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Get Cisco AnyConnect - 8 great secure VPN alternatives

About Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is an enterprise-grade remote-access application that pairs with Cisco's servers to provide a secure connection to a company's remote services. The Cisco software lets administrators provide a secure connection, manage which enterprise services users can connect to, and block network access for devices not running the proper software.

Cisco has mobile VPN clients available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry devices. Cisco advises working with your VPN administrator to configure the AnyConnect VPN mobile client.

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Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

Cisco AnyConnect alternatives

According to Cisco, to legally use the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client, it must be paired with licensed Cisco equipment and software.

If you can't use the Cisco client but still want to use a VPN, you have a handful of methods to make a secure connection over an unprotected network.

If you need a VPN infrequently, say, when staying at a hotel, then you can find a free VPN with a monthly data cap or that is supported by advertisements.

For a VPN without a data cap or that allows you to connect to servers in regions outside where you live, then you can subscribe to VPN service that either provides both the client and the service or just the service that you can use a third-party client to connect to.

Best Free VPNs


TunnelBear VPN puts a friendly face on security, helping you protect your privacy via a bear-themed private network. The solid (and entertaining) free version has a monthly data cap.

Avira Phantom VPN

Avira distinguishes itself with a low-key approach, a clean and compact interface, and a wide variety of optional settings.


Betternet offers a free, ad-supported version of its VPN with unlimited monthly data.

Best Paid VPNs


IVPN provides a feature-rich package of security, privacy, customer support, and connection types.

VPN by Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access' VPN is a simple-to-use way to secure your Internet traffic. If you want to adjust your level of encryption, it offers a useful collection of security settings.

Private Tunnel VPN

Private Tunnel, from the makers of the open-source OpenVPN protocol, offers an affordable way to keep your Internet traffic safe and private.

Best VPN mobile clients

OpenVPN for Android

If have lined up a VPN service, such as a subscription to iVPN, and just need a mobile client to connect, the open source app OpenVPN for Android is respected and free.

OpenVPN Connect


On the iOS side, OpenVPN Connect is another open-source and free-to-use client for connecting to a VPN service you already subscribe to.

Clifford Colby follows the Mac and Android markets for He's been an editor at Peachpit Press and a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including MacWeek, MacUser, and Corporate Computing.