5 Best VPNs for iPhone – 2014 Edition

17 Mar 2014 |

With the release of the iPod, Apple started a technological revolution which means that today the sales of smartphones and tablets outweighs that of personal computers.
Initially launched in 2007, the iPhone is now in its seventh generation, and though Android is a worthy competitor, it is still strongly considered as the better handset.

With over a billion apps available for iPhones more and more of us have been turning to VPN services to protect our privacy. How do you decide which is best? That’s where we come in! We have looked high and low to find you the best VPN services out there for your portable Apple device (iPhone, iPad) using the following criteria:

  • Speed of service
  • Quality of the software
  • Quality of customer service
  • Number of servers/ IPs
  • Price

We have only considered those with OpenVPN encryption as the recent Edward Snowden/ NSA leaks have given reasonable doubts over the security of others.

The table below provides a quick summary and afterwards you can find a more in depth overview.


Summary

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Price
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1

ExpressVPN_Logo $8.32/mo 9.9
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2

vyprvpn_logo $6.67/mo 9.7
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3

logo $4.95/mo 9.4
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4

logo $6.95/mo 9.3
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5

logo $9.00/mo 9.2
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Take a look below to see slightly more detailed views about each provider.

Editor’s Choice

Winner – ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN_Logo

Positives: No logs, great speeds, 30 day money back guarantee, great iOS support

Negatives: Medium price, US company

ExpressVPN was an outstanding candidate as not only does it have great VPN features but also dedicated iOS support (and Android). They have servers in 78 countries, with fast and reliable speeds and a 30 day money back guarantee, their only downside being based in the US and some basic logging. To help you set up your handset they provide an auto-configuration utility but you can also do so yourself. iOS is initially configured to use L2TP/IPSec so make sure you change this to OpenVPN to get the best level of security.

Take a look at a screenshot of the app below:

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30 day moneyback guarantee

2. VyprVPN

Positives: fast, 160-bit and 256-bit OpenVPN encryption (Pro only), Android app, iOS app, 3 day free trial, 3 simultaneous connections, P2P: yes

Negatives: based in the US, keeps logs for 30 days

We reviewed only the Pro and Premium packages as the basic package is restricted to the insecure PPTP protocol. These services offer a high security encryption (up to 256-bit OpenVPN) with a fast all round service (including P2P downloading) and an iOS app (L2TP). The big bonus with VyprVPN is it allows the use of up to 3 devices simultaneously catering for all of your devices (Macs included). The only downside is their logging.

They also have a 3 day free trial, so you can test them to see if they are good without getting charged!

Click the link below, you really can’t go wrong with them!

» Visit VyprVPN


3. ibVPN

Positives: cheap, no logs (but many caveats), accepts payments via Bitcoins, P2P: yes, lots of support for iOS

Negatives: painfully slow on a regular basis, many caveats to ‘no logs’ claim, 0 simultaneous connections

ibVPN has an impressive iOS support with a very detailed setup guide, full feature service, great security settings (PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN) and a 15-day trial service. It is very cheap and it’s possible to pay by BitCoin to protect your identity. However, their logging policy is hazy and the usually good connection speeds can be temperamental.

» Visit ibVPN


4. Private Internet Access

Positives: accepts Bitcoin, no logs, blazingly fast, client features port forwarding, VPN kill switch and DNS leak protection, P2P: yes, 3 simultaneous connection

Negatives: No free trial, no server statistics, iOS support a bit basic

PIA is somewhat the opposite of ibVPN as it has fantastic (and constant) speeds with some killer security features; no logs, shared IPs, Bitcoin payment, leak protection (DNS and IPv6), port forwarding and even a kill switch! As a computer (Windows & OSX) client it ranks a lot higher but for iOS it is let down by its poor and limited setup guides as well as no available trial period.

» Visit Private Internet Access


5. AirVPN

Positives: accepts Bitcoin, no logs, 256-bit AES encryption, dynamic port forwarding, real-time user and server statistics, support for Tor over VPN and VPN through SSL and SSH tunnels, good speeds, 3 day free trial, P2P: yes

Negatives: 0 simultaneous connections, limited (but sufficient) iOS support

AirVPN is definitely the highest ranking in terms of security. Being based in Italy it means that it doesn’t have to conform to the Data Retention Directive and being run by internet privacy (h)activists it has an amazing AES 256-bit OpenVPN encryption and even allows the use of Tor and SSL and SSH tunnels. It has an adequate iOS set-up manual but offers no simultaneous connections.

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VPNs for iPhone

Since the both the computer and the internet started off as government projects it is no surprise that they have always wanted to keep a hold on it and limit the public’s access and their use. This remains true to this day with the recent NSA PSISM and GCHQ spying revelations (most notably as outlined by Edward Snowden) it is understandable we that we the people wish to protect ourselves and our basic human rights on all the devices that we use.

With all our portable devices we never think twice about connecting to public WiFi hotspots but there are hackers out there who wish to gain our information for personal gain and this can be very easy to do (see Firesheep).

By using VPNs and encrypted tunnels it is possible to protect yourself from both of these foes.

