In case you're not fully up to speed with VPN services, they're designed primarily for online privacy, unblocking videos, accessing websites or streaming services that aren't available in your region. They are also an essential tool if you have a MacBook and connect to open Wi-Fi networks in cafes, hotels, airports and other places.

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 it should pop up.

Though we're big fans of Surfshark, its two-year offer costs £43.28, 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

From: Ivacy

Was: $597 ($9.95 per month)

Now: $80 - approx. £57.60 ($1.33 per month - approx 96p)  (87% off)

Ivacy's current deals aren't worth shouting about. But this 'secret' deal is. It's one of the best around, knocking 87% off the usual monthly price. To get it, follow the link above on a desktop web browser, and move your mouse cursor off the page and onto your browser's top bar. 

You should then see a Limited Time Offer with the deal.

It's a five-year subscription for which you'll pay the equivalent of $1.33 per month, which is about 96p. That's an up-front payment of $80 (around £57.60) 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.

2. VyprVPN three-year subscription

From: VyprVPN

Was: £335.16

Now: £45 (£1.88 per month)  (87% off)

VyprVPN's Spring Sale 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 £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, even at £1.88 per month over two years with the free year after that, it's excellent value. 

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

From: Surfshark

Was: £223.68

Now: £42.99 (£1.79 per month)  (81% off)

Sign up for a two-year subscription of this great VPN to get it for just £1.79 per month.

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.

Get Surfshark here

4. Private Internet Access two-year subscription

From: Private Internet Access

Was: £259.74

Now: £56.99 (£2.37 per month)  (78% off)

Private Internet Access is offering 78% off its two-year subscription. It's currently ranked fifth in our best VPN chart – read our full review here.

The £2.19 per month price is only correct if you count 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 VPN three-year subscription

From: CyberGhost

Was: £392.04

Now: £77.61 (£2.15 per month)  (82% off)

CyberGhost is a great VPN service and its current offer works out at £2.15 per month over three years.

You also get three months on top of the three-year subscription for free. 

It's not as good as VyprVPN's deal, which is £45 for two years plus a whole free year, but it does offer a lot more servers and locations.

You'll find CyberGhost in our round-up of the best VPNs.

6. Hidden24 two-year subscription

From: Hidden24

Was: £119.76

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.

7. Express VPN one-year subscription (3 months free)

From: ExpressVPN

Was: £148.12

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.

All VPNs we've tested offer cross-device coverage too, so you can use them on your Mac, iPhone, iPad and more. We've separately rounded up the best iPhone VPNs and iPad VPNs.