Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the largest city in the state and the 6th most populous in the US. The estimated population is just over 1.55 million with more than 6 million in the metro area. The city has a lot of history, and there are many reasons to visit. If you will be traveling to Philly and plan on using public WiFi, you won’t want to without first connecting to a VPN. We’ll explain why in a moment. However, we suggest you take a look at our suggested list of the best VPNs for Philadelphia before we get started.
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Though there had been European settlement in the area since 1623, the area that is now Philadelphia was founded by William Penn in 1682 with the charter of his colony. King Charles II of England granted it to him as a partial loan payment. However, Penn actually bought the area from the local Lenape Native Americans so he would be on good terms with them and ensure peace in his colony.
Through the years, Penn’s tolerance of other religions led to a rapid growth into America’s most important city. The city itself has a few different nicknames that you may be familiar with. Those include the City of Brotherly Love and Philly. As you can tell, the city has a lot of history. They also have five top-tier sports teams. Those are the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL), Phillies (MLB), Flyers (NHL), 76ers (NBA), and the Union (MLS). Blizzard Entertainment has an ESports team for “Overwatch League” called the Philadelphia Fusion. Whether you are visiting Philadelphia for one of the major companies headquartered there, or for something else, there is always plenty to do.
As with all tourism, there is quite a bit of competition to get customers. Because of that, many businesses and hotels offer free WiFi to their patrons to draw them in. Though that sounds great to most people, you can also include cybercriminals. They are just waiting for the opportunity to steal your sensitive data. By using a VPN to create a secure and encrypted connection to the server of your choice, you can make it difficult for that to happen.
The second reason to use a VPN is to help you get around geo-blocks. If you are a sports fan, you already know that you may be blocked from seeing your favorite team online if you are in the city. That is because of blackouts in the area. By connecting to a city in another area, you can remedy that problem. Additionally, some companies, countries, and institutions enforce blocking if you are trying to view content outside of the targeted area. It is not hard to see how getting around geo-restrictions is useful.
Both reasons we just used can show you some of the benefits of using a VPN while in Philadelphia. That said, you are welcome to come up with your own as well. Whether it is to protect your privacy or to help you get around geo-blocks, VPN usage is necessary. Now that you see why, we’ll take a look at some of the best options.
When used together, ExpressVPN’s great speeds and their MediaStreamer feature act like a Smart DNS service. That means it will help you unblock geo-restrictions and encrypt your connection as well. That is one of the benefits of using the service when in Philadelphia.
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By taking a look at the table above, you can see that ExpressVPN controls a network. Their network has hundreds of servers in key locations to help protect the user’s privacy. That includes locations like New York and New Jersey (since those are the closest locations). When you use their network to protect your privacy, unblock censorship, and enjoy the content you are used to seeing.
The ExpressVPN app allows you to select a server location down to the city. However, you can’t choose the specific server in the locations. Instead, the ExpressVPN app will choose the best option for you, based on your location. When you open the app, click on the button that says “Choose Location”. Now, select the “All” tab and type in New York or New Jersey. At this point, you can select the servers located there.
The ExpressVPN service has a higher price than other choices, but they offer a very high-value product. That is because of the service features and the size of their network. You can connect your favorite handheld device, router, game console (SmartDNS), and even personal computer by using a single VPN account for just $6.67 a month with an annual subscription.
With the size and location of Philadelphia, it is home and is close to many different types of businesses. IPVanish works well when you connect to a server in New York City, NY (the closest server location to the city). The VPN service has more server locations in the United States than the other companies our list. That makes them our favorite go-to choice while in Philadelphia.
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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 58 servers in New York City, which is fewer than 100 miles from Philadelphia. You can choose to connect to any of them. We suggest selecting one that starts with “a” in the server name. For example nyc-a01.ipvanish.com. In most cases, you will find the “a” servers to be the fastest. We tested an IPVanish server in New York City, nyc-a24, and found the speed to be 63.45 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.
