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The best VPN of 2021 - CNN Underscored

March 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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As the time we spend online continues to increase — especially as remote work has become the norm — it's even more important than ever for people to protect all the personal data they store across the internet. That's where a VPN comes in.

There are a number of factors that make one VPN better than another, namely the number of servers and how well the VPN handles privacy concerns (which you can read more about below).

ExpressVPN’s stellar privacy record impressed us more than any other VPN we tested.

“They try to make privacy the name of the game for their service,” Shackelford says about ExpressVPN.

Where this VPN truly shone was in the number of services and countries of operation: 3,000 servers in 94 different countries.

Although NordVPN has more servers, ExpressVPN covers more countries than any of the others we tested.

In terms of speed, all the VPNs we tested were able to produce 60% to 70% of the download speeds and 40% to 60% of the upload speeds that we measured without a VPN enabled, ExpressVPN included.

Overall, ExpressVPN provides a secure VPN service with competitive speed and a solid privacy record.

A VPN with a great privacy policy is much less useful if, say, you can only use it on a single device, or if it severely compromises your internet speed.

However, despite having a strong server volume, it’s only available in 59 countries as opposed to ExpressVPN’s 94 — a considerably smaller amount of coverage.

CyberGhost VPN was shaping up to be a strong contender; the service has well over 7,000 servers in 90 different countries.

It’s easy to use on up to seven different devices, available on as many devices as ExpressVPN and provides competitive internet speed.

Like ExpressVPN, TunnelBear reports a no-logging policy and subjects itself to an annual independent audit to put its service to an objective test.

However, its servers are located in 54 different countries, making it competitive with NordVPN but short of ExpressVPN’s server volume and locations.

This VPN service hosts more than 1,500 servers, one of the lowest server counts out of those we tested.

This two-year-old service hosts more than 1,700 servers in 63 different countries (a handful more than NordVPN).

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