Best VPN for iOS
A VPN lets you stay anonymous online, and access blocked content such as Netflix US. Ashleigh Macro reveals your different options
Surfing the web on a public Wi‑Fi can be a dangerous business, opening your iPhone or iPad up to spying eyes. To avoid that, you could use a VPN (virtual private network) to stay private and anonymous. It also hides your location online, which can allow you to access blocked content and blocked sites such as US Netflix when you are in the UK or BBC iPlayer when you are abroad. Here we talk you through the best iOS VPN options.
It’s important to note that it is against Netflix, BBC iPlayer and other blocked content’s terms and conditions to access them using a VPN, so proceed with caution as you risk getting your account blocked. NordVPN Price: From $2.75 (around £2) per month URL: fave.co/2kXSrut Our pick of the best VPN for iPhone is NordVPN. Based in Panama, NordVPN is outside of the jurisdiction of the ‘14‑eyes’ (a group of countries that have agreed to collect, analyse and share information, much of which involves internet activity). There are more than 3,200 servers available across 60 countries, and encryption levels are among the highest available in a VPN. You can connect to up to six devices at one time with your NordVPN account, which offers pricing starting at around $2.75 (around £2) per month if you take advantage of the three‑year deal. ExpressVPN Price: From $6.67 (around £5) per month URL: fave.co/2vPq5a9 Another popular and trusted VPN option is ExpressVPN, which offers apps for all operating systems including iOS, so you can use it on your iPhone. You can connect to three devices at once, and there’s no limit to bandwidth, server switching or speed. The recommended plan ExpressVPN plan is the year-long subscription, which normally works out
at $8.32 (around £6.20) per month and saves you 35 per cent over the less committed month-long option at $12.95 (around £9.70). However, right now there’s a special offer that will get you 15 months for the price of 12, and this works out at $6.67 (around £5) per month.
There’s also a 30‑day money back guarantee with no questions asked. PureVPN Price: From $1.95 (around £1.40) per month URL: fave.co/2xQeX1R Another great option is PureVPN. It’s a popular and trusted choice, and it’s competitively priced, too. PureVPN includes a built-in auto-redial that will automatically reconnect should your connection drop for uninterrupted browsing, and there are more than 750 servers available across 140 countries. Its iPhone app is simple and smart, and lets you tailor your connection based on the Internet activity you intend to do. To use it, you’ll need to sign up to a subscription package starting at just $1.40 (around £1.05) per month for three years with a special offer. The money-back guarantee is seven days. Goose VPN Price: From £2.99 per month URL: fave.co/2CUf5uo Goose VPN is also a good option if you’re looking for a VPN for your iPhone. It’s fast and easy to use, with a simple interface perfect for new users. There’s a 30‑
day free trial available, after which the subscription costs as little as £2.99. That’s for 50GB, though, which might not be enough for all users. The one year plan without the 50GB limit is £4.99 per month. There aren’t huge numbers of servers and countries to choose from via Goose VPN, though. There are just 27 countries available and 77 servers. We’d recommend taking advantage of the trial to check whether the server locations you require are available. CyberGhost Price: From €2.75 (around £2.10) per month URL: fave.co/2kSMMWD CyberGhost is another great option, and it’s also well priced. It’s headquartered in Romania, which is outside the 14-eyes group of countries that share signals intelligence. One of the great things about CyberGhost is its ease-of-use. It’s simple and intuitive, and does lots of the hard work for you. There are more than 1,150 servers available to connect to 49 different countries. You can get CyberGhost for £2.51 per month if you sign up for two years, but if you want to commit to just one month it’ll be £8.65 per month.
Price: From £4.08 per month URL: fave.co/2CUwd33 VyprVPN offers value for families looking for multiple simultaneous connections. If three connections is enough, you’re looking at £4.08 per month for a year. It’s £5.83 if you need five. There are more than 700 servers available to connect to worldwide, and it’s quick and easy to set up a high quality connection. You’ll find a kill switch to protect your data should the VPN connection fail, and the iPhone apps are simple to use, too. Private Internet Access
Price: From £2.10 per month URL: fave.co/2CTqevm Private Internet Access is another of the best VPNs that also comes a low price tag. At less than £2.50 per month for a two-year subscription, it offers anonymous browsing and access to blocked content including Netflix US. The iPhone app is incredibly simple and easy to use, and it’s also super-speedy. A solid option.
IPVanish Price: From £5 per month URL: fave.co/2sP13Ht Another option that offers lots of great features is IPVanish, which is both good-looking and easy to use. It has 750 servers in 60 countries. It’s going to appeal to beginners, as it’s one of the most intuitive VPNs we’ve used, but it does have one downside and that is that it’s located in the US. That’s not a problem for most casual users, but if 100 percent privacy is your main concern then you might want to look elsewhere. The company does promise that it doesn’t keep any logs, though.
CyberGhost lets you safely stream services such as YouTube
Private Internet Access’s home screen
IPVanish’s Settings page