A VPN lets you unblock video streaming services, such as Netflix, and other videos not available where you are. It also secures your Wi-Fi connection when you're using open public wireless networks, such as in cafes, airports and hotels.
Using a VPN also gives you extra privacy online and offers protection when sending sensitive information to websites and services.
If you keep track of VPN deals - as we do - then you'll know that discounts are available all year round. The offers are a percentage taken off the price of a subscription for a single month, so you'll always save big compared to paying for a rolling one-month subscription.
However, if go directly to the providers' websites or sign up through their apps and you won't get the best prices. That's because we've arranged special deals with them which give even bigger discounts.
Here, you'll find offers from VyprVPN, Surfshark and other top-rated services. Although NordVPN is one of the best VPN services, its deals aren't especially attractive compared to rivals if you're looking for the absolute cheapest price.
Price shouldn't be your only consideration, but if you only want to unblock video and websites, you don't have to think much beyond the cost. Just ensure the service has servers where you want to unblock stuff and pick a service from those below.
One of the best deals is from Ivacy where you can save a massive 87%. This brings the cost down to under £1 per month. Don't be put off by the fact it's for five years because it's so cheap that it's no more expensive than shorter subscriptions from rivals.
Get 87% off Ivacy VPN. (See below for details.)
Best VPN deals
1. Ivacy five-year VPN subscription
Was: $597 ($9.95 per month)
Now: $80 - approx. £56.50 ($1.33 per month - approx 94p) (87% off)
Ivacy's Deal Of The Year is one of the best around, knocking 87% off the usual monthly price.
It's a five-year subscription for which you'll pay $1.33 per month, which is about 94p if you're in the UK. That's an up-front payment of $80 (around £56.50) 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.
It's one the cheapest VPN deals around and, as a bonus, you also get 2TB of encrypted cloud storage!
2. VyprVPN three-year subscription
Was: $466.20 / £335.16
Now: $60 / £45 (87% off)
VyprVPN's Summer of Security event brings yet more huge discounts. The current offer is for a two-year subscription with 87% off.
The way the offer is presented, as with so many VPN deals, is misleading. It's a two year subscription with a full 12 months free. Yet the $60 / £45 cost, instead of being spread over 24 months is divided by 36 months to make it look even cheaper - which would mean no free months.
Still, it's excellent value whichever way you look at it.
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.
It also supports the fast WireGuard protocol and has 70 locations to choose from around the world.
You can read our VyprVPN review for more details.
3. Surfshark two-year subscription
Was: $310.80 / £263.80
Now: $59.76 / £51.82 (81% off)
Sign up for a two-year subscription of this great VPN to get 81% off.
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.
4. Atlas VPN Premium 3-year subscription
From: Atlas VPN
Was: $359.64 - approx £255
Now: $50.04 - approx £35.50 (86% off)
Atlas VPN is a relatively new services, but it recently expanded from 18 to 32 locations including Japan, with Netflix support.
It doesn't tick as many boxes as NordVPN or Surfshark, but if you're just looking for the lowest monthly price, then this deal should be tempting, especially as Atlas VPN doesn't put any restrictions on the number of devices you can use with the service at the same time.
5. Private Internet Access two-year subscription
From: Private Internet Access
Was: $310.70 / £258.70
Now: $69.95 / £56.99 (78% off)
The monthly price shown on PIA's site countss the extra two months not as free but as paid months. It's a cheeky way of making it look cheaper than it really is.
6. CyberGhost one-year subscription
Was: $155.88 / £130.68
Now: $29.85 / £26.24 (84% off)
CyberGhost is a great VPN service and its current offer is for a year's subscription.
You also get three months on top for free.
It's not 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
Was: £238.68 / $332
Now: £87.91 / $99 (69% off)
NordVPN is offering 69% off its 2-year plan as part of its summer deal.
NordVPN tops our round-up of the best VPN services you can buy, and its NordLynx protocol (based on WireGuard) offers up to twice the speed as before.
The +3 months free part should be ignored since NordVPN has factored these extra months into the monthly price, making it look lower than it really is. That's why we're only showing the total amount you actually pay at the checkout.
8. Hidden24 two-year subscription
Now: £78.96 (£3.29 per month) (44% off)
Get Hidden24 VPN for just £3.29 per month instead of the usual £4.99.
It's 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.
VPN deals: What to look for
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is designed to keep prying eyes away from your online activity by preventing websites from knowing your true location and, to some extent, your identity. VPNs don't make you anonymous if your activity reveals who you are, such as when you log into a website.
However, the technology can help protect your identity and sensitive information, particularly on public Wi-Fi networks since they encrypt the connection, and most public Wi-Fi doesn't require a password, which means there's no encryption.
A VPN can also allow you to access blocked content, which is the primary reason most people are looking to get a VPN. Obviously, look for a service that has servers in the country you want to access content in (such as Japan and USA) but check, too, that it can unblock the services you want to watch, such as Netflix, iPlayer and others.
VPN subscriptions usually allow you to use the service on more than one device, including a PC, Mac, Android or iPhone as well as streaming devices such as an Amazon Fire TV Stick. This means the cost of the subscription per device is really cheap so long as you take full advantage and use it on as many devices as you're allowed.
We have lots to help you find out everything you need to know about using a VPN. You can take a look at our favourites in our best VPN round-up, find one that'll let you access US Netflix in our round-up of the best Netflix VPNs, or simply find out how to use a VPN here.