Many security suites provide an VPN as part of their package and can be beneficial if you’re looking for an all-in-one tool. These bundles are extremely cost-effective, and you can obtain two great tools for the price of just one. However they don’t all provide the same level of quality. Certain bundles are extremely restricted, while others – such as Surfshark Antivirus with its next-generation VPN is able to compete with many standalone products.

When you pair an anti-virus system with a VPN your online data will pass through a encrypted tunnel to keep your information from the prying eye. This prevents advertisers from tracking your online activities. It can also aid in overcoming geographic restrictions that might prevent you from accessing certain sites or services.

In general, antivirus-bundled virtual private networks don’t stand up to the top standalone VPNs, but a few like TotalAV Safe Browsing, are quite good. It’s not equipped with the latest security features like RAM-only servers, the perfected forward secrecy and an audited policy of no-logs which top standalone VPNs have, but it’s quick, secure, and works with popular torrenting and streaming apps.

MacKeeper is a different option. Its malware scanner was highly rated in my tests, and it includes a solid VPN that supports streaming through dedicated P2P servers. It’s user-friendly, has decent speed and has the policy of not keeping logs that has been independently verified by Deloitte. CyberGhost, a complete solution that comes with a kill button in the event of unexpected interruptions in connection, split tunnelling, and 256-bit AES encrypted data, is another option.