Houston, Texas is the most populous city in the second largest state in the United States. It also has the 5th largest metro area in the county at just over 6.3 million people. The city is known for quite a few different things from healthcare to aerospace and is the most diverse in the state. While there are many factors that make up the appeal of Houston, using public WiFi without subscribing to a VPN service is a bad idea. We’ll tell you why shortly, but in the meantime take a look at our list of the best VPNs for Houston.
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Houston was officially incorporated in 1837 and was named for Sam Houston. His victory at the Battle of San Jacinto secured Texas independence. He was also the first and third president of the Republic of Texas. In 1859, he was elected the 7th governor of Texas and was removed in 1861 because he refused to join the succession efforts of the American Civil War.
Through the years, the city’s location on Buffalo Bayou and close location to New Orleans, Louisiana has made it a highly desired port. In modern times, Houston is a global city. It has the nickname of Space City, due to NASA’s Mission Control being located there. The city has 3 top-tier sports teams (Astros, Texans, Rockets), has many museums, festivals, and attractions, and is second only to New York City for the most Fortune 500 companies located there. No matter whether you are going to Houston for leisure travel, medical, or business, you won’t run out of things to do there.
Because of everything that happens in Houston and all of the tourism, many establishments offer free WiFi for their patrons. While that is a great thing for many people, it is also great for criminals. That is a great reason to use a VPN. By creating a secure and encrypted connection to a server of your choice, you greatly reduce the chance that your sensitive data will be stolen. If you don’t use one, you leave yourself open and vulnerable to attack.
Another reason why you might want to use a VPN is to help you get around geo-restrictions. Sometimes companies, schools, colleges, and even countries use technology to stop you from seeing content outside of a certain area. If you try to stream content from a different region than you are currently in, those groups will stop you from seeing it. When you connect to a VPN, you can get around those types of blocks.
Those two reasons are the basics for VPN usage when visiting Houston. However, you may notice other reasons once you sign up for your account. To protect your privacy or get around geo-blocks, both goals can be accomplished by using a VPN. Now, we will talk about specifics. VPNs protect you by using encryption protocols. That said, it can be difficult to choose a good provider or even a protocol.
The best protocol to choose whenever possible is OpenVPN. That is because it provides the best mix of speed and security. Though almost all providers offer OpenVPN, you may see a UDP version, TCP version, or both. The UDP version is the fastest. It is great for enjoying streaming content. If you are having issues staying connected, you will want to select the TCP option. Though it may be slower, you won’t experience the same disconnection issues with OpenVPN TCP.
Because of the fast speeds of ExpressVPN and MediaStreamer, your VPN service can be used as a Smart DNS service to unblock access to geo-restricted content. The service will help encrypt your connection and unblock live sporting events. There is even a list of the latest live entertainment and sporting events on their website.
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|67||95||2000||Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Hollywood, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, San Jose, Seattle, Tampa, Virginia, Washington DC||$12.95||$99.95||30 day|
As you can see in the table above, ExpressVPN manages a very large VPN network. Beyond the USA, the ExpressVPN network boasts hundreds of servers in key locations to help protect their user’s privacy. You can use their network to protect your privacy, unblock censorship, and watch your favorite teams from anywhere.
The ExpressVPN app allows you to select a server location down to the city but you can not choose a specific server. Instead, the client will select a server in your chosen location. You also need to know that some cities are not shown on the recommended tab inside the client. This is true for Dallas (since it is the closest option to Houston). You will want to select the “All” tab, open Americas, and then open United States. At this point, you can select the USA – Dallas server location. As you can see we tested a server in Dallas and the speed was 59.55 Mbps.
While ExpressVPN is sold at a higher price point than the other services in our list, the value is high given the size of their network and service features. You can connect a computer, handheld device, router, and game console (SmartDNS) with a single VPN account for just $6.67 a month with an annual subscription.
Houston is one of the big hubs for many different types of businesses as we mentioned earlier. Though there are no servers in Houston specifically, connecting to a server in Dallas will provide you with great speeds. IPVanish has more server locations in the United States than most VPN companies. This makes them one of our top choices for using a VPN while in Houston.
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|63||89||1000||Ashburn, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Phoenix, San Jose. Seattle, Washington DC||$7.50||$58.49||7 day|
Along with a large footprint in the USA, IPVanish hosts servers in every continent other than Antarctica. The network has consistently been the fastest VPN in North America and Europe in our speed tests. You will find multiple server locations in countries like the US and UK. You can select a location or an individual server.
IPVanish hosts 36 servers in Dallas and you can choose to connect to any of them. We suggest selecting one that starts with “a” in the server name. For example dal-a01.ipvanish.com. In most cases, you will find the “a” servers to be the fastest. We tested an IPVanish server in Dallas, dal-a26, because it is the closest to Houston, and found the speed to be 63.83 Mbps.
When it comes to value, IPVanish is hard to beat. They offer unlimited access to their VPN network and custom software for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Firestick and more for $7.50 a month or $58.49 a year. That works out to just $4.87 a month on the annual plan. Members are covered by a 7-day money back guarantee.
PureVPN has been in business since 2007, making them one of the oldest VPN providers on the market. Having an early start has helped them expand and innovate. PureVPN has one of the best VPN clients available on the market. They also have free apps for both iOS and Android
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Innovation is an area that helps PureVPN stand out from the pack. They continue to add new features and add-ons to the service. You can add NAT firewall, a dedicated IP address, StealthVPN browser and a special option called dedicated streaming to help speed up your performance.
Since we wanted to test a server in Houston, we opened the Windows client and clicked on the “Country Selection Tool” option. From there you can expand any country and select a specific server using the “Browse All Servers” tab. The PureVPN network has several servers located in Houston. We connected to one of them and tested the performance. As you can see, our download speed was 61.35 Mbps.
PureVPN does really well in the pricing category. They have cut pricing by over 50% as the service continues to grow. You can sign up for unlimited VPN and access all their server locations from just $4.16 a month. The annual plan is a great value.
Now that you have looked at the choices above, there are other options available on our top 10 VPN services list. However, we feel the ones above are the best choices. We selected them based on speed, reliability, price, and security. We also looked for providers with servers located in or near Houston. By doing so, you will have access to the best speeds. Speed can be a factor if you plan on streaming any content. Because our options all have good networks, you can’t go wrong with the choices. By using our guide, you can make the best choice.