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Best cheap VPN in 2020

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Having a good VPN (virtual private network) service these days is in no way overrated. After all, there are plenty of reasons to get one - governments and organizations spying on you or your business, blocking certain content based on your current location, or hackers trying to track you down and get access to your financial information. 

Although there are some decent free options out there, a strong VPN comes with a price. This price can vary quite a bit across the industry, which is why we in ITProPortal took our time to investigate and create a list of those on the lower end of the price scale.

Other than the price, the important things you should look at when choosing among cheaper VPNs is the level of privacy and security they offer, as well as the range of platforms on which you can install and use them. Additionally, the ease of use is always a good trait for any VPN to have. Let’s take a look at the services that fit the description.

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1. SurfShark

Connect as many devices as you like for less than $2

Number of servers: 1700+ | Server locations: 63+ | Maximum devices supported: Unlimited

Supports unlimited simultaneous connections  
Exceptionally cheap 
Lots of additional features 
 A bit basic for pro users 

There’s a good reason Surfshark is the number one on our list - it will cost you less than $2 per month to have it if you take its 2-year payment plan. This low price doesn’t mean there are many downsides to its service either. You get unlimited simultaneous connections, unblocked geo-restricted content, a solid number of servers, as well as some handy features like the Camouflage mode for added secrecy and the MultiHop feature routing your traffic through two VPN server locations. 

The provider’s apps are available for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, even Fire OS, while it also supports custom installation on game consoles, smart TVs, and routers. There may not be some super-advanced professional customizable features as in some, but consider you’re getting almost everything else. 

Worried you won’t like it? Test it out during the 7-day no-charge period if you download its iOS or Android app, or the no-questions-asked 30-day money guarantee for all other platforms.

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2. CyberGhost

Large server network and smart features list

Number of servers: 6,500+ | Server locations: 110+ | Maximum devices supported: 7

Thousands of servers everywhere
Superior features 
Extensive money-back guarantee 
One-day Windows trial 

CyberGhost has a longstanding reputation as one of the best VPN services due to the sheer size of its server network that counts over 6,500 units scattered all over the planet, support for torrenting and a long list of geographically limited content, as well as its wide platform support that includes all the popular players and then some.

And that’s not all. By signing up for its services, CyberGhost’s users are getting superior security and the possibility to use the VPN on as many as 7 devices simultaneously. This number can be increased by setting it up on a router.

While not as cheap as Surfshark, CyberGhost will still give you an outstandingly fast and secure service for only $2.75/month if you opt for its 3-year subscription. If this is not enough to push you into its direction, then maybe its incredibly generous 45-day money-back guarantee will.

Also, CyberGhost will let you test out its services before you make the final decision. The trial period is one day for Windows and one week for iOS or Android.

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3. NordVPN

VPN veteran with affordable and outstanding offering

Number of servers: 5,500+ | Server locations: 59 | Maximum devices supported: 6

Wide server network  
Sturdy platform with pro features
Unblocks everything 
A bit more expensive than some 

NordVPN is another big VPN name that prides itself on being among the cheapest in the industry. It provides superior services with a long list of advantages under the low price of $3.49/month under the 3-year pricing plan.

These features include support for all types of platforms, more than 5,500+ servers, and strong security that is reinforced with the use of ‘Double VPN’ servers, directing your traffic through two different VPN locations, as well as the ‘Onion over VPN’ system that routes it over the Onion network.

In addition to the usual OpenVPN and IKEv2/IPsec protocols, the provider also uses modern, cutting-edge technology that is based on the new and fast WireGuard protocol, enhanced with a double NAT (Network Address Translation) system.

All users will be able to secure up to 6 devices at the same time, or more if they install NordVPN on a supported router, as well as get access to P2P and content available only in select countries (like Netflix, Facebook, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime, etc.). 

You can test this all for yourself thanks to the no-questions-asked 30-day refund policy in place of a traditional free trial.

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4. Hotspot Shield

Solid VPN with low price tag and limited free option

Number of servers: 3,200+ | Server locations: 80+ | Maximum devices supported: 5

 Free tier 
Simple to use
High speeds
Not many streaming services supported 

Pango’s Hotspot Shield has an advantage over many other cheap VPNs as it offers a portion of its services for free. The free tier includes 500MB of VPN traffic per day and one VPN location (US) but if this isn’t enough for you, the paid option at $2.99/month under the 36-month plan, is quite a bargain.

This price will get you over 3,200 servers in 80+ countries, a solid range of tools such as the superior and fast proprietary Catapult Hydra protocol, and the possibility to protect up to 5 devices at the same time on a long list of platforms, including smart TVs and routers (removing the limit on simultaneously protected devices).

Many users will love its full support for P2P traffic exchange and geographically restricted services like Netflix US, Hulu, BBC, and others.

The provider is among those more generous with their money-back guarantees - giving you 45 days to ask for a refund if things go south

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5. Private Internet Access

Ideal for mobile devices

Number of servers: 3,280+ | Server locations: 45+ | Maximum devices supported: 10

 High speeds 
 Up to 5 simultaneous connections 
 Slightly buggy Windows app 
 Not very cheap 

Private Internet Access (PIA) offers plenty under its low price tag of only $2.85/month under an annual subscription, which is a lot cheaper than most other providers’ annual plans. The offering includes apps for all the most popular platforms and extensions for Chrome, Opera, and Firefox.

Other advantages list all the classics - military-grade security and a handy kill switch feature which triggers a vibrating alert when activated on mobile.

With some guidance, the platform can also be enabled on certain routers and you can run VPN on as many as 10 devices at the same time. Additionally, it will allow you to download and upload large files via P2P clients.

That said, some downsides are present, such as the lack of access to the likes of Netflix and BBC iPlayer (despite the provider trying hard to change this), as well as no live chat option. If that doesn’t make you any less interested, especially considering the price, you can give PIA a test ride during the risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee period.