Argentina is home to some great T.V. shows and produces many movies, with over 140 released in 2014. Unfortunately many of the releases are only available on geo-restricted channels such as Clarovideo (there is talk of a new video on demand service coming to Argentina, which will also be geo-restricted). For Argentinians living abroad, wanting to access T.V. from home there are two options available, VPN or SmartDNS. The most important difference to users being that VPN encrypts data, while SmartDNS doesn’t. We think it’s important to encrypt any data you want to keep private, but many will be happy to trade seurity for increased speeds. For information about some great SmartDNS providers, head over to our new site.
The Best VPNs for Argentina
However, with so much government monitoring, data theft and other online attacks, we consider it a no-brainer to use a VPN to protect your online privacy. It’s not just secretive government agencies who want your private data either, hackers may attack when you’re sipping coffee at Starbucks and browsing Taringa! on your phone.
Taking this into consideration, it’s not so much a question of whether it’s a good idea to get a VPN or not, but rather what is the best VPN for a particular person/ situation or device?
When considering which is the best VPN for Argentina, we thought about which providers offered servers in the country. This can be important for people who want their data to be encrypted whilst keeping everything else normal, and also for any of the more than 600,000 Expatriates of Argentina, who may want to access content such as ClaroVideo, which is currently available only in Latin America, or simply browse the web as though they were in Argentina.
Some extra details regarding VPN use in Argentina can be found at the bottom of this article.
For now though, here is our choice of the 5 best VPNs for Argentina:
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Winner – ExpressVPN
Positives: Super fast network of servers spanning 94 countries, no usage logs, superb customer service
Negatives: Keeps summary statistics e.g. bandwidth usage (activity and IPs are never logged)
ExpressVPN is one of the most popular VPN providers out there. It recently won the top spot for the best all round VPN for 2015, and gets first prize for Argentina too. The client is super simple to use and connection speeds are amazing, with little noticeable drop in speed when connecting to their Buenos Aires server from Europe.
The ExpressVPN customer service team is definitely one of the best in the business, and is available 24/7 should you have any issues.
ExpressVPN isn’t the cheapest option available, but if you can spare the extra couple of dollars per month, its well worth it.
Positives: Zero logs policy, grreat security, high speed, fantastic value for money
Negatives: US Based
IPVanish has been going for more than 15 years and runs some of the best Tier 1 level networks in the industry, amazing speeds in simple terms. They have servers in 59 countries and with their recent security updates they keep absolutely no logs, have shared IPs and now accept Bitcoin.
Their prices are low and for this level of service they offer amazing value for money, highly recommended if you’re on a budget but want uncompromised security and speeds, whilst keeping no logs whatsoever. The dedicated client isn’t as feature packed as some others but does offer sorting by server speed or location, as well as periodic IP refreshing, and is simple enough for average users to get to grips with quickly.
When recommending a US based VPN provider, it is important to point out that internet in the USA generally isn’t private, is monitored and that even some online privacy services have been compromised. Fortunately, IPVanish have an excellent zero logs policy and accepts Bitcoin, meaning signing up can be done anonymously, if the necessary steps are taken. Keeping some kind is disappointingly common for VPNs, so IPVanish deservedly get our number two spot.
Negatives: Keeps session logs (not usage logs, and typically purged after 72 hours)
IronSocket scored very well in our review due to excellent speeds, high grade encryption and having plenty of servers in many countries, including Buenos Aires for all protocols (we only suggest OpenVPN if you care about your privacy) except their DNS proxy.
Hong Kong has some of the least restrictive internet laws in the world, as explained in this article, with no mandatory data retention laws and no blocked websites. Being based in Hong Kong means IronSocket don’t have to bow down to legal pressure from UK, US or any other country’s legal pressure, which makes their session logging policy somewhat surprising. They do, however, delete logs after 72 hours and allow payment by Bitcoins, making it generally safe for the less paranoid.
As part of the VPN package, IronSocket includes a SmartDNS service for no extra charge (reviewed here), and offer a 7 day money back guarantee so you should have plenty of time to check if it meets your requirements.
Positives: 256 OpenVPN encryption, Company owns the network and servers it uses, servers in 38 countries, “Chamelion” technology
Negatives: 30 days of connection logs, basic plan not secure
VyprVPN is run by global consortium Golden Frog (based in Switzerland but with a physical presence in the US), with servers in 38 countries worldwide. It has simple but effective Windows and OSX clients, and very nice Android and iOS apps. Linux is also supported. VyprVPN also comes with an exclusive protocol called “Chamelion”, which scrambles OpenVPN Packet metadata, making it unrecognisable via deep packet inspection whilst remaining fast and lightweight. This allows VyprVPN to bypass restrictive networks that may be put in place by governments or ISPs.
Up to 3 devices can be connected at once, with up to 256-bit OpenVPN encryption. Note that these comments apply to the Pro service, not the PPTP-only Basic plan, which is not secure and should be avoided.
The main drawback for us is that VyprVPN keeps connection logs for 30 days, which could, potentially be used in an ‘end to end timing attack’ to identify users’ online activity, but this shouldn’t be a major concern for the majority of users.
Despite keeping logs, VyprVPN is a great performer and has loads of servers, including in Buenos Aires.
Positives: ibDNS, based in Romania, accepts Bitcoin, many devices supported, P2P downloading allowed, free trial, 24/7 live customer support chat.
Negatives: Keeps connection (but not usage) logs
ibVPN is a Romanian based VPN that accepts Bitcoins and provides great apps for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, as well as great setup guides for a host of other devices including Linux and Raspberry Pi. When we initially reviewed ibVPN, we found that it eventually became unusably slow, we are pleased to say that this issue seems to have been resolved, and ibVPN now provides excellent speeds.
The dedicated client also has an ibDNS option built in, meaning the service can be used to access geo-restricted material such as Netflix or Clarovideo at greater speeds due to lack of encryption, for more info on this topic, check here.
ibVPN offer a 6 hour free trial, which isn’t the longest we’ve found, but is long enough to try different servers and see if you like the feel of the software. They also have a no quibble 15 day money back guarantee should you change your mind. They also have 24/7 live chat through the website and it is possible to make an appointment with a support team member. All this combined with many subscription options make ibVPN well worth a try.
Considerations for choosing the best VPN for Argentina
Argentina has over 24 million internet users, and although internet is generally considered free in the country (according to Freedom House’s 2014 report)
Social media and political/ social content is not restricted in Argentina, and so far no bloggers have been arrested in relation to content they’ve posted. It is worth pointing out that the owners of Taringa have faced legal action over copyright infringement accusations.
Editor’s note from freedom house:
In late 2014, members of the Argentine National Congress began working on legislation to replace the 1972 Telecommunications Law. Drafts of the proposed “Argentina Digital” bill, which the government submitted to congress in October 2014 and which was subsequently debated and revised throughout November, have contained worrisome provisions related to internet freedom. While the principle of net neutrality was strengthened through revisions to the bill, there remain serious concerns over the amount of power given to the regulatory authority, appointed directly by the executive branch and authorized to grant or deny licenses to ICT companies, broadly defined. As this report was published, however, legislation has yet to be passed.
You can see from our list that whether you’re in Argentina and want to browse the internet in private, or are abroad and want to browse as though you were in Argentina, there are some great options available, and many with free trials, so you really can’t lose anything by giving them a go.
Here’s the 5 best VPNs for Argentina again: