A VPN is one of the most compact solutions for all your privacy problems on the Internet, including dealing with geo-blocking, having your identity compromised, and targeted advertising that seems to know you personally.Keep yourself one step ahead of the censorship in Jordan by using a VPN. We’ll help you in selecting one best suited to your needs.
All VPNs are not created equal, and some fulfill more specific purposes than others and for different regions. This article aims to help out our readers in Jordan. It might be that a VPN is the best in each country all around, but sometimes countries (such as some in the Middle East) might need some special care from their VPN provider.
Why use a VPN, and how we rank them:
Using a VPN is good form no matter where you are, but in Jordan, the importance of VPNs rises exponentially.
Some countries are very focused on keeping some specific content from their citizens. In Jordan, it’s LGBTQ+ content, with censorship being rampant in that area.
Additionally, there has been an upwards tick in the amount of blocking of websites and the encouragement of self-censorship. The Press and Publications Law in 2012 was criticized for being a transparent attempt at controlling the Internet.
What’s worse, and arguably the one that affects the public indiscriminately is the 2015 ban on VOIP (Viber, WhatsApp, Skype) and social media services such as Facebook and Twitter during “exam season” all across the country.
In such a situation, it’s recommended to use a VPN not only to keep yourself connected to the world at large but to protect yourself in a place where you could get jailed for expressing opinions online.
For this, we’ve devised a method for determining the best VPN to use in Jordan, contingent on:
- Price: is it affordable?
- Ease of use: is customer support good?
- Security: is the VPN able to encrypt your data well?
- Performance: will your connection speed be affected?
- Entertainment and streaming: does the VPN help you get around geo-blocking?
As such, our listing, in order, is as follows:
1. NordVPN ‣
A VPN that manages to be one of the cheapest and one of the most secure
- Pros: unlimited servers, customizable, fast, cheap, no logs, externally-audited
- Cons: does not offer routers or support for routers
- Price: starts from 3.49 dollars per month
- VPNpro rating: 9.5
Hailing from Panama, a place known for its data-friendly freedom, NordVPN not only provides maximum security for the best price possible but also does it at no cost to your personal data with a stellar no-logging policy.
In NordVPN you’ll find usability OpenVPN, IKEv2, and SSTP – in other words, the top-most security protocols – with 256-bit data encryption using a 2048-bit handshake. In simple words, this makes your data near impenetrable.
NordVPN also comes with extra features that are hard to find in such a convenient package: TOR over VPN, Multi-hop Double VPN, and protection from IPv6 and DNS and WebRTC leaks.
With upwards of 5000 servers and a widespread all over the globe, you’d expect NordVPN to skimp on speeds or when it comes to unblocking restrictions on foreign Netflix and other streaming services, or perhaps they’d block P2P connections to cut corners. However, none of that applies: P2P connections are allowed, there’s no data throttling, and NordVPN is adept at unblocking geo-restrictions on streaming sites.
Ultimately, NordVPN combines affordability with usability in a secure package: even the problem of not being able to set it up as easily on your router doesn’t seem that bad when you get up to six simultaneous connections for the stunningly low price of 3 dollars a month.
2. VyprVPN ‣
A VPN dedicated to making the Internet free and your security customizable
- Pros: no logs, independently audited, adept at geo-unblocking, military-grade encryption and cipher, unique Chameleon protocol for anti-censorship
- Cons: payment plans inflexible and fixed
- Price: starts from 5.00 dollars per month
- VPNpro Rating: 8.3
VyprVPN has been getting its no-logging policy independently audited since 2009, and their focus on a truly anonymous digital space is proven by the fact that the policy has yet to be violated or disputed.
It’s also home to a very special feature, very useful for those in countries (or websites and streaming services, such as Netflix) where VPN usage may be blocked.
VyprVPN is also known for owning all of its servers, which is almost a rarity in the VPN industry, where many purchase and share servers from and with other companies. This makes their far-from-impressive 70-server spread a serviceable feature.
VyprVPN is a service that, while a little on the pricey side, is the best for the specific needs of many experienced and novice users alike.
3. CyberGhost ‣
An easy-to-use option with no-logging and great customer support.
- Pros: no logs, 1000+ servers globally, kill switch, unthrottled bandwidth, seven simultaneous connections
- Cons: unprofessional interface
- Price: starts from 2.75 dollars per month
- VPNpro rating: 9.1
With a bona fide no-logging policy, CyberGhost is a VPN for those who prefer their IPs completely masked without having to be exposed to any sort of vulnerability.
