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 but it's possible get a better deal at certain times of the year, especially now with many Cyber Monday deals still running. They're unlikely to stick around much longer, so if you see a deal you like, get it now rather than waiting.

One of the best discounts is 90% off Ivacy. It's for a five-year subscription, but even though you have to pay it all up front, the $60 works out around £45, which works out at only 75p per month. If you'd rather go for a shorter subscription, then Surfshark's two-year offer costs roughly the same, so you're not actually saving any money.

You'll find both 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: $60 - approx. £44.90 ($1 per month - approx 75p)  (90% off)

Ivacy's current deal is one of the best around. It gives you 90% off the usual monthly price.

The offer is a five-year subscription for which you'll pay the equivalent of $1 per month, which is about 75p. That's an up-front payment of $60 (around £44.90) 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.

This is one the cheapest VPN deals around.

2. PureVPN five-year subscription

From: PureVPN

Was: $657 ($10.95 per month)

Now: $79 / £59 ($1.32 - approx 99p per month)  (88% off)

PureVPN is currently offering 88% off the usual monthly price of $10.95 (approx. £8.40) which brings it down to just $1.32 per month (approx. £0.99).

As with all these deals, you pay for the full subscription up front – not monthly. But at $79, which is around £59, it’s an affordable way to get protection for your devices for a very long time to come.

You'll pay around the same amount for other two-year VPN deals (such as NordVPN's), so don't be put off by the fact it's a five-year subscription.

3. VyprVPN three-year subscription

From: VyprVPN

Was: £466.20

Now: £47 (£1.30 per month)  (89% off)

VyprVPN's 'Holiday Special' is still running. It's a three-year subscription with 89% off the normal monthly price, which means an up-front payment of £47 instead of £466.20 for a two-year subscription. That's just £1.30 per month.

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.

Also, as a bonus, the subscription lets you use up to 30 devices on the same account. That's a lot more than the typical 3-6 devices.

You can read our VyprVPN review for more details.

4. Surfshark two-year subscription

From: Surfshark

Was: £239.92

Now: £43.97 (£1.83 per month)  (81% off)

Sign up for a two-year subscription of this great VPN to get it for just £1.83 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

5. Private Internet Access three-year subscription

From: Private Internet Access

Was: £359.64

Now: £65 (£1.81 per month)  (82% off)

Private Internet Access has a deal with 82% off its three-year subscription. It's currently ranked fifth in our best VPN chart – read our full review here.

6. CyberGhost VPN three-year subscription

From: CyberGhost

Was: £392.04

Now: £77.61 (£1.99 per month)  (82% off)

CyberGhost is a superb VPN service and its latest offer gets you 82% off the regular monthly price which makes it £1.99 per month.

Best of all, you also get three months on top of the three-year subscription: a total of 39 months' protection.

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

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

From: ExpressVPN

Was: £148.12

Now: £76.23 (£6.35 per month)  (49% off)

Get 49% off ExpressVPN, which is one of our favourite VPNs.

When you click through to the deal, the £5.06 per month figure is the average cost when spread over 15 months. But if you consider the final three months to be free, the actual monthly cost for the first 12 months is £6.35.

It's a cheeky way of making the price look lower, but as we said, this is still one of the best VPN services out there.

8. Hidden24 VPN three-month subscription

From: Hidden24

Now: £9.99 total for 3 months with code idg1709

Get Hidden24 VPN for just £3.33 per month for 3 months using the exclusive code idg1709.

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 such deals are usually available for a much longer period and the timer is really just a scare tactic to make you buy 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.

Keep in mind that VPNs are not all equal. Some services are better in some respects than others. For instance, PureVPN offers the most countries and NordVPN offers the most servers, while others, such as ExpressVPN, Surfshark and Cyberghost are great for streaming video.

Many VPNs like NordVPN offer cross-device coverage too, so you can use it on your Mac, iPhone or iPad. We've separately rounded up the best iPhone VPNs and iPad VPNs so be sure to check those out too.