Whether you want privacy or to stream content that isn’t available in your country, a VPN or Virtual Private Network is an essential tool for browsing the web these days.

NordVPN leads the market with its user-friendly apps and an extensive list of features. And at the moment it's cheap, with 70% off the 3-year plan. And because it's the company's 8th birthday, it's celebrating by giving anyone who signs up to that plan before 10 March a free gift. 

The gift can be one of four extra plans: 1 month, 1 year, 2 years or 3 years. 

The discount knocks £234.51 off the regular three-year price of the VPN service (£331.25). That means you pay £96.74 up front (which works out at £2.68 per month).

Head to NordVPN’s website to see this deal, which is refundable for 30 days.

Nord sits at the top of our chart of the best VPNs around and there are a few reasons that make it our favourite. It's fast, easy to use, offers 5,687 servers across 60 countries, and works with Netflix, iPlayer, HBO GO, ShowTime, Hulu and a bunch of other streaming services. 

If you’re itching to see what the latest streaming service is like, here's how to watch Disney+ in the UK using a VPN. Also see our article on how to watch BBC iPlayer abroad.

Nord offers a kill switch in its app, which automatically stops all internet activity if the VPN tunnel collapses. You can fine-tune which apps it should terminate, so not all apps have to lose their connection. Nord also offers a feature called Double VPN which routes your connection through two servers instead of just one. 

See our full review of NordVPN for everything there is to know about the service.

Pick up NordVPN now with a massive 70% off and a free gift right now.

Best VPN deals

Here are some other VPN deals available right now:

1. Ivacy five-year VPN subscription

From: Ivacy

Was: $10.95 per month

Now: $1.50 per month  (86% off)

This great deal nets you 86% off the usual monthly price of Ivacy. Subscribe for five years and you'll pay the equivalent of $1.50 per month, which is about £1.15, which makes this one of the the cheapest VPN deals around. 

2. Surfshark VPN two-year subscription

From: Surfshark

Was: £227.76

Now: £35.76 (£1.49 per month)  (84% off)

Sign up for two years of this great VPN to get it for a bargain £1.49 per month. This is one of the cheapest VPN deals around.

3. CyberGhost VPN 3-year subscription

From: CyberGhost

Now: £75.60 (£2.10 per month)  (80% off)

Get three years of CyberGhost for just £2.10 per month. You'll find CyberGhost at number four in our round-up of the best VPNs – a good choice.

4. VyprVPN 2-year Premium subscription

From: VyprVPN

Was: £310.80

Now: £60  (81% off)

VyprVPN's deal gets you 81% off the normal price, which means an up-front payment of £60 instead of £310.80 for a two-year subscription. That's just £2.50 per month.

There are cheaper deals available, but note that VyprVPN owns and manages all of its servers, and is a great choice if your priorities are security and privacy.

If you don't want to be tied in that long, there's 71% off the 12-month deal which costs £45 and is the equivalent of £3.75 per month.

5. NordVPN three-year subscription

From: NordVPN

Was: £331.25

Now: £96.74 upfront (£2.68 per month)  (70% off)

NordVPN is 8 years old and to celebrate you can get 70% off the usual monthly price as well as a mystery free gift.

When you sign up for the three-year plan - by clicking the link above - you will receive one of 4 possible gifts: 1-month, 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year plan on top of the plan you've bought.

NordVPN tops our round-up of the best VPN services you can buy.

6. PureVPN five-year subscription

From: PureVPN

Was: $10.95 per month

Now: $2.88 per month  (74% off)

Get 74% off when you subscribe to PureVPN for two years. The $2.88 price is approximately £2.21. PureVPN currently sits at number three in our best VPN chart

There's also a 'secret' deal which you can find on a desktop web browser. Simply click on the link above to get the deal described above, then wait around for a short while doing nothing on the site. When you make as if to leave - by moving your mouse pointer off the web page - a five-year deal should appear which costs $1.65 per month (approx. £1.30).

7. TunnelBear VPN two-year subscription

From: TunnelBear

Was: $239.76

Now: $99.99 ($4.17 per month)  (58% off)

Get two years of TunnelBear for a total of US$99.88, which is $4.17 per month. That's around £3.40.

8. Express VPN one-year subscription (3 months free)

From: ExpressVPN

Was: $194.25

Now: $99.95 ($6.67 per month)  (49% off)

Get ExpressVPN, one of our favourite VPNs, for $6.67 per month rather than $12.95 per month. At current exchange rates, this works out to be about £5.40.

9. Private Internet Access VPN one-year subscription

From: Private Internet Access

Was: $119.40

Now: $39.95 ($3.33 per month)  (67% off)

Private Internet Access's current offer gets you 67% off the one-year subscription (it works out to about £2.55 for those in the UK). It's in the top 10 of our best VPN chart – read our full review here.

10. Hidden24 VPN three-month subscription

From: Hidden24

Now: £9.99 total for 3 months with code idg1709

Get Hidden24 VPN for just £3.33 per month for 3 months using the exclusive code idg1709.