Best VPNs for Argentina
When it comes to Internet browsing, Argentinian people may find themselves at a disadvantage. While the situation is not as dire as in some other countries, there still have been cases of blocking particular resources. For that reason, those living in or travelling to Argentina would be prudent to learn about the best VPNs for that country.
We at CoolTechZone.com had to conduct a 5-month test to see which VPNs can be safely recommended to the Argentinians. Furthermore, we shall update this article whenever there are any significant changes to the picture.
The first list of VPNs is composed of the best services period. The second one deals with overall fine free services - though even those have their disadvantages we’ll specify in the relevant section.
- A short overview of the Internet in Argentina
- Five best VPNs for Argentina
- Five free VPNs for Argentina
- ExpressVPN: with its ultra-fast servers, placed in 94 countries around the world, allows bypassing restrictions of any kind.
- NordVPN: allows watching the best Netflix originals when connecting to a US-based server. Nord VPN guarantees fast speed while streaming.
- Surfshark: is worth using if you strive for privacy on the Internet. With advanced encryption, your data is under reliable protection.
- CyberGhost VPN: is nearly perfect. Your data will not undergo leaks when you are a CyberGhost VPN subscriber. Reliable IP leak protection will make you hidden from prying eyes.
- PIA: will help you to forget about the regulations of the Argentinian government.
- ProtonVPN: A superb free plan thanks to no traffic limit. Has a great level of security.
- Windscribe: Arguably the biggest traffic limit of all good free VPNs. Slow speeds.
- Hide.me: Has acceptable speeds but only 2 Gb per month.
- HotspotShield: Passable security, but shows too many ads.
- TunnelBear: Good features and animated apps, but only 500 Mb of traffic per month.
- Useful tidbit: If you want to take a free trial, be aware: some VPNs require you to provide your credit card data to sign up (even though no money is actually taken off it) while others don’t. Since it’s a good idea to test a VPN first to see if it suits you, be sure to check it out!
Generally speaking, Argentina is doing pretty well in terms of freedom of speech. In 2017, Freedom House gave Argentina a glowing score of 27 in their “Freedom on the Net” list. That means Argentina is a country largely free of internet censorship laws. As of this day, no websites seem to be blocked there at least on the permanent basis.
However, there have been certain worrying precedents in the country. For example, in 2011, the website leakymails.com and its alternative address leakymails.blogspot.com were blocked on the grounds of reputedly spreading “military secrets”:
En cumplimiento de lo dispuesto por el Juzgado Nacional en lo Criminal y Correccional Federal Nº 9, Secretaría Nº 17, en la Causa Nº 9.177/11 caratulada “N.N. s/REVELACIÓN DE SECRETOS POLÍTICOS Y MILITARES”, en la cual se ordenó que esta COMISIÓN NACIONAL DE COMUNICACIONES, tenga a su cargo la comunicación de lo allí resuelto a todos los Licenciatarios de Telecomunicaciones que tienen Registro de SERVICIO DE VALOR AGREGADO y prestan SERVICIO DE ACCESO A INTERNET, se informa que con fecha 4 de Agosto de 2011, se ha dispuesto lo siguiente: “I. DECRETAR PREVENTIVAMENTE el bloqueo por parte de los proveedores locales de servicios de Internet en el acceso a los siguientes sitios web http://www.leakymails.com y http://leakymails.blogspot.com.
While the importance of keeping the country’s political and military secrets confidential can’t be overstated, the OpenNet Initiative voiced a different opinion: that said websites had spread no such information but instead data about the corruption in Argentina. Moreover, even if we assume that the official version was correct, the overzealous response caused many blogs to be banned along with Leaky Mails that were in no way related to it.
Torrenting websites also were once banned in Argentina.
So, to help the citizens and visitors of this country withstand any future attempt of blocking certain resources, here are the best VPNs lists.
The absolute best VPN for Argentina, according to our test results, is ExpressVPN. As you will momentarily see, it has some of the strongest features in the market. The other four VPNs are also really good and safe to use.
To make this review more succinct, we cannot tell you of every peculiarity each service has in detail. However, we believe that one should get a full assessment of a virtual private network before buying it, so we put links to their full reviews in the following sections.
