It may not be quite the fastest VPN, or the cheapest, or the most powerful, but Private Internet Access is still a likeable VPN provider with more than enough features to justify a place on your shortlist.
The network covers more than 50 locations across 32 countries, for instance, with P2P supported on all servers (expert-level extras like port forwarding and SOCKS5 support are thrown in).
Apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Linux, along with browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Opera, and detailed tutorials for routers and other devices, meaning the service can run almost anywhere.
The apps aren’t always as easy to use as we’d like, but they’re strong on the security fundamentals and have plenty of expert-level extras. The Android app doesn’t have a Favorites system, for instance, which means it takes fractionally longer to find commonly-used servers. But it’s otherwise easy to use, can automatically protect you when you access unsecured Wi-Fi, has a kill switch to protect you if the VPN drops, and can even vibrate your handset to tell you when it connects.
Good-looking browser extensions also deliver more than you’d expect, and include a host of privacy-related extras along with the VPN (Flash blocking, cookie cleaning, camera and microphone protection, and more).
Speed was above average in our performance tests, and although prices have risen slightly recently, Private Internet Access still looks like good value to us.