State College, Pennsylvania is a home rule municipality located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The statistical area has a population of approximately 236k. As you might be able to guess, it is the home of Penn State University. Most of the borough consists of University Park, and it is effectively built around the college. Whether you are visiting the area for a weekend or a number of years, there is a good chance that you’ll use public WiFi at some point. Before you do that, you’ll want to connect to a VPN first. We’ll explain more about that in a moment. However, we can provide you with our list of the best VPNs for State College.
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The village of State College grew into a town to meet the needs of Penn State University. Originally, settlers founded it as “Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania” in 1855. That said, it incorporated in 1896 as State College, and has grown ever since. Interestingly enough, the president of the school tried to get the name changed in 1953. However, the name stayed the same due to the lack of better choices. It is not hard to guess that the biggest employer in town by quite a margin is Penn State University.
Beaver Stadium is the home of the Penn State Nittany Lions. It holds 106k people and has a Kentucky Bluegrass field. Football brings in quite a bit of money to the school and the team has won almost 69% of their games since 1887.
No matter what your reasons are for the city, the chances are you will have some downtime. Fortunately, there are a number of businesses offer free WiFi to their customers. Before you connect to one of those, though, you need to use a VPN. That is because cybercriminals can easily gain access to your private information otherwise. You can bet there is always someone lurking about, just waiting to find a vulnerable target. When you use a VPN, you create a secure and private connection to the server of your choice. That makes it much more difficult for cybercrooks to steal your steal your data.
The next reason to use a VPN is to help you get around geo-restrictions. We’ll explain that a bit with an example. If you want to go to a football game but can’t get tickets, that can be a problem. You could always go to a bar or you could watch it online (if you do not have a cable or satellite subscription). However, you will encounter a blackout because of licensing rights. By using a VPN, you can connect to a server in a different area. That stops the detection software from blocking out your area. That way, you can enjoy the game like you normally would online.
Here is another example. If you try to use WiFi at the school, there is a good chance they will block you from accessing some of the sites you would normally enjoy. That is due to the school’s firewall. Those are common in schools, businesses, and even some countries. The VPN will help you get around those restrictions, too. Now you see why it is important, let’s look at a few of the best choices.
State College has a nice sized population when school is in. However, it still does not have its’ own servers with most services. Because of that, we chose server locations in Cleveland since it is only 239 miles away. You will also find that IPVanish has more server locations in the United States that just about any other VPN service. Those factors make it one of the best options for VPN usage on a daily basis.
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|63||89||Ashburn, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Phoenix, San Jose. Seattle, Washington DC|
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 3 servers in Cleveland and you can connect to any or all of them. We tested an IPVanish server in Cleveland and found the speed to be 39.63 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. A 7-day money back guarantee covers new members.
ExpressVPN brings together fast VPN access with MediaStreamer which acts as a Smart DNS service to unblock access to geo-restricted content. The service will help encrypt your connection and unblock live sporting events. You will even find a list of the latest live entertainment and sporting events on their website.
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|94||160||Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Monica, Seattle, Tampa, Virginia, Washington, DC|
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 will want to select the “All” tab and type New York (since it is the closest location) in the box that says “search country or city”. At this point, you can select the servers located there. Though we chose New York, the server shows up as being located in Philadelphia. We tested a server using the New York setting and the speed was 54.04 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 a 30-day money back guarantee
CyberGhost was founded in 2001 by 7 enthusiastic young team members in Bucharest, Romania. Since that time the company has grown into one of the largest VPN services in the world. The team of 50+ members focuses on protecting users privacy. Robert Knapp, co-founder and CEO, continues to lead the team even after they joined the Crossrider group in 2017. Since that time the CyberGhost network has expanded quite a bit.
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|60||80||Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC|
CyberGhost offers a nice mix of server locations, strong encryption, and the ability to unblock popular streaming services like Netflix, YouTube Red, and Amazon Prime. Some of the channels even let you unblock geo-restrictions for multiple regions. For example, you can access Amazon Prime video content in the US, Germany, or UK. The Windows client also gives you the option to surf anonymously, protect WiFi, torrent anonymously, unblock basic websites (Google, Facebook Instagram, etc.), and choose a server.
Since we wanted to test a server in Cleveland (because of its’ closeness to State College), we opened the Windows client and clicked on the “Choose My Server” option. From there you can expand any country and select a specific server. The CyberGhost network includes several servers in Cleveland. We connected to one of them and tested the performance. As you can see, the download speed was 31.76 Mbps.
The CyberGhost VPN client is one of our favorites. It is very easy to use and includes a number of advanced features to help protect your online privacy. They have a development team in Germany that is continually adding features to the client and mobile apps. You can sign up for full access to the CyberGhost network from just $3.50 a month during their current promotion.
TorGuard was launched in 2012 by team members located in Nevis, West Indies. When you compare it to other services, this VPN service is relatively new. However, they have more than 1250 servers located in 42 different countries around the world. Their target audience is the torrenting community, but it will work just fine for anything you want to do in the State College area. Though there are not any servers located in State College, we used a server in New York City since it is the best option. The difference in locations may sound large, but it will work well for your purposes.
TorGuard has a solid mix of server locations, strong encryption, and the ability to unblock popular streaming services like Netflix, YouTube Red, and Amazon Prime as well as torrenting activities. Often times, you can gain access to Amazon Prime video content in several different locations. When using the Windows client, you have the option to surf anonymously, protect WiFi, torrent anonymously, unblock basic websites (Google, Facebook Instagram, etc.), choose a server, and more.
Since we wanted to test a server in New York City, we opened the Windows client and selected the OpenVPN protocol. Now, you can scroll through the list of countries arranged in alphabetical order. Then, you can choose a city. The TorGuard network includes a few different servers in New York City. We connected to one of them and tested the performance. As you can see, the download speed was 60.88 Mbps which is quite fast.
The TorGuard VPN service is a favorite in the file-sharing community. Everything is easy to use and straightforward so you can easily protect your online privacy. There are frequently features added to the mobile versions as well. You can sign up for full access for as low as $4.99 a month during their current promotion.
Though we feel we have chosen the best options for you to use while in the town of State College, you can feel free to take a look at our top 10 VPNs list. However, we do not think you will feel the need to. We made our decisions based on security, speed, reliability, and even price. We also looked for providers with servers in the same general region as State College. That way, you will have access to the best speeds possible. No matter which option you want to choose, they all have good networks. If you want to stream content, you’ll appreciate the higher speeds. By using our guide to help you make the right decision, you can find the best options for your goals.