VPN services can give you online privacy, unblock videos, and allow you access websites or streaming services that aren't available in your region. They are an essential tool if you have a MacBook and connect to open Wi-Fi networks in cafes, hotels, airports and other places. We can help you find the cheapest VPN to suit your needs.
Choosing which VPN service to subscribe to can be difficult and this is compounded by the fact that there are so many offers and discounts. That's where we come in. All of the services you'll find below are ones we'd use ourselves - and we do on a daily basis.
All these deals save a significant amount compared to paying for each of these services on a rolling monthly subscription. VPN providers tend to offer year-round discounts.
One of the best discounts is 87% off Ivacy. It's for a five-year subscription, which may sound daunting, but for an up-front payment of about £60, that's an absolute bargain. Many rival services charge that for one or two years, and tend not to offer the same discount in subsequent years. You won't immediately find that deal when clicking on the link though: you need to use a desktop web browser and move your cursor off the web page as if to leave and the offer should pop up.
Though we're big fans of Surfshark, its two-year offer costs £43.19, highlighting just how cheap Ivacy is: just £12 per year!
You'll find both services in our round up of the best VPNs for Mac, and there are more deals available currently from all the major VPN providers, which you'll find below along with expert buying advice.
Best VPN for Mac deals
1. Ivacy five-year VPN subscription
Was: $597 ($9.95 per month)
Now: $80 - approx. £56.50 ($1.33 per month - approx 94p) (87% off)
Ivacy's Deal Of The Year is one of the best around, knocking 87% off the usual monthly price.
It's a five-year subscription for which you'll pay $1.33 per month, which is about 94p if you're in the UK. That's an up-front payment of $80 (around £56.50) which is an absolute bargain.
Ivacy offers a great service which supports P2P downloads, unblocks streaming services (including Netflix and Disney+) and, like any VPN service, gives you security when using public Wi-Fi and privacy when browsing the web.
It's one the cheapest VPN deals around and, as a bonus, you also get 2TB of encrypted cloud storage!
2. VyprVPN three-year subscription
Was: $466.20 / £335.16
Now: $60 / £45 (87% off)
VyprVPN's Summer of Security event brings yet more huge discounts. The current offer is for a two-year subscription with 87% off.
The way the offer is presented, as with so many VPN deals, is misleading. It's a two year subscription with a full 12 months free. Yet the $60 / £45 cost, instead of being spread over 24 months is divided by 36 months to make it look even cheaper - which would mean no free months.
Still, it's excellent value whichever way you look at it.
If you're wondering why you should choose VyprVPN: it owns and manages all of its servers, and is a great choice if your priorities are security and privacy.
It also supports the fast WireGuard protocol and has 70 locations to choose from around the world.
You can read our VyprVPN review for more details.
3. Surfshark two-year subscription
Was: $310.80 / £263.80
Now: $59.76 / £51.82 (81% off)
Sign up for a two-year subscription of this great VPN to get 81% off.
Surfshark is one of the best-value VPN services and is one of the few which doesn't put a limit on the number of devices you can use with it at the same time.
4. Private Internet Access two-year subscription
From: Private Internet Access
Was: $310.70 / £258.70
Now: $69.95 / £56.99 (78% off)
The monthly price shown on PIA's site countss the extra two months not as free but as paid months. It's a cheeky way of making it look cheaper than it really is.
5. CyberGhost one-year subscription
Was: $155.88 / £130.68
Now: $29.85 / £26.24 (84% off)
CyberGhost is a great VPN service and its current offer is for a year's subscription.
You also get three months on top for free.
It's not as good as VyprVPN's deal, which is for two years plus a whole free year, but it does offer a lot more servers and locations. And it's cheaper, which is great if you don't really want to commit for more than a year anyway.
You'll find CyberGhost in our round-up of the best VPNs.
6. NordVPN two-year subscription
Was: £238.68 / $332
Now: £87.91 / $99 (69% off)
NordVPN is offering 69% off its 2-year plan as part of its summer deal.
NordVPN tops our round-up of the best VPN services you can buy, and its NordLynx protocol (based on WireGuard) offers up to twice the speed as before.
The +3 months free part should be ignored since NordVPN has factored these extra months into the monthly price, making it look lower than it really is. That's why we're only showing the total amount you actually pay at the checkout.
7. Hidden24 two-year subscription
Now: £78.96 (£3.29 per month) (44% off)
Get Hidden24 VPN for just £3.29 per month instead of the usual £4.99.
It's a VPN service with a difference: it doesn't require an app. It will suit anyone wanting a VPN for absolute privacy as it logs precisely nothing.
Your device will need to support a VPN connection natively, but Windows, Android, iOS and macOS all do.
8. Express VPN one-year subscription (3 months free)
Now: £74.94 (£6.24 per month) (49% off)
Get 49% off ExpressVPN, which is one of our favourite VPNs.
When you click through to the deal, the £5.00 per month figure is the average cost when spread over 15 months. But if you consider the final three months to be free (as per the offer), the actual monthly cost for the first 12 months is £6.24.
It's a cheeky way of making the price look lower, but as we said, this is still a great VPN service.
How to find the best VPN deal for Mac
VPN subscriptions typically work out cheaper if you commit for a year or longer, which saves a lot of money. Prices rarely exceed £6 per month with multi-year subscriptions and are often closer to £2-3... or even less.
Many major VPN providers offer discounts through the year, and sometimes even offer permanent discounts. These discounts can look impressive at first. It's not uncommon to see a countdown timer telling you when the deal ends – but these are almost always to induce FOMO - the fear of missing out - in order to persuade you to sign up immediately.
Large discounts are par for the course with VPN services, especially when you're subscribing for several years. This makes it all the more important to look into the various providers and what each has to offer, before jumping into a long-term commitment.