5 Best World Cup VPN Deals

After all the waiting and anticipation it’s finally time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  A lot of VPN companies are big fans as well.  They’ve been planning for the event for months.  Today marks some of the best VPN deals of the year.  There’s no reason to miss a second of the action with several leading VPN providers offering deep discounts.  Watch all the World Cup matches from sites around the world with a fast, reliable VPN service.

Let’s jump right into the deals.  All the specials listed below are active.  They are also time limited so you’ll want to sign up soon to save.  We’ll list them in order based on quality of service.  The providers listed are all VPNSP Editors Choice winners.  I highly recommend all of them for fast, reliable access to the World Cup.

1. ExpressVPN – VPN + SmartDNS from just $6.67 a month

ExpressVPN World Cup Promo

ExpressVPN members enjoy unlimited VPN and SmartDNS.  You can use ExpressVPN’s network of VPN servers located in 94 countries (full list) along with support for SSTP, PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN.  New members can enjoy a 15 months of unlimited VPN from just $6.67 a month.

2. Private Internet Access – unlimited VPN from just $2.50 a month

PIA World Cup Discount

Private Internet Access doesn’t have quite as large a network but they are arguably the best value.  PIA is known for speed and privacy.  They are a favorite of the P2P community.  The PIA team manages a network of VPN servers in 10 countries.  You can see the flags above.  Make sure your World Cup coverage falls into one of them.  If so enjoy unlimited VPN from just $2.50 a month.

3. IPVanish – unlimited VPN from just $4.87 a month

IPVanish coupon

IPVanish is a fine choice for World Cup coverage.  They manage a tier-1 network of VPN servers in 60 countries.  Managing their own network gives them fast performance.  When speed counts IPVanish is hands down a great choice.  They have free client software for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  Along with free mobile apps for iOS and Android.  Enjoy unlimited VPN from $4.87 a month.

4. CyberGhost – unlimited VPN from just $2.75 a month

CyberGhost World Cup

CyberGhost has gone all out for the World Cup.  They are offering an excellent price and have set up the VPN client to easily unblock a number of popular streaming services.  Stream the World Cup matches from various countries. Speed and reliability are not an issue as CyberGhost manages a network of servers in 60 countries.  Enjoy unlimited VPN from $2.75 a month.

5. Hide My Ass – unlimited VPN from just $5.99 a month

HMA World Cup Deal

If you’re new to VPN then you’ll likely get a laugh out of the Hide My Ass name.  Don’t let the name fool you though.  HMA is a huge, well known VPN.  They manage a network of over 900 servers across 190 countries.  Giving you a great selection of server locations to choose from.  Select from their Windows, Mac, iOS and Android apps.  Enjoy unlimited access from $5.99 a month.

In addition to the great VPN deals our friends over at FlashRouters are offering discounts on their custom VPN routers.  If you haven’t had a chance to try out a DD-WRT or Tomato router you should check out the video on their homepage.  FlashRouters will be running specials throughout the World Cup so check them out.

You can visit VPNSP.com to learn more about VPN services.  Follow us @VPNSP for the latest news and deals.

Vacation Safely with VPN Protection

Are you getting ready to travel this summer on vacation?  Perhaps you’re already on the road.  Either way you’ll probably connect to some unsecured Wi-Fi networks along the way.  Don’t risk your privacy while traveling.  Personal VPN services can help protect your privacy by encrypting your Internet connection.  Whether on the road or at a local coffee shop.  In fact I used a VPN to write this blog post while visiting the Grand Canyon.

VPN for vacation

Last summer I traveled with six adults, two kids and a countless number of iPad, iPhone, Android, laptops and other devices.  We visited the Grand Circle which means a lot of time on the road.  Staying in many different cities.  Some places had better Wi-Fi connections than others.  If you can’t get an Internet connection at all then a VPN won’t help.  When you do though a VPN will encrypt your data and protect your online privacy.

During our trip west last summer we traveled over 2,200 miles.  Along the way we visited Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and the Canyonlands.  Some of the most amazing views and scenery I’ve ever seen.  The arch above is Mesa Arch from Islands in the Sky.  Part of the Canyonlands outside Moab, Utah.  If you ever get a chance to visit this area of the United States I highly recommend the hiking trails throughout the parks.

Protecting your Internet connection while on vacation is easy with a VPN.  We relied on IPVanish for encrypted Wi-Fi access.  They allow up to two simultaneous connections on a single account.  That can come in very handy when traveling.  Allowing you to protect your laptop and tablet or phone at the same time.  Regardless of where you vacation make sure to protect your online privacy along the way.  Enjoy the summer!

