrictions and unblock a variety of streaming services, so it’s a good choice for the everyday user too.
The popularity of this Canadian-based VPN service comes from many of its features, not least of which is its highly intuitive user interface. The clients are easy on the eyes and make it simple to get going. There are several low-level options for taking charge of connection settings and making it more suitable to your usage, but tech-savvy users might find it a little off-putting.
TunnelBear isn’t as matured as its competitors – It has servers in little more than 20 countries, but most of them are based in great locations for all the best access. It allows you to connect up to five devices at once, and packs a punch when it comes performance. TunnelBear also comes with a free version, and while it’s a good VPN, it only has 500MB of free data per month.
Our tests found that the performance over short distances is great, with solid connection speeds in Canada and the States. However, long-distance connections to countries in other continents like Malaysia are considerably slower.