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Best Linux VPN 2018 – Tech Advisor

For obvious reasons, Linux tends to attract users who are more tech savvy and privacy aware than most Windows or macOS users, which makes a VPN a pretty natural fit for the operating system.

Unfortunately, only a few VPN providers actually offer dedicated software clients for Linux, and if you don’t opt for one of them you’ll be stuck fiddling around in the system console (not that that’s anything new to Linux users, of course…). With that in mind we’ve rounded up the best VPNs for Linux with a dedicated app, along with a few that don’t.

What to look for in a Linux VPN

As we’ve already mentioned, the first thing you probably want to consider is whether your VPN of choice has a dedicated Linux app, which will make it much easier to set up, run, and troubleshoot when things go wrong. Remember to check that the app is compatible with your distro (Ubuntu support is pretty standard, but it varies beyond that) and check the version numbers to see if the Linux app is updated as regularly as the Windows and Mac versions.

If there isn’t an app – or it just isn’t compatible with your distro – then you’ll want to check if the VPN offers setup instructions for the command console – again, ideally with specific instructions for your distribution, though this is likely to be easier to adapt. Check out our guide to the best Linux distributions if you’re looking for an excuse to switch things up anyway.

Beyond that, the big concerns are the same for any VPN: how many servers there are, how many countries they cover, and what the company’s policies on user data logging are – which is particularly important if they’re in one of the ’14-eyes’ countries, in which case they have a legal responsibility to share data with law enforcement under certain circumstances.

Take a look at our main VPN guide for more information on how to use a VPN or what to look for, or read on for our advice on VPNs for Linux.

Linux VPN reviews

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN

Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access

NordVPN

NordVPN

Goose VPN

Goose VPN

PureVPN

PureVPN

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