VPN services can give you online privacy, unblock videos, and allow you access websites or streaming services that aren't available in your region. They are an essential tool if you have a MacBook and connect to open Wi-Fi networks in cafes, hotels, airports and other places. We can help you find the cheapest VPN to suit your needs.

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 92% off Ivacy. It's for a five-year subscription, which may sound daunting, but for an up-front payment of less than £40, 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.

Another deal to take a look at is for FastestVPN's Lifetime plan - which with 97% off makes it an absolute bargain as you pay once and have access to the VPN for life.

You'll find these 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. FastestVPN Lifetime plan

From: FastestVPN

Was: $600

Now: $20  (97% off)

Unlike most VPN deals which are subscriptions for a set number of years, FastestVPN's is for a lifetime subscription. This is exactly what it sounds like: you pay once and have access to the VPN service for as long as you live.

And for just $20 - around £15 - that's unbeatable. 

Plus, you'll get a year's cloud storage thrown in - 2TB with Internxt - and a password manager. 

FastestVPN isn't the absolute best VPN service around: it's not the fastest and has far fewer locations and servers than most. But it says it unblocks Netflix, iPlayer, Disney+, Amazon Prime and other streaming services, and allows you to connect up to 15 devices to the service simultaneously. 

There's even a 15-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it out and - if you like it - you'll have a VPN for life for less than the cost of most rivals' single-year prices.

2. Ivacy five-year VPN subscription

From: Ivacy

Was: $597 / £480

Now: $60 / £44.40  (90% off)

Ivacy's deal is one of the best around, knocking a whopping 92% off the usual monthly price.

It's a five-year subscription that works out at $1 per month, which is 74p if you're in the UK. That's an up-front payment of $60 / £44.40 which is a real 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 and, as a bonus, you also get 2TB of encrypted cloud storage and a password manager included for the first year!

3. PureVPN two-year subscription

From: PureVPN

Was: $262.80 ($10.95 per month)

Now: $47.76 ($1.99 per month)  (82% off)

PureVPN is offering 82% off the monthly price. This means the two-year subscription will cost you $47.76 (£35.28).

As with all these deals, you pay for the full subscription up front – not monthly. The monthly cost, for comparison, works out at $1.99/£1.47, which is quite competitive. 

But if you're using a desktop web browser and move your cursor off the page you should see an "insane" 5-year deal appear which works out at just $1.50 per month (£1.11), but of course the total price is higher as it's for 60 months rather than 24.

Previously we've seen PureVPN offer an even better five-year deal, but that's not available right now. It cost $79.80 (£59.95) and the monthly cost was $1.33/£0.99.

4. Surfshark two-year subscription

From: Surfshark

Was: $310.80 / £215.76

Now: $59 / £53.14  (81% off)

For its Winter Sale, Surfshark is offering 81% off its two-year subscription.

This isn't the absolute best deal we've ever seen from the service, but it's still a great price for two years' access to a great VPN service, which is also one of the few which doesn't put a limit on the number of devices you can use with it at the same time.

Read our Surfshark review

5. Private Internet Access three-years, three-months subscription

From: Private Internet Access

Was: $454.10 / £389.61

Now: $79 / £65  (83% off)

Private Internet Access is offering 83% off its three-year subscription.

The monthly price shown on PIA's site counts the extra months not as free but as paid months. It's a cheeky way of making it look a bit cheaper than it really is. 

But it's a good deal overall for this trusted service: it's one of few VPN services that have made the source code for its apps public so it can be scrutinised.

Read our full PIA review for more details.

6. CyberGhost 3 years (+3 month) subscription (39 months)

From: CyberGhost

Was: $506.61 / £389.61 a year

Now: $83.85 / £62.01 a year  (84% off)

CyberGhost is a great VPN service and its current offer is for a 39-month subscription. It's touted as a three-year deal with three months free, but click through and you'll see you're actually charged for all 39 months. Regardless, with 84% off, it's still a good deal.

(Until recently CyberGhost was offering a 27-month subscription that was touted as a two-year deal with three months free, again - click through and you're actually charged for all 26 months. That was 85% off.)

It's not quite as good as VyprVPN's deal, which is for two years plus a whole free year, but it does offer a lot more servers and locations. And it's cheaper, which is great if you don't really want to commit for more than a year anyway.

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

7. NordVPN two-year subscription

From: NordVPN

Was: $286.80 / £212.16

Now: $79 / £70.15  (72% off)

NordVPN is offering 72% off its 2-year plan for the holiday season. This is the same discount it was offering on Black Friday.

NordVPN tops our round-up of the best VPN services you can buy, and its NordLynx protocol (based on WireGuard) offers huge speeds - if your internet connection is fast enough to take advantage of them.

The UK prices shown here include VAT, which is why the price initially appears cheaper when you click through to Nord's website. 

Read our review: NordVPN for Mac review.

8. Hidden24 two-year subscription

From: Hidden24

Was: £119.76

Now: £78.96 (£3.29 per month)  (44% off)

Hidden24 is 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.

Hidden24 is also a great option if you don't want to sign up for a long time: it's around half the cost of its rivals if you just need a VPN for a month.

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

From: ExpressVPN

Was: £148.18 (£9.88 a month)

Now: £76.27 (£6.35 a month for 12 months)  (49% off)

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

When you click through to the deal, the monthly cost you see 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 the price you see above. 

Like others here which play a similar trick, it's a sneaky way of making the price look lower, but as you'll see in our review, 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.