Here in the US they're letting ISPs sell your user data like it's Google, so I decided a VPN was mandatory to have any semblance of privacy. Unfortunately, I've gone through numberous VPN services over the past few months and just generally not having much luck. I have very basic needs (I don't need P2P, Netflix, high speed, adblocking, etc.) but just can't seem to win this one.
- Torguard - Worked fine but I had some issues with MacOS that required some weird, semi-functional DNS workaround. Their proxy service was okay but didn't really address the core problem around ISP surveillance. I also didn't need all the extra features of the full VPN and didn't love the name (they have nothing to do with the Tor Project) so I decided to keep looking. In light of the following service frustrations, I probably should have stayed with Torguard.
- ProtonVPN - Needing only the basics, I again went with the lower-priority "P2P" service. Good privacy settings and not expensive, but there were lots of tiresome small problems that I couldn't resolve. The clients' constant connection issues and other minor issues were really frustrating. Crashing, reinstalling, re-entering password, etc. I closed my account with a lot of credit remaining just because I was sick of it.
- AreaVPN - Price was right, liked how it let me attach multiple devices in multiple places. I didn't care about the somewhat lame interface, but I gave up finally over problems with the iOS tools connectivity. When I contacted support, they were useless. Also, no documentation to manually resolve issues that I could find.