We use Linux for many reasons. Security is just one of them, but it’s undeniable that Linux is more secure than other operating systems. Securing our data is especially important to us, since our devices contain a lot of our personal information. Without the requisite protection, we open ourselves up to identity theft.
Choosing the right VPN for Linux is not necessarily that simple, though. There are not as many options available for Linux as there are for other OS. However, there are some very good ones, each with their own prices, levels of security, and features.
Here are the top 4 VPNs for Linux available today.
Private Internet Access (PIA)
PIA is one of the most recommended VPNs for Linux. While it is based in the US, which means it is subject to certain legal restrictions, it keeps no logs, and hardly any information about its customers.
It is also very user friendly, compared to some of the other options, which can be a hassle to install and use. At a price of $40 per year, it is one of the cheapest options available, and offers standard 256-bit encryption and a kill switch.
This is one of the most popular VPNs for Windows and Mac OS. For Linux users, it may not be the first choice, but it is definitely going to do the job. However, it is not the most user friendly, compared for example to PIA. It is also much more expensive, coming in at $100 per year. That being said, it is consistently being updated and improved, and is likely to stand the test of time.
At $60 per year, AirVPN is relatively cheap, and it uses some of the most advanced privacy technology. Linux users in particular like it for its firewall-based killswitch, anonymous use through Tor, port forwarding, and SSL and SSH tunneling. One of the standard complaints against it is that the customer service is bad. However, since it accepts bitcoin, even your payment is more secure, and you might be tempted to ignore the poor customer care.
Mullvad comes in at a reasonable $6.50 per month, but it has one specific feature not found with any of the others on this list. It is able to re-route IPv6 DNS requests, rather than simply disabling them. Since it also has a user friendly Linux GUI and excellent encryption, it is becoming one of the most popular choices for Linux users.
Keeping your traffic invisible to DPI firewalls, VPN Unlimited is an extremely cheap option at just $30 per year. It uses KeepSolid Wise technology for security based on OpenVPN protocol and a TCP 443 port. If you find that VPN Unlimited serves your needs, there is an unbeatable $149 offer for lifetime access, meaning you’ll never again have to pay the yearly subscription costs. Of course, this comes with the risk that other VPN services might outperform it in future, meaning you’d have to cut your losses to switch over.