5 VPNs for Mac Worths Trying Right Now

5 VPNs for Mac Worths Trying Right Now

How much do you spend on a cup of coffee every month? Let’s agree that the average cost is USD 2, so your daily cuppa comes to USD 60 per month. My next question is how much does your internet security cost? While you are thinking of an answer, I would like you to look at a special software which could help you to find a solution to a very common problem.

But first, let me remind you about something important regarding today’s information content. There’s always a hue and cry when some celebrity’s pictures or private emails are stolen and published. That could happen to anyone. But what’s riskier is that hackers could attack your computer via public wifi, for example, in a cafe. Again, considering the degree of content restriction in some countries, it may seem reasonable to mask your location to get access to any type of streaming service and your favorite websites. That’s why I urge you to secure your computer, stay safe and get online freedom using a virtual private network (VPN). Spoiler: it may cost even less than USD60 per year!

A VPN is a secure way to surf the Internet. How does it work? Imagine that when you switch your computer on, a VPN starts to protect your data, whether you start chatting on Skype, or skimming through a recent report from an email. This is possible, thanks to your secure VPN tunnel, which encrypts your traffic and keeps your personal data hidden from third parties. The process is the following:

  1. You send data from your computer, that was already encrypted via a VPN through the secure VPN tunnel.
  2. The encrypted data goes to your Internet Service Provider.
  3. Then it goes to the VPN server.
  4. The VPN server sends it with a VPN IP address via a virtual secure tunnel to the Internet.

The way back is the same. So you are staying safe online and protecting your identity every time you switch a VPN on. It looks interesting and a little complicated but, in fact, it’s easy to use.

In this article, we will take a look at Top VPN services so that you can clarify what is the best VPN service for your needs.

ExpressVPN Review

The first one is the most popular – an ExpressVPN service. It offers VPN servers in 94 countries, the speed test option and encrypted DNS. On the website, you can choose the plan that suits you best. All you need to do to get the app is to register an account, pay for the subscription, get the activation code and download the app. Then launch ExpressVPN, enter your activation code and connect to a virtual private network. There is a 30-day refund guarantee in case you are not satisfied with the app.

The main window is small. There is an On/Off button in the center. On the right side, there is a Choose Location button and on the left a Smart Location button. You may search for your location by typing a country or choosing it from the list. Click the On button and get access to a different location to hide your IP address. There are 3 tabs: Recommended, Favorite, and all Locations.

In the Preferences, there is an interesting option for advanced users – a DNS, which hides your domain name system.

In the General tab, you will find the Network Lock option, which prevents your computer from accessing the Internet if the VPN suddenly disconnects.

A Speed Test option helps you to select the location with the highest speed.

There are 3 subscription plans:

  • 1 month for $12.95
  • 6 months for $59.95
  • 12 months for $99.95

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This app is easy to set up and use. You have to pay first to use it, but there is a refund guarantee. Its speed is appropriate for live-streaming. The test of changing the IP address was successful.

Cyberghost Review

Next is a Cyberghost VPN service, that offers access to servers in 50 countries as well as blocks ads and malicious content. The developers provide a 7-day free trial on their website. To get VPN all you need do is just to click on Download. In the main window, click the golden button to connect to VPN and start receiving protection. You may choose from the Simulated Country list on the left side, or from the Simulated Location list on the right side.

The free version kept me waiting for 3 minutes before it connected to a simulated location. But, the connection was stable and quite good.

To purchase the Cyberghost plan, you need to go to the pricing page on the app’s website and choose the best plan. As soon as you enter your email and make payment, you will obtain the credential to use the VPN subscription. The purchased version offers to block advertisements, malicious content and online tracking.

For those who find advertising intrusive, an Ad-Blocker function would definitely be useful.

The Prevent Online Tracking option separates the website’s elements that hold tracking codes.

There are 3 plans available:

  • 1 month for $11.99
  • 1 year for $71.88
  • 2 years for $84.00

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Cyberghost provides fast VPN service, but the setup process takes time and I had to go to the support page to deal with it. I liked the block advertising feature. The test of changing the IP address was successful.

NordVPN Review

A NordVPN service offers VPN servers in 59 countries, double encryption, and the automatic Kill Switch option. To get the NordVPN app follow these steps:

  1. Click on Get NordVPN on the website.
  2. Choose a plan that suits your need, create an account and pay.

You can download VPN from the website or from the App Store.

