The internet’s laws and regulations are often vastly different from one country to another. Because of this, the kind of VPN service that suits you best also varies between different countries.
Libya is one of the countries where security should be of paramount importance. After going through this article, you will have a fairly good idea of all the VPN services which work well in Libya and will be able to compare their pros and cons so as to decide which one is right for you.
Why use a VPN and how we rank them
If you follow the news, then you will have noticed that Libya is by no means a country with a stable political situation. Because of this, the internet infrastructure is not great and laws protecting user privacy are virtually non-existent.
If you want to make sure that your online data is protected while you are in Libya, then it’s absolutely necessary for you to use a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. A VPN will encrypt your data and route all of your traffic through one of its own servers.
This way, anyone who intercepts your data will only be able to see a jumbled, encrypted mess. On top of this, most VPNs utilize military-grade AES-256 encryption which is impossible to crack even for the most advanced supercomputers.
It is more than probable that the government in Libya is monitoring the internet activity in their jurisdiction. We would also not put it past individual government departments to be harvesting information from the ISPs there. All of this massively elevates the need for a VPN in Libya.
Lastly, remember that a decent VPN can help you get past geo-blocks, and allows you to access banned services in the country. It can also unblock the US version of Netflix, which has the most amount of content available. So, remember to download a VPN before you travel to Libya so you can enjoy anonymous and uncensored access to the internet.
Before looking at the best VPNs currently working in Libya, here are the criteria that we used in order to make the list.
- Encryption and other security features present in the VPN
- Speed and performance of the connection
- Ability to stream and torrent effectively and surpass geo-blocks
- Features on the website and the client to help with troubleshooting, as well as live chat/phone support
- Lowest price available based on deals
Keeping the above criteria in mind, here are the 5 best VPNs for Libya.
1. NordVPN ‣
NordVPN is as safe as a VPN can get.
- Pros: Cheap if you subscribe for a long time, best security on the market, lots of protocols
- Cons: Speed can be lacking at times
- Price: Starts at $3.49/month
- VPNPro Rating: 9.5
When it comes to security, NordVPN is simply the king. Whether it’s their obfuscated protocols which guarantee that you will be able to bypass every single government censorship firewall on earth, or their advanced military-grade AES-256 encryption, NordVPN has everything covered.
NordVPN is by far the best VPN if you want to make sure that you are browsing the internet in a completely anonymous manner. With it, no one can spy on your activity, and it’s also impossible for any website you visit to determine who you are.
NordVPN is also very decent when it comes to unblocking streaming websites and torrenting. However, the experience is hampered a little bit by NordVPN’s lack of speed. An important note here is that NordVPN is still very fast and will do most tasks very efficiently, but it loses its edge in comparison to some of the other industry titans.
Priced at $3.49 a month if you subscribe for 3 years, NordVPN is one of the cheapest VPNs out there with a 30-day money back guarantee. It also has impeccable chat support which makes it the best VPN for Libya.
2. ExpressVPN ‣
The best VPN for streaming and entertainment.
- Pros: Amazing speeds, good security
- Cons: Very expensive, lack of obfuscation protocols
- Price: Starts at $8.32/month
- VPNPro Rating: 9.6
ExpressVPN is all about speed. If you are someone whose main reason for using a VPN is streaming and other entertainment purposes, this is the best VPN you can use.
ExpressVPN is also incredibly secure. Although it cannot compete with Nord, it can pretty much assure you of safety in most situations. It also offers you the same freedom when it comes to unblocking streaming websites and going past geo-blocks.
Although ExpressVPN has the same top-notch support found in NordVPN, it is priced much higher. The prices begin from $8.32, which is in fact much higher than most of its competitors.
3. VyprVPN ‣
Great security for a decent price, faster than NordVPN but more expensive.
- Pros: Great security, works well against firewalls, owns all of its servers
- Cons: No anonymous payment options
- Price: Starts at $5.00/month
- VPNPro Rating: 8.3
VyprVPN is another VPN well-known for its security. The problem with VyprVPN is that it offers almost the same security features found in Nord, but at a higher speed.
To put it simply, you should only purchase VyprVPN if you want better speeds than NordVPN but worse than ExpressVPN, while at the same time having better security than ExpressVPN but worse than NordVPN.
All the features, including good customer support and decent unblocking possibilities found in other leading VPNs, are present in VyprVPN as well. The prices begin at $5.00/month, and this is a good choice for those wanting a middle ground between NordVPN and ExpressVPN.
4. IPVanish ‣
A decent VPN that does everything right, but not perfect.
- Pros: Lots of servers, good speeds, decent pricing, 10 simultaneous devices allowed
- Cons: Not great when it comes to privacy, does not work on Netflix
- Price: From $6.49/month
- VPNPro Rating: 7.6
Think of IPVanish as a VPN that can do everything that other VPNs can do (apart from unblocking Netflix). However, the quality of the service is slightly lower.
Don’t get us wrong, IPVanish is still a very good service that you can definitely use. However, it can’t compete with NordVPN on security, and it does not compete with ExpressVPN when it comes to speed.
There is also the issue of privacy, which can be problematic in a country like Libya. The fact that it is priced at $6.49 means that IPVanish should only be used when you cannot use the aforementioned VPNs for one reason or the other.
If all the VPNs above fail, Surfshark will get the job done.
- Pros: Great live support, secure encryption, completely unblocks almost every service
- Cons: Self-help support feels lacking
- Price: From $1.99/month
- VPNPro Rating: 8.2
This is your last resort. Surfshark is quite cheap at $1.99, especially because of its unlimited simultaneous connections. Although Surfshark has really good encryption, it does lack when it comes to protocols, and there is no way to differentiate it from the pack.
Surfshark is good because it’s cheap, has a 7-day free-trial for App Store and Google Play Store purchases, and also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Is it safe to use a VPN in Libya?
Although the Libyan government is not exactly a role model when it comes to security, the use of a VPN is completely legal in its jurisdiction (as it is in almost all the other countries).
For this reason, it is safe to use a VPN in Libya. Do remember that it is still possible for some VPNs with shoddy security to accidentally or purposefully leak your information and cause you harm if you are doing something that the authorities do not look upon favorably. For this reason, it is best to use a VPN that has impeccable security, such as NordVPN.
Best free VPN for Libya
Before you go for a free VPN, please remember that most of the free VPNs in the market have been known to log your data and sell it for profit. This is because free VPNs still need to pay their server and other costs, and they need to generate a profit.
The best free VPN for Libya is ProtonVPN. ProtonVPN does restrict you in a few ways, such as only allowing you to use one device on their service on the free plan, but it seems to be one of the most secure VPNs currently available.
The good thing about ProtonVPN is that you get unlimited bandwidth, which is a rare thing to see in a free VPN. With it, you will be able to browse the internet without restrictions, but you will have lower speeds unless you upgrade to a premium plan.
If you’re in Libya, which of these VPNs have you used before? Did we miss any great VPNs for Libya? Let us know in the comments below.