Colombia has seen a huge increase in the number of internet users in recent years, and can boast that 52% of the population now has internet access. But as we know, with internet comes greater monitoring capabilities and increased threats to data privacy.
Thankfully, there are many companies in the business of keeping our data secure. There are a number of VPN companies with servers in Colombia, who offer excellent services at a very reasonable cost.For users within Colombia, a VPN is the best way to keep your data private as well as making it possible to access video on demand services such as Netflix or Hulu that are not officialy availlable in the country.
For those outside Colombia, there are several reasons to use a VPN service with servers in the country. Many people will want to access ClaroVideo from outside Latin America, for example, or use use the Colombian servers from neighbouring countries for a fast and secure connection.
Here is our pick for the 5 best VPNs for Colombia.
Best VPNs for Colombia Summary
- Our Score
- Visit Site
- Very fast
- Great encryption
- Amazing customer service
- Nice and simple user interface
- Accepts Bitcoins
- Keeps some logs
ExpressVPN is, simply put, a fantastic VPN provider, and one of the most popular on the market. It recently won Best VPN for 2015, and gets first prize for Colombia due to the fact that they just get so much right.
One of ExpressVPN’s greatest assets is their customer service team, which is available 24/7 through their website chat and always extremely helpful and thorough when dealing with queries/ technical issues. There is a 30 day money back guarantee, which is loads of time to make sure everything is to your liking.
ExpressVPN does keep some logs (connection times and amount of data, but not usage logs) and, whilst we’d prefer to see no logging whastoever, we think the service they provide is outstanding so we can forgive them.
The newest version of the client is even easier to use than previous ones, and is available for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android, along with detailed set-up guides for loads of other devices, and connection speeds are amazing, with hardly any drop in speed when connecting to Colombia from Europe.
- Great speeds
- Loads of servers
- 256-bit OpenVPN encryption (Pro package)
- 7 Day money back guarantee
- Keeps some logs
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 helps 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 we only recommend 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 as VyprVPN doesn’t use shared IPs, 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 Colombia.
- Easy to set up
- Ervers in 48 countries
- 24/7 customer service
- No free trial or money back guarnatee
Overplay offers both Global VPN and an excellent Smart DNS service, both of which are easy to set up and affordable. There is a member’s area with 24*7 technical support chat and knowledgeable reps. Servers are located in 48 countries and provide excellent speeds using local connections and there are no speed or bandwidth limitations.
The Overplay Global VPN service costs $9.99/ month and provides more security than Smart DNS by encrypting data, but is also more expensive. Overplay allows access to all websites and protocols whilst keeping your data safe wherever you are using it, including public hot-spots, that can often be targeted by hackers, and is one of the best VPNs for Colombia.
- Great 256-bit OpenVPN encryption
- 24/7 customer service
- Nice software
- P2P on some servers
- We have recieved complainets about them not living up to their money back guarantee
PureVPN provides an excellent VPN service, with very nice clients for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS and up to 256-bit OpenVPN encryption. They also provide 24/7 customer service through the website, along with a 3 day money back guarantee.
PureVPN does keep logs, although being based in Hong Kong, they enjoy some of the least restrictive internet laws on the planet, so this doesn’t worry us too much.
P2P downloading is allowed on certain servers, and there are stealth servers located in Hong Kong which mask encrypted VPN traffic to make it look like normal web traffic, which is helpful if a user wants to use a VPN in a country where doing so could make them appear suspicious.
- Free! Open source
- Mirror sites
- Loads of server locations
- Keeps logs
- No P2P
- Can be unreliable and slow
VPN Gate is a completely free VPN that was developed by the University of Tsukuba in Japan and servers are run my volunteers. It is designed as a distributed VPN system, based on Soft-Ether, which means it’s fully open source. All of these factors, including their mirror sites and daily updates, means that it’s a fantastic tool for avoiding government censorship and accessing geo-restricted content.
Unfortunately P2P isn’t really allowed and connection logs are kept for nearly 3 months from all the servers. Also since it’s run by volunteers it does mean that speeds are unreliable, limited and can change very often.
If you want to know more about this service, check out our full VPN Gate review.
Considerations for VPN users in Colombia
Since the 2011 Free Trade Agreement with USA, Colombia has shown many of the signs of an emerging economy, with increased foreign business and tourism, and improved standards of living in the country’s capital, Bogota, and other large cities. The country has progressed incredibly since the mid-twentieth century, although the question of whether the FTA has had a detremental effect on some, especially rural, communities has been widely discussed, although is beyond the scope of this article.
What is releavent to us is that the FTA has had a positive impact on communications capabilities of the country.
Internet penetration is 52%, second in Latin America only to Uruguay, with users enjoying freedom on the net, and no bloggers being imprisoned for crimes relating to their writings, according to Freedom House.
There are no specific penalties relating to libel, defamation, irresponsible journalism or rumourmongering online, although there have been a number of high profile cases, with conflicting outcomes.
Most notably, in 2014, Gonzalo Lopez was convicted of libel and sentenced to 18 months in prison and fined US$5,200 for insulting a public officer in the comments section of an online newspaper. Lopez commented ‘anonymously’ but was traced by his IP address.
In another case, in 2013, journalist Luis Agustín González was was acqitted of libel charges almost two years after being sentenced to an 18 month prison term.
According to a Colombia’s Press Freedom Foundation, journalists in the country are frequently concerned about publishing certain information for fear of legal backlash, and the Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression has declared that the use of insult and slander charges to restrict freedom of expression is disproportionate.
With so many companies offering great VPN services at very competitive rates, it can be hard to choose which one is the best for you, especially if you’re not an internet security professional. We hope the information provided here has given you a better idea of what to look for. We welcome comments from anyone with experience using VPNs in Colombia, so leave a comment below if you have anything to add.
If you haven’t already made up your mind, here are the 5 best VPNs for Colombia once more: