For some people, finding a good VPN can be frustrating. That’s because many of the websites that recommend and “review” VPNs do not base their recommendations on testing results, but instead on questionable marketing claims.
Even worse, many of these websites are often paid to promote inferior and untrustworthy services. This may sound strange, but it’s quite common. Consequently, people waste time and money as they search for a safe and secure VPN service.
All of the VPN reviews on Restore Privacy are based on extensive testing to see how well the VPN protects your privacy and security. Every VPN is tested for IP address leaks (both IPv4 and IPv6), DNS leaks, reliability, speed, and how well the features work. Other considerations include privacy jurisdiction, company policies, trustworthiness, and the track record (background) of the provider.
How many VPNs have been tested and reviewed?
I have been personally using and testing VPN services for the past five years, long before RestorePrivacy.com was created. To date, I have tested around 100 VPN services on various devices and operating systems, including Windows 7, Windows 10, Mac OS, iOS, Android, routers, and Linux (Ubuntu).
Is there a published review of every VPN that was tested?
No. Writing up a detailed VPN review is extremely time-intensive, which is why there aren’t too many reviews published here on Restore Privacy. Here’s what takes up time:
- Purchasing, downloading, and setting up the VPN clients
- Testing the VPN on different operating systems
- Taking screenshots of the test results
- Compressing and resizing images to be used in the VPN review
- Writing the VPN review and describing the test results and findings (over 2,000 words)
- Responding to VPN companies when they have complaints, concerns, or feedback with my VPN reviews
- Responding to VPN users who have general questions
- Keeping the VPN review moderately up-to-date to reflect changes, such as with company policies, features, and VPN client updates
Over the past few years, doing all of the above with about a dozen VPN reviews has taken up lots of time, in addition to writing and updating other privacy guides for the site. However, our small team is expanding to cover more privacy topics, which also includes doing more VPN Reviews.
The future of VPN reviews on Restore Privacy
Right now we are trying to streamline the VPN review process in order to publish more (new) VPN reviews, while also updating old reviews with new tests and the latest information. This is not a fast process, but it in the works!
Note: You can see the latest recommendations and rankings of the best VPNs here.
VPN review comparison table
Here are all the VPNs we have reviewed on Restore Privacy: