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Many users turn to VPN services in order to protect their privacy when they are using the internet. All of this work can be undone however if the VPN service which you have chosen keeps logs of your browsing activity. You simply change the risk from one point to another. Your ISP may not be keeping a record of every site that you visit anymore, but your VPN company would be instead. This is probably less of a risk since many VPN companies are based in countries where it is not easy for governments or other legal bodies to request personal information from companies.
Nevertheless, many users appreciate the peace of mind, which comes from knowing that no logs are being kept of their personal browsing activity. On this page, we’ll run through a number of great VPN options that don’t keep logs of their customers’ browsing activities.
We’ll compare some of their other features and let you know which is the right one for your needs. First, though, we’ll take a look at some of the different elements of VPNs which you’ll need to know about, in order to compare them and decide which one you want to use.
If you’re concerned about a VPN service or the ISP keeping logs of your browsing activity, then it’s likely that your primary motivation for using a VPN service is security. All of the major VPN services offer highly secure encrypted connections which use 256-bit security protocols, but some offer more advanced features to keep their customers and their information safe. This is generally done with the software that the VPN provider offers and can include features such as kill switches that prevent any unencrypted information from being sent to or from a user’s computer. Some also provide additional features such as IP address scrambling; we’ll look at these in the individual reviews but, as a general rule, you get what you pay for with a VPN service, and by handing over a little more for one of the premium services, you’re much more likely to benefit from a high level of protection.
The other reason why many users begin taking advantage of a VPN service, and a key point of comparison between different operators, is the range of servers which they offer and the number of different countries that users are able to funnel their connections through. Almost every paid-for VPN operator on earth has servers located in major markets such as the UK and the US, but some go much further than this and offer VPN servers in dozens of countries across the globe.
If you are looking to stream content from a particular market, then make sure that it is covered by the VPN service which you are considering before you commit. Most of the services that we are going to mention offer either a free trial or a money-back guarantee that will allow you to test out the service before you have to commit your hard-earned cash. This is a great way to test out whether or not you are able to use the services that you are interested in with your chosen VPN service provider.
For this article, we have taken an in-depth look at the no-logs policies of the VPN services we are covering. All of them claim to offer a no-logs policy, but we’ve taken a deeper dive into what that actually means so that you can be sure that none of your private and personal data is being tracked or retained by the service. Once we’ve covered that crucial factor, we move onto other issues, such as the range of servers which are available; how easy it is to get the VPN service up and running on your computer and network, and the security protocols and other features that the VPN service makes use of. We’ll also let you know what it will cost to use the service on an ongoing basis, and whether or not there are any discounts available to users who commit to a lengthy subscription period in advance. Finally, we’ll also let you know whether you are able to benefit from additional security by paying for your VPN using a cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.
This is one of the most popular VPN services on the internet and, when you stop and look at the features it provides at a competitive price, it is very easy to see why that is the case. The company offers an excellent user experience and a vast range of servers and security features. Alongside a few others, this is one of the daddies of the VPN world; read on to find out what makes it a great choice.
NordVPN has long claimed to be a no-logs service. However, in November 2018, it went one step further and asked the respected auditing firm PWC to conduct an audit to ensure that it did not unintentionally retain any data belonging to its customers. The report issued by the auditors confirmed that no logs were being kept by NordVPN and that its no-logs policy was robust. This was great news for customers and is the reason why NordVPN is at the top of our list for VPN companies which do not keep any logs of their customers’ activity.
The company does enforce limits on the number of simultaneous server connections which its customers may have, but PWC has confirmed that this does not contradict their commitment to no logging. The company is also based in Panama, which keeps it far from the reach of EU and US jurisdiction, meaning that even if any logs were being kept, or a government simply wanted to get hold of information such as a list of NordVPN’s customers, they would struggle to do so.
There are other robust security features available to NordVPN customers. This includes the kill switch, which is available if you use the software that NordVPN provides to manage your connection. This facility means that no data can be sent to or from your system without the protection of a VPN. In the unlikely event that your connection to the VPN server drops out, your internet connection is shut down until the connection can be re-established.
Setting up NordVPN on your system is very straightforward. The company offers software for Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android. There is a 24-hour customer support service available via live chat, but the company does not allow customers to phone up to request support. The number of simultaneous connections is limited to six. If this is likely to be a problem for you, then it’s worth considering installing NordVPN’s software directly onto your router. This means that all of the devices connected to your router will be protected by NordVPN, and it will only count as one connection towards your overall limit.
If server selection and connection speed is a concern, then NordVPN is a great choice. The company operates thousands of servers across almost 90 countries. The only thing worth flagging from a security point of view is that the company does not own all of the servers which it uses. In order to scale up rapidly in line with the demand that it has faced, NordVPN sometimes leases server capacity from other companies. This shouldn’t be a concern for the vast majority of users but is worth keeping in mind. Connection speeds are generally good and more than sufficient for streaming SD, HD, and even 4k video content.