IPVanish Spring into Security Sale

We’re excited to share a Spring special from our friends over at IPVanish.  They have been kind in offering our visitors one of the deepest discounts ever offered on their popular VPN service.  The Spring into Security promotion offers new members two years of VPN for just $3.33 a month.. That is a savings of over 72% off the normal retail price of $11.99 a month.  We’ll present you with the necessary coupon code below along with the start and end dates for their Spring special.

IPVanish Spring Sale

IPVanish is a well respected online privacy service.  They have over 700 servers in 60+ different countries around the world.  We test VPN services on a regular basis and IPVanish is the top performer.  Their top tier network provides excellent speeds.  Customers have access to free client software for Windows and Mac.  Along with free mobile apps for iOS and Android.  Members receive unlimited usage and five simultaneous connections.

The IPVanish Spring into Security promo will be active from Thursday, March 22 thru Saturday, March 31.  During that time you can sign up for two years of unlimited VPN for just $79.99.  That’s 72% off the retail price and brings the price down to just $3.33 a month.  To take advantage of the offer visit our IPVanish Spring sale page and enter coupon code SPRING during checkout.  Note: the coupon is hard coded so you should not need to enter it. The discounted price is clearly shown on the sign up page.

If you miss out on the 2-year deal or prefer monthly billing then our other coupon code will save you money as well.  The IPVanish team kindly offers our visitors 25% off the first billing cycles of any term.  Including monthly, quarterly and annual terms.  To take advantage of this offer simply visit the IPVanish VPNSP promo page. You’ll notice our coupon code is automatically filled in during checkout.  They also clearly show the discount.

Read our IPVanish review to learn more about the service including speed tests for each server location.

Take Back Your Internet Party & Privacy Panel

South by Southwest (SxSW) Interactive is set to start in Austin this week.  You can bet there will be plenty of talk around privacy.  A few years ago the audience was greeted by a stream from Edward Snowden that pointed out the need for developers and everyone to focus on privacy.  That wasn’t the only privacy related event in Austin.  Privacy will once again be a hot button issue at the conference this year.  What you might not know is that Golden Frog, the company behind VyprVPN is located in Austin.  They will be sponsoring their annual “Take Back Your Internet” party on Friday night that will include a panel of privacy experts.

Take Back Your Internet Party

The Take Back Your Internet party will take place at Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin on Friday, March 9th at 6:00 pm CST.  The party will give attendees an opportunity to network and enjoy some dinner including BBQ, gourmet tacos, and craft beer.  The privacy panel will center around whats next for net neutrality, the declining Internet freedoms around the world, and a discuss of personal data s your personal property.  The discussion is very timely given the recent FCC decision to repeal net neutrality.  Golden Frog has gone so far as to meet with an FCC commissioner in Austin last month.

Here’s a list of the privacy panel participants:

  • Philip Molter – Co-CTO, Golden Frog
  • Drew White – Senior Federal Policy Analyst, TPPF
  • Rachel Wolbers – Policy Director, Engine
  • Joseph Lorenzo Hall – Chief Technologist, CDT

The panel was moderated by Ellen Troxclair, member of the Austin City Council

You will not need a SxSW badge to join the party.  The Golden Frog team only asks that you RSVP for the event.  I would make it a point to arrive at Texas Public Policy Foundation around 6:00 pm so you network and take in the privacy panel.

Join Golden Frog and partners for their 2018 Take Back Your Internet Party.  In the meantime consider taking a few minutes to watch the privacy panel from 2014.

IPVanish Birthday Celebration

The IPVanish team is currently celebrating the 6th birthday of their popular VPN service.  Having seen the growth of IPVanish over that time it’s hard to believe the service is six years old.  They’ve come a long way in that time.  We can’t wait to see what the IPVanish team brings users in the years to come.  New members can join in on the celebration by visiting the IPVanish Birthday sale page.  Sign up before the end of the weekend (Feb. 25 at 11:59 PM UTC) to save 72% off. Enjoy unlimited VPN access from just $3.33 a month.

IPVanish Birthday Sale

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane.  I remember when IPVanish launched in 2012.  They were a new player in an industry with some pretty big names.  Six years later they are right there with ExpressVPN, NordVPN, PIA, HMA, VyprVPN, StrongVPN, PureVPN and others that top the industry.  Cheers to the IPVanish team for a job well done.  I know they don’t plan to slow down. In fsat IPVanish is one of the only VPNs with a custom app for Fire TV. That makes it easy to watch you’re favorite content from anywhere in the world.

