Best VPN for Mac: Our 5 top choices

Mac users can get somewhat complacent about security, but they shouldn’t – Apple’s desktop computers are being increasingly targeted by cybercriminals , and it never pays to let your guard down.

Certainly, as well as competent antivirus, folks with a Mac need a quality Virtual Private Network just as much as anyone on Windows – although not every VPNservice provides a client or satisfactory support for macOS users. However, if you’re stuck as to which provider to go with, help is at hand…

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How to choose the best VPN for Mac

It’s not always easy to find a Mac-friendly VPN service. Obviously enough, it’s important to choose a provider that offers a pre-configured client for its service. Having a good Mac client is a huge boon in terms of simply making things as easy as possible. Solid iOS support is also a welcome feature if you’re heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem and have an iPhone as well as a Mac.

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Next, you need powerful security with strong encryption, which goes without saying, and an easily understandable privacy policy that makes it perfectly clear what data is kept by the provider. Good performance levels obviously don’t hurt, either. Below are the five best VPN services for Mac that we’ve picked out for you.

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ExpressVPN is our top choice for the best all-round VPN service on the Mac. Their dedicated app is intuitive and very user-friendly, which features a one-click option for connecting, as well as some advanced options. It uses 256-bit OpenVPN encryption both over UDP and TCP protocols and comes with a kill switch.

There’s also a very good iOS app so you get a complete Apple VPN experience. Great speeds, a favourable privacy policy and 24/7 customer support rounds off an excellent Mac VPN experience.

Nevertheless, the pricing slightly tarnishes things. The service is a tad pricier than most other VPN providers, with no free trial – but there is a 30-day money-back guarantee. ExpressVPN offers three price plans, with the 12-month plan offering the best value. The packages available are:

  • [$12.95 a month] 1-month
  • [$9.99 a month] 6-months – $59.95
  • [$8.32 a month] 12-months – $99.95

When it comes to security, NordVPN does it like no other. Its own ‘Double VPN’ technology encrypts data twice – in other words, it passes your data through two separate VPN servers to make things even more secure – while there are additional security extras such as encrypted chat, web proxy extensions and so on.

NordVPN’s clients for both macOS and iOS are rather basic compared to others, but keeping things simple can be advantageous for novices. This provider is also P2P-friendly and has a strict zero logs policy, which makes it perfect for those seeking an ultra-secure and private experience. The performance was slightly above average in our testing, too.

There’s a free 3-day trial (hidden away in the FAQ), and NordVPN is a relatively affordable service. There are three plans available with a 30-day money-back guarantee. The 1-year plan is the most popular choice (although currently, there’s a limited time offer for a 2-year plan that boasts the best savings). The packages available are:

  • [$11.95 a month] 1-month
  • [$7.00 a month] 6-months – $42.00
  • [$5.75 a month] 1-year – $69.00
  • [$3.29 a month] 2-years – $79.00

IPVanish’s Mac app features a nifty design and a few welcome options like a kill switch and automatic IP switching. The service is blazingly fast, and it’ll automatically hook you up to the fastest server available, a nice touch on the convenience front. Not only are download speeds fast with this VPN, it allows P2P.

OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP protocols are supported, and there’s also decent iOS support and a wide coverage of servers, with no logging of the user’s activities.

However, you pay for the performance you get here. IPVanish doesn’t have a free trial, although there is a 7-day money-back guarantee with all three available plans. The 1-year subscription is clearly the best choice. The packages available are:

  • [$10.00 a month] 1-month
  • [$8.99 a month] 3-months – $26.99
  • [$6.49 a month] 1-year – $77.90

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited has all the right ingredients in optimal quantities. Its native Mac client is well-designed, and you can pick up nifty extras like a personal server or a personal static IP. The service also offers solid iOS support and doesn’t store any user information on the privacy front.

Performance varied a bit during testing, but overall it was solid enough, doing well on downloads but with things slowing up a bit more on uploads. And the choice of servers isn’t as extensive as some VPNs.

The pricing plans are a story of their own. There’s six of them and they all represent good value for money, ranging from a weekly plan to a permanent ‘forever’ subscription. The 3-year plan offers the best savings – and don’t forget you can avail yourself of a 7-day free trial to test the service out. The packages available are:

  • [$1.99 a week] 1-week
  • [$4.99 a month] 1-month
  • [$3.00 a month] 3-months – $9
  • [$2.08 a month] 1-year – $24.95
  • [$1.94 a month] 3-years – $69.85
  • Forever – $129.99

Our best balanced option for the Mac is Hotspot Shield. First and foremost, it boasts speedy performance levels, actually increasing both our upload and download speeds once connected (although your mileage may vary). The client is pretty straightforward to use, although don’t expect much in the way of more advanced configuration options.

