The best VPNs for Indonesia in 2017

Indonesia has a tightly controlled internet infrastructure, with the government having the ability to spy on its citizens and block online content it deems unfit, with considerable censorship in some areas such as the entertainment sector. Another example of censorship is that this year messaging service Telegram was blocked. As such, connecting online without compromising your privacy is something of a challenge – but it’s one that a VPN can solve.

Using one of the best VPN services can protect you from snooping by masking your IP and keeping your anonymity online, and it can help you get around blocks which have been placed on websites.

How to choose the best VPN service for Indonesia

Obviously, you want a VPN provider with top-notch security and a ‘zero logs’ privacy policy. Local server coverage is also very useful as it provides the fastest (and most reliable) connection in most cases. Native clients are also a definite boon in terms of a user-friendly VPN experience. Lastly, look for round-the-clock customer support to swiftly deal with any potential issues.

Now, without further ado, here are our five choices for the best VPN for Indonesia.

1. VyprVPN

Best all-round VPN

Number of servers: 700+ | Server locations: 70+ | IP addresses: 200,000+ | Maximum devices supported: 3-5

Superfast performance
Free trial
Expensive monthly billing
No refunds

As a tier-1 provider which is in charge of its own infrastructure, VyprVPN is among the fastest services we’ve ever tested – indeed it actually doubled our regular download speeds. The provider offers a cluster of servers that operates as a single server in the capital Jakarta, with a plentiful presence in neighboring countries.

Along with simple and user-friendly clients for every major platform, VyprVPN provides some impressive security features. That includes the company’s proprietary Chameleon protocol, own DNS system, NAT Firewall and all the usual expected security bits and pieces. On top of that, there is no logging here, and the customer support team is available 24/7.

There is a free 3-day trial that will come in handy as this provider doesn’t offer any refunds and its monthly subscription is quite pricey. The Premium plan with annual billing is a reasonably affordable affair, though, and you get all the best features such as the Chameleon protocol. The packages available are:

2. NordVPN

Most secure VPN

Number of servers: 1158 | Server locations: 61 | IP addresses: N/A | Maximum devices supported: 6

Lots of servers
Strong security
Monthly plan is expensive
Free trial is hidden on website

NordVPN offers one local server in Indonesia, while neighboring countries Malaysia, Singapore and Australia also host NordVPN servers. The total number of servers and locations available makes this one of the largest VPN networks around.

There are custom apps for a range of mobile and desktop platforms that will satisfy even more demanding users. Also, the service is P2P-friendly with selected servers (the closest option being a dozen servers in Singapore).

Security-wise, NordVPN has things tightly covered with all the standard security protocols, 256-bit encryption, an automatic kill switch, and lots of features on select servers, most notably double encryption (Hong Kong is the closest location for this capability). The clear no logs policy and readily available customer support round off things nicely.

If you want to test the service, there is a free trial but oddly enough it’s not advertised on the home page – find it here. This provider’s monthly billing is expensive and your best bet is the cheap 2-year subscription. The packages available are:

3. ExpressVPN

Best VPN for mobile use

Number of servers: 1000+ | Server locations: 145 | IP addresses: N/A | Maximum devices supported: 3

Great server coverage
Quality mobile apps
Rather pricey
No free trial

ExpressVPN boasts three local servers in Indonesia, which is good to see. Additional server locations include almost every nearby country so finding the best connection shouldn’t be a problem.

The British Virgin Islands-based provider offers a uniform VPN client experience for all devices. The mobile clients are particularly impressive with intuitive, user-friendly software for both Android and iOS devices. There is also P2P support and 24/7 email and live chat for troubleshooting problems.

ExpressVPN uses OpenVPN alongside the usual protocols, as well as 256-bit encryption plus there’s an automatic kill switch. And on the privacy front, the provider doesn't collect or log traffic data or browsing activity.

The service costs more than most VPNs, as evidenced by a quick glance at the pricing page. Even the normally affordable yearly subscription is relatively pricey, but it’s the best option in terms of value-for-money here. The packages available are:

4. Speedify

Best VPN for novices

Number of servers: 86 | Server locations: 35 | IP addresses: N/A | Maximum devices supported: 5

Channel bonding boosts speeds
1GB per month free plan
No low-level settings
Relatively low server count

This provider’s somewhat low server count (although there is one local server in Jakarta) is mitigated due to its ‘channel bonding’ feature. This can combine the power of multiple internet connections – assuming you have them, for example, fixed and mobile broadband – to result in better performance.

The service also provides custom clients for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. The downside is that there aren’t many settings to play with, but on the other hand, this keeps things simple for less tech-savvy folks. Users intent on some P2P action will be glad to know it’s supported here.

Speedify uses ‘ChaCha’ 256-bit encryption for all outgoing traffic, with OpenVPN as the main security protocol. The company has a clear privacy policy and it doesn’t log the user’s activities or visited websites.

The provider offers a free plan which has a 4GB limit for the first month and then drops to 1GB on a monthly basis. There are only two price plans which are both pitched very reasonably, with the yearly subscription offering particularly good value. The packages available are:

5. Ivacy

Most affordable VPN

Number of servers: 250+ | Server locations: 100+ | IP addresses: N/A | Maximum devices supported: 5

Fast performance
Affordable 2-year plan
Basic mobile offering
Refund restrictions

This Singapore-based provider achieved excellent results in our performance testing, almost matching our normal download rates with the VPN turned off. There is one local server, located in the capital city of Jakarta, with decent coverage in neighboring countries.

Ivacy’s desktop apps boast some smart features including a list of ‘purposes’ which you can use to easily customize the software to the particular usage you require: unblocking websites, torrenting, fastest performance and so forth. Mobile apps, on the other hand, are seriously lacking in terms of features and updates. The service is torrent-friendly with optimized P2P servers on offer.

There are multiple security protocols in use (although the local server is PPTP, L2TP, and SSTP only), alongside 256-bit encryption and extra features like split tunneling and Secure DNS. Users can enjoy complete privacy as no logs are kept regarding online activities. In addition, there’s dedicated customer support provided 24/7 via live chat or email.

Bear in mind that the refund policy has a couple of restrictions: it’s valid for up to 30 connections or 7GB of bandwidth. However, the available price plans are reasonably appealing. As usual, the 1-year plan offers the most value for your money and also gets you one year for free. The packages available are: