which VPN to choose in 2020? The guide for beginners!

Want to know which is the best VPN ? Forget the VPN reviews that you can find here and there, Le Crabe has selected four VPNs for you that meet the essential criteria: security, privacy, speed, price and service.

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Then, if you want to know why I chose these VPNs , you can read the second part of this guide which explains point by point what makes a VPN good and worse and why in the end I think the VPNs I have selected are the best. 😉

The best paid VPNs

Trust.Zone: the VPN with the best quality / price ratio !

If you are on a budget, Trust.Zone is clearly the place for you: impeccable service at an unbeatable price. 👍

Price:
Note: 4

NordVPN: if you want to move upmarket , I recommend NordVPN: up to 6 simultaneous connections, more protocols supported, Android applications, iOS, macOS, Chrome and Firefox for a low price .

And thanks to an impressive number of servers (over 5000), NordVPN will be able to connect you to the least saturated servers, guaranteeing you a secure connection that is accessible and faster!

Price:
Note: 5

ExpressVPN: arguably the best performing VPN service . ExpressVPN invested for network quality and providing the pass upscale strip, which is why we get download speeds ( download and upload ) than those of the competition .

It’s the one I’ve been using for years and it’s the best of the best for me. 👌

Price:
Note: 5

VPN comparison table

Trust.Zone

NordVPN

ExpressVPN

Price (per month) € 3 (1 year)
€ 2.59 (2 years)
€ 6.14 (1 year)
€ 3.50 (2 years)
7,50 € (1 an)
Country Seychelles Panama British Virgin Islands
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Log conservation No No No
Protocols L2TP/IPSec et OpenVPN PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2/IPsec et OpenVPN PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP et OpenVPN
Control channel encryption ( SSL handshake ) RSA-2048 RSA-2048 RSA-4096
Data channel encryption ( SSL Record ) AES-256 AES-256 AES-256
Number of countries 32 62 94
Number of servers 130 5000+ 2000+
Peer-to-peer Authorized Authorized Authorized
Simultaneous connections 3 6 5
Applications Windows Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome and Firefox Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS and BlackBerry OS
Router compatibility Yes Yes Yes
Bitcoin Yes Yes Yes
Free try Yes, 3 days Yes, 30 days (satisfied or refunded) Yes, 30 days (satisfied or refunded)
Link Trust.Zone (official site) NordVPN (official site) ExpressVPN (official site)
Note 4 5 5

My opinion :

I scoured all the offers available on the market: ExpressVPN, NordVPN and Trust.Zone meet all the selection criteria. By choosing one of them, you will not be disappointed !

I have been using ExpressVPN for 2 years and highly recommend it . Every time I tried another provider from the same range, I reverted to ExpressVPN. Speed, simplicity and quality of service: it’s perfect! 👍

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The best free VPN

TunnelBear: among the mass of free VPNs, it is the one that respects users the most. No ads, no logging, just a bandwidth limit of 500MB. 👍

You can upgrade to the Premium offer at any time, which does not have the bandwidth limit of 500 MB: TunnelBear subscription at € 4.99 / month (1 year).

Price:
Note: 4

Details on TunnelBear

TunnelBear

Price (per month) 2 Free : 0,00 $ (0,00 €)
Premium : 4,99 $ (4,50 €) (1 an)
Adding advertisements No
Country Canada
Bandwidth Free : 500 MB
Premium : Unlimited (Premium)
Log conservation No
Protocols IPSec/IKEv2 (iOS) et OpenVPN (Windows, Android et macOS)
Chiffrement du canal de contrôle (SSL Handshake) RSA-4096
Chiffrement du canal de données (SSL Record) AES-256
Nombre de pays 20
Nombre de serveurs
Peer-to-peer Refusé
Connexions simultanées 5
Applications Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Chrome et Opera
Compatibilité routeur Oui
Bitcoin Oui
Essai gratuit Premium Oui, 7 jours
Lien TunnelBear (site officiel)

Mon avis :

Je vous conseille toujours de choisir un VPN payant ! (voir les chapitres suivants)

But if you want to get your hands on it before getting down to business, or if you just need a VPN to access blocked content , you can turn to TunnelBear ! 🐻

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Why these VPNs? Explanations!

