With Wi-Fi popping up in more and more spots, from coffee shops and restaurants to hotels, airports and airplanes, it's easier than ever to work wherever you may roam. By the same token, it's easier than ever for hackers to steal and sell your data from these ubiquitous and open networks. A VPN can help protect you. It turns an unsecure, public network into a secure, private network by creating an encrypted connection between your phone or computer and a VPN server. And while there are plenty of out there, the trick is to find one at a good price. (Remember that -- so far, anyway -- free VPN services aren't worth the risk.)
To that end, we've compiled a list of the best VPN discounts that are available right now. Just keep a few things in mind:
- Some of these offers have "countdown clocks" saying that the deals are ending "today." These are usually marketing tactics that have no relationship to the deal's actual end date.
- ZDNet Academy (the purveyor of the KeepSolid VPN deal) is the in-house retailer of ZDNet, CNET's sister publication.
- CNET and/or ZDNet get a share of revenue from the sale of the services if you buy through the links featured on this page.
Surfshark is currently running a deep discount on its 24-month subscription. This plan usually costs $286 (or $11.92 a month) and is currently on sale for $47.76 -- that's only $1.99 a month and a savings of 83%.
NordVPN is one of the industry's heavyweights, and it's currently discounting its three-year subscription plan. It usually costs $430.20 (or $17.93 a month) and is currently on sale for $107.55 -- or just $2.99 a month. That amounts to a 75% discount.
KeepSolid's unlimited plan costs $20 a month if you buy it direct from KeepSolid. Via ZDNet Academy, you can get a lifetime subscription to KeepSolid VPN Unlimited for $39, which is a steal in its own right. With code VPNSAVINGS (and after signing up for a free ZDNet Academy account), the price of a lifetime subscription drops to an astonishingly low $19. That's a buck less than a single month would normally cost you! Check out Rick Broida's experience with KeepSolid VPN (and thank him for the coupon code).
Norton offers three flavors of its Secure VPN; you can buy it for one device, 5 devices or 10 devices. The 1-device plan is discounted by $10 to $39.99 for the first year of your subscription, but the 5-device plan that usually goes for $79.99 is also $39.99 for the first year -- a savings of 50%. The 10-device plan is also discounted by $40 to $59.99 for the first year. We understand that these first-year discounts are "the new normal" for Norton, not limited-time offers, so this is less of an "act now" situation and more of an "FYI." Also note that after the first discounted year, you'll auto-renew at the standard rate; you can learn how to cancel your subscription here.
This story was originally published earlier. The story has been updated to note that the deals are still in effect as of the time of the new publication.