Whether you're concerned about your online privacy or looking to access sites that are ordinarily blocked in your country, a VPN (virtual private network) will help. You'll be able to hide your location online and access blocked content using the services in our round-up of the top VPNs for Mac.

Many people use a VPN in order to enjoy BBC iPlayer's streaming services while outside of the UK, or to access US Netflix whilst inside the UK in order to make use of its expanded catalogue (although with much tougher restrictions these days many VPNs can no longer help you access these reliably).

A VPN is also a great tool to help you keep prying eyes at bay, giving anonymity whilst browsing the web. Our current favourite is NordVPN, which is a well priced all-rounder. We also recommend ExpressVPN along with eight more great services listed below.

Best Mac VPN: quick links

The best VPN services we recommend are all paid-for, but most will cost less than £4/$6 per month. There are free VPNs available, but beware that some free VPN services may install unwanted toolbars or third-party applications, and others simply offer much less advanced features. It's important to first read the terms and conditions before using a free VPN, and to make sure you know the free VPNs limits.

To find out more about how to use a VPN, read how to set up a VPN on a Mac.

All of these VPNs will also work for your iPhone or iPad if you want, though if securing your connection on the go is your focus you might want to check out our separate guides to the best VPNs for iPhone and best VPNs for iPad.

Best VPN for Mac reviews

1. NordVPN

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NordVPN sits firmly at the top of our list of recommended VPNs. It's great for security, ease-of use and value, offering a variety of useful features.

The company tells us that it does not keep any logs of user activity, and there are more than 5,000 servers across 60 countries to choose from. That's more servers than most other VPN services available, and the most of all of the services reviewed here.

The app is easy to install and set up, and we had no trouble connecting to Netflix and other streaming services.

Additional features include:

  • Kill Switch
  • Mobile apps & browser extensions
  • 6 simultaneous connections
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Free trial

You can get NordVPN for as little as £2.29/US$2.99 per month if you take advantage of the three year deal. Alternative options include a two year plan, one year plan, a six month plan or a one month plan. See all price plans here.

Find out more in our full NordVPN review.

2. ExpressVPN

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Another great and trusted VPN service is ExpressVPN. There are more than 3,000 servers across a 94 countries (that's more countries than NordVPN offers).

Like NordVPN, ExpressVPN promises a zero log policy, and it prides itself on continuously improving and maintaining high speed servers.

ExpressVPN works well with streaming services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer. It's a solid option.

  • Kill switch
  • Mobile apps & browser extensions
  • 3 simultaneous connections
  • 24/7 customer service

It's not the cheapest option available, at £5/$6.67 per month if you choose the 15 month deal, but you can use it across three devices simultaneously and there are mobile and router apps, as well as browser extensions.

You can find out more in our full ExpressVPN review, or sign up for a subscription to ExpressVPN here.

3. PureVPN

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PureVPN is fast and reliable, packed with features at a great price.

It is among the biggest services when it comes to the number of countries it offers. There are more than 2,000 servers available across 141 countries (the most of all services listed here).

PureVPN claims that there are no third-parties involved in its service, and that it keeps no logs of your activities. It's a self-managed network owned by the company itself.

  • Kill switch
  • Mobile apps & browser extensions
  • 5 simultaneous connections
  • 24/7 customer service

PureVPN is compatible with more than 20 devices, including your Mac, and you can login to five devices at once with your account. Prices start at £2.60/$3.33 per month for one year.

You can find out more in our full PureVPN review, and sign up here.

4. CyberGhost

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CyberGhost is a big name in the VPN industry. It's affordable and user friendly with a wide range of pre-configured features perfect for newbies.

There are almost 3,700 servers available across 60 countries, and the list is growing fast.

In addition to helping to keep you anonymous online, CyberGhost also claims military-grade encryption to protect you against hackers trying to steal your data on public WiFi hotspots.

It works with most devices including phones, tablets, browsers and of course your Mac, and there's also an ad-blocker included in the application to speed up surfing.

  • Kill Switch
  • Mobile apps & browser extensions
  • 7 simultaneous connections
  • 24/7 customer service

It can cost as little as £2.10/$2.75 per month if you sign up for three years, but there's also a one year, two year or one month option.

