Can Anybody Recommend a Great VPN? (Preferably Free?)

HappyDude20

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Hello all,

I’m looking for a VPN to install to my new MBP. I feel like every other YouTube video has an influencer recommend another VPN service and I don’t know which to trust.

Obviously one that is fast and reliable are preferred. Free would be spectacular.
 

Zenithal

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If it's free it's slow or they leach data from you. I like PIA myself. It's fairly cheap. You can peruse the net for sales codes. They'll probably have an Easter sale.
 
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HappyDude20

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Checking it out. $80 for 2 years doesn’t seem bad at all. I’ll download the app right now but will hold off on buying a subscription in case they do offer an easter sale as you suggested.
 
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theapplehead

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Checking it out. $80 for 2 years doesn’t seem bad at all. I’ll download the app right now but will hold off on buying a subscription in case they do offer an easter sale as you suggested.
I use Proton VPN on all my devices. They offer a free and paid service. The free service has ZERO ads, however it operates on slower speeds. Proton VPN is based in Switzerland which is a nation with a significant amount of internet privacy (more than that of the US). It also supports p2p and Tor.

Good luck!
 

Zenithal

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Checking it out. $80 for 2 years doesn’t seem bad at all. I’ll download the app right now but will hold off on buying a subscription in case they do offer an easter sale as you suggested.
Whoah, yes, $80 is too much for 2 years. Definitely wait for a sale or look for codes. NordVPN is good, too, but despite their name they are Panama based, IIRC.

I like PIA despite it being an American company. Admittedly, they have proven in court they don't log, and even if the articles were sponsored by them in some form, a court is a court, and if you don't have logs, then that's sticking to your priorities. If you do get PIA, I suggest reading up how to set up the VPN on your computer because sometimes one method is faster than the other; setting up the VPN in a browser over their app.
 

maxjohnson2

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This is one case where you get what you pay for. If it's free, it could mean they use your data for at least for marketing reason.

I personally use PIA which is fast and reliable. I heard good things about NordVPN.
 

Tech198

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Hello all,

I’m looking for a VPN to install to my new MBP. I feel like every other YouTube video has an influencer recommend another VPN service and I don’t know which to trust.

Obviously one that is fast and reliable are preferred. Free would be spectacular.
There is really no such thing as a great free VPN... You pay for for better service.. even if its only a few dollars.

If people want free, then you get what you deserve. PIA IS based in the U.S after all. But i havana't use any that were free.
 

stubeeef

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Thanks, looking at PIA, but which way is better to set up? Not done any of this yet.

is PIA only iOS? doesnt list laptops or desktops unless I missed it.
 
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Nigel Goodman

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I use Proton VPN on all my devices. They offer a free and paid service. The free service has ZERO ads, however it operates on slower speeds. Proton VPN is based in Switzerland which is a nation with a significant amount of internet privacy (more than that of the US). It also supports p2p and Tor.


2nd vote for Proton VPN. For all the reasons stated. I use the basic paid version which is more than adequate.
 
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Gravydog316

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I need something just so I can watch stuff here in Canada.
Even previews of tv shows on YouTube are now getting blocked "Not Available in Your Country"

Like, really?! I can't even watch clips of Conan on YouTube anymore!!

(what i want to watch now is Dark Side of the Ring from VICE (since i used to rassle, but nope)

is there something besides VPN I can use??
sooo stupid
 
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