The Top 5 Best VPN Services for Windows 10 2017

Configuring a VPN in Windows 10 to work with browsers, email clients, and download managers can be a royal pain in the behind.

So, it’s highly desirable to use a VPN service which provides a single tunnel that covers all the applications you’re using. A convenience that can be obtained by applying a VPN’s settings to an entire system’s network, instead of just individual applications. Check out our guide on how to use a VPN tunnel on Windows 8, for an example.

In this list, we’ll be talking about the five best VPN providers that are known to work well with Windows 10. Now that Windows 10 is the future of Microsoft, and will continue to evolve through regular updates, there’s never been a better time to use a VPN on it, especially since it’s the least privacy-friendly operating system ever made by MS.

Also, it’s not necessary to manually setup a VPN connection to get the best privacy experience out of Windows 10. You can use apps provided by VPN services, as they usually offer a single-click approach to securing Internet traffic. Windows global dominance makes it an attractive target for hackers to exploit its plentiful flaws, bugs, and loopholes. which makes it all the more paramount to use a VPN for security and privacy purposes.

Although a VPN cannot act as a replacement for anti-malware products, it does add a degree of safety while using the Internet.

The Top 5 Best VPN Services for Windows 10  2017

Rank Company
Price Link
1 Winner
$ 8.33 per month 3 Devices All Plans
Visit ExpressVPNExpressVPN Review
$ 5.04 per month 3 Devices All Plans
Visit AirVPNAirVPN Review
$ 6.95 per month 5 Devices All Plans
Visit Private Internet AccessPrivate Internet Access Review
$ 5.60 per month 5 Devices All Plans
Visit ZenMateZenMate Review
$ 5.00 per month 3 Devices All Plans
Visit VyprVPNVyprVPN Review

Windows 10 and VPN Services

Windows 10 lets you control the usage of a VPN with metered networks, and you can opt to use a VPN while roaming on the same metered network. Manually adding a VPN connection to Windows 10 can be a little confusing, since the settings panel has an option labeled “VPN provider.”

However, Windows 10 does not sport a built-in VPN service.

The official how-to provided by Microsoft states that you need to select this option, before entering information specific to your VPN provider. So, in that light, let’s see which VPN providers have done an excellent job of integrating their services in a seamless manner when running Windows 10.

1. ExpressVPN

This all-rounder shines on Windows 10, alongside supporting legacy systems, such as Vista and XP. Known for its speedy servers and excellent software, ExpressVPN is an excellent option for users who want an easy-to-use VPN on Windows 10, that’s also fast.

The ExpressVPN Windows 10 app takes care of all connection management issues, and the service’s 30-day money back guarantee means you can try out the app in a risk-free manner.

The app will ask you for elevated privileges during installation, and install a virtual network adapter of its own. Better yet, ExpressVPN can be configured to launch itself automatically upon startup.

Users can also allow the app to share non-identifiable information about their VPN usage, which ExpressVPN says makes the service faster and more reliable.

Users can also go for the recommended server locations, choose from one from their favorites or even manually specify a particular server.

Why We Like It

ExpressVPN’s Windows app uses the OpenVPN protocol by default. There are nearly a 100 countries in which ExpressVPN has a presence, so picking out a location that’s right for you should be a walk in the park.

Which is great, since OpenVPN provides an excellent balance of security and speed. The app also includes a chat feature to contact support, so you won’t need to go anywhere else if you’re in trouble.

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2. AirVPN

Regarding its Windows 10 app, AirVPN lives up to its reputation of being an excellent option for the tech-savvy user. There’s a whole variety of apps to choose from, and the service doesn’t disappoint regarding its core VPN experience.

When it comes to privacy and security, AirVPN is unrivaled. According to the website (and we’ve confirmed this through our tests), the service supports Tor, which it couples with excellent speeds and high server reliability.

Based in Italy, AirVPN can trace its routes back to a pro-piracy rally held in Rome that was attended by privacy advocates and a lot of hackers. So, if you’re the type of person who enjoys torrenting every now and then, this service was custom made for you.

There’s one small drawback to remember though: although AirVPN has a native desktop app for Microsoft’s latest OS, it lacks a modern UI equivalent in the Windows Store.

Why We Like It

The “Eddie” client is available in 32-bit and 64-bit architectures and comes in two variants: an installer and a portable version.

