Hi, everyone! Like many who call Pakistan home, I find the lack of internet freedom here both frustrating and alarming. Pakistan has done poorly when it comes to internet freedom for years, and the situation has only gotten worse recently. The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) is getting closer to passing by the day, which will outlaw any misuse of the internet without defining what constitutes misuse.
The Pakistani Telecommunications Authority (PTA) sends us warning texts about putting any blasphemous content online, and now the government is working towards even more monitoring of social media. And it isn’t just conducting surveillance, as multiple Pakistani citizens have gone to prison for content they’ve posted online. Don’t get me started on all the popular sites Pakistan has blocked over the years, such as YouTube and Facebook.
It’s sad to have all these restrictions on our internet use, and that’s why I use a VPN every time I go online. A VPN keeps your internet use private and helps you get around those government blocks. To point people in the right direction, I wrote this guide to the best VPNs in Pakistan.
Warning: A Free VPN Is a Bad Idea
Don’t fall for those free VPNs that claim they work just as well as a VPN with a monthly fee. I wish there were legitimate free VPNs out there, but there aren’t, and that’s because VPNs cost money to start and to run every month. Servers aren’t free, and to finance those servers, free VPN providers sell user data. A VPN that gives up your data isn’t worth using.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, it’s time to check out the best VPNs in Pakistan. I’ve used plenty of them and evaluated how they performed. Among the top three on my list, every VPN is fast, keeps your info safe and has customer service available around the clock.
Avoid Free VPNS - Don't Have Your Info Sold to 3rd PartiesI would strongly recommend not utilizing free VPNS servers for some simple reasons. User data is routed through a central hub that collects and aggregates information. This information is then sold to 3rd parties. User information is commoditized and sold to pay for the “free” VPN. If you’re not looking to spend money on a VPN, I would suggest simply not using one.
1. Express VPN – High Speed, Very Secure
For my money, Express VPN is as close to perfect as you can get. It’s widely respected among the online community, with numerous positive expert reviews and a customer base of over 10 million. Speed is Express VPN’s strong suit, and one major reason for that is that it boasts an incredible 1,500-plus servers. Many VPNs slow your internet down, making it annoying to browse or watch videos, but you certainly won’t have this problem with Express VPN.
Security is another area where Express VPN does very well. Any data transmitted between your computer and an Express VPN server will go through 256-bit encryption to keep it private. This VPN provider also doesn’t log user activity. When it comes to the price, Express VPN is $8.32 each month, although that’s only if you sign up for a full year. You do have a 30-day period where you can get your moneyback, though.
This VPN’s huge lineup of the most advanced servers results in the best speed of any VPN.
Your internet activities are completely private since this VPN doesn’t keep any logs.
A Popular Choice
Over 10-million people use this VPN.
Share with Three or More People
With a premium Express VPN account, multiple people can use the VPN.
This VPN is reasonably priced for its vast feature set.
Take a look at our scores below to get a sense of how we rate Express.
I cannot say enough good things about this VPN. They are time-tested and of great value. With Express, you can view blocked or censored content from anywhere in the world. Their customer service team is the best in the biz. Setting it up and getting started is a piece of cake and their split tunneling is the cherry on top.
2. VyprVPN – A Great Choice for PCs and Mobile Devices
Technically, VyprVPN has the lowest number of servers and countries covered on this list at just over 700 servers in 70 countries. But it’s important to note that VyprVPN owns all its servers and doesn’t use any third-party servers. For security, this is great news, because you’ll know that your data is only going to your VPN provider. And VyprVPN still provides excellent internet speeds that are more than enough video streaming.
Another important part of VyprVPN is its Chameleon Stealth technology. VyprVPN developed this technology with one purpose in mind, and that’s getting around those pesky government firewalls. Those firewalls can make it more difficult to access the sites you want, and China has a particularly strong firewall, but VyprVPN can get you past all of them. Price is another area where this VPN is topnotch, as you can get it for only $5 per month, again with a one-year commitment. That’s for the base plan, and the premium plan, which allows more simultaneous connections, is $6.67 per month. Either way, you have a 30-day moneyback guarantee.
VyPr is the second best option because it is the single best service for putting an end to bandwidth throttling. Their apps are user-friendly and they’re one of the most prevalent VPNs around with more than 70 servers and 200,000+ Ips all over the world.
