If you use Bitcoin, you are probably concerned about your internet privacy. If you are concerned about your internet privacy, you probably have a Virtual Private Network, or “VPN”.
There is an already impressive and still growing number of VPN providers that accept Bitcoin. Not only is paying for a VPN convenient, it also makes for an added layer of online privacy.
Before using Bitcoin to pay for VPNs, many people used gift cards to avoid having VPN payments linked to credit cards or checking accounts. Paying in Bitcoin is a lot easier and a lot quicker.
There are more VPN providers out there that accept Bitcoin but these are our top picks.
AirVPN isn’t everyone’s top pick but it’s definitely ours.
It’s almost twice the price of some of the other options that we’ll discuss, and it only allows five connected devices.
However, it has some of the best security features. That includes keys that regularly update, heavy encryption, and extra security on other peoples’ wifi. It doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles of some of the other options that we’ll discuss but that’s sort of a bonus. It’s just a VPN. But it’s a really good VPN.
ExpressVPN regularly tops lists of the best Bitcoin-compatible VPNs. The list of great things to say about it is pretty extensive. It has 160 offices in 94 countries. It’s compatible with every major operating system. It works on all sorts of devices, from mobile to desktop to routers.
Express VPN also gets you around a lot of censorship obstacles for a less restricted internet. Pair that with 24-hour live chat support, and you have one powerful VPN.
3. Private Internet Access
We had a hard time picking between Private Internet Access and the next option for the third spot. Private Internet access is slightly more expensive but it has a couple of cool features that make it stand out.
For one thing, it doubles as an ad-blocker. That’s not super important, it’s just another convenient feature.
It’s also part of a larger network, which some people associate with increased security.
This is in addition to the main features. Those include 24/7 support in applicable areas, and coverage for up to ten devices. The devices covered aren’t as diverse as those covered by Express VPN, however.
IPVanish was a close competitor for the number three spot.
It also covers up to ten devices and those devices are largely the same. It also has great customer support.
The only downsides are that it isn’t also an ad-blocker and it’s a part of a smaller network. If those things aren’t particularly important to you, you should know that IPVanish is slightly cheaper than Private Internet Access.
TorGuard tops a lot of lists. We put it a little further down our list because it’s pretty pricey. However, it offers a lot of really cool services. We’re talking about really high levels of security.
For one thing, you can get a basic package, an advanced VPN package, a package just for your email, or a “bundle” package. The bundle is pretty well priced given the tag on the individual services. It’s also only a bit pricier than some of the other higher-end products in our list.
NordVPN is another top pick on a lot of lists. It has a middle-of-the-road price and offers middle-of-the-road services. The services that it provides it provides very well, it just doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles. It can’t protect ten devices, but how does six sound?
7. Iron Socket
Iron Socket doesn’t have any particularly cool tricks. It just has a good customer service policy, adequate tools, and it’s super versatile. It works on pretty much any device and on multiple devices at one time.
8. Safer VPN
SaferVPN isn’t as secure as our last pick in terms of encryption strength, but it has some additional features. It’s also slightly cheaper. It’s one of those services that prioritizes wifi security and that’s always something that we like to see. One potential downside is that it’s really app-heavy. Being app-based is neat but a different app for each device or browser gets clunky. That’s especially true if you like to use different browsers for different things.
CyberGhost is another one of those services that offers decent service for a decent price. They offer wifi security, which we always like. Other than that, however, they seem more interested in getting you access to blocked content. It covers your tracks, it gets you access to blocked stuff, but it’s still pretty casual.
Anonine is at the end of our list of VPNs you can pay for with Bitcoin. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad service. It’s not. It’s just … kind of basic. And … not exactly “expensive” just more expensive than you might think based on what it brings to the table. It has all of the services you need but probably not all of the services that you want.
Again, these aren’t all of the VPN providers that accept Bitcoin, they’re just our top ten. If none of these seem right for you, you’re welcome to keep looking.
Tamara is a marketing and PR professional, enthusiastic about crypto, blockchain and technology in general. She’s the editor at Bitcoin UK.