Virtual private networks (VPNs) are enjoying a revival thanks to massive marketing budgets and influencer partnerships. It’s not easy to navigate through the burgeoning VPN market, and a lot of the assertions made about its features and benefits might not be accurate. Consumer Reports online security expert Yael Grüner recommends looking for open source software, reproducible builds, and up-to-date support for industry standard protocols.

CyberGhost’s zero-logs policy is a great selling point. It claims that it will not record your online activity or IP address. Applications are available for most major operating systems, and include 256-bit encrypted encryption, a kill button leak protection, as well as the option of connecting via a random port. It also scored better than most other VPNs in our internet speed test, though this could be due in part to the shaping of your traffic by your ISP. It also has additional tools, such as Threat Protection, Onion Over VPN and Double VPN.

Nord is another option that scored highly in our tests. It also had a great showing in our geoblocking test and streaming testing. The apps are incredibly powerful and quite easy to use but the map-based interface may be a bit cumbersome on smaller screens. It’s compatible with a range of routers and Kodi TV set-top boxes. It also has one of the broadest geographical reach among our top picks. It’s an excellent choice for watching Netflix overseas and has dedicated Windflix servers specifically for this reason. It recently added a new feature called Perfect Forward Secrecy which protects your data with the use of a fresh key every time which makes it more difficult for hackers to decrypt your previous activity.