Best VPN for iPad

ipad-VPNThe rise of iPads and tablets has been immense right alongside the iPhone. The revolutionary design of tablets further facilitated transport and with over a million and a half iPads sold, VPN providers we’re quick to develop software for all of Apple’s iOS devices. The need for a VPN on your iPad is very strong and the value of being protected is worth every penny. You see them everywhere and often outnumber laptop users at coffee shops, and that brings us to where it is most needed, on public networks where Wi-Fi is also open to attackers, making it a perfect spot to sit and prey on unsuspecting users.

We recently covered the Best VPNs for iPhone, and although very similar because both use the same iOS software, without being too redundant, we will try and concentrate on different features specifically for iPad users. On the iPhone VPN review, we concentrated on having the most secure protocol ‘OpenVPN’ as well as fast speeds. There are advantages in looking for a VPN specifically for your iPad, especially if it’s all you use. For the iPad, we concentrated on software and easy setup first. Lots of iPad users take advantage of the large screen to stream TV shows and movies, for that reason, we will highly considered server speed and finally two secondary factors being; cost and simultaneous devices.

PureVPN
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After careful overview, we gave first place to PureVPN. They offer a fun looking iOS app that features a super hero VPN man with quick connection and direct support from the home screen. Past reviews on buggy software can be found on the iTunes store, but we took the time to test on both an iPhone and iPad and did not run into any problems and attained very good speeds. Price range is good and so is customer service. As far as speeds go, we would rate them above average to good and had little trouble finding servers capable of streaming speeds, but if that was not good enough, they offer a special browser tool that adds a 20Mbps buffer to stream HD video before it gets to your device. It pretty much adds 20Mbps of download speed to your stream and buffers it for you, no matter what your actual connection speed is, helping remove any lag and screen freeze. The iOS software offers little in terms of features designed for iPad but remains visually pleasing and easy to use. What we really like about PureVPN, is that they allow up to 5 simultaneous devices, making it ‘The’ choice for a family. If you have kids with iPads, iPhones you name it, PureVPN becomes very cost effective to keep the whole family safe.

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    • Version:              2.8
    • Rating:                 3 Stars / 37 Ratings
    • Size:                     3.4 MB
    • Requires:           iOS 6.0 or later

VyprVPN
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VyprVPN came in second because of the iOS software they offer. They self-proclaimed having the best iPad VPN app and offer a 3-day trial so you could put them to the test. They offer a simple no configuration setup with a quick one-swipe connect function. VyprVPN developed an interactive map for iPad that allows you to quickly browse a world map and ping test servers from the app’s home screen. It could not be any easier to use, open the app, and the servers are there. Good speeds are not too difficult to find with VyprVPN but the smartDNS can sometimes slow down traffic.

The downside is higher price points and package options. The basic package only includes 1 connection and PPTP protocol and does not include the NAT firewall. In our opinion, it should be avoided and PPTP is no longer satisfactory to protect your anonymity. Both pro and premiere packages include all features and are differentiated by 1 extra simultaneous device, 2 for pro, 3 for premiere.

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    • Version:              2.2.2.1129
    • Rating:                 3.5 – 4 Stars / 157 Ratings
    • Size:                     9.4 MB
    • Requires:           iOS 6.0 or later

IPVanish
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IPVanish scored high in speed and reliability. A great choice for users who stream video on their iPad. Wi-Fi in the house or about can often be impeded so having fast server speeds can at least ensure you will hit the maximum possible speeds in your environment. You can connect 1 device per protocol, so 1 device on OpenVPN, 1 on L2TP and since PPTP is not too secure, it should only be used on the least sensitive device, if any. Visual setup guides are offered to help configure VPN right off iPad settings, but software wise IPVanish offers a very basic iOS app with no extensive development behind it. It requires a minimum of a onetime configuration and you’re set to go. It does not make it a bad choice by any means, and one thing to consider is that light apps use very little resources and usually run smoothly.

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    • Version:              1.0
    • Rating:                 4 Stars / 10 Ratings
    • Size:                     4.1 MB
    • Requires:           iOS 7 or later.

ExpressVPN
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ExpressVPN went the extra mile for iPad users by also featuring a graphical server map allowing you to quickly connect to various server locations and easy one time setup. App store reviews we’re mixed advising of the software not working properly.We we’re not big fans of the graphical interface, it looks simple and traditional and would have possibly liked to see something a bit innovative. Overall, it lacks functional features. Speeds are respectable and servers seem stable but package prices are high considering the service only allows you to connect 1 device at a time.

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    • Version:              3.1
    • Rating:                 3.5 Stars / 23 Ratings
    • Size:                     24.7 MB
    • Requires:           iOS 7 or later.

VPNExpress

VPNExpress was worth noting as being the highest rated on the iTunes store. It is exclusively offered on the App Store by Bestsparks Inc. a small developer that also offers Birthday themed apps.  The reviews on the App Store are really great, advising of good speeds, reliable service and bug free software for iOS. They allow for 300MB of free data transfer before you can pay in-app for various plan lengths. Rates are very cheap from .99cents per month with limited data to $29.99 for a full year. However, because we know little about the service provider, we fear the in-app payment system may not be as secure as it should be, and because we know so little about Bestsparks and their log policies, we cannot fully vouch for the service.

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    • Version:              3.2.0
    • Rating:                 4.5 – 5 Stars / 570 Ratings
    • Size:                     5.8 MB
    • Requires:           iOS 6.0 or later.
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