The main window looks like a big map. You need to log in by entering your credentials. Just choose a location on the map or from the Country list, and click to connect.

If you need to launch the VPN every time you turn on Mac, the Settings menu enables the Start on option.

If it is important to you to start browsing the Internet from a specific IP address, you could set it up in the Connect on Start option.

The Kill Switch option lets VPN automatically terminate certain programs from accessing the Internet if the VPN connection drops.

The app provides 3 types of plans:

  • 1 month for $11.95
  • 1 year for $69.00
  • 2 years for $79.00

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 NordVPN has a simple interface, small useful features and is easy to set up. The kill Switch information window disturbs a bit when it appears suddenly on the desktop. The test of changing the IP address was successful.

TunnelBear Review

A TunnelBear VPN service offers servers in 20 countries, a FREE trial and the GhostBear option. Here are the steps to get the virtual private network TunnelBear.

  1. Click on Get Started and download this app for free.
  2. Create an account.
  3. Launch the app. There is a nice short tutorial before you start.

The main window is small. There is a map and a Connected/Disconnected button with the list of countries.

The number of settings is small, but enough for an average user. In addition, in the Trusted Networks tab, you could create your own list of verified networks.

This app has a VigilantBear option, which looks like a Kill Switch option in other VPN apps.

But GhostBear makes encrypted data less detectable to governments, businesses, and ISPs.

There are 3 plans:

  • Little: 500 MB per month for FREE
  • Giant: 1 month for $9.99
  • Grizzly: 1 year for $59.88

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Unfortunately, the trial version failed to access the restricted sites, but it did change the IP address and the speed was high. Sadly, it does not allow torrenting. The test of changing the IP address wasn’t completely successful.

VPN Client Review

VPN Client service allows you to choose servers from 49 countries, provides Personal VPN servers and a FREE VPN trial for 7 days. Download VPN Client from the App Store. The trial version allows you to use all of the services the paid version has. Click on the top right corner to connect to the Optimal server, or choose the location from the list of countries, or just select the server on the map and click the Connect button.

In the Preferences menu, you can set up the settings you need, for example, connect VPN on demand, run on startup, show notifications when VPN gets connected or disconnected and so on.

The app provides two useful options – Optimal VPN and Streaming servers:

  • Optimal VPN – the app finds the nearest and the fastest server for you.
  • Streaming VPN – the app shows available streaming channels in the list of VPN servers.
  • Personal VPN – gives you stunning speed and a static IP address for personal purposes. It’s a great deal for anyone who needs a high-speed connection and no-sharing traffic. Also, you can fix your personal IP address with your bank, social media, mail accounts and so on to feel safe everywhere.

There are 5 subscription plans:

  • Vacation: 7 days for $3.99
  • Economy: 1 month for $8.99
  • Standart: 3 months for $16.99
  • Professional: 1 year for $39.99
  • Premium: 3 years for $89.99

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This app provides a free trial with all the benefits of the purchased version. A Personal VPN option is quite interesting. The test of changing the IP address was successful.

Conclusion

Here is a table, in which we compare VPN services so that to make a brief summary of VPN reviews.

Product ExpressVPN Cyberghost NordVPN TunnelBear VPNClient
Devices per license 3 5 6 5 5
Data Encryption Standards 256-bit AES 256-bit AES 256-bit AES 256-bit AES 256-bit AES
No-logging policy strict strict strict strict strict
Customer service chat/email chat/email chat/email email email
Free Version Available 30-day money back guarantee 7-day free trial 30-day money back guarantee 500 BM per month for free 7-day free trial
Price per month $12.95 $11.99 $11.95 $9.99 $8.99
Price per year 2018 $99.95 $71.88 $69.00 $59.88 $89.99

 

These 5 VPN services are worth trying out because protection of personal data is a necessity. They provide high-speed connection, ability to change the IP address and access to restricted services. These VPNs secure data from any attacks and prying eyes, based on 256-bit AES Data Encryption Standards. I found the interface of these VPNs nice and user-friendly, the setup process quite clear and quick, and the speed satisfactory for watching my favorite channels. You won’t notice any serious delay in connection. After testing, I decided to keep VPN Client on my Mac. This VPN is likely to suit all those who travel a lot and use public wifi, who want to feel secure online, and who need to change their IP address for some reason and have access to all internet resources.

My internet security costs $8,99 per moths. And yours?

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