With a vpn app you build a digital tunnel around your internet traffic. For example, you improve your online privacy and security, and you can, for example, watch videos that are not normally available in the Netherlands. Android Planet lists the 5 best vpn apps.
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What is a vpn?
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, or a private private network. Via a vpn connection, your internet traffic does not flow directly, but via a server of your vpn provider. This is how you create, as it were, a tunnel around your internet traffic.
This tunnel has several advantages, especially in the area of privacy. For example, your ISP may not be able to see what you’re doing online, advertisers may find it harder to track you online because the vpn connection changes regularly and hackers will have to work much harder to gain access to your device. The latter is especially useful if you use a public Wi-Fi network.
Another advantage of a VPN is that you can make websites and apps think you’re from another country. In the vpn app you can choose which country your internet traffic should run from. The app then selects a server from that country.
Also read: everything you need to know about a vpn on Android
The best vpn apps for your Android device
Now that you know what a VPN is, you might want to give it a try. That can happen: there are dozens of vpn apps in the Google Play Store. Which are worth using? Android Planet put 5 interesting vpn apps together.
NordVPN is one of the most well-known and best-rated VPN providers in the world. The service has very nice apps for Android and other platforms, uses an excellent encryption technology (AES-256) to secure your internet traffic and has more than 5000 servers in dozens of countries. So there is plenty to choose from.
The nice thing about NordVPN is that the service is very user-friendly, even for beginners. At the same time, the app contains enough features for more advanced users. You can connect six devices at the same time. The service has multiple subscriptions and offers a one-time money-back guarantee on all of them.
The three-year subscription is – very smart – by far the cheapest and costs 3.10 euros per month.
→ Download NordVPN in the Play Store
ExpressVPN is a standard VPN service for your mobile devices and computer, but can do more. This vpn service is also suitable for other equipment, including suitable routers, the Chromecast, Apple TV and smart TVs. This is significant because most VPNs do not work with this type of product.
By using your smart TV via a VPN connection, you can fool streaming services by pretending to be a resident of another country. For example, you can watch the American offer of Netflix, which is larger than the Dutch library.
The advantage of a router that uses a vpn connection by default is that you do not need a separate vpn app on your other devices. Any device connected to your Wi-Fi network uses the router’s vpn connection and hides your Internet traffic from your ISP.
An additional plus is that the battery of your phone or tablet lasts longer because it does not create its own vpn connection. The service costs about 8 euros per month.
→ Download ExpressVPN in the Play Store
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Freedome’s vpn service is renowned for its reliability and ease of use, especially because of its simple apps. By the way, there are also programs for your computer. Freedome has many fast servers in all countries, blocks online tracking software to better protect your privacy, and alerts you if you want to visit a dangerous website.
The Freedome VPNs work on three devices and cost 50 euros per year. Do you want to use more devices? For two tenths you add two extra appliances. If you pay 80 euros, you can install the service on seven devices. The free trial period is five days.
→ Download Freedome in the Play Store
Like NordVPN and Freedome, iVPN is a paid service that scores points with its ease of use. The vpn service has clear apps, is very fast and very secure.
For more technically savvy users, iVPN includes a host of features. In addition, you can browse the open-source apps and read all about the security protocols and servers used.
iVPN has a free trial period of three days, completely free. If you are convinced afterwards, you can sign up for a monthly or annual subscription. If you choose the annual subscription, you pay $ 60 a year for the standard VPNs and $ 100 for the Pro version.
→ Download iVPN in the Play Store
The VPNs we’ve talked about so far have been paid. That’s because we prefer paid vpn over a free alternative, mainly because of the provider’s reliability and the quality of the vpn connection.
But what if you only want to use a VPN a few times a year? An annual subscription is then a waste of your money. You can take a look at the free version of ProtonVPN, a good and reliable VPN provider.
With the free variant of ProtonVPN you can use a vpn connection on one device, for example your smartphone. You have the choice of servers in three countries. ProtonVPN does not promise to collect data from you, is protected by Swiss privacy laws and does not display advertisements. In addition, there is no data limit and the service does not reduce the internet speed.
Experts have been very positive about ProtonVPN’s free vpn service for years. The provider says that the free version is intended to introduce everyone to a vpn and that paying users cover the cost of the free variant.
ProtonVPN hopes that free users will get excited and later opt for the paid vpn service, which has more features. The cheapest paid subscription costs 4 euros per month, but for all features you have to choose the subscription of 8 euros per month.
→ Download ProtonVPN in the Play Store