Clearly, it’s hard to be optimistic about the state of the online world. But luckily, there are concrete steps you can take to lower your risk and safeguard your online privacy. And one of the easiest steps is to start using a third-party VPN. Doing so allows you to connect to the internet through a third-party server that encrypts all of your data, hiding it from would-be criminals, “big data” tracking, and even your own ISP. A VPN also hides your geographic location, allowing you to access geo-blocked content from anywhere. And as an added bonus, because your data will be encrypted, it will be safe even if you’re using unsecured public WiFi. That’s why we’ve compiled the following list of VPN providers we recommend. If you’re even remotely worried about online security/privacy, you should seriously consider signing up.

Norton Secure VPN

Why We Picked It: The name “Norton” has been synonymous with online security for decades. So with Norton Secure VPN, you know you’re in good hands. It uses bank-grade encryption to keep your online data safe. And in order to protect your privacy, Norton does not track or store your online activity or location. As an added bonus, the service also blocks ad trackers and prevents websites from bombarding you with annoying advertisements.

NordVPN

Why We Picked It: NordVPN’s high-performance service encrypts all of its users’ online data, protecting it from advertisers, hackers, and would-be identity thieves. Up to six different devices running on any major operating systems can be protected with a single account. And with over 3,521 servers located in 61 different countries, geo-blocked content will be a thing of the past. And like our previous entry, NordVPN doesn’t log your online activity, so you can rest assured that it will remain private.

KeepSolid Unlimited

Why We Picked It: Like the other options we’ve mentioned, KeepSolid VPN features strong encryption and servers in multiple countries. But right now, a lifetime subscription on up to five devices is on sale for over 90-percent off the normal price. So while you might find other VPNs that offer similar features, not many can offer them at such an insanely low price.

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