Brunei is a monarchy notorious for mowing down dissent and an overall draconian profile. Thus not using a VPN seems like a massive oversight on the part of virtually anyone. The Sedition Act of Brunei regulates what can and cannot be said online, but there’s also evidence of surveillance outside the scope of this piece of legislation.
But worry not, we can get around this using a quality VPN. And these eight VPN services are the best for users in Brunei.
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1. NordVPN ‣
A sturdy combination of pricing and security in one convenient package.
- Price: From $3.49
- VPNpro Rating: 9.6
NordVPN hails from the land of Panama – both famous and infamous for its lack of laws pertaining to things such as data retention. This guarantees a strong no-logging policy which, at the price NordVPN is available at, is surprisingly good.
There are more than 5500 servers available, with many close to Brunei, such as seven in neighboring Malaysia. This is a high number that ensures a reliable connection. Indeed, the connection didn’t drop even once during our tests – even with the Double VPN feature enabled.
Security is further guaranteed through their use of a kill switch, which means that even if your VPN connection suddenly drops, you won’t be left with your actual identity exposed since the kill switch will automatically cease all incoming and outgoing traffic.
While not all of the servers support P2P traffic, the ones that do hold consistent speeds.
Ultimately, NordVPN is an all-around solution with one real flaw being the lack of a router app.
- Reliable speeds
- Affordably priced
- Considerable server fleet
- Independently-reviewed no-logging policy
- No router app
2. VyprVPN ‣
A VPN that owns all of its servers, boasts an exclusive stealth protocol and some of the most transparent policies you’ll ever encounter.
- Price: From $2.5
- VPNpro Rating: 8.3
Given the level of censorship in Brunei, the powers of VyprVPN should be very much in demand. The proprietary Chameleon protocol masks the VPN in a way that makes it hard to see a VPN is even being used in the first place. This means you can unblock and unlock whatever content and services you want, regardless of your location.
Considering the features, the pricing of VyprVPN is very reasonable: 700+ servers in 70+ countries, an independently-audited no-logging policy, slick apps, and great support are not something you can easily buy.
VyprVPN is also quite fast and perhaps the only real knock against it is the provider’s negative attitude towards copyright issues and P2P.
- Based in Switzerland
- Strong geo-unblocking
- 3-day free trial/refund policy
- Strong multi-platform availability
- Independently audited no-logs policy
- Special Chameleon feature to protect against censorship
- Chameleon protocol and VyprVPN Cloud only on Premium plan
- Limited choice of payment plans
Go-to VPN if you’re looking for security and extra features for a low price.
- Price: From $1.99
- VPNpro Rating: 9.4
Surfshark comes pretty close to being the best VPN overall. In fact, what prevents this provider from being in the top positions is a moderate server base (only 1000+ servers in 60+ countries). Nevertheless, this service offers plenty to counterbalance these drawbacks.
For example, when it comes to security, Surfshark is untouchable. Boasting military-grade encryption, OpenVPN and IKEv2 protocols, leak protection, and a reliable kill switch, there’s no way you’ll become tracked by the government. And even if it wanted to lay a hand on you, Surfshark is based in the British Virgin Islands and exercising a no-logs policy.
We also had no trouble unblocking Netflix and other streaming platforms, and it also worked great for torrenting. So this service provides entertainment value as well as safety.
If you’re looking to save money and benefit from the unlimited number of simultaneous connections allowed, there’s no better VPN for you than Surfshark.
- Works where VPNs are banned
- Unlimited simultaneous connections
- Very cheap
- Minimal loss in speed
- Strong encryption
- Weak self-help support section
- Moderate server base
4. ExpressVPN ‣
A great all-rounder, but somewhat expensive and has no stealth mode.
- Price: From $8.32
- VPNpro Rating: 9.3
Chances are you’ve already heard of ExpressVPN in some way or form, given the wide brand recognition and positive buzz around it.
ExpressVPN’s no-logging policy is strong (with the VPN being based in the British Virgin Islands), servers span over 90 countries, and it offers unbreakable encryption.
One of the best parts, of course, is that it offers a virtual server in Brunei by way of Singapore. ExpressVPN is known for its high speeds, but this proximity makes the situation even better for Brunei users specifically.
Ultimately, ExpressVPN is the ultimate package that’s held back by the steep price and lack of a stealth feature, which would be great for a censorious country like Brunei.
- Latest VPN protocols and encryption
- One of the fastest VPNs
- User-friendly support
- Free Smart DNS
- Kill switch
- No free trial
- No stealth mode
A truly anonymous VPN that focuses more on user security than casual browsing.
- Price: From $5.5
- VPNpro Rating: 8.2
Known as one of the most anonymous VPNs, Mullvad VPN doesn’t compromise in any way and keeps your identity a secret even for itself.
There’s no need to provide any information at sign-up and even the payment can be done in Bitcoin (at a 10% discount!), cash in the mail and prepaid cards, in addition to the usual PayPal, bank transfer, and credit cards.
Speeds may be unstable in some regions, but user reviews from Brunei rate the speeds really well.
On the security end, there’s DNS and IPv6 leak protection, Shadowsocks, SSH, and split tunneling, military-grade encryption, tunneling protocols including OpenVPN (considered one of the strongest), making it virtually bulletproof when it comes to security.
The various stealth options, such as Shadowsocks and Obfsproxy, ensures that you can use the VPN even in a country like China, let alone Brunei.
The downside, unfortunately, is in the form of the fact that it’s not very good for unblocking streaming services such as Netflix. It’s not half-bad for torrenting though!
Ultimately, this is a VPN worth considering, but only a user’s specific needs can speak to whether it’s the one for them, or not.
- Military-grade encryption
- Good speeds
- Anonymous browsing
- Anonymous sign-up
- Anonymous payment
- Geo-unblocking is weak
- No phone apps
- No live-chat
Is it safe to use a VPN in Brunei?
As of the time of writing this article, VPNs are not outlawed in Brunei. However, there are nevertheless some risks involved.
That’s why it’s important to select a VPN with a proven track record of no-logging (some VPNs claim no-logging, but news reports and court cases say otherwise!) and solid security. Even better, a VPN with multi-hop would be ideal.
Blocked apps and websites in Brunei
Given the country’s application of Sharia Law, it’s unsurprising that the top pornography sites are blocked, as are some torrent websites and the social media platform ASK.fm.
Other than this, however, most international websites go unblocked in Brunei – with the interesting exception of Gizmodo, which has been banned ever since running an article critical of the monarchy.
Free VPN for Brunei
The best VPN for Brunei wouldn’t be a free VPN, given the risks associated with these. It’s often said, “if you’re not paying for it, you are the product.” A lot of free VPNs’ business model hinges on selling the data of their customers. At best, these VPNs would be slow and disconnect often.
A good option is Tor. While not exactly a VPN, it’s built for making the Internet a safer place. Alternatively, Windscribe gives you enough data to last a month for absolutely no money.
If you’re in Brunei, which of these VPNs have you used before? Did we miss any great VPNs for Brunei? Let us know in the comments below.