You can sign up for a subscription here, or find our more in our full CyberGhost review.

5. Surfshark

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The newest entry to this chart and relatively new to the market, Surfshark is a beginner-friendly VPN that'll work with Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

It offers 800 servers across 50 countries, and unlimited simultaneous connections. You can install and use it across many devices including your Mac, PC, Android and iOS devices, as well as browsers.

There's a kill switch, a strict no-logs policy and a Multi-Hop feature to help with privacy concerns, plus it's based in the British Virgin Islands so outside of the 14 eyes.

  • Kill switch
  • Mobile apps & browser extensions
  • Unlimited simultaneous connections
  • 24/7 customer service

Surfshark is very competitively priced, at just £1.59/$1.99 per month if you opt for the two year option at time of writing.

Sign up to Surfshark on its website here, or read more in our Surfshark review.

6. TunnelBear

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Our next recommendation is quite fun. It's called TunnelBear, and offers a quirky approach with plenty of bear puns to keep you entertained.

Behind that, though, is a solid, fast and affordable product that does exactly what you'll need it to do without overburdening you with options and choices.

The server choice is a bit limited, as there are only 22 countries available, but most people will find that it's plenty for their needs. It's firmly dedicated to securing family browsing, and is ideal for accessing streaming services like Netflix.

  • Kill Switch
  • Mobile apps & browser extensions
  • 5 simultaneous connections
  • Free version available

There is a free version of TunnelBear available, but you'll only get 500MB per month. If that's not enough, you can upgrade to the monthly plan for £7.35/$9.99, or the yearly plan for £3.85/$5 per month.

Subscribe to TunnelBear on its website here.

You can also read our full TunnelBear review.

7. VyprVPN

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This family VPN offers value for money. You can connect to five devices simultaneously for £4.79 per month if you sign up for a year's subscription. For three devices the price decreases to £3.63 per month.

There are more than 700 servers available across 70 countries, and you'll find that you can connect to them quickly and easily. There's also a kill switch and great mobile apps to boot, but it lacks browser extensions.

  • Kill switch
  • Mobile apps
  • 5 simultaneous connections
  • Free trial

You can subscribe to VyprVPN here, or find out more in our review here.

8. Private Internet Access

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For a wide choice of servers, Private Internet Access offers one of the biggest ranges at more than 3,000, although they're only spread across 33 countries.

It's cheap at £2.65/$3.49 per month, and you'll get five licenses that can be used simultaneously on any device, including iOS and MacOS.

It doesn't track your IP address or timestamps, offers a Kill Switch feature and lets you pay anonymously.

  • Kill switch
  • Mobile apps & browser extensions
  • 5 simultaneous connections

There is one big downside, though, and that's that it is based in the US, which is the very centre of the 5-eyes data swapping collective.

For some, that will ring immediate alarm bells, but if you're not overly concerned about where it is based this is a definite contender.

Find out more in our full Private Internet Access review, or subscribe to the service here.

9. Hidden24

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Hidden24 focuses completely on privacy and anonymity, after starting life in 2005 as a reaction to Sweden's snooping laws.

It now has a UK-based server farm that means you can protect yourself online by connecting to another UK server. It uses the operating system's own VPN capability so there's no app to download, and setup is simple thanks to complete, detailed guides.

There are also US servers available to connect to US Netflix, and the service is speedy and stable.

Hidden24 starts at £3.33/$4.61 per month.

Find out more about Hidden24 in our full review, or sign up here.

10. IPVanish

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IPVanish caters to beginners and families, but does suffer from slow support and some difficulty connecting to streaming services.

It's also based in the US, which is a distinct turn-off for those worried about online privacy, but it doesn't keep any traffic logs at all so it's unlikely any data will be available to share with the government anyway.

The good news is that it has 1,300 servers across more than 60 countries, and you'll be able to connect via 10 different devices at once with the same account.

Plus, IPVanish owns and operates the entire internal infrastructure (its private network, physical points of presence and servers), which is unlike most other VPN services available.

  • Kill switch
  • Mobile apps
  • 10 simultaneous connections

You'll get a 7-day money back guarantee, and prices start at around £3.60/$4.50 per month when you commit to three months.

Find out more in our full IPVanish review, or visit the IPVanish website to sign up for a subscription