Best No Log VPNs that Take Your Privacy Seriously

Arguably, the most essential feature of any Virtual Private Network (VPN) provider is their ability to keep your online travels from being uncovered by third parties, including law enforcement and your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Any VPN that is genuinely concerned about your privacy will not save logs containing information about your online activities. If a VPN does track and save information about your online movements, that could come back to bite you.

When considering a VPN, always take a close look at whether or not a provider saves any logs connected to your account. Ideally, a provider will keep no logs of any kind.

At most, they should save your date of login, and perhaps the server you logged into, and it shouldn’t be connected in any way to your username.

That’s it. Nothing more.

Always be aware that there are a large number of third parties that are interested in following you around while you browse the web. In addition to the usual hackers and government agencies, your ISP wants to track you online so that they can sell that information to their advertisers.

In this article, we’ll take a close look at the 5 best VPNs that keep no logs of any kind, and what that means for you, the user.

Best no log VPNs

I did some deep investigation of VPN providers’ logging policies, and I’ve found that the following 5 VPNs are the best VPNs that don’t keep user logs:

  1. ExpressVPN: Located in the British Virgin Islands. Logs only the date of your connection and the server connected to. Scores high in the speed and global server coverage categories.
  2. NordVPN: Keeps no logs of any kind. Provides military-level encryption and Double-VPN protection. Accepts Bitcoin to protect your payment-related privacy.
  3. CyberGhost: Only tracks the success of connection attempts. Easy-to-use app makes it perfect for the first-time VPN user. Accepts Bitcoin.
  4. IPVanish: Does not record or retain logs for any customer’s activity. Obfuscation option disguises VPN traffic as normal internet activity. Fast connection speeds.
  5. PrivateVPN: Does not collect or log any activity while connected to their servers. Apps offer military-level encryption along with IPv6 leak protection. Speedy connections.

I evaluated and ranked the top 5 VPNs by the following criteria:

  • No-logs policy
  • Offers anonymous payment methods
  • Top-notch encryption
  • Fast connection speeds

Here is our list of the best logless VPNs:

1. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN logo

ExpressVPN is my top choice for a VPN without user logs.

The provider is located in the privacy-respecting British Virgin Islands. The government there has no regulations requiring VPNs and ISPs located in the country to keep user logs of any kind.

The country’s lack of invasive laws allows ExpressVPN to follow a strict no-logs policy. This means that the company doesn’t record the online activities of its users while they’re connected to the provider’s servers.

The service does record some information when you connect, but none of this information is tied to your account, meaning none of it can be connected to your online activities. The information saved includes your login date (excluding time of day), the server location used and the amount of data transferred.

In addition to keeping no user activity logs, ExpressVPN also protects its users’ privacy in other ways.

Additional protections include military-grade encryption and high-speed, kill switch-protected connections in their desktop apps. (ExpressVPN provides native app support for the macOS, Windows, Android, iOS and Linux platforms.)

If you prefer to pay for your subscription using Bitcoin, you can fire up your Tor Browser and visit the .onion version of the ExpressVPN website and use a disposable email address to keep your account completely anonymous.

Pros

  • Keeps no user activity logs
  • Well-encrypted, kill switch-protected connections
  • Accepts Bitcoin as payment
  • Fast connection speeds

Cons

  • More expensive than other providers
  • No kill-switch protection on mobile devices

BEST NO-LOGS VPN:ExpressVPN is my #1 choice.  The provider keeps no user activity logs of any kind, ensuring there is no evidence of your online antics. The provider also helps keep you undercover by accepting Bitcoin and offering a .onion website. A 30-day money-back guarantee ensures there is no risk in giving ExpressVPN a try.

Read our full review of ExpressVPN.


2. NordVPN

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NordVPN is my 2nd-place pick for VPNs with no user logs.

This Panama-based VPN provider takes full advantage of its home country’s lack of privacy-intrusive laws, keeping no logs of any type.

The provider also provides a “Warranty Canary” feature on its “About Us” page, making it easy to confirm that the provider hasn’t been forced to change its privacy policy.

In addition to no-logs protection, the provider also offers fast, kill-switch-protected connections on its apps (available for macOS, Windows, Android and iOS), providing military-grade encryption on all platforms.

Double-VPN servers are available to protect NordVPN users further.

The provider adds another layer of privacy by accepting Bitcoin in return for its services.

Pros

  • No user logs
  • Double-VPN servers
  • Fast connection speeds
  • Accepts Bitcoin
  • Low price

Cons

  • More complicated to select servers than some other providers

BEST VALUE-PRICED PROVIDER:In addition to keeping no logs of your online travels, NordVPN provides its services at a low price. A 30-day money-back guarantee means there’s no risk in giving them a try.

Read our full review of NordVPN.


3. CyberGhost

CyberGhost is an excellent “no-logs” option for first-time VPN users.

The app is simple to use and keeps no user traffic logs or connection logs. The provider only tracks connection attempts and the success of each one. The information it collects is not connected to any individual accounts, and it’s used to track the performance of their servers.

