VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, grant stronger online privacy by hiding your real location online. It's especially useful if you want to protect your identity on a shared Wi-Fi network. 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. NordVPN three-year subscription

From: NordVPN

Was: £348.46

Now: £101.76 upfront (£2.82 per month)  (70% off + 3 months free + Nord Pass)

Get NordVPN for £2.82 a month by signing up to the three-year plan for £101.76. And Nord's Christmas offer gives you three months extra free added onto the end of the subscription and free use of the new Nord Pass password manager which would normally cost you £157.63 over the 39 months.

NordVPN tops our round-up of the best VPN services you can buy.

3. Surfshark VPN two-year subscription + 3 months free

From: Surfshark

Was: £227.76

Now: £38.16 (£1.59 per month)  (83% off)

Sign up for two years of this great VPN to get it for a bargain £1.59 per month, which is one of the cheapest deals around.

Plus, currently, you get an extra three months on top of the two-year subscription completely free!

4. IPVanish IPVanish VPN 12-month subscription

From: IPVanish

Was: $143.88

Now: $39 ($3.25 per month)  (73% off)

Need a VPN that won’t slow you down? IPVanish has you covered. With thousands of servers in dozens of countries, IPVanish keeps your stuff private and secure at home and abroad. Keep governments, ISPs and advertisers out of your business with this zero-log VPN.

Save 73% on IPVanish with this exclusive offer.

5. 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.

6. Private Internet Access VPN one-year subscription

From: Private Internet Access

Was: $119.40

Now: $39.95 ($3.33 per month)  (67% off)

Private Internet Access's current offer gets you 67% off the one-year subscription (it's about £2.60 for those in the UK). It's in the top 10 of our best VPN chart – read our full review here.

7. 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.

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.

9. AVG Secure VPN one-year subscription

From: AVG

Was: £64.99

Now: £51.99  (20% off)

This VPN deal covers you for a year for up to five devices, working out at £4.33 per month.

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 blaring "70% off" sign and an ever-receding count down ticking to when the deal ends – but such deals may be regular.

Of course even with year-round discounts, the percentage off can (and do) fluctuate – in which case 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 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.

Keep in mind, not all VPNs are created 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.