Pricing for NordVPN is relatively standard on a month-to-month basis at $11.95. If you are looking for a discount on this standard rate, then you’ll probably need to sign up for a more extended period. At the time of writing, a discount of 75% was available to customers who sign up for three years of NordVPN service and pay for it all at once. If this sounds a little daunting, then remember that the company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee option. If you decide that it isn’t for you at any point, then just get in touch with the support team via live chat and ask to cancel.
This is one of the newer entrants to the world of VPNs but is already building a reputation for itself as a fast and reliable VPN company. Unlike some of its competitors, which have only introduced no-logs policies in recent years in response to customer demand, SurfShark has run a no-logs policy since day one. Coupled with impressive connection speeds, a good range of servers and very low prices, SurfShark is definitely worth having on your shortlist if you are looking to try out a VPN service.
The company offers easy to install and use software for a number of systems. As well as providing apps for all the major platforms, SurfShack also offers a Chrome extension. This is an excellent option if your ability to install software on your system is hobbled by restrictive policies from your IT department. Do keep in mind, however, that if you do go for this option, only the traffic which is sent to and from your computer via the Chrome browser will be protected. Everything else will be sent in the usual way, and will still be visible to your ISP or anybody else who is watching.
If you make use of the Chrome extension rather than the full version of the software, you will also lose access to other features such as the kill switch and IP address masking, which can add further levels of security to your browsing experience. While the Chrome extension is definitely a benefit of SurfShark in certain circumstances, we’d highly recommend that you use the software or configure your router to connect directly to a VPN service if possible.
The selection of servers offered by SurfShark is not quite as large as some of its competitors, but, with servers in over 50 countries, it should be able to meet the demands of the vast majority of users. It has so far managed to evade the IP blocking policies of some streaming sites and is still able to happily stream Netflix, ESPN, BBC iPlayer and other major streaming media services without any problems.
Pricing for SurfShark is excellent. The month-to-month rate sits at the same $11.95 price as many of its competitors, but the discounts available to customers who sign up for long periods of service in advance are huge. At the time of writing, a discount of over 80% was available, which took the effective monthly cost of the service below $2. You will have to pay for all of the service periods in advance if you do choose this option, however, but a money-back guarantee is available if you change your mind about SurfShark within the first 30 days.
Unfortunately, only credit card payments are accepted, customers do not have the option of paying with a cryptocurrency.
ExpressVPN once had a reputation as one of the last hold-outs against introducing a no-logs policy. That was a long time ago, however, and it now operates the same no-logs policy as many of its competitors. This is excellent news, as the quality of service offered by ExpressVPN is tremendous, and the lack of a no-logs policy was the main thing which was putting many potential customers off trying it out for themselves.
The main selling point of ExpressVPN compared to its competitors is the sheer number of servers which it offers. The company has over 1000 servers located in almost 100 countries. While this may sound like overkill, it does mean that it is by far the best option for users who are looking to access niche content using their VPN service. If ExpressVPN does not have a server located in the country you are looking for, then the chances are that you are going to struggle to find a VPN company that does, although it is well worth asking the ExpressVPN support team whether they have any plans to add one via their 24/7 live chat support service.
Getting up and running with ExpressVPN is just as straightforward as for the other services which we have looked at in these reviews. Software is available for all of the major platforms that include additional security features, such as a kill switch that will help to protect your data when you are using the service. The number of simultaneous connections is limited, and if this is likely to be a problem for you, it may be worth looking at installing the service directly onto your router. Doing this properly requires a fair bit of technical know-how, and we’d suggest that you make sure that you understand all of the instructions before you get started. This is because you do run the risk of damaging your router if you don’t get things right, and you will almost certainly void your warranty in the process. If this all sounds a bit intimidating, then ExpressVPN does sell routers with its software preinstalled, which should make it easy for you to get up and running quickly.
The one thing which stops ExpressVPN from climbing to the very top of our list of VPN services that don’t keep any logs is its price. Month-to-month pricing is slightly higher than for some competitors at $12.95 a month, but this is not the main point of difference. The biggest downside of ExpressVPN is that it does not offer the major discounts for buying significant amounts of service in advance. At the time of writing, the most significant discount available for committing to a long period of service in advance was 33%. This looks very small when you compare it to the discounts of 75% or more that are offered by many of its competitors. The company does not currently provide the option of paying for its services with Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency, meaning that a credit card or online payment service is the only option.
Overall, ExpressVPN is an excellent option for anyone who wants a VPN service with all of the bells and whistles which are available. It is only the pricing policy that stops it from climbing to the top of our list, as it is hard to recommend it above options that offer a far cheaper service to long-term customers.
Hopefully, you’ll have come across a VPN service in the article above, which meets your needs. Thankfully, as no-logs policies become commonplace across more and more VPN services, it’s becoming easier for potential customers to compare them on their features and the ease of using the service. A VPN is no longer a service that’s restricted to tech geeks or expats looking to stream particular content from their homeland. Following recent data protection scandals, it’s no wonder that more and more people are looking to protect their personal information with a VPN. Ensuring that you pick one that has a no-logs policy is a very sensible precaution to take.