If you have landed here, you have decided: you want to set up VPN access on your PC to protect your anonymity ! 💪

Yes but there you have it, you quickly realized that there are an immeasurable number of sites that offer their VPN solutions and you do not know where to turn.

 »  What is the best VPN ? » Is this one better than the one I just saw earlier? How to decide between them? Why pay for a VPN when there are free ones?  » 🤯

To crown on all full of sites offer comparative touting some VPN rather than others, and you do not know if you can trust them. 🤔

You feel your head is going to explode and despite you do not know if you can trust all these VPN comparators, in short, you are lost.

Hop hop hop my friend, let’s raise our heads!

By reading the following lines, you will have clear ideas and you will understand why you can trust my selection. You will understand why I selected Trust.Zone , NordVPN and ExpressVPN and why I consider them the best VPNs. ☝️

Ask yourself the right questions

Most people have the wrong questions when choosing a VPN. Here are examples of questions that immediately come to mind, wrongly:

  1. Which VPN is the cheapest (or free)?
  2. Which has the most servers?
  3. Which VPN has the most features?

As much to say to you that if you also ask yourself these questions… you are all wrong. 😜 Here are the (right) questions you should ask yourself when choosing a VPN:

  1. Which VPN offers the best security, the best anonymity?
  2. Can I trust this VPN?
  3. What is the fastest VPN?
  4. Does this VPN have a mobile app for iPhone or Android?
  5. Does this VPN have good customer service in case I have technical issues?
  6. Which VPN has the best value for money?

With these questions in mind, we are well equipped to choose the best VPN possible !

But wait and see… I see that the temptation of free is still in your head! Unhappy 😱 Let me explain why the free is really not a good choice and why you do not want it!

The problem with free VPNs

There is no Good Samaritan in business. There is also no Good Samaritan in the Internet security business. Business is business .

If you get something without paying a single penny , you have to ask yourself how the company offering you the service is making a living. It has to be paid somewhere, especially that for a VPN provider, offering bandwidth is expensive.

When you choose a « free » VPN , here’s what the provider of that VPN does 99% of the time:

  • It severely limits the download speed. You are limited to a certain speed and especially to a certain volume of data per day or per month.
  • It keeps logs of all your internet activity, the sites you visited, the files you downloaded… It sometimes sells these logs to marketing companies (or governments).
  • It inserts additional advertising on the pages you visit, it can even install adware / crapware on your system.
  • It protects (it happens) only your web browser, and not your entire Internet connection.
  • It offers very few features, few servers are offered, and it constantly solicits / attacks you to buy one of their paid solutions.

It cools, doesn’t it? 🙃 Honestly, if I only had one piece of advice for you: go for a paid VPN , you won’t regret it. For around € 5 per month, you will have a quality encrypted Internet connection. I find the amount reasonable given the service provided. 👍

Well, free VPNs can be useful if you want to discover and test the functioning of a VPN before you really start by turning to a paid solution.

Also, if your goal is to bypass censorship of the country you are in or to override geographic restrictions and only for that, then a free VPN will do the trick. However, you should be aware that your privacy will probably not be respected . 😕

If I still had to choose one, I would choose TunnelBear : it is the only provider to offer a free VPN that respects users (but limited to 500 MB).

Choosing a VPN: what not to do

To choose a VPN, do not jump on the one that offers the most features .

A VPN provider can offer a VPN with all the features in the world, that doesn’t mean it works well. Believe me, there are a lot of VPNs that do not work well, not well at all: incessant disconnections, connection to servers random / refused / saturated, connection software that freezes …

You know, anyone can offer a VPN service. Since the software to create a VPN is open source and free, the first of the incompetent can start offering its own VPN service.

Do not blindly throw yourself on VPNs  which are in first positions on Google . The first page at Google is (often) places gleaned through marketing and technical work that has nothing to do with the intrinsic quality of the VPN.

Likewise, don’t be fooled by these VPN comparators : most of them are funded by VPN providers who, in exchange for a few dollars, find themselves propelled into the top 3 VPNs to choose first.

VPN comparison sites are unreliable. 😬

The criteria for choosing the right VPN

The 3 essentials when choosing a VPN provider are: trust, security and reliability 👌

In general, if you want to be sure of your move, choose a  recognized VPN provider , having good press with users . If these VPN providers are popular, there is a reason. They tend to provide a good and reliable VPN, responsive customer service. Because of their popularity, they have a lot to lose if they betray the trust of users with an increasingly slower connection, a buggy application, a new privacy policy frowned upon … The slightest misstep would be dramatic for them.

