Need security as well as speed? Here's our guide to picking the right VPN

Virtual Private Networks can make the internet a much safer place, but that's not all. They can offer freedom from local content restrictions, anonymity and even protection from popup ads - and a really good one will do all that while still keeping you surfing at top speed. Before you go browsing the web, browse these five unique VPNs, the better to decide which one is right for you.

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited

Highly trusted by sources like PC Mag and Laptop Review Pro, KeepSolid gets high marks when it comes to ease of use. You can choose from a number of protocols like IKEv2 and OpenVPN, and use the Favorite Servers feature to bookmark your favorites from among more than 70 worldwide. Get a lifetime subscription to KeepSolid VPN Unlimited for $39.99.

NordVPN

One of the big names in VPN service, and it's still around for a reason. Its more than 3,500 worldwide servers provide unmatched accessibility and the double data SSL-based 2048-bit encryption is a welcome extra layer of protection. You can get a 3-year subscription to NordVPN for $107.55.

Disconnect VPN

If trackers and malware are a particular nuisance, the encryption and sophisticated blockers on this highly-rated service prompted The New York Times to call it their "anti-tracking tool of choice." Pick up a three-year premium subscription to Disconnect VPN for $29.

FastestVPN

True to its name, FastestVPN has roster of more than 200 P2P-optimized servers outfitted with military-grade encryption. With 99.9% uptime, you'll barely notice you're using it, apart from the absence of ads. You can get a lifetime subscription (on up to 5 devices) of FastestVPN for $24.99.

Ivacy VPN

Ivacy offers a lot of versatility, not only with its arsenal of over 450 servers (positioned in more than 50 countries) but the NAT firewall bundled in with the service. The Kodi media player also makes this a great VPN for streaming. Pick up a lifetime subscription to Ivacy VPN plus NAT firewall for $39.99, a $10 price drop from the previous sale price.