Choosing a VPN protocol

Until the start of 2013 only the built-in VPN client could be used to connect to a server, but this had limited security protocols. In this article we explain in full detail the variations and pros and cons of each but here is a brief summary of the ones we mentioned in the article:

  • PPTP – the easiest to set-up and most supported but also the least secure. We therefore do not recommend it as a stable solution but as a quick-fix for using a public WiFi spot it is acceptable.
  • L2TP/IPsec – a lot more secure but it is trickier to set up due to the need to input a pre-shared IPsec key, though most VPN providers provide detail guides or even an auto-configuration file to simplify this.
  • OpenVPN – One of the fastest and most secure with the use of the amalgamation of a number of security technologies but it is very fiddly to set-up and needs a third party software. Until recently it was only available for jailbroken phones but with the release of OpenVPN Connect all iPhones after 3G have this ability. If you read this article carefully even the setup should be doddle.

The VPN client built into iOS can be found by tapping:

Settings -> General -> Network -> VPN

Your VPN provider will give you instructions for the settings you need to enter. Most support either PPTP or L2TP’IPsec, but not always both.

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The VPN icon in the task bar lets you know the device is connected to a VPN server

 OpenVPN connect

OpenVPN connect

Although it has taken a while, support for OpenVPN on iPhones via OpenVPN Connect is growing, although even if not explicitly supported, any service that supplies standard OpenVPN configuration files should work with OpenVPN Connect.

Dedicated iOS VPN apps

iPhones and iOS devices are falling behind Android devices in terms of VPN due to their lack of dedicated apps (specifically considering those that support OpenVPN) but both HideMyASS and NetShade are working towards this. However, this is improving and the apps we recommend help and support the set-up process.

Number of simultaneous devices

This is the number of devices that you can use at the same time to access the VPN service. Often neglected but it is very important but if you’re like us you will want to have your computer, tablet and phone connected all the time without having to keep switching the VPN on/off constantly.


Conclusion

In conclusion, in today’s ever more public and developing world it is important for each and every one of us to protect ourselves against harmful intrusions and protect our internet connections. As summarised in the table below we have shown you the best; whether you’re interested in ease of use or level of security.

And here’s the summary once more:

Summary

Rank Provider Starting
Price
Review Link

1

ExpressVPN_Logo $8.32/mo 9.9
Read Review
Visit Site

2

vyprvpn_logo $6.67/mo 9.7
Read Review
Visit Site

3

logo $4.95/mo 9.4
Read Review
Visit Site

4

logo $6.95/mo 9.3
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5

logo $9.00/mo 9.2
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Written by Pete Zaborszky
Pete runs Best VPN and wants to get detailed information to the readers. He is dedicated to being the best and providing the highest quality at anything he does. You can also find him on Twitter or Google+

9 Responses to “5 Best VPNs for iPhone – 2014 Edition”

  1. Ivo says:

    Unfortunately none of these have Apps for iOS 6 (3GS) hidemyass is an exception

  2. pixelrogue says:

    Why was Private Internet Access included in this list? I am a customer of PIA and can tell you there is NOTHING about PIA that works well with the iPhone. The lack of iOS support is one of the worst things about PIA.

    1) No iOS native of hybrid client.
    2) No support for OpenDNS (just less secure options).
    3) Required to manually activate PIA VPN every few minutes… yes… its nuts and unrealistic as a solution.
    (and this assumed you made it through the crazy configurations, instructions and support safely)

    What you state about PIA is true, but only for their desktop services and specifically NOT for their support of iOS, so PIA does not belong on this list. More research and personal exposure is needed before writing a post titled “5 Best VPNs for iPhone.”

    Then again, notice that you are paid by VPN providers…

    • Peter Selmeczy Peter Selmeczy says:

      Hi Pixelrogue

      Yes we are paid by VPN Providers in some instances but we are not paid for Top 5 lists and we try to be as impartial and honest about them as possible.
      Personally we had good experiences on iOS with these providers and we are sorry you didn’t experience the same. With the likelyhood of an upcoming iPhone 6 we are likely to refresh this list and we’ll make sure to take your views into consideration and pay special attention to PIA.

      Peter

      • Douglas Crawford Douglas Crawford says:

        I’ll just add to Peter’s comments that the list in our’5 Best VPNs for iPhone 5S’ (www.bestvpn.com/blog/7565/5-best-vpns-iphone-5s/) discusses which providers have dedicated iOS VPN clients…

    • rach says:

      Private Internet access has no app for iPhone. It is PPTP and L2TP setup at this point. Article does not appear accurate, though I wonder if you were indicating different??

      • Peter Selmeczy Peter Selmeczy says:

        Hi Rach
        While it doesn’t have an app, some people consider this better. The reason for this is that the apps just implement the built in connections anyway and use more resources (drain battery faster). So while you may spend more time setting it up, it has an upside. Not to mention PIA is very cheap and has plenty of servers and good speeds.
        Peter

  3. Marlene Derry says:

    Don’t want vpn but every since I did the last update for my I pad keeps asking me for my VPN password how do I get it to stop that don’t want anything to do withVPN

    • Peter Selmeczy Peter Selmeczy says:

      Hi Marlene
      Maybe you have a VPN application running on your iPad or maybe someone set it up in the settings, so check those.

  4. hasan says:

    I haven’t test usenet, but have been using VPN in Touch over a year.
    They are good in mobile stores but I use their desktop app. They have no restrictions or speed limitations. Good to have a try

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