In recent years, VPNs or Virtual Private Networks have grown in popularity, with websites sharing users’ personal information with other companies. A VPN provides an encrypted server and helps hide the IP address, which can be used to pinpoint one’s physical location.
VPNs are also useful if you want to watch geo-restricted content or access websites on the internet blocked by your ISP or government. Whether it’s a normal user or a whistleblower, millions of people use VPNs daily to protect their identity on the Internet.
Now that you know what VPNs do and what they are used for, you might be tempted to try one. Although there are many free options, many of them bundle malware or sell your data to third parties. Another reason why free VPNs are a bad idea is that they are slow compared to paid VPN services, with the majority of them showing ads from time to time.
And while paid VPNs can burn a hole in your pocket, they usually have good infrastructure that can really help protect user privacy and get internet access at decent speeds. Here we are going to take a look at some of the best paid VPN services available on the Google Play store.
If you regularly browse the Internet, you may have heard of NordVPN. The popular VPN service has an Android app that helps you connect to a secure server with just the press of a button.
NordVPN also comes with malware protection that automatically blocks malicious websites while providing protection against botnets. It also has a “Dark Web Monitor” which alerts users if their login credentials are leaked online.
With over 5,400 servers to choose from, NordVPN can also be installed on supported Wi-Fi routers for added protection. Some additional features include the ability to set custom DNS and easy switching between TCP and UDP.
Currently, Nord VPN offers three packages to choose from. The cheapest plan costs Rs 1,100 per month, while the six-month plan is priced at Rs 4,500. However, if you opt for an annual subscription, it will cost you Rs 2,800 in the first year, then Rs 2 900 the following year. Nord also offers a seven-day free trial to see if it suits your needs.
Those looking for an affordable VPN solution might be interested in ExpressVPN. Similar to Nord VPN, it offers a seven-day free trial. With servers in over 94 countries, users can log in and change their IP address from almost any location in the world.
ExpressVPN is available on a multitude of platforms and comes with features such as the split tunneling feature that lets you choose which apps should use the VPN and a kill switch feature that disconnects from the internet as soon as the VPN is disconnected. It also comes with a router app that can protect all connected devices.
With over 3,000 servers worldwide, ExpressVPN offers two plans, with the monthly plan priced at Rs 1,150 per month while the annual subscription will set you back Rs 733.
Windscribe is a decent choice if you want to access geo-restricted content. Like the previous two listings, the app offers several features such as one-click connectivity, split tunneling, and multiple protocols like OpenVPN, UDP/TCP, Stealth, and IKEv2.
The service supports network whitelisting, which means Windscribe can connect or disconnect automatically based on the connected network. It is a mix of free and paid VPN since it comes with 2GB of free data every month.
Windscribe Pro offers unlimited bandwidth and connections and access to servers in over 63 countries and 110 data centers. Interested users can either opt for the Rs 715 plan which has a validity of one month or opt for the annual plan which costs Rs Rs 6,400.
IPVanish is another VPN solution that provides all the standard features such as split tunneling, advanced standard encryption, kill switch, and IPv6 protection. It can also help prevent denial of service attacks while gaming and supports multiple protocols such as WireGuard, OpenVPN, and IKEv2.
The service has some of the best customer support in the industry and has over 2,000 servers in over 75 locations around the world. If you are interested in IPVanish, the monthly plan is priced at Rs 990 while the annual subscription costs Rs 4,650.
Developed by the same team that created Proton Mail, Proton VPN is used by millions of people around the world. Similar to other apps on the list, Proton VPN offers access to encrypted servers, lets you watch geo-restricted content, and comes with DNS protection.
Users also get features like split tunneling and a kill switch. Although the service is free, the premium subscription allows users to choose between 1400 servers covering 60 countries, the ability to connect to up to ten devices, file sharing and P2P support, ad blocker built-in and Tor over VPN.
Right now, Proton VPN is offering an “end of year” sale that gives you 24 months premium access for $172.56 (about Rs 13,899), 15 months access for $71.88 ( around Rs 5,789) and a 30-month access for $119.76 (around Rs 9,646).