Are you using a VPN? You should be, especially if you frequently connect to public Wi-Fi networks on your phone, tablet or laptop. There are free options out there, but I agree with ZDNet's David Gerwitz that free VPNs are not a risk worth taking.
Fortunately, a VPN doesn't have to be expensive -- at least if you take advantage of this deal. For a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get a lifetime KeepSolid VPN Unlimited subscription (5 devices) for $19 with promo code VPNSAVINGS. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.
This is within a buck or two of the absolute lowest price ever on VPN Unlimited. If you were to buy it directly from developer KeepSolid, it would cost you $200.
A VPN (virtual private network) can keep hackers at bay when you connect to open Wi-Fi networks -- like the one on the airplane or at Starbucks. It does so by making your connection less visible to the outside world. Without a VPN, a hacker could capture your login info when you sign into, say, your bank or Gmail account.
The subscription affords protection on up to five devices, with support for all the major platforms: Android, iOS, Linux, Mac and Windows. VPN Unlimited has servers in over 70 countries.
CNET hasn't reviewed it, which is why you won't find it on the otherwise comprehensive list of the. I've used it on occasion, while traveling, and found it perfectly reliable.
However, while I'm no expert on the subject, I do know there are two key considerations when evaluating any VPN: speed and privacy. I tested the former while connected to my home network and got the below result.
As you can see, VPN Unlimited cut my download performance just about in half. Does that matter when you're starting at 100Mbps? Hardly. But if you're connecting to a public Wi-Fi network that's giving you only, say, 5Mbps? Then it might become a factor. It all depends on what you're doing when you're online. Email and web browsing? A 50% performance hit will likely go unnoticed. Streaming video? Maybe noticed.
I like having VPN Unlimited on hand for those times when I connect to public Wi-Fi, and I definitely like this insanely low one-and-done pricing. Your thoughts?
Originally published May 21.
Update, Aug. 16: This deal has returned so we've updated pricing and availability.
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