And with seven simultaneous connections, you can get a single account and use its support for Windows, Android, and macOS/iOS devices to protect all your devices, perhaps even for your whole family.
It has everything you could want from a decent VPN: its encryption and security protocols are of the highest industry standard and it comes backed with a kill switch. It’s also extremely affordable, and the refund policy is whopping 45-day money back guarantee.
While some might find the interface off-putting, CyberGhost is a thoroughly affordable VPN that has all the basics covered and comes with a whopping month-and-a-half money back guarantee. Simply put, it’s a strong product with good service.
4. ExpressVPN ‣
Considered by many to be one of the best VPNs, with the fastest speeds around.
- Pros: no logs, kill switch, latest and best security protocols, high speeds, based in the BVI
- Cons: expensive, with no free trial available
- Price: starts from 8.32 dollars per month
- VPNpro rating: 9.6
With a long-standing reputation as being amongst the best of the best, ExpressVPN wrestles its way onto nearly any VPN list.
It’s untarnished in terms of its image and service, from security to its no-logging policy: however, it’s let down by the steep price – in spite of the high-quality features – and the unavailability of a free trial just makes the whole situation a little bit more elitist, with many users unable to test it out for themselves to see if it works in their location or with their specific needs.
That being said, ExpressVPN also has the highest number of servers you’d be able to find in a VPN (the exact figure is somewhere upwards of a staggering 3000), which might justify the price. It’s also registered in the British Virgin Islands, which means there’s no mass of data retention laws swarming above its personified head.
You can either let the app decide what security protocol might be better suited to your system, or choose it for yourself, from a wide variety that includes nearly every protocol currently working – and with AES-256-CBC encryption backed by a 4096-bit RSA handshake and an SHA-512 key to authenticate it all, it’s practically impossible to breach.
ExpressVPN’s strengths shine through, thus making it earn its place on this list, but many users might still feel the price is too much to ask, especially if their needs can be met elsewhere and at a much more reasonable rate.
A VPN that’s as surprising in terms of its features as its price
- Pros: no logs, cheap, double VPN offered, reliable geo-unblocking, allows P2P connections
- Cons: customer support needs an overhaul
- Price: starts from 1.99 per month
- VPNpro rating: 9.0
Like our previous entry, Surfshark VPN also comes from the British Virgin Islands. It’s already going head-to-head with the best of the best, especially considering its value “pound for pound,” having established itself as a safe and reliable service in a very short period of time (at least as compared to some of the other heavyweights).
DNS leaks are a concern with VPNs, one that Surfshark nips in the bud by using their own DNS network (along with IPv6 and WebRTC leak protection). This is all backed up by AES-256-GCM encryption with SHA-512 handshake, but this is just the standard stuff.
Yes, Surfshark goes above and beyond in winning over its customers with a double (multi-hop) VPN feature, a “whitelister,” built-in protection against malware and ads, and its own version of a feature we’ve mentioned earlier in the article that masks your VPN itself, making your VPN usage invisible at the root.
Their navigation of the restrictions of geo-blocking is also commendable with a feature called NoBorders that uses Surfshark’s 800+ servers in over 60 countries to let you watch YouTube, Hulu, Kodi, Netflix and other streaming platforms from whichever virtual location you want, and help you bypass the strictest of government censorship.
All in all, Surfshark is a stunningly competent and competitively-priced VPN, good for the beginner and the expert, making security and safety affordable and bulletproof to all.
Is it safe to use a VPN in Jordan?
Jordan is ultimately ahead of the curve when it comes to a freer Internet as compared to the rest of the Middle East. It’s also a country that allows the usage of VPNs, which is good news since any restriction and censorship otherwise can be circumvented with the use of a good VPN – which this article would have helped you in being able to choose.
Free VPN for Jordan
A “free VPN” is a business model that can never sustain itself. This means that most free VPNs are actually quite the opposite, either selling your data on the side or existing purely as an advertisement for another service.
What we recommend is going for a VPN service that offers a free version of their product. One of the top-rated VPNs that offer a data-limited free plan is Windscribe, who will let you tweet for more data and reset your data cap monthly.
Many users are of the opinion that the free Windscribe bandwidth is good enough, with 15GB being the average amount of data you can get a month.
If you’re in Jordan, which of these VPNs have you used before? Did we miss any great VPNs for Jordan? Let us know in the comments below.