The best VPNs for Windows 10 (and the worst) including a handy setup guide

ByZim Watson 2019-05-10 1143

Windows 10 is a significant improvement over its predecessor versions. However, the new version introduces a number of privacy issues - some of which are new, others have been in previous releases. Integrated advertising, Cortana, and information synchronization with Microsoft servers personalize your experience, but at the same time blur the boundaries between personalization and privacy. 

VPNs for Windows 10

Here are Top 5 VPNs for Windows 10:

1. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is almost always among the top 5 in almost every category. The service has made it into this list, especially because of its excellent app. ExpressVPN is the easiest option for anyone looking for something that works without much effort. The service achieved the fastest average download speed of any VPN tested so far in our study. Users can enable ExpressVPN's DNS servers in advanced settings. The service provider is based in the British Virgin Islands, outside the access area of ​​the British   Government Communication Center (GCHQ) and the US National Security Agency (NSA). Apart from that, the provider also does not use data usage protocols. ExpressVPN is also one of the few services that is suitable for Netflix. The Windows app, however, creates connection protocols. Plus, ExpressVPN is a bit more expensive than VyprVPN. However, the service offers a 30-day money-back guarantee that lets you test the provider risk-free.

2. NorthVPN

Panama-based NordVPN has a true zero data logging policy, meaning that the provider has neither connection nor usage protocols. Other features include double-hop encryption, port via VPN and kill switch. All this and also the protection against DNS leaks can be activated in the app settings. The Windows client is extremely detailed, but not too complicated for new, inexperienced users. The list of servers is divided into usage recommendations: TV streaming, dedicated IP addresses, Tor over VPN, etc. In addition, each server is pinged so that you can see which one has the lowest latency.

3. IPVanish

IPVanish is based in the US, uses effective encryption, and follows a zero data logging policy - so neither session nor traffic protocols become   guided. It is one of the few Tier 1 networks. This means that the provider owns all used servers and does not rent any physical or virtual capacities from other service providers. Therefore, we also overlook the fact that the provider is based in the US. IPVanish has servers in almost 60 countries and connections have protection against DNS leaks.

4. CyberGhost

CyberGhost offers easy-to-use apps and with its more than 1100 servers in over 40 countries a large network. The Premium version does not store any identifying logs, and your data is protected during transmission with OpenVPN protocol 256-bit AES encryption, which complies with military standards. A free version is available that is indefinitely. However, users have to put themselves in a queue and the servers are much slower. Live chat can be used in case of problems. Speeds are excellent and Pro version subscribers can connect up to five devices at once.

Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android.

5. VyprVPN

The largest part of the VyprVPN team is located in the US, but the parent company Golden Frog has its official headquarters in Switzerland. The app provides a graphical display with real-time data usage and a transparent overview of your connection settings, including IP address, protocol, and enabling / disabling the NAT firewall. The protection against DNS vulnerabilities can be activated / deactivated in the settings. The sophisticated app is slightly more expensive than its competitors, but the price is still reasonable. However, a disadvantage of VyprVPN is the data logging policy of the service: Your actual IP address, VyprVPN address and connection logs are kept for up to 30 days.

4 VPNs you should avoid:

When it comes to deciding which VPNs are less suitable for Windows 10, then free VPNs should be high on the list. Below are some of the ones you usually find quickly using Google search. Many of the above points apply to almost all free VPNs.

Also, our list of avoidable VPNs includes some paid ones that either do not protect against DNS leakage, are based in the US, or both.


If you do a Google search for "Free VPNs for Windows", Betternet will appear as one of the first results. Betternet does not store data usage logs, but the app itself is part of an advertising platform that uses your cookies to specifically target ads, videos, and app suggestions. The provider also offers no protection against DNA leaks. Betternet itself is therefore actually not harmful. On the contrary, the services themselves are quite transparent when it comes to his way of working. We can even recommend the mobile app as a pretty good free alternative. For Windows, they should not use the provider. (free version) is another free VPN for Windows that appears high on a Google search. Although premium subscriptions are available that offer reasonably good service, the free version with a speed of 3 Mbps and a data transfer of 2 GB is quite limited in its performance. This version also does not support OpenVPN, which is our recommended protocol for security. Furthermore, the free version users are limited to three server locations and port forwarding is not available, which would be useful for torrenting. An advantage of, however, is that it does without logging completely.


Hola is a peer-to-peer proxy browser extension that works like a VPN but does not use a centralized server. Instead, users' Internet traffic is routed through devices of other Hola users, depending on the available bandwidth. Local laws and regulations may make you responsible for other users' activities. In addition, Hola sometimes abuses the computer resources of its users to turn them into a botnet army, the   Perform distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on websites and distribute pirated content.

4.Double DNA leak test

If you want to make sure your DNA leak protection works, then you have   here   the possibility of one   DNS leak test   carry out. You should run the test once with the power turned on and then again with the power off to immediately interpret the test results.

Manually set up a VPN in Windows 10

To use the services of these providers, you only need to download and install the applications. Joining simply works by logging in, selecting the location and clicking "Connect".

However, if you do not like the app, then Windows 10 provides built-in VPN support that can be manually configured. However, the operating system does not support OpenVPN, so we recommend either L2TP / IPSec, SSTP, or IKEv2. However, if you avoid PPTP, although it is a little faster and easier to install, it is known to have security vulnerabilities.

To get started, you need the following information from your VPN provider, depending on the protocol you want:

·User name


·VPN server address

·Shared secret or certificate

1.Type "VPN" in the search bar and click the gear above the search results.

2. Click   In the appearing menu  Add a VPN connection

3. Under VPN Provider, select Windows (built-in). Enter all the other information mentioned above.

4.Click  Take over

5. The VPN should now appear in the VPN menu. Click it and then click Connect .

.Wait a moment for the connection and that's it! You are connected.

.After setting up your VPN, you can access it faster by clicking the Wi-Fi icon in the notification area. The latter should be in the upper area.


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