The portable option can be used with a USB flash drive, so users can enjoy AirVPN without installing it. The portable variant also works both as a GUI client and as a command-line tool. The latter option isn’t available if you’re going for the desktop app.

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3. Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access (PIA) seems to have taken a leaf out of Microsoft’s book in terms of supporting operating systems. The latest version (69) of the client requires Windows 7, or newer, to be installed.

PIA has a Windows 10 app that can launch automatically upon system startup and even auto-connects — which is a pretty convenient feature.

However, unlike AirVPN, Private Internet Access lacks a portable app client. So, make sure you have the correct privileges when installing the client on a PC.

Despite its surprisingly low prices, PIA isn’t a slacker in the speed department and features the OpenVPN protocol that’s designed with user privacy and security in mind.

A valuable feature when running the not-so-privacy friendly Windows 10. And since there’s just one single client available for Windows systems, so unlike AirVPN, you won’t get spoilt for choice.

Why We Like It

PIA regularly updates its client and maintains an easy-to-read changelog.

For instance, the latest version (69) targets some issues which occur in systems sporting the rather buggy Windows 10 Creators update.

Checksums are also provided for all clients, so that you can verify the installation’s integrity.

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4. ZenMate

Offering multiple products for security is ZenMate’s strength. Better yet, it also packs a bunch of unique extra features, like browser add-ons for safety and ZenMate for routers.

ZenMate has a free plan on all supported platforms. However, as far as the Windows 10 desktop app is concerned, you can only try it for free for seven days, after verifying your account.

The Windows client can be set to launch automatically at startup and sports a very simple installation process. Based in Germany, Zenmate’s stronger privacy laws mean you won’t be subject to any legal ramifications from the USA and its online snooper agency, the NSA.

Users are technically free to use the browser extension and desktop client simultaneously. However, ZenMate recommends not doing so, because it’ll result in more harm (regarding reduced browsing speeds) than good (a marginal increase in security).

Why We Like It

Apart from protection at the OS level and the browser extensions, there is also an ad-blocker available for Chrome, called “ZenMate Pulse.”

By far ZenMate’s coolest feature is the ability to connect and protect five devices simultaneously, even if they’re not sharing the same OS.

Finally, they do accept payment via Bitcoin, which goes a long way in maintaining anonymity.

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5. VyprVPN

Despite using an iMac to advertise its Windows 10 app, VyprVPN  doesn’t disappoint on the Microsoft platform and sports a unique, home-baked privacy standard named Chameleon.

VyprVPN’s app for Windows 10 includes a kill switch, which makes sure that no network traffic flows if you lose connection for any reason.

The Windows app also includes the in-house Chameleon technology, which gets around VPN blocking itself.

Although Windows 10 doesn’t natively support OpenVPN, VyprVPN’s Windows app does, alongside PPTP, and L2TP/IPsec. But wait, that’s not all, not only can you freely choose a third-party DNS server; you can even go for the in-built VyprDNS service.

VyprVPN maintains a change log of new versions of its Windows app.

However, the frequency of updates is not very high; in the last six months, the app hasn’t gotten updated at all.

Why We Like It

Windows 10 users should be able to try out the service without needing to configure their connection settings manually.

There is also a strong focus on security and privacy, both from in-house sources and robust security protocols.

In-house features such as Chameleon, VyprDNS or even their messaging app “Cyphr” can serve as useful add-ons for those who want something more than a standard VPN service.

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In Summary…

The top spot can be easily shared between ExpressVPN and AirVPN.  A choice betwixt them boils down to how concerned you are about security and privacy, and how tech-savvy you are — everyday users should consider using ExpressVPN, while the nerds amongst us are free to utilize AirVPN to their heart’s content.

The built-in protocols in Windows 10 don’t offer the most secure VPN experience. So it makes sense to use a desktop app which supports protocols such as OpenVPN, and ideally, launches itself at startup.

Regarding our three other selections, budget-conscious users should go for PIA, whereas privacy-conscious users should consider ZenMate instead. VyprVPN’s key strength seems to be the extra features it offers, which aren’t necessarily needed by everyone, but they’re cool nonetheless.

We hope you enjoyed reading this list of the top five best VPN services for Windows 10, let us know what your thoughts on the subject of VPNs and privacy are on the rather ill-regarded OS (in terms of  privacy), in the comments section below.

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