Private Internet Access (PIA) gives users a few different options. Unlike in the past, you no longer have to set up a profile for each VPN server. Now, you can connect to any of their server locations in 25 countries. As you can see below, the PIA team has organized their servers by region, country, and city. The server locations are listed in alphabetical order by country. Once you select a location, you can connect easily to locations in New York City (since it is the closest).
There are a lot of torrent users who love Private Internet Access. The service includes a feature that will stop your system from communicating if the connection to their service drops. Meaning if your encrypted VPN access is dropped for any reason it will keep you safe.
PIA’s Windows client is streamlined. That means you won’t find much to it as far as set up and usage. That said, it is anything but simple.PIA offers different levels of privacy protection depending on your needs. You can control encryption levels and find the right balance between privacy and speed. As you can see, our speed test showed that PIA was running at 62.02 Mbps.
When it comes to their Windows client the PIA team has included an Internet kill switch. The kill switch will kill your Internet connection anytime the VPN fails. That can really come in handy for those wanting to ensure anonymity in Philly. Private Internet Access offers VPN from just $2.50 a month.
HideMyAss was brought to life in 2005 when Jack Cator, a 16-year-old student in England, decided that he wanted to create a service to help people avoid censorship. Specifically, Jack was unable to access social media sites and online games because they were blocked on the school network. HMA added hundreds of thousands of users the first month and has since grown into one of the largest VPN services in the world with over 350 server locations. Privax, the parent company of HMA Pro VPN, joined the AVG team in 2015.
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If your goal is to find the VPN with the most server locations then HideMyAss is your best choice. Just keep in mind that HMA logs user activity which is a concern for some VPN users. HMA hosts 175 VPN servers in the United States including quite a few servers located in New York City. To connect to a server in there, you will want to go into the “Location Mode” and select “Change Location” to get started. Then click on the “Cities” tab and search for New York City or just New York. From there you can select the USA, New York, New York City server location. When we connected to a server in NYC to test the speed, we found it to be 60.02 Mbps.
In 2016 HMA and a few other leading VPN providers led the way in simplifying their custom client software. The result is a full set of custom apps that make it easy for any user to connect to the HMA network and encrypt your connection. They have software available for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. You can also connect to HMA through your router. HMA offers unlimited VPN access from just $6.56 a month and offers all new users a 30-day risk-free money back guarantee.
StrongVPN has one of the best VPN networks in the country and is headquartered in the US. Previously, the company charged users based on the number of server locations and protocols they used. Now, StrongVPN offers members full access to their network that includes hundreds of servers worldwide.
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The latest addition to the StrongVPN service is the StrongDNS feature. Everyone who signs up for a StrongVPN account also receives free access to StrongDNS. You can use the smart DNS service to circumvent geo-restrictions. It is a great solution for those who plan to travel outside the USA and want to access Netflix.
StrongVPN hosts a number of servers in New York City (chosen because of the closeness to Philadelphia). You can not select a specific server. Instead, you will want to click on the server location drop-down and choose United States – New York. We selected OpenVPN UDP for the best performance. After connecting to a server there, we tested our speed and found it to be 50.14 Mbps.
StrongVPN has been kind in offering our visitors a 25% discount. The coupon stacks on top of their normal term discounts. You can enjoy unlimited VPN and free SmartDNS access for just $7.50 a month or $52.49 a year. The annual account works out to just $4.37 a month. A 7-day money back guarantee covers all new users.
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 New York City (because of location). We connected to one of them and tested the performance. As you can see, our download speed was 44.57 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.
If you are looking for different choices, feel free to take a look at our top 10 VPN list. That said, we do not think you will need to. We selected our options based on speed, reliability, price, security, and locations. Since Philadelphia is so close to New York City, you are sure to get the best speeds. If you plan on streaming any sort of content, speed is very important. Our options all have great networks, so you can’t go wrong with any of the choices. Hopefully, we have helped make the best choice for you.