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Best VPN for Singapore

By Shadowoflight

Best VPN for Singapore

I have the best Internet Service Provider in Singapore - Viewqwest ( read my review here).

They have 1 small problem though... they provide Static IPs for free. It is great if you intend to host servers and stuff, but it's not great for internet privacy. Even if you're not torrenting pirated movies or viewing questionable sites, having a static IP is effectively broadcasting your home address, inviting an attack.

Other ISPs like Singtel use dynamic IPs, so it's less of an issue. By a little at least.

Anyway, VPNs are becoming a popular way to maintain privacy over the internet.

I've tried the popular ones - NordVPN, Ghost Protocol, PureVPN, GetGOM (started by a local guy apparently), and most recently, KeepSolid's VPN Unlimited. I paid for multi-year subscriptions from all these different companies to take advantage of discounts. Often, I stopped using them after a few tries. I was even given a 3 months subscription at SurfShark VPN to write a review. Also stopped using that after 2 tries. I guess that's the end of that review.

Those are definitely not the best VPN for Singapore.

Why? They were all unstable and slow. Usually, it's hard to stay on 1 server for over 12 hours. Even if the server was stable, there's always this annoying lag that permeates all interactions across the internet. Needless to say, trying to torrent using these services was... not ideal. I'm not really into streaming services like Netflix though, so I can't say much about that.

Hundreds of dollars down the drain. Oh, and beware, PureVPN is a dick when it comes to refunds. To be fair though, I didn't try with the other companies because I figured I might still use them occasionally in the future.

I still keep an eye out for worthy VPNs, and recently, a simple Reddit comment caught my eye. It said "airvpn, built for torrenting.".

Hmm. Ok. You can get a 3-day trial by creating a free account and sending them a message too?

Why not?

And guess what? Immediately after the trial, I paid for the €99 3 year plan. (So, obviously, this review not sponsored by them.)

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Yea man... you totally got this.

Why AirVPN is the NOT the Best VPN for Singapore

I'll start with 2 reasons why AirVPN is NOT the best VPN for Singapore first.

First reason? Streaming.

As of right now, most of the popular streaming services doesn't seem to be work... consistently at least.

This means streaming services like Netflix US, US Prime Video and Hulu may or may not work. As I understand, however, this is a problem for all VPNs, and has been for years. AirVPN doesn't guarantee connectivity, and based on forum status and replies, this is an issue that requires constant management.

What matters is that connectivity to such services are will not be constant. If you're getting a VPN primarily to access such streaming services, I'd suggest you look elsewhere. If you have a reliable VPN for geo-locked streaming services, do let me know.

Second? Price.

AirVPN prices their packages similarly to most other companies. You have the usual 1 month, 1 year, 2 year and 3 year options, and the numbers are the same (i.e. 99 for 3 years) but, AirVPN charges in Euros instead of the US Dollar.

It means that AirVPN is effectively 20% more expensive than their USD based competitors. For you and me in Singapore, that's paying S$1.6 for every €1 as opposed to S$1.35 for every US$1. It's still totally worth it for me, though it's definitely something to take note off. (All rates are based on time of writing.)

Best VPN for Singapore

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Why AirVPN is the Best VPN for Singapore

Why?

Speed. Performance. Stability.

As I mentioned before, I never really used any of my old VPN subscriptions because they're slow. You can feel it. The moment the VPN connects, everything slows down. Even google feels like it got slowed down. Many claims to let you torrent or stream with no limits, but really, it's not like you'd be able to reach the limit anyway.

Also, it's hard to stay connected. These VPNs tend to slow down to a crawl after a few hours, so resetting the connections becomes part of life. You might set a connection to a specific server, only to come back a few hours later automatically reconnected to another server from a non-ideal location.

I've been connected to a server, lag-free, for almost 2 weeks now. No slowdowns at all. It's amazing. There's no 'VPN lag' anywhere. Even connecting to faraway servers from places like the Netherlands seemed lag-free.

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Then, there's torrenting. As you can see in the screenshot on the right, it's not slow. So when they say there's no speed limit, I believe them.

If you're on AirVPN and you're getting slow connections despite getting the basics right (healthy torrent, etc), remember to head on to your Client Area, setup port-forwarding, and set your torrent client accordingly.

Security, Flexibility

I'll admit. This is where I'm not too much of an expert. I'm not into the Dark Web and I don't bother with Tor and all that.

That said, I'd say AirVPN is definitely safe. They do not keep logs, and despite being one of the older VPN companies, there's not even a whiff of any accusations to prove otherwise, unlike some of the other VPNs.

They use OpenVPN, which already has a good reputation for being one of the most secure encrypted tunnels out there. They even support OpenVPN over SSL, SSH and Tor, for those of you who travel to countries actively disrupting OpenVPN.

They are also fully compliant with the European Union legal framework protecting your privacy: Directive on Data Protection (95/46/EC), Directive concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy (2002/58/EC) and General Data Protection Regulation (EU Regulation 2016/579).

If you're a bit more technical, you can set up forwarded ports, DDNS, do things like set up a connection only for a specific application, and customise your experience with their APIs

Even if you're not too technical, their software, while not the best looking, is functional and quite easy to use. At the time of writing, the only browser they directly support with an extension is Chrome (most of you use Chrome anyway yea?), but most importantly, they support all major platforms including Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS/Android.

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(From a user in the forum) I know, right?

Conclusion

VPNs have always sucked in my opinion. Using VPNs meant that you have to trade speed and patency for increased privacy, even if you subscribed to a fantastic internet service. That's why AirVPN is such a...... breath of fresh air.

It's a little more expensive than most US Dollar based competitors because they charge in Euro, but for it, it's totally worth it. It's safe, flexible, and most importantly for me, uncompromisingly fast.

After wasting hundreds of dollars on so many VPNs over the years, and even after getting a couple of accounts, I personally paid for, and therefore recommend, AirVPN as the Best VPN for Singapore.

Click the banner and create a free account and ask for a free 3-day trial (using a support request in your Client Area), and/or sign up now:

Best VPN for Singapore

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