A lot of security suites include a VPN as part of their bundle and can be beneficial if you’re looking for an all-in-one solution. These bundles can be extremely cost-effective and provide a fantastic option to get two top tools for the cost of just one, but not all of them are identical. Some are extremely limited, and others – like Surfshark Antivirus and its next-gen VPN can be compared to standalone solutions.
When you combine an antivirus with a VPN the internet traffic is encrypted tunnel, protecting your information from the eyes of a snooper. This also stops advertisers from tracking you while you’re online. It can also help get around geographical restrictions, for example ones that restrict you from accessing certain content or services.
In general, antivirus-enabled virtual private networks aren’t up to the top standalone VPNs. However, some, like TotalAV Safe Browsing, are quite good. It lacks advanced security features such as RAM-only servers and perfected forward secrecy and an audited, regulated policy of no-logs which top standalone VPNs do, but it’s fast and secure, and compatible with popular streaming and torrenting applications.
Other options that are worth considering include MacKeeper which is a malware scanner that scored high in my tests. It is also a reliable VPN that allows streaming on dedicated P2P servers. It’s simple to use and offers decent speeds. It has a zero-logs policy that’s been independently verified by Deloitte. For a more comprehensive solution, CyberGhost is another excellent choice that comes with the ability to kill off unexpected drops in connectivity, split tunnelling and 256-bit AES encryption to protect your data from hackers.