Here’s a look at IPVanish on launch day in 2012 versus today:

  • IPVanish has grown from 33 servers in 13 countries to over 1,000 servers in 60+ countries.
  • IPVanish started with 2,500 IP addresses.  They now support users with over 40,000 IPs.
  • IPVanish launched with simple desktop clients.  They have since developed client software for the latest OS releases along with mobile apps for iOS and Android.  The latest release is a custom app for Amazon Fire TV. This is a great addition for Kodi users.
  • The price of the IPVanish service started at $10 a month with no other terms offered.  You can now enjoy unlimited VPN from just $3.33 a month.

Those are just a few of the accomplishments the IPVanish team has achieved over the last 6 years.  Where are they headed next?  Stay tuned as we look forward to bringing you the latest news and promotions as IPVanish continues to grow their popular VPN service.  Don’t forget to visit the IPVanish Birthday Giveaway page between Feb. 23 and Feb. 25 to save 72% off IPVanish to celebrate the big day.  Follow us @VPNSP for the latest deals.

Safer Internet Day USA Livestream

Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to for kids and young adults to learn more about steps they can take to stay safe online.  Safer Internet Day is recognized in over 100 countries around the world.  Many will be celebrating with events.  In the United States the celebration includes a special day for students at the Omni hotel in Austin, Texas.  The event will include guest speakers, a special guest, and an opportunity for students to get involved.  The theme this year is “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you” which points to the fact that we all have a responsibility to help keep the Internet as safe as possible.

Safer Internet Day

A number of schools in Pennsylvania will be on site for the Safer Internet Day event at the National Constitution Center.  For those of us who are aren’t in the area, the organizers are making the event available via a livestream.  You can watch the event live starting at 9:30 am EST.

Here’s a look at the agenda for today’s event (all times shown in CST):

9:30 a.m. – Doors Open & Exhibits

10:30 a.m. – Welcome Remarks

10:50 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

11:25 a.m. – Youth & Tech Industry Issues in Perspective

1:00 p.m. – Student Activity

1:30 p.m. – Announcing the What’s Your Story? Video Contest

1:40 p.m. – A Teen Who Doesn’t Just Play Games — He Builds Them

2:00 p.m. – Event Wrap-Up

2:30 p.m. – Program Close

Whether in attendance or watching via livestream I encourage teachers and parents to get involved in Safer Internet Day.  Many times our kids know as much or more about technology as many parents.  That can be good in some cases but it also means that new obstacles are in their path that we didn’t have to deal with when we were young.  Understanding the threats and steps you can take to promote a safer Internet is well worth the effort.  Cheers to the students at the event in Austin.  Have a great time and stay safe online.

Watch the 2018 Super Bowl Ads

I was really looking forward to seeing the Eagles match up against the Patriots in the Super Bowl.  The second half of Super Bowl 52 was exciting to say the least.  It’s hard to imagine a better way for the Eagles to get their first Super Bowl victory.  While last year’s game was a blowout in the first half, this year the game was close all the way through.  Then there were the commercials which never fail to entertain.  There were some good ones this year.  My favorites included ads from Doritos and Mountain Dew Ice with Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman, M&M’s with Danny DeVito, Tide, and Amazon Alexa.  You can view them all on YouTube.

Dorito Super Bowl commercial

Here’s some help if you are currently in a location that blocks YouTube.

How using a VPN can help you unblock YouTube?

Let’s see how a personal VPN service can help you access YouTube  from anywhere in the world:

  • A virtual private network (VPN) gives to access to IP addresses in the United States.
  • Your web traffic is routed through a secure tunnel to help ensure your privacy.
  • Since speed is critical for streaming, a VPN can help you achieve better performance.

As you can see a good privacy service will help secure your connection with a US IP address.  Giving you access to YouTube no matter where you might be physically located at the time.

Connecting to YouTube through a VPN

We’ll guide you through signing up for a VPN service and connecting to YouTube from outside the US.  We recommend a fast VPN connection for streaming videos.  There are lots of VPN providers that can’t support the bandwidth necessary for YouTube.  Two of our favorites for speed and reliability are IPVanish and SrongVPN.

We’ll be using IPVanish in our tutorial since they have very fast VPN servers in the United States.   The first thing you’ll want to do is get an account.  You can sign up for unlimited VPN access from $4.87 a month.

2017 Best VPN Service Awards

After you sign up watch for the welcome email.  Once received you can either follow the link in the email or go to IPVanish.com and download their client software.  IPVanish offers a free VPN client for Windows and Mac.  Along with set up guides for iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the IPVanish client go ahead and launch it.  You’ll see this screen:

IPVanish Windows 2.0 client

From here you can choose a server location in the U.S. or another country with uncensored access to YouTube.  For me the servers in the United States are the fastest but IPVanish also performs very well in other areas of North America and throughout Europe so you really can’t go wrong when selecting a server location.