3. Pure VPN – The Runner Up
Pure VPN offers everything you’d want in a VPN when it comes to features, and it has over 750 servers spread across 140 countries. When I tried it out, it struck me as a balanced choice that delivers high-quality performance, with good speed and high-level data encryption protecting your privacy. I prefer Express VPN and Vypr VPN, but it’s close, and you may like the Pure VPN interface more.
This VPN is a bargain at a monthly rate of $5.75. To get that rate, you will need to sign a one-year contract. There is a moneyback guarantee, but it doesn’t last as long at seven days.
When it comes to advanced features, Pure VPN is the way to go. They’ve got intrusion detection and prevention systems in place to ward off malicious programs, they’ve got app and URL filtering, and they’ve got dependable ad-blocking to keep you safe from ad bombs. A choice choice, indeed.
4. Hide My Ass – Not Recommended
I also wanted to include Hide My Ass because it’s a popular VPN that you’ll probably see online if you look around much. Hide My Ass has some things going for it, especially its 820 servers that cover 190 countries. Connection speeds are very good, and the price is reasonable at $6.56 per month with a one-year contract. But even though Hide My Ass has quite a few users, opinions on it are mixed, and most VPN experts view it negatively.
So, with a provider like Express VPN, your data won’t be logged. With Hide My Ass, it will. This is already a concern, but there have also been incidents where Hide My Ass provided user data to the police, resulting in the prosecution of certain users. Due to these privacy concerns, I wouldn’t go with Hide My Ass.
As amateur hour as their name would suggest, HideMyAss is a bottom-dwelling service that has a funky reputation among serious VPN users. They have no ad-blocking and they record your log sessions. Whether or not they sell user data to third parties is up for debate, but why find out the hard way? Better to avoid them if possible.
What is a VPN?
VPN is the short way of saying “virtual private network.” A VPN provider will have servers in different areas, and when you use a VPN, you’re connecting to one of its servers. Your computer will then have a different IP address and look like it’s in the location of the server. When you use the internet, all the data you send and receive is encrypted by the VPN first, which means other parties can’t monitor your internet use.
Why Do I Need a VPN?
There are two main reasons why you’d want to use a VPN in Pakistan. The first is for your own privacy. If you use the internet without a VPN, there are many organizations that can monitor and record what you do, including government organizations and your ISP. The encryption a VPN provides will prevent this from happening. If you often find yourself using public Wi-Fi networks, a VPN will keep hackers from seeing what you’re doing.
The second reason is to go on sites and view content that you normally wouldn’t be able to. With Pakistan’s rampant censorship, there are plenty of places on the web you can’t go. A VPN gets you around government-imposed restrictions. There is also quite a bit of region-specific content online that a VPN can unlock for you. For example, you could check out what shows and movies are available on the U.S. version of Netflix by connecting to a VPN server in the United States.
Are VPNs Safe To Use?
VPN use is safe when you select a high-quality VPN. There are many great options available, including those three that I included in this guide. No matter which VPN you choose, it’s important to make sure that the provider has a strong reputation and positive reviews. The only time VPN use is unsafe is when you go with a poor VPN provider, such as those aforementioned free VPNs. Bad VPNs can give your computer viruses or compromise your data.
Can I Use a VPN on my Phone or Tablet?
Most VPNs are compatible with an extensive range of devices that includes all the most popular smartphones and tablets. Android devices, iPhones and iPads will all work fine with just about every VPN. With Blackberry devices, you can usually connect, although you may not be able to with older ones. Windows Phones tend to be compatible, as well.
One thing many mobile users don’t realize is that apps transmit tons of personal data. When you connect to a VPN and use an app, the VPN can’t stop this or encrypt the information. The solution to this problem is keeping those apps off. Instead of opening an app, try going to a mobile website with the same features as the app and use that instead, since the VPN can cover you there.
Best VPNs for Android
The app on VyprVPN is great, and Tunnelbear VPN also has a user-friendly interface.
Pure VPN and IP Vanish are both known for working very well on Mac devices.
VPNS for NetFlix
Express VPN is made for Netflix because of its speed, but HotSpot Shield is another option that can deliver great video streaming.
My Final Thoughts
It’s tough dealing with all Pakistan’s archaic laws regarding internet use, and those government restrictions leave a black cloud over something that should be enjoyable. Privacy is everything when you’re online, and that’s one reason I recommend using a VPN. Of course, you’ll also have the opportunity to check out sites you could never access otherwise. VPNs are more user-friendly than ever, and you don’t need to be great with computers to set up yours. Since all the VPNs I mentioned in this guide have moneyback guarantees, you have nothing to lose by trying them out and seeing which one you like.