If you live in or are planning on traveling to Brazil, it’s vital that you use a VPN to protect yourself online.
Not only do local laws prohibit total anonymity, meaning your ISP is obliged to provide your personal information to the government if requested, the country has also been known to block access to popular websites or apps on many occasions.
The five providers featured in this roundup provide the best balance between performance and privacy on the current market, while also allowing you to access your favorite sites and apps. We cut through all the technical jargon and sales talk to make it as easy as possible for you to make the right decision.
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Our top picks for Brazil offer a good choice of server locations both in and around the country, so you can be sure to get the best possible performance, no matter what you’re doing online. They also provide consistent access to popular streaming sites such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer, and protect your confidential data with minimal logging policies and advanced privacy features.
We thoroughly test out all the custom apps so we can be sure they’re easy to use without missing out on any vital settings, and we put customer support through its paces too. We keep our recommendations fresh by running regular tests on all of the VPNs on this list, so you can be sure the information you see here is 100% up-to-date.
Unless you want to risk your ISP sharing your personal information with the government and assorted third parties, a VPN is an absolute necessity. Brazilian law states that total online anonymity is prohibited, so using a VPN is the only way to keep your browsing history private and secure.
The country also has a history of blacklisting certain websites or apps that don’t comply with its laws. The most recent victim of this was WhatsApp, a popular messaging app, which was blocked several times from late 2015 to early 2016. Using a VPN allows you to bypass these content blocks and access restricted content by appearing to be connecting from outside of the country.
Although using a VPN is totally legal in Brazil, you still need to make sure you’re complying with local and national laws, whatever you’re doing online. You’ll also still be subject to copyright restrictions – a VPN is a privacy tool above all, and should only be used as such.
In order to get the best performance possible, you need to connect to a VPN server close to your true physical location. A higher number of individual servers generally means a reduced chance of server congestion and therefore quicker speeds, however this isn’t always the case – check out the Server Locations section of our reviews for a more detailed overview. Look for servers in Brazil and its neighboring countries, such as Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay.
It’s no use picking a VPN with loads of servers in Brazil if they don’t offer a decent level of performance. Our proprietary speed testing tool allows us to monitor VPN performance across loads of servers worldwide – you can check out the detailed results in the Speed & Reliability section of each provider’s review.
Not all VPNs will work with popular sites and apps such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer, so you need to make sure you choose a provider that will allow you to access the websites you use on a regular basis. We test all of our top picks on a regular basis to ensure that we provide you with the most up-to-date information, and publish the results in our independent VPN reviews.
Chances are that you’re not just going to be using the VPN on a single device – most people will at least install it on a laptop or computer and a mobile device. Some VPNs can also be installed on other internet-connected items such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Apple TV. If you want to protect all of the devices in your home without installing individual apps on each one, look for a VPN that can be configured at router level.
You’re more likely to use the VPN on a regular basis if the software is simple and user-friendly – nobody likes a cluttered, confusing app. We make sure to put each VPN app through its paces so we know what it’s really like to use, and share these results in the Ease of Use section of its review.
A lot of providers will try to tell you they’re completely zero-logs, but the truth is, that’s rarely the case. Usually a provider will collect at least some connection logs in order to help with troubleshooting and maintain a good level of server performance. Avoid VPNs that log any sort of identifiable data, such as your originating IP address, and opt for one that collects the bare minimum or, even better, none at all.
Even our top-rated VPNs are affordable but it’s likely you have a budget in mind. 12-month plans typically offer the best value for money and choosing a VPN with a money-back guarantee will reduce the risk of buyer’s remorse. The best guarantees are 30 days long and will grant you a refund no questions asked – they’re far more common than free trials but are essentially the same thing.