Best VPNs for USA
The aim of many VPN users throughout much of the world is to tunnel into the United States by providing a US IP address. The US is, after all, the source of the world’s most popular entertainment, and much of it is only accessible online to those living there.
But US citizens also need VPNs, whether it be to unblock content or improve privacy. The needs of an American VPN user is probably a bit different than someone in a foreign country. Short for Virtual Private Network, a VPN encrypts all of a device’s internet traffic and routes it through an intermediary server in a location that the user chooses.
Americans are directly in the line of sight of intelligence agencies like the FBI and NSA. American corporations like Google and Apple monitor and gather information on users in the United States. As Edward Snowden revealed to the world, corporate and government espionage are often one and the same.
While those government agencies and private companies are global and spy on everyone, Americans fall under the direct jurisdiction of their authority, whereas users in other countries at least have a legal border between them. Copyright trolls are particularly aggressive toward torrenters in the USA.
Here are the best 10 VPNs for USA:
NordVPN is a Panama-based VPN provider with a reputation for security. That includes double-hop servers that route your traffic through two VPNs and a Tor over VPN option that sends traffic through the Tor network upon exiting the VPN server. Most IPs are shared but some dedicated IP servers are also available if needed. The OpenVPN protocol uses 256-bit encryption standard. NordVPN accepts Bitcoin payments, and it’s one of the best values any VPN provider offers. The company keeps absolutely no logs of users’ traffic or connection metadata. You may have up to six simultaneous connections on a single subscription.
Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS.
ExpressVPN uses AES 256-bit encryption with the OpenVPN protocol by default. No traffic logs are kept that show the content of user activity, but some metadata is recorded. The company is incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, beyond the jurisdiction of the US government (and UK government, in case you were wondering). All servers use shared IPs, so you share an IP address with hundreds of other users. The company accepts payment in Bitcoin in addition to credit card and PayPal.
Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS, Linux (command line), and certain routers.
Ivacy is also a good option to consider while buying a US VPN. It has 450+ geographically scattered servers in 100+ locations. As per the claim of service provider, Ivacy doesn’t have much effect on your actual Internet speed and offers P2P optimized servers. Hence, you can enjoy security and anonymity without compromising on your connection speed.
4. CyberGhost VPN
CyberGhost is based in Romania and offers a varying selection of privacy and security features to choose from. The company keeps no logs of user activity or metadata. OpenVPN connections are secured with 256-bit AES encryption and perfect forward secrecy. DNS leak protection and a kill switch ensure no traffic escapes the VPN tunnel. Additional features include an ad blocker, anti-malware defense, and anti-tracking. CyberGhost allows you to choose a server not just based on location, but on how you plan to use it, be it for streaming, torrenting, public wi-fi, or anonymous web surfing.
Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android.
Israel-based SaferVPN offers the privacy and security you need in an app and service that couldn’t be easier to use. A subscription nets you access to hundreds of servers in more than 30 countries. That’s not a huge selection when compared to some competitors, but rest assured that our speed tests score SaferVPN far above average across the board. The company doesn’t record the contents of traffic or log IP addresses. Servers optimized for streaming can unblock a slew of streaming video sites in the US and UK. All connections are guarded by 256-bit AES encryption.
Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android.
6. Buffered VPN
Hungary-based Buffered doesn’t keep traffic logs, but it does record the user’s IP address, time connected, and connection duration. DNS leak protection works well, but there’s no kill switch. 256-bit encrypted OpenVPN connections are standard. The desktop app is novice-friendly, but mobile users will have to opt for a third-party app until the company eventually releases Android and iOS versions. All server IP addresses are shared. Unfortunately, Buffered does not accept Bitcoin.
Apps are available for Windows and MacOS.
VyprVPN is a Switzerland-based VPN service that would excel as your VPN for the USA. The only reason VyprVPN is so low on our list is that it’s not a good VPN provider for torrenting. Other than that, VyprVPN offers over 70 server locations – ideal for accessing geo-restricted content on TV streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. VyprVPN also allows up to five simultaneous devices and offers 24/7 live customer support.
This VPN includes better than average server speeds, strong encryption protocols and proprietary technology for added security. If you prefer to sample the product before committing, you can use VyprVPN’s free 3-day trial.
IPVanish is a Phoenix-based company that maintains an impressive 700+ servers in over 60 countries. A kill-switch and DNS leak protection are coupled with an intuitive user interface and OpenVPN in a reliable and affordable VPN that’ll allow you to connect up to 5 devices at a time. IP switching, 256-bit AES encryption, unlimited bandwidth, and SOCKS5 web proxy round out their impressive list of features.
IPVanish has a $10 month-to-month plan, a three-month plan that’ll set you back $8.99 per month, and an annual subscription that costs $6.49 per month. They accept payments by credit card and Paypal, and are one of a handful of VPN’s that’ll also accept payments via Bitcoin as well. They don’t offer a free trial, but there is a seven-day money back guarantee.
Performance wise, the IPVanish is rather unpredictable. Some tests were impressive, with an improvement in speed of about 15%. But in other testing, download speeds were slashed in half. Upload rates tended to be steadier. Results were inconsistent, but always manageable.
IPVanish does not maintain logs of IP addresses or connection times, but the company is headquartered in the United States and must comply with any and all requests from the FBI and NSA.
Hong-Kong based PureVPN boasts an impressive feature set, which includes a unique split-tunneling option that allows you to choose which traffic goes through the VPN and which goes through your regular ISP. They also have a browser that provides users with a 20Mbps boost in their speed, regardless of their Internet connection’s speed. The user interface isn’t the greatest and certain options are hard to find, but with over 500 servers in 141 countries, and dedicated apps for Windows, Linux, and Android, PureVPN is definitely worth your consideration if you’re looking for a well-rounded VPN at a great price point.
A 30-day plan clocks in at $9.99, a six-month subscription is $7.99 per month, and a 2-year plan is $59.99. Acceptable payment methods are via credit card, Paypal and Bitcoin. No free trials are available.
PureVPN does extremely well in performance tests. It occasionally even improves regular download speeds, and averages 80% of normal download speeds. Latency tends to be around 5% higher than normal in most cases. Upload speeds are fairly consistent with regular speeds.
While they do log the amount of time you are connected to a server and total bandwidth used, they do not log which websites you visit or files you download.
10. Private VPN
PrivateVPN is slowly moving up in the VPN market. Its six simultaneous connections, no logs policy, and high speed are what most look for in a VPN.
That being said, the installation process is quite easy, and thPrivateVPN's Free Remote Help – which offers virtual help and installation via Team Viewer – is very unique.
PrivateVPN can be installed on Windows, Android, iOS and Linux, and it only takes a few minutes. We also are a big fan of its clean, minimalist website that is easy to navigate (whether in Swedish, German, Dutch, or English).
Like other VPNs, PrivateVPN supports a variety of protocols including OpenVPN, and their encryption is top-notch.
However, we were most impressed with its speed. We had fast speeds on almost every server, except in Hong Kong, and we accessed US Netflix without a problem using their New York server, but not Chicago. (We were also able to access BBC Live on one server but not the other.) Since there are no bandwidth limitations and no downloading quotas, we were able to stream video easily.
The only feature that falls up short is its customer support. While the team was able to answer our queries, the email took 10 hours. The Contact Form took 12 hours for a reply about a server issue, and when their suggestion didn’t work, it took another 14 hours for them to send the solution. This wouldn’t have been such an issue if their Live Chat was working, but it was unavailable for two days.
Overall, PrivateVPN is great for security, anonymity, and streaming movies, but its customer support and refund policy could be better.
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