5 Best VPNs for Linux

Linux is not the most recognizable name as far as operating systems go, but it has a reputation of being the most secure. A good VPN for Linux requires a service to have different features than tones that serve more popular operating systems best. A good Linux VPN pays extra attention to user security and privacy. Below are our recommendations.

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Private Internet Access (PIA)

Considering its name, it’s no surprise that PIA is one of the most recommended Linux VPNs. It is based in the U.S. which is a little bit of a concern, but keeps no logs and a minimum amount of information about customers. The software has the same Graphical User Interface (GUI) as Windows, meaning the client is more user-friendly and clean than most for Linux. It can be downloaded through Mint and other distributions. Features include standard 256-bit encryption and a kill switch. P2P sharing is allowed. Price: A yearly subscription is $39.95 (highly competitive), with monthly and 6-month plans available.

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is one of the most expensive but consistently highly-rated VPN services in the industry. While it’s not the best choice for Linux users, it is a decent choice, and constantly improving service and features. The ExpressVPN Linux client is custom, but command-line only and works on many different distributions. Only connection logs are kept, not usage logs. Features include a kill switch and DNS leak protection, P2P, an extensive server list, its uniquely strong encryption, and protocol options. Price: The yearly subscription is the most popular, at $99.95 per per year.

AirVPN

AirVPN does not have the best reputation when it comes to customer service, which may be why it is not an industry leader overall. But it does use some of the most advanced privacy technology, making it a great VPN for Linux users in particular. There is a firewall-based kill switch, anonymous use with VPN through Tor, port forwarding, and even VPN obscurity using SSL and SSH tunneling. These are in addition to other more popular privacy protection like a strict ‘no log’ policy, strong encryption settings, and DNS leak protection (through its own servers). The company also accepts Bitcoin, a form of anonymous payment. Some of the settings must be configured when the client is downloaded, but there is no more comprehensive option as far as privacy is concerned. All things considered, we believe it is the best VPN for Linux. Prices vary from approximately $1.12 for 3 days to about $60.51 for a year.

Mullvad

Mullvad is the only client we know of that has software able to properly re-route IPv6 DNS requests. Most software just disables them, with varying success. It also includes port forwarding, a firewall-based kill switch and strong encryption. No logs are kept. Linux users have access to a full GUI desktop-based client. Server quantity and location is more limited than most services, but keeps growing. The company is based in Sweden, which is a bit concerning. Price is approx. $6.50/mo.

VPN Unlimited

 This service uses custom KeepSolid Wise technology for unique security based on OpenVPN protocol and a TCP 443 port. Your traffic is invisible to DPI firewalls. It is compatible with many Linux distributions. Along with secure wifi, there is DNS leak protection, P2P, and of course, access to geo-restricted websites. Price: The website is currently promoting a $149 lifetime offer, along with an extremely affordable $30 a year plan, or a $5.99/mo. option.