If you live in or are travelling to Gabon you will find that certain sites cannot be accessed from within the country. Most of the time, this is due to geographical blocks but it could also be a result of censorship and restrictions imposed by the government.
It’s not that long ago that Gabon residents were experiencing nightlong internet blackouts.
Even now that internet access is available, sometimes popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter get blocked. With the right Gabon VPN, you can protect your privacy and enjoy instant access to any site including premium services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer.
Below we take a look at some of the top VPN options that allow users to bypass internet restrictions and stay safe when they’re online.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a software that enables users to establish a secure connection when connecting to the internet. Your connection is tunneled through an encrypted channel preventing your internet traffic from being intercepted and read by third parties.
In addition, the applications also mask your identity by assigning you a remote IP address enabling you to bypass geo-restrictions and other forms of censorship.
There are a number of good reasons why you might need to use a VPN when in Gabon.
Below are features to consider when selecting a VPN service provider:
A number of free VPN do offer respectable service. However, compared to paid VPN services, they come with limited features. If you are a privacy-focused user, you will be better off with a premium provider.
Paid VPN services are more reliable and come with high-end encryption protocols such as OpenVPN, SSTP, and L2TP/IPsec.
On the other hand, most free VPNs offer PPTP encryption which is not only less secure but also slow. Their privacy policies are at best questionable and some may even log your personal data and sell it to advertisers and other third parties.
Then there is the not-so-small matter of accessing US Netflix and BBC iPlayer from outside the US and UK respectively. Both services have upped their game and can detect and block VPN IP addresses.
While not always guaranteed, you’ll have a better chance of accessing their content with a premium VPN service that offers dedicated IPs and actively replaces blocked addresses.
ExpressVPN is highly recommended and it’s easy to see why. The VPN maintains a strict ‘zero logs’ policy making it perfect for the more privacy-minded users.
While it’s not the cheapest, ExpressVPN cancels out any price concerns with a robust suite of features and quality performance. We found the connection speeds to be quite impressive. You can stream high-definition movies and download torrent files quickly and smoothly.
And with ExpressVPN, you won’t have to worry about bandwidth throttling.
Encryption standards are excellent and the company provides Private DNS, automatic kill switch and DNS/IPv6 leak protection. For even more security, you can enable Double VPN, which routes traffic through two different servers.
Additionally, the VPN offers split-tunneling which allows you to route some of your device traffic through a VPN while letting your other traffic directly access the internet.
The company offers apps for almost all devices including Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS, Android and routers. You’ll also find browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Safari. The provider allows simultaneous connections and with one subscription, you can protect three devices of any type.
And with the app for routers, you can cover even more devices.
The VPN service has reliable 24/7 customer support and can be contacted via live chat and email. The only notable downside to ExpressVPN is the price. Its price of $12.95 on the month-to-month subscription is one of the most expensive. The 6-month plan will set you back $9.99 per month and the annual plan is $8.32 per month.
A relatively new VPN service provider based in Gibraltar, Buffered boasts servers in 45 locations worldwide, allowing users to bypass all the government’s censorship and other internet restrictions.
Buffered provides fast and reliable connections and uses strong OpenVPN standard with AES-256 encryption. Although the VPN is stable and highly reliable, we were disappointed to find out that they do keep some logs, however, this only applies to connection logs (kept temporarily) and not activity logs.
A single Buffered account can support up to 5 devices simultaneously. The VPN supports all the major platforms and there are easy-to-use apps for Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, IOS and even routers.
Currently, Buffered is priced at $7.62 per month for the annual plan, $9.99 for the bi-annual plan, and a monthly rate of $12.99.
Another popular VPN for Gabon is NordVPN, a truly global virtual private network with over 4800 servers across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific. The Panama-based VPN maintains a no-logs policy and comes with a wide array of advanced online privacy features.
On top of best-in-class AES-256 encryption, the VPN service provider offers users access to a host of specialty servers including dedicated VPN servers, Onion over IP servers and obfuscated servers for enhanced security and privacy.
When it comes to speed and up-time reliability, NordVPN ranks among the very best. At times the connection speeds can be somewhat variable with some servers but the company is rapidly adding servers to increase speeds. The VPN is P2P friendly and thanks to their SmartPlay technology, you can enjoy a safe streaming experience with no buffering or throttling.
With a single NordVPN subscription, you can secure up to 6 devices at the same time. There are apps for Windows and MacOS as well as Android and IOS smartphones allowing you to protect your Internet traffic on the go.
NordVPN customer service is also quite good. They provide 24/7 live chat email support. The VPN service is fairly affordable and there are three major plans to choose from. The company charges $11.95 per month on a month-to-month subscription, $9.00 on a 6-month plan and $6.99 per month for their annual plan. If you are lucky, you can also get their promotional 3-year plan at only $2.75.
All plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, allowing you to try the service risk-free.
Another great VPN for Gabon, Perfect Privacy provides some of the best privacy features you’ll find anywhere. With Perfect Privacy, you get access to dedicated, bare-metal servers in 23 countries across the world. If you are a privacy-oriented user, you will be happy to know that the VPN service provider maintains a strict no-logs policy.
The VPN uses safe and proven encryption protocols and offers full IPv6 support, Stealth VPN and cascading up to 4 servers. Additional features include DNS leak protection, port forwarding, NeuroRouting and TrackStop, which actively blocks tracking and phishing domains.
The only major downside with Perfect Privacy is the price. On the upside, however, Perfect Privacy allows an unlimited number of simultaneous connections allowing you to connect all your devices on a single account.
Current plans include $15.20 p/m on a monthly plan; $14 p/m on a 3-month plan; $12.80 p/m on a 6-month plan, $11.70 p/m on a 12-month plan and $10.50 p/m on a 24-month plan.
VyprVPN is a solid and well-established VPN service based in Sweden. With over 200,000 IP addresses in over 70 server locations across the world, VyprVPN grants you access to any content on the internet. The VPN performs admirably when streaming and effortlessly unblocks premium services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer.
The VPN does not keep activity logs and you can rest easy knowing your anonymity is guaranteed. VyprVPN uses top encryption protocols like OpenVPN and Chameleon, its own proprietary software. Depending on your usage, you can either opt for the faster 128-bit encryption or the more secure 256-bit encryption.
VyprVPN offers two different plans and billing cycles allowing you to pick the right plan for your needs and budget. VyprVPN’s basic plan will set you back only $3.75 per month on an annual subscription and $9.95 per month on a month-to-month subscription.
Its Premium plan, on the other hand, costs $5.00 per month on a 12-month plan and $12.95 per month on a monthly subscription. The company also has options for businesses available from $299 per year.
While all the VPNs listed above perform admirably, we found ExpressVPN to be a class above the rest. It’s highly secure and has wide server coverage, making it a perfect fit for users looking to access geo-restricted content.
Additionally, ExpressVPN has incredibly fast server speeds and thanks to their 99% guaranteed uptime, their reliability is unrivalled.
Yes, it’s legal to use a VPN in Gabon. There isn’t any legislation in the country that prevents the use of the services.
Microsoft Windows 10 offers an easy way to help install and configure your VPN service.
Below are the steps you should follow to set up your preferred VPN on a Windows 10 computer.
Absolutely. Most VPNs are compatible with smartphones and can be installed on iPhone or Android devices.
VPNs are great, but they're not a cure-all for the security and privacy threats that live online. While some claim to block malware and phishing domains, you should still use standalone antivirus.
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