We won’t make things too technical.  Feel free to connect to any IPVanish server.  They offer locations throughout the United States.  If you ever want an IP from elsewhere they offer servers in 63 countries.  As a member you can switch between locations anytime.  With up to two simultaneous connections.

You’ll notice a dropdown box at the top of the client for OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP.  These are the protocols used to secure your connection.  You can test them to see which one works best from your location.  For streaming content like YouTube we recommend OpenVPN (UDP) for the best performance.

That’s all there is to it.  The VPN will also help you gain access to Sling TV, Hulu, Skype, Twitter, Facebook and other sites.  Follow us @VPNSP for more how-to guides along with VPN reviews and discount offers.

HMA Pro VPN Winter Sale

HMA is celebrating the season and winter Olympics with a discount on their popular VPN service.  New and existing members can sign up for unlimited VPN access from just $4.99 a month.  The HMA Pro VPN service includes access to over 280 server locations across 190 countries.  This gives you access to a wide range of geo-blocked websites around the world.  Visit the HMA Winter Sale page to sign up and save up to 57% off.

HMA VPN Winter Sale

If you haven’t used a VPN in the past this is a great time to see the full advantage.  In addition to Internet anonymity you can enjoy the best of the Olympics and other exciting events throughout the year.  When you connect to any of HMA’s 860 VPN servers you will get an IP address in that country.  At that point you might as well be sitting in a coffee shop there.  You will have access to all the websites and streaming services available in that country.  You will also appreciate just how easy the HMA Pro VPN client software is to use.  I recommend you try the new HMA Pro client for Windows.

Hide My Ass VPN users have access to a full range of free software.  Starting with a nice client for Windows and Mac.  Not to mention the new client style for Windows users.  They also have free mobile apps for both iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and Android devices.  I mainly use their Windows app now.  It let’s you easily connect to any server location and secure your connection.  From there you can switch between VPN servers and update your IP address anytime with just a few clicks.

Read our HideMyAss review to learn more about the service and follow us @VPNSP for the latest VPN deals.

Data Privacy Day : Protect Your Data

Sunday,January 28th, is Data Privacy Day in the United States.  That might sound like an oxymoron given the Snowden revelations and continued news of our growing lack of privacy.  That’s all the more reason to wake up and start paying attention to your data.  Understand what happens to your personal information when you visit sites, use services and download apps from Internet giants like Google, Facebook, iTunes and Amazon.

Data Privacy Day

You can learn more about Data Privacy Day on StaySafeOnline.org.  They have a full list of events happening across the country that deal with making your data privacy a higher priority.  That’s really what it’s all about.  At least as a beginning to understand the kind of information and just how much data is being stored as you browse the web, use search engines and talk to your friends on Facebook.  Not to mention your mobile apps.

The second image above reads “Terms and Conditions May Apply“.  This is a documentary released in 2013 that examines how free services are gathering your personal data with your approval.  Because let’s face it no one reads the terms and conditions.  After watching the documentary you might think twice before sharing so much personal information online and trusting sites that carry the big brand names.  It’s an eye opener.

  • If something online is free, you’re not the customer, you’re the product

Give that sentence some thought next time you log into Facebook to share your activities and family photos.

Since we spend most our time reviewing VPN services it would only be right for us to read the terms and conditions along with privacy policies closer and share the details of what we find.  We’ve started through the list of top VPN providers and will be sharing our findings throughout the year.  Trust me it’s insanely boring to read legal speak but it’s also revealing to see how many companies are tracking your online activities.

ibVPN Anniversary Sale

ibVPN is celebrating the eight year anniversary of their online privacy service by offering up to 78 off two years of unlimited VPN access.  The ibVPN team is celebrating their 8th anniversary with a sale on their VPN and Smart DNS services.  This year they are offering a promotion with discounts ranging from 69% to 78% on all plans.  Visit the ibVPN sale page for your chance to take advantage of the great sales prices.

ibVPN Anniversary Sale

Cheers to ibVPN as they celebrate eight years of service this week.  We’ve been around since they started and are happy to see them continuing to grow and innovate.  We’re especially fond of their ibDNS feature that makes it easy and fast for users to stream content in other countries.  Remember to sign up during the promo to save up to 78% off during the ibVPN anniversary celebration.

ibVPN sale

There are four ibVPN plans to choose from. My favorite is the Ultimate VPN plan which includes access to 180+ servers in 57 countries. Those who want support for torrent downloads will want to choose their Torrent VPN or step up to the Ultimate VPN plan. If you want to unblock content in other countries but don’t need the privacy protection of a VPN, then the ibDNS plan is a good choice.

We’ll end by sharing a video ibVPN published a few year’s ago to celebrate their anniversary.

Read our ibVPN review to learn more and sign up on during their anniversary sale to save.