There aren’t a huge range of options in terms of server coverage, either, but the service comes with benefits like cloud-based malware protection, and a favourable privacy policy (any information which might be recorded is deleted when your VPN session closes).

Another strong point of Hotspot Shield is the pricing. It currently offers five subscription plans, including a ‘forever’ option. Unless you want to commit to the latter, the overall best bet is the 2-year plan which is extremely affordable. The packages available are:

  • [$11.95 a month] 1-month
  • [$3.33 a month] 6-months – $19.00
  • [$2.50 a month] 1-year – $29.95
  • [$2.08 a month] 2-years – $49.95
  • Forever – $99.95

Flipkart Sale Big Billion Day 2016: Flipkart Offers Deals on Moto X Play, LeEco Le 2, Asus ZenFone 2, and More

Flipkart Sale Big Billion Day 2016: Flipkart Offers Deals on Moto X Play, LeEco Le 2, Asus ZenFone 2, and MoreFlipkart’s big sale begins on Sunday and it will go on till October 6, where the e-commerce giant will offer discounts, exchange offers and much more on varied range of products including smartphones, smartwatches, and tablets. The e-commerce giant had earlier offered a sneak peak of what customers can get as part of Flipkart offers starting Sunday.

 

Flipkart offers on smartphones
As part of the Flipkart Big Billion Day sale, there are many offers up for grabs, but the most notable ones include discounts on the Asus ZenFone 2, LeEco Le 2, LeEco Le 1s Eco, and Moto X Play. There’s a huge Rs. 10,000 discount on the Asus Zenfone 2, and the smarphone can be purchased for just Rs. 9,999 in the five-day sale period. The LeEco Le 2 will be sold for Rs. 10,499 instead of its original price of Rs. 11,999, and the LeEco Le 1s Eco gets a Rs. 2,000 discount and will be sold for Rs. 7,999.

Flipkart is also making its exchange offer applicable on the latter two smartphones, making it possible to avail an additional discount of up to Rs. 8,000 and Rs. 6,500 price cut respectively. The 16GB and 32GB Moto X Play smartphones can also be purchased at an additional discount of up to Rs. 4,500 using the Flipkart exchange offer. Check out the details here.

Flipkart offers on Apple Watch
The Apple Watch priced originally at Rs. 25,990, will be available at just Rs. 12,999 during the sale period. Check it out here.

Flipkart offers on Google Chromecast 2
Furthermore, Google Chromecast 2 will also be sold at a discounted price of Rs. 2,999, down from its original price of Rs. 3,399.
Flipkart offers on speakers
As part of the Flipkart Big Billion Days 2016 sale, the Altec Lansing speaker that can be purchased at just Rs. 4,999. The actual price of the speaker is Rs. 15,500. The JBL Flip 2 Speaker originally priced at Rs. 7,990, will be sold for just Rs. 3,999 during the sale period. Check out the details here.

Other Products
The Lenovo 10400mAh Power Bank is also up for grabs at just Rs. 799, which translates to Rs. 1,700 discount on the product. Bose headphones are also up for grabs at a 30 percent discount. There’s also a whopping Rs. 11,000 off on the Microsoft Xbox One 1TB variant, and the Honor T1 8GB tablet can be bought for just Rs. 3,999 during the sale period (actual price Rs. 6,999). Check out the details here.

Apart from electronics, fashion and garments section will offer at least 40 percent discount on clothes, footwear, watches, sunglasses, and other accessories for men and women as part of the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale. Televisions from Vu and BPL Vivid start at Rs. 11,990, and come with the Flipkart exchange offer for further cut in prices.

Home electronics and appliances get discounts as well, the most notable being the Onida 6kg front-loading washing machine at Rs. 15,990. The original price of the washing machine is Rs. 22,990. The Prestige Air Fryer can also be bought during the Flipkart Big Billion Day sale at just Rs. 3,499 (original price at Rs. 6,995).

Its worth noting that Flipkart offers 10 percent instant discount to all SBI debit and credit card holders on all their purchases, and that’s valid during the Flipkart Sale Big Billion Day 2016. There might be a purchase limit cap for this instant discount to apply, but there’s no clarity on that yet. We strongly recommend users to register themselves on Flipkart and save their billing and card details for smooth and quick checkout. If tradition is anything to go by, the Big Billion Day sale will see huge traffic leading to instant product sell-outs, payment lags, and website glitches. We do hope that Flipkart has upped its game and has a glitch-free sale week this year.