ExpressVPN is the most powerful service of all, although its competition is strong. Let’s take a look at its most interesting features:
- 3000+ servers in 94 countries. No matter what geo-restricted site you need to access, ExpressVPN will help you!
- Diskless servers that can’t be used to store users’ browsing data, making them much more private than the usual ones.
- Torrenting and streaming support. Moreover, with a VPN, an ISP can’t throttle your Internet speed for using up too much bandwidth.
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- Proven security & privacy
- Sizeable network
- Slightly pricey
One cannot speak about good VPNs without mentioning NordVPN. This service, while somewhat weaker than ExpressVPN is certain regards, definitely has a lot of advantages:
- 5400+ servers in 59 countries. An infrastructure this large allows you to pick a server almost wherever you want.
- Seldom-seen security features such as Double VPN and Obfuscation.
- Several Kill Switch modes to enable the most convenient choice.
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- Great security level
- Cheaper than ExpressVPN
- Also has diskless servers
- Thanks to its incredibly low price, it is the cheapest good VPN.
- But make no mistake, it is powerful security-wise. Its apps for every OS have a kill switch, it allows split tunneling, etc.
- Its server park consists of 1000 servers in 61 countries.
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- Good security
- Quite a large server network
CyberGhost VPN is an interesting service for people who want to obtain IPs from as many countries as possible. The reason for it is that it has a bigger infrastructure than any other VPN on this list. Among its advantages are:
- 6300+ servers in 90+ countries. These numbers are so high that you won’t deplete the servers if you use a different one each day until the end of the 3-year subscription!
- Long experience in the market. CyberGhost has been going strong for 15 years now and shows no signs of stopping.
- The longest refund period of 45 days. Most other services give money back only for 30 days.
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- The biggest infrastructure
- Relatively cheap
- Lucrative all-around
Every service on our list has its own distinguishing features. For PIA, those are its high level of customization and the ability to fine-tune every setting. But great things about it don’t end there:
- Allows using the VPN just as you want. If you need extra speed, for example, and are willing to forego some security for it, PIA got you covered.
- Allows for 10 device connections per subscription. It’s more than most services provide (usually this number is around 5 or 6).
- 3200+ servers available. While not the top result, it’s still a lot and more than enough for most purposes.
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- Highly technological
- Good security
- Good price-to-device number ratio
Before we talk about the free services you can use in Argentina, let’s pay some attention to the key aspects of free VPNs.
Unfortunately, them being free means that there are bound to be some shortcuts the developers take. The reason is obvious: a free service without any catches won’t make its publishers money.
Sure, you can find certain VPNs run by freedom activists for oppressed people in tyrannical states entirely for free, but those are better left to their target audience because maintaining such services costs a lot of money and additional customers for whom it’s not a life-or-death matter put an unneeded and harmful strain on the infrastructure.
So the free VPNs we are about to present to you are all free versions of paid services. This way, the developers can provide their product for free as an advertisement and also make profit.
Fair warning: Providers often cut corners when making free VPNs. Whether it’s speed or traffic limits or intrusive ads, there are always downsides to using a free product.
This Swiss provider takes the first place on the list because of its unlimited traffic. Granted, you can’t access Netflix or torrenting on the free plan, but it’s still nice to be able to securely surf the Internet as much as you want.
However, there are only three locations on the free plan.
If you need more locations than ProtonVPN can give you - namely, 11 - then Windscribe can be of help. Its free traffic is capped at 10 Gb a month, which is not much but more than most free services offer.
The speed of Windscribe leaves much to be desired, though. But if you want a VPN to browse mostly text-based sites, then this provider is right up your alley.
hide.me is a good variant for those who require higher speeds for free. Of course, they still don’t reach the level of the best paid VPNs, but are faster than those of most free hide.me’s rivals.
On the other hand, you are only given 2 Gb per month to work with.
For Android users, this provider can be quite useful. It has one location but with acceptable speed.
However, unlike most free VPNs, this one is also time-restricted: you have only one week until it runs out. Moreover, it requires you to subscribe to a 1-month plan ($12) after it.
TunnelBear is a free VPN that is nice to look at. Really, its colorful menus are something to behold!
On a more serious note, this provider’s free plan only gives you 500 Mb per month. In 2022, it’s almost nothing. However, some strategic thinking may help: you can use this traffic to torrent some single file.