Protecting yourself online while using a full-fledged operating system such as Windows 10 or macOS can be a difficult and cumbersome task at times. This is why Microsoft recently announced Windows 10 S which prevents users from downloading new software from the web, locking the process of downloading and updating apps to the Windows Store.
However, for those who don’t want a lightweight or restricted operating system, and indeed those who need a better choice of software than the selection currently available in Microsoft’s store, a VPN can allow you to download new software and browse the web securely and privately.
Most VPN providers offer services globally and thus charge in US Dollars rather than local currencies, so we've listed pricing in Dollars for the sake of simplicity. Bear in mind that when you click through to the actual deals, you may find the prices automatically displayed in pounds, or whatever your native currency may be.
These are some of the best deals we found for browsing and downloading securely:
This VPN offers very fast performance as a result of its 700+ servers across more than 70 locations, with over 200,000 shared IP addresses available to users. VyprVPN also supports unlimited data usage and comes with a number of great additional features including an auto-connect option, a kill switch and increased security as a result of the company’s own Chameleon protocol (on the Premium plan) and VyprDNS. This service also offers a 3-day trial for new customers to give the VPN a test drive before making their final decision.
IPVanish is a great choice for users looking to use torrents or download files as this service provides excellent download speeds and supports unlimited P2P traffic. This VPN also keeps zero logs on its customers download and browsing data to ensure that you have total privacy online. IPVanish has 700 servers across more than 60 locations with 40,000+ shared IP addresses available. The company offers a 7-day money-back guarantee in case you are unsatisfied with the service.
KeepSolid is competitively priced and offers support for up to five devices. This VPN includes a well-designed PC client that provides users with plenty of information on their service, for example displaying both their real and virtual IP addresses, and also plotting them on a map. KeepSolid has 1,200+ servers across 71 locations, and the firm offers a 7-day free trial so you can get a feel for the service, plus there’s a 7-day money-back guarantee if you do sign up and subsequently change your mind.