We feature on our site only the VPNs that offer maximum privacy for customers. If you want to do streaming or torrenting, you should take into consideration some basic info before subscribing.
1. Jurisdiction - most important
Each VPN is run by a company, incorporated in a country with specific laws regarding copyright, online copyright or Internet activity logging.
We consider jurisdiction to be the most important thing when it comes to privacy.
A VPN incorporated in a country which has extensive laws regarding online copyright or users logging must be avoided. Therefore, being based in a jurisdiction far away from the reach of NSA or FBI guarantees better privacy.
VPN services by jurisdiction:
Based in Panama, NordVPN is the safest VPN when it comes to privacy. Panama does not require anyone to keep Internet access logs.
Based in the British Virgin Islands, ExpressVPN comes second, because the BVI is considered a British overseas territory.
Incorporated in Sweden, PrivateVPN comes third. Sweden is part of the European Union, which makes PrivateVPN more exposed to legal threats.
2. Access logs
All VPNs that we have reviewed claim they don’t keep any access logs. Although this is something that we cannot really control, there are still no reports of these VPNs handing out access data to authorities.
However, the case of PureVPN (not reviewed here) is something you should consider. PureVPN claimed they keep no logs (and being based in Hong Kong made that easier), but they handed over access logs to the police in a case of cyber stalking. That means they do keep logs that can lead any investigators to the real ip of any user. Simply, they lied.