In the world of operating systems (OS), people usually think only of the Windows OS. But there are others, and the most well known alternative to Windows is Linux. But which Virtual Private Network (VPN) platforms protect PC users best? Most of the larger VPN services are consistently working to serve every platform—including Windows, Android, iOS, as well as Linux.
Before choosing a VPN for PC, let me remind you that there are several key features you want in a virtual private network provider:
- A bulletproof “No Log Policy” (as in the service does not keep track of what you do online). This is essential.
- Kill Switch—if something goes sideways in your connection, the service itself terminates the connection, thus preserving your privacy. (I go into a bit more detail about the kill switch in theBenefits of a VPN post.)
- Mobile apps for iOS and Android in addition to whatever PC operating system you are using—Windows, Mac, or Linux.
- Multi-year pricing. I appreciate the companies that want to do business over the long haul. And pricing reflects that. (A few of the services listed in here do not do offer multi-year discounts, but I still found them to be excellent options.)
ProtonVPN has PC users covered. In addition to its easy-to-download Windows application, it offers several options for Linux users, including support material that takes you step-by-step. If you have ever heard of the super secure ProtonMail service, ProtonVPN is from the same company. Starting at $4 per month, you can get a healthy basic plan. They also have an excellent (but limited) free plan.
A favorite for a lot of PC users and reviewers is TunnelBear. It offers a specific download for each OS, including Windows. However, while TunnelBear offers instructions for Linux users, there is limited support for it. One of the best things about TunnelBear is it offers a free plan, but cap it at 500Mb of data per month. The one-year plan is $59.88. It comes with unlimited data for up to five connected devices.
NordVPN is one of the best known providers as well as one of the most competitively priced. If you sign up for three years, you will only pay $2.99 per month —or $107.55 for the full 36 months. It covers all the operating systems, including Windows and Linux (Debian). It also has more than 5,000 servers, which means you can find one nearby to connect to in your area for faster access to the internet.
IPVanish also offers a large network of secure servers around the world. Each plan allows for multiple devices. Its Windows 10 app is solid and also supports Linux Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint, and Kali Linux. A paid plan is $6.49 per month or $77.99 annually.
Finally, PureVPN is a trusted VPN for PC provider. It also offers some of the best pricing I have found for VPN providers. A special offer of $1.99 per month popped up as I visited the site. Otherwise, you will only pay $3.33 per month (or $39.96 annually).