Read below a detailed explanation of how we calculate each VPN service’s Mexico rating:
1. Mexico Server Locations: 30%
Minimum Requirement: A server location in Mexico.
We Recommend: Multiple servers in Mexico, ideally located in a variety of cities.
Having access to Mexican IP addresses through dedicated Mexico servers is essential. Our ratings prioritize the ability to connect to the Mexican internet regardless of your location.
VPNs are useful if you’re already in Mexico, too, so we also look for a large global server network.
In our assessment, VPN providers that offer a wide range of Mexican servers in multiple locations receive higher ratings. The availability of numerous servers minimizes the risk of congestion and ensures a smoother browsing experience.
2. Mexico Streaming: 30%
Minimum Requirement: Unblocks TV Azteca and TUDN.
We Recommend: All of the above, as well as Netflix Mexico and Clarovideo.
The ability of a VPN to bypass geo-restrictions and stream Mexican content from abroad is a key aspect of a good Mexico VPN. In our testing, we assessed each VPN’s ability to unblock popular Mexican streaming services including TV Azteca, Clarovideo, and TUDN from the US.
It’s worth noting that Mexican geo-blocks pose significant challenges, and out of the 65 VPNs we tested, only three worked with Mexican Netflix. Similarly, only two VPNs successfully unblocked Clarovideo.
You can see the full results of our Mexico streaming tests in the table below. It shows which VPN services work to unblock popular Mexican streaming services:
EXPERT ADVICE: You don’t need a VPN to access Telemundo Deportes. Just head to the URL and you can stream its video content from anywhere.
3. Speed: 20%
Minimum Requirement: An average international download speed greater than 60Mbps, and ping lower than 100ms.
We Recommend: An average international download download speed above 80Mbps, and ping lower than 50ms.
Ensuring minimal speed loss compared to your regular internet connection is crucial when selecting a VPN. This allows for a seamless and uninterrupted online experience while using the VPN.
A reliable VPN for Mexico will allow you to browse, stream, and download content while connected to a Mexican VPN server without slowing your internet speed by more than 10%.
To cater to users connecting to Mexico from diverse locations, including the US, Canada, Spain, and Peru, we use an average international download figure derived from our own VPN speed data collection.
This long-term data provides accurate, real-life insight into a VPN’s international speed performance over time.
4. Security & Technical Features: 10%
Minimum Requirement: Secure open-sourced protocols, like OpenVPN and WireGuard, and AES-256 (or equivalent) encryption.
We Recommend: All of the above, as well as IP leak protection and a reliable VPN kill switch.
It’s critical that you always use a secure VPN even when you simply want to get an IP address belonging to a different country.
If all your internet activity is flowing through the VPN connection (tunnel), then using an insecure VPN may lead to sensitive data leaking to third-parties, especially on open/shared Internet networks. This includes the websites and apps you access, and files you share.
To better encrypt and anonymize your web activity, the Mexico VPNs we’ve selected use AES-256 or ChaCha20 encryption and highly secure VPN protocols like OpenVPN and WireGuard.
This enhanced level of encryption allows you to establish a secure connection between your device(s) and the VPN server you’re connecting to, in this case one in Mexico.
5. Privacy & Logging Policy: 10%
Minimum Requirement: Privacy-friendly logging policy, supported by court cases or independent audits.
We Recommend: No-logs policy confirmed by real-world events, trustworthy ownership, and RAM-based (diskless) servers.
Similarly to improving internet security, a VPN must keep your activity on the web private. Privacy is a key factor we consider when evaluating VPNs, regardless of why you want to use a VPN.
We use very strict criteria when assessing a VPNs logging policy and privacy credentials.
Data Cap Reduction: Up to 50%
While free VPN services can be enough for some users, it’s important to acknowledge the limitations their data caps impose on VPN users.
To account for these limitations, we apply penalties to free VPNs that enforce data caps, with stricter penalties reserved for the most restrictive data caps. Here’s how it breaks down:
- 10GB per month: -20% to the overall rating
- 500MB per day: -25% to the overall rating
- 5GB per month: -30% to the overall rating
- 1GB per month: -35% to the overall rating
- 200MB per day: -40% to the overall rating
- 500MB per month: -50% to the overall rating
With only 10GB of data available per month, we’ve docked 20% off PrivadoVPN Free’s overall score.