VPNs - which stands for Virtual Private Networks  - offer better privacy online by hiding your real location. They can also help to keep your identity private and prevent tracking. A VPN is especially useful if you want to connect to public Wi-Fi networks which are usually unencrypted because they don't require a password.

Plus, with your IP address hidden, VPNs also allow you to browse content that might be blocked in your country. You may for instance, want to watch the BBC iPlayer outside the UK, or access Netflix UK while on holiday in the US (though this may violate the terms and conditions of the streaming platform, so watch out).

There are lots of different services competing for your attention and there are loads of brilliant deals to choose between. For example, PureVPN's deal gets you a massive 88% off. That's not going to be around for long, so don't miss out.

You will find below the best deals across all the major VPN providers, along with expert buying advice on how to find excellent VPN deals.

Best VPN for Mac deals

1. PureVPN five-year subscription

From: PureVPN

Was: $10.95 per month

Now: $1.32 per month  (88% off)

Get an amazing 88% off when you subscribe to five years of PureVPN - $1.32 is approximately £1. PureVPN currently sits at number three in our best VPN chart

2. Surfshark VPN two-year subscription

From: Surfshark

Was: £227.76

Now: £37.25 (£1.49 per month)  (84% off)

Sign up for two years of this great VPN to get it for a bargain £1.49 per month. This is one of the cheapest VPN deals around.

3. NordVPN three-year subscription

From: NordVPN

Was: £331.25

Now: £96.74 upfront (£2.68 per month)  (70% off)

Get NordVPN for £2.68 a month by signing up to the three-year plan for £96.74. NordVPN tops our round-up of the best VPN services you can buy.

4. TunnelBear VPN two-year subscription

From: TunnelBear

Was: $239.76

Now: $99.99 ($4.17 per month)  (58% off)

Get two years of TunnelBear for a total of US$99.88, which is $4.17 per month. That's around £3.40.

5. Private Internet Access VPN one-year subscription

From: Private Internet Access

Was: $119.40

Now: $34.95 ($2.91 per month)  (71% off)

Private Internet Access's current offer gets you 71% off the one-year subscription (it's about £2.20 for those in the UK). It's in the top 10 of our best VPN chart – read our full review here.

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

From: ExpressVPN

Was: $194.25

Now: $99.95 ($6.67 per month)  (49% off)

Get ExpressVPN, one of our favourite VPNs, for $6.67 per month rather than $12.95 per month. At current exchange rates, this works out to be about £5.40.

7. 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 are usually bundled into two or three-year periods, though you can often choose to pay as you go month-by-month as well. Typically, longer subscription commitments reduce the monthly rate, saving you overall. Prices rarely exceed £6/$7 per month with multi-year subscriptions.

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 "70% off" sign and an 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.

Of course even with year-round discounts, deals do change, and it's possible you can pick up a better deal at certain times over others. Yet large discounts aren't too surprising. 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.

Right now PureVPN has a special offer that reduces its price to $1.32 per month for a five-year subscription, but it won't last long. Its usual rate is $10.95 per month. PureVPN currently holds the number 3 spot in our round up of the best VPNs for Mac. If you're happy to commit for this long, hang around on PureVPN's site for a few minutes on a desktop Mac then move your cursor off the page as if to visit another site. You should 'unlock' the New Year offer which gives you an even cheaper monthly price of just $1.12.

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, like Surfshark and Cyberghost allow better streaming.

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.