The popularity of a VPN is a popularity that has been achieved through the satisfaction of several thousand users . It is a guarantee of confidence and a good starting point! 😎 FYI, here are two of the most popular providers: Proxy.sh and Private Internet Access .

But it’s not just the popularity of a VPN provider that counts it’s also a personal choice, you don’t have the same needs as the one who absolutely wants an Android application or the one who wants a server in Hong Kong!

This is why we are going to see the criteria on which you should base yourself in order to choose the VPN that suits you best .

Location of the supplier and its servers

When choosing a VPN provider, it is important to check where the company is based and where its servers are located .

A VPN provider installed, for example, in the United States is subject to United States laws. Some privacy advocates suggest that we should avoid any provider based in a country with laws that require data retention. Others suggest being particularly cautious of countries involved in the Five Eyes (alliance of intelligence services) such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. United.

Also, it is important to be aware of the location of the servers offered by the VPN provider. Make sure that the latter offers servers suited to your needs. Most people use a VPN to access content that is not accessible in their country of residence.

If, for example, you want to watch videos that are only accessible to US residents, you will need a provider that offers one or more US servers. By being connected to one of these servers, it will be as if you were connected from that country, which will give you access to the multimedia contents of the site which are normally viewable only by the inhabitants of that country.

Encryption protocols

When you visit a VPN provider’s site, you are sure to see terms like OpenVPN, PPTP, IPsec, etc. These are all  encryption protocols . Before installing and configuring your VPN connection, you will need to think about the encryption protocol that you will use. This is a very important point. It is he who will define the  level of security of your Internet connection.

Most VPN providers offer a choice of several protocols. Long story short, see if the provider offers L2TP / IPSec or OpenVPN, which are the two best possible security options right now. The PPTP protocol should be avoided because of its too many vulnerabilities, which can be easily exploited. Same thing for the old L2TP protocol (unlike L2TP / IPSec).

This is the main information that you must remember regarding encryption protocols: favor L2TP / IPSec and OpenVPN , avoid PPTP and L2TP. But I feel you are hungry, you want to know more!

You said it ! What are the characteristics of each of these protocols?

To know everything, see this article:

https://lecrabeinfo.net/vpn-les-protocoles-de-chiffrement.html

Encryption key length

Small reminder on encryption. Encryption is the process that allows data to be encoded, so that only the machine with the correct decoder can be able to read the data transmitted to it. The code and the decoding of this data is done using an encryption key  (this is called symmetric encryption).

Now back to the VPN. From your PC, you send the message “downloads the Windows10.iso file” to the VPN server, which you encrypt using the encryption key. The encrypted message travels over the public network (Internet), it is indecipherable. Thanks to this same  encryption key  that you share with the VPN, the VPN server will decrypt the coded message and will be able to read your message « download the file Windows10.iso ». The principle is the same when the VPN sends you data: it sends you encrypted data and thanks to the encryption key, you can decode and interpret the data sent.

The  length of this encryption key  is an important security parameter. The length of the key determines how long it will take to break it through a brute force attack. As a reminder, a brute force attack consists of trying all possible combinations until you find the right combination. The longer the key, the longer it will take to decipher it . OpenVPN provides for example 128-bit (256-bit) encryption to establish a secure connection between your PC and the server and 2048-bit for secure authentication.

Choose VPN providers that offer at least the 128-bit AES encryption algorithm . You are guaranteed that your key will never be forcibly broken by any program.

privacy policy

If the confidentiality of your data and your activities on the internet is the reason why you chose to have a VPN, then you should pay particular attention to the privacy policy of the VPN provider and in particular its policy concerning logs. (logs of your connections and your activities).

Even if your connection is encrypted and no form of spying wants to see what you are doing, the VPN provider can still keep an eye on your activities. This is why it is important to choose a trusted provider who – as far as possible – does not keep logs of your data. I say “as far as possible” because for a company that provides bandwidth, logs are very useful: it is a way for them to facilitate maintenance and ensure that the network is functioning properly.

