Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are an easy way to help hide your online activity from prying eyes, and though the technology has been around for a long time, it’s received renewed interest lately thanks to recent legislation. But which VPN is the best for gaming? Or has servers in the most countries? And are VPNs safe? IGN has completed deep dive VPN reviews of five of the most popular services to help you figure out which VPN is right for you.
We wrote a beginner’s guide to VPNs and why you should use one here, so go read that first if you’re not up to speed. The short version? A VPN passes all your network traffic through its own encrypted connection no matter where you are, ensuring no one else, including your ISP, can see what you’re doing online. There’s a lot of nuance here – like whether the VPN itself is keeping a log of your activities – but that’s the gist of it.