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Last updated: 02 August 2019

There are times you need to protect your online location and identity and secure your information. This is where a VPN (virtual private network) comes in. We test and review the most popular VPN services to help you find the best one for you. Our VPN buying guide will help you decide which features you need.

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Our expert testers give every VPN service a thorough workout to help find the products that:

  • have fastest download times
  • are easiest to set up
  • are easiest to use
  • have the best customer support.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which VPNs offer disconnection protection, which failed our DNS leakage test and which offer a free trial. Our Recommended picks will help you quickly see which VPNs come out on top.

Warning on Android mobile VPN apps: Our VPN testing was done using Windows OS, but we have noted where that branded app is available for other platforms (Mac, Linux, iOS, Android). Please note, however, to take caution if using a VPN on Android. A 2017 report prepared by CSIRO’s digital research unit, Data61, with the University of New South Wales and the University of Berkeley, revealed security and privacy vulnerabilities in some Android apps.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    Price as of July 2019 in $AU for standard VPN plans. Yearly price is rounded to nearest dollar; converted from $USD to $AU where necessary; higher-priced plans may offer more options.

    enter value/s in increments of 1 between 36 and 179

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    Auto server selection

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    Client software selects the best performance server automatically.

      Auto reconnect

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      Whether the program reconnects automatically in the event of interruption.

        Kill switch disconnection protection

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        Whether the user software can automatically stop the data transmissions if the VPN connection drops, preventing the transmission of data over an unsecured connection. A kill switch can work with specific apps (such as your browser) or stop all internet access system-wide. It usually has to be enabled by the user. A kill switch may auto re-connect after a drop-out, auto-run on Windows start-up, or auto-connect when the VPN app launches.

          Stealth option in standard plan

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          Stealth mode allows the VPN to mask traffic so it appears as regular HTTPs traffic, to stop the VPN use being blocked. Whether this is available in the standard plan.

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            • Overall score
            • Performance score
            • Ease of use score
            • Ease of service cancellation score
            • Customer support score
            • Discrepancy in speed using VPN (percentage)
            • DNS leak test (Windows 10)
            • Default VPN protocol
            • DNS leak protection option
            • DNS leak protection default setting
            • Number of user devices supported basic paid plan
            • Router install supported
            • VPN data logging policy (claimed)
            • Personal details requested during signup
            • Kill switch disconnection protection
            • Good points
            • Comments
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            • Brand
            • Model
            • Availability
            • Price (annual plan)
            • Price monthly
            • Free trial available
            • Free trial or service limitations
            • Mobile app included in price (Apple/Android)
            • Accepts PayPal
            • Unlimited data
            • Auto-renews subscription
            • Australian servers
            • Encryption enabled by default
            • Default encryption type
            • Windows
            • Mac
            • Linux
            • iOS
            • Android
            • Auto reconnect
            • Auto run on Windows startup
            • Auto connect when app started
            • Stealth option in standard plan
            • Auto server selection
            • Stealth option in premium plan
            • Speed test to determine best server
            • Malware protection option
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