We’ve put a comprehensive list of all the VPN providers out there we could find. We’ve currently listed of over 100 providers of VPN services, if we’ve missed a company please do let us know. While it’s not possible to test every VPN, we have selected our recommended VPN providers, where we’ve looked at four of these providers in detail and broken the information in an easy manner.
Differences in VPNs
As with any industry, there is a vast difference in what these VPN companies provide, some offer increased flexibility with IP addresses, some compete on cost or support offerings, and then there is the point of speed of their network. We do recommend that you do your research, and make sure that the VPN providers are trustworthy. You are potentially giving them some very private information, i.e. your internet browsing history, so it’s important that you go with a reputable company. You want to make sure your network is secure, whether you are travelling abroad, using public or open WiFi, or even when you are using a non-trusted network, like at a client’s office.
TorrentFreak recently did a survey about what types of logs VPN providers keep. They go further to discuss under what conditions these companies would offer up their logs to authorities. Cases have occurred where government agencies have requested logs, and depending on the operator, your VPN details may be passed over. Some providers don’t even record logs, so there isn’t any logs to hand over, this may not be legal in every location.
What ever is your criteria, we do recommend that you do your research before purchasing. Or better still test a few VPNs at the same time, and see what one you get on with the best. Then before the money back guarantee time is up, generally 7 days, pick the best and cancel the rest !
We have also added a list of services that use dynamic DNS (Domain Name System) servers to unlock online video content. [dynamic DNS services]
Ultimate VPN list
TLDR : We recommend www.overplay.net due to the fact that they have a high number of redundant servers, their 7 day money back guarantee, and the fact that they can unlock the most TV content online.
- https://www.overplay.net/ ***most popular choice***
- http://hidemyass.com/ **recommended & tested**
- http://www.vpn.ie/ **recommended**
- http://www.ipvanish.com/ ** high number of servers **
- https://www.identitycloaker.com/ **EU based service**
- https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/ **popular choice**
- https://www.safervpn.com/* includes 24-hour trial *
Note : This listing is not to be seen as an endorsement of any of the VPN services. We want to have a complete list of VPN providers from around the world.
For an Irish proxy, we have used http://irishproxy.com/ which works quite well.
For an Irish VPN, we have used http://www.vpn.ie/ their support is friendly & quick.
VPN providers, especially the smaller ones close on a regular basis. Here are some that we previously listed but are no longer operating. No longer operating VPN providers:
http://hostizzle.com/ https://www.cryptocloud.com https://libertyhero.com/ http://www.vpnpower.net/– helpful staff http://www.vpn-planet.com/ http://www.sharevpn.com/
Dynamic DNS providers
- https://www.smartdns.ie/ – *** Irish Company***
- https://unlocator.com/ – $4.95 / month – works with RTÉ
- https://www.overplay.net/ – $4.95 / month
- https://www.smartdnsproxy.com/ – $4.90 / month
- https://www.unblock-us.com/ – $4.99 / month
- https://hola.org/ – free for limited use, else $5 / month
- https://zenmate.com/ – limited usage
Last update to our VPN & Smart DNS list : 11 January 2016