If you are extremely worried about your safety, try to find a provider that doesn’t keep anything, really nothing. However, keep in mind that keeping logs does not necessarily mean spying, it is also a way to ensure a stable and fast connection .

The privacy policy varies from one provider to another: some keep temporary logs which they delete regularly, some keep nothing at all while others keep all your connection data.

The supplier’s privacy policy also depends on the country in which the company is located and the laws to which it must be avoided.

i Info:If you’re really concerned about the privacy of your data, you can go even further and find a VPN provider that acceptscryptocurrency payments, like Bitcoin. This will allow you not to provide your payment card details (on which your first and last name appears).

Service: bandwidth, simultaneous connections …

Some providers offer VPN access but with some  limitations . It is important to learn about each of these possible limitations before choosing a VPN:

  • Bandwidth.
  • Access time.
  • Number of simultaneous connections.
  • Blocking of certain services.

Bandwidth

When you subscribe to a VPN offer, everything is not necessarily unlimited . It will be necessary to pay attention to the conditions – generally written in very small – concerning the use of the bandwidth. Today, we are still consuming more bandwidth: playing videos in 1080p, downloading files of several GB… And for a supplier, providing bandwidth is far from being free. This is why some of them limit the amount of data you can download per month.

If you want a VPN to download and send files (legally or illegally) in large quantities, then you will have to be careful that the VPN provider does not limit the amount of data you can download ! Do not choose a VPN that imposes a bandwidth restriction unless the limit is extremely high (multiple TB). Often there is a limitation to allow the supplier to take action against the customer in the event of abuse of the service. If you download for more than 100TB / month, you might get a warning 😀

In general, also remember that using a VPN can slow down your internet connection a bit . So don’t be surprised if you don’t download at 100 Mb / s. 😉


Access time

Some providers limit the time that you can stay connected to their VPN. If you want to have a secure connection 24/7, please choose a provider who offers this functionality.


Simultaneous connections

If you want VPN access on several of your devices (PC, mobile, tablet…), you will need a provider that allows multiple simultaneous VPN connections .

3 simultaneous connections is the union minimum. Also, see if you can use a different server on each of your machines: the PC on a Swedish server, the mobile on a Dutch server … If you need to of course!

i Info:you piuvez configure the VPN client directly on your box (I know that with the Freebox Revolution can do)! Like this, you will not need to configure VPN access on each of your machines. Afterwards, this implies that you will have the same type of connection (same server, same encryption protocol) on each device.

Blocages (peer-to-peer)

Thorny subject! We’re not going to lie to each other, some of us want a VPN to download illegal content (movies, music) without getting caught. And for that, the VPN is the ideal choice .

Before launching your head down, you will have to check if the VPN provider does not block certain protocols or certain services (in particular peer-to-peer ).

The best way to find out is to do a Google search to find testimonials or official statements from the supplier that stipulate whether or not they accept file sharing ( downloading torrents for example).

Mobile applications, OS supported

Surely it is not only on your PC  that you want to be anonymous.

In our ultra-connected society, we all have several devices that are connected to the Internet: laptop, smartphone, tablet … And each of these devices runs on a different operating system: Windows on the PC, Android on the smarphone, iOS on the tablet …

Be sure that the VPN provider offers a solution to connect you to each of your devices  thanks to compatible Windows, Linux, Android, iOS applications …

Price

As I told you in the preamble, it is better to turn to a paid VPN .

VPN providers generally offer several plans: 1 month, 3 month and 12 month subscription. The longer the duration of the subscription, the more attractive the monthly price will be .

A word of advice: start by taking the smallest possible subscription (usually 1 month) to test the VPN . If you are satisfied with the quality of the service offered, you can then opt for the 12-month subscription, which is more attractive. In any case, that’s what I did. 😉

Conclusion

I hope this guide has given you a clearer picture of VPNs and the criteria you should use to choose the one that is best suited to your needs.

What you need to remember is that only a paid VPN can give you a stable, quality encrypted connection with an honest privacy policy and high-end features. For just a few euros a month I’m sure you won’t regret it .

Trust.Zone, NordVPN and ExpressVPN meet all the important criteria that I have listed in the previous paragraphs.

Of course, you can turn to another provider: Proxy.sh, ProtonVPN or even OVPN (among others) also offer a quality service. 👍

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