Many security suites provide the VPN as part of their bundle that can be helpful when you’re in search of an all-in-one tool. The bundles are quite cost-effective, and you can get two great tools for the cost of one. However not all offer the same high-quality. Some bundles are extremely limited, while others – like Surfshark Antivirus with its next-generation VPN is able to compete with many standalone products.

When you use an antivirus in conjunction with a VPN your internet traffic is routed through an encrypted tunnel that shields your data from prying eyes. This also stops advertisers from tracking you while you’re online. This can also help overcome geographical restrictions, like those that prevent you from accessing content or services.

In general, antivirus-bundled VPNs can’t stand up to top standalone ones, but some of them – like TotalAV’s Safe Browsing VPN — are quite good. It’s not equipped with the advanced security features like RAM-only servers, flawless forward secrecy, and an audited policy of no-logs that top standalone VPNs include, but it’s secure, fast and works with popular streaming apps and torrenting sites.

MacKeeper is a different option. Its malware scanner was highly rated in my tests, and it comes with a reliable VPN that allows streaming via dedicated P2P servers. It’s easy to use and provides decent speeds. It has a no-logs policy that is independently verified by Deloitte. For a more complete solution, CyberGhost is a good choice. It comes with an emergency kill switch in case of unexpected drops in connectivity, split tunnelling and 256-bit AES encryption to protect your data from hackers.