The provider also offers an additional layer of privacy protection thanks to its willingness to accept Bitcoin as payment for a subscription, kill switch connection protection and strong encryption.

This provider offers native apps for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android devices. Up to 7 simultaneous connections on a single account are allowed.

Pros

  • No logs
  • Accepts Bitcoin
  • Top-notch security
  • Easy-to-use apps

Cons

  • Server coverage isn’t as extensive as that of some other providers

BEST VPN FOR BEGINNERS:In addition to being a “no-logs” provider, CyberGhost offers easy-to-use apps, offering protection with one click of the mouse. It also accepts Bitcoin and provides fast connections. Their 45-day no-risk guarantee is longer than that of most providers.

Read our full review of CyberGhost.


4. IPVanish

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IPVanish offers reliable, no-log connections.

The provider assures users that it has a strict no-logs policy. Its Privacy Policy page states that IPVanish does not “collect, monitor, or log any traffic or use of its Virtual Private Network service, under any circumstances, on any platform.”

In addition to its no-logs policy, the IPVanish app (which is available for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android devices) offers an obfuscation feature to thoroughly disguise your VPN traffic as normal internet activity.

An app option also allows changing your IP address at regular intervals, but I don’t recommend that for streaming or other connection-intensive activities, as your connection will be lost when changing IP addresses.

Unfortunately, payment privacy isn’t enhanced, as this provider does not accept Bitcoin or other types of anonymous payments.

Pros

  • No logs
  • All-around good security
  • Reliable connections
  • Fast connection speeds

Cons

  • Does not accept Bitcoin

 

RELIABILITY AND ADDED SECURITY:IPVanish keeps no logs of any type,  and delivers fast and reliable connections. The provider delivers added security in the form of obfuscated connections and the ability to change your IP address at regular intervals. A 7-day money-back guarantee is available.

Read our full review of IPVanish.


5. PrivateVPN
PrivateVPN logo

PrivateVPN is a no-logs provider.
Keep in mind that the service is located in the country of Sweden, where the government has made attempts in the past to require ISPs and VPNs to keep logs of their users’ activities, but those efforts have been turned back by courts. Currently, the government isn’t making any efforts to access or require logs.

Although the provider hasn’t been around quite as long as other VPN services, it has quickly become known for top-notch privacy protections and fast connection speeds.

In addition to not keeping any user activity logs, the provider also accepts Bitcoin in return for its services.

The provider covers the macOS, Windows, iOS and Android platforms with native app support. The apps offer military-level encryption, along with IPv6 leak protection, which protects against leaking your true IP to third parties.

You may want to check to make sure PrivateVPN has servers located in the spots where you’re interested in connecting. The provider’s global server coverage is limited to just 100 servers stationed in 59 countries.

You can have up to 6 concurrent connections on the same username.

Pros

  • Keeps no logs of any kind
  • Fast connection speeds
  • Excellent privacy protections

Cons

  • Global server coverage is lacking

MULTIPLE CONNECTIONS:PrivateVPN allows users to have up to 6 devices connected at once. Users also enjoy fast connections and top-notch privacy, and have 30 days to ask for their money back.

Read our full review of PrivateVPN.


These VPNs Keep Logs

While you’d think keeping no logs would be a standard policy of any VPN provider, there are VPN providers that don’t seem to consider your privacy a significant concern.

Hide My Ass!

Hide My Ass! is based in the United Kingdom, and as such, it’s subject to the U.K.’s less-than-privacy-friendly laws and regulations. You may have heard about the Sony hacking case, where authorities used HMA!’s user logs to help track down one of the perps involved in the hacking incident.

This proven willingness to share logs with authorities means HMA! is not the right provider for security-conscious users.

PureVPN

While PureVPN claims to be a “no logs” VPN service, the cops were somehow able to use those “non-existent” logs to track and arrest a man accused of cyberstalking his ex-roommate.

This makes PureVPN rather suspect when it comes to their “no logs” claim and willingness to share those “non-existent” logs with authorities.

Do Free VPNs Keep Logs?

Have you ever heard the adage that if you’re getting something for free on the internet, then the product they’re selling to make money is you? That applies to most “free” VPN providers.

Many free VPN providers do keep logs of your online activities and sometimes sell that information to advertisers and other parties. Some VPNs will even inject ads and tracking cookies into a user’s browsing sessions.

In addition to possibly keeping track of your online travels, some free VPNs will make their users wait in a virtual line before allowing them to connect to a VPN server. (Think of the line at the DMV. UGH!)

Plus, many free VPNs restrict your browsing experience with bandwidth and data caps.

Global server coverage is usually lacking when it comes to free VPNs, with a limited number of locations around the globe and a small number of IP addresses allocated to those locations.

I don’t know about you, but none of this sounds attractive to me. I’d rather pay a few bucks a month for a VPN provider I knew wasn’t recording my activities or otherwise tracking me while I was online.

 

Blue Screen” by Markus Spiske licensed under Legal Simplicity

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