Best 5 VPNs for Malaysia – with Speed and Security
Did you know that despite being an all-important tool in the digital age – only 31% of Internet users have used a VPN?
And I can understand why!
One major issue everyone has with VPNs is that it slows down streaming speed.
A part of this is due to the distance between your location and the location of your chosen server.
Another part is that the encryption process consumes some bandwidth as well.
Hence, you might wonder: are VPNs any good for streaming?
The answer is yes! With the right VPN, you can not only get fast streaming speed but also protect your anonymity across the world wide web.
Of course, the question arises – why do I need to protect my anonymity? Not like I did anything wrong! Even so, data is an extremely valuable item.
Data breaches can occur even in top sites and often result in the leak of the personal information of thousands of people, including you and me!
Recently, the LuminPDF data breach suffered from a third-party hack.
Not only this, your IP addresses over the internet can be continuously tracked as well. Thus, even if you are not using one to access banned sites, VPNs are still resourceful.
Apart from this, many services also offer other firewall and security features.
And it all begins with choosing the right service.
In this article, I am going to look at the best VPN for Malaysia based on their features and streaming speed.
If you are a resident of Malaysia, the topic of VPN might ring some bells!
2018 – A Secret Malaysian Spy Agency Arises
The 2018 elections resulted in the uncovering of a “spying agency.”
A less-known Malaysian spy agency was caught up in stirs when a letter to the US Central Agency was brought to light.
Also, the letter claimed to leak more than 1000 users’ private data to various firms and countries.
The Malaysian External Intelligence Organization(MEiO)’s advocate launched a complaint under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).
Therefore, I would like you to know how important it is to know, and most importantly, educate yourself on the services provided by numerous VPN server companies.
What Role Does A VPN Play Here for Malaysian?
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) has many things to do with safety, security, and access.
It helps you to deal with online security issues and privacy.
And, also protects you from mid-man attacks like spyware attacks, malware attacks, protects you from personal data leaks by assigning you another IP address.
To further protect your identity, they can keep alternating between IP addresses as well.
Besides, it helps you to access worldwide content from your home.
No more not being able to watch movies or sports events not being hosted at your place!
Usage of VPN during the access of public hotspots may help you to guard your private content.
Malaysia is one of the 30 countries to employ cyber troopers.
Cyber troopers scour the internet to find any source or propagation of propaganda or falsified information. Some of them are hired by government agencies as well.
A VPN works as a filter behind which you can do as you like.
Some of the advantages of VPN are briefly mentioned below:
- Protects you from different malicious attackers
- Likewise, it helps you to shield your personnel data.
- Provide you with an anonymous IP address for safe surfing
- Also, it allows you to access blocked content.
- Stops your ISP (Internet Service Provider) from tracking your visits
- Besides, no track of cookies saved
Can You Use A VPN In Malaysia?
A pretty normal question given the history!Yes, it is legal to use VPN in Malaysia. Due to online censorship imposed by the government on various sites, using a VPN can unblock geo-restricted locations without revealing your location.
The Malaysian Government cannot take VPN users’ data.
VPN divides the traffic from your device to reduce noticeability from any malicious source or even the government.
Your data is tunneled via a remote server keeping you safe.
As mentioned, this is what causes the time lag in streaming.
Hence, ideally, you should look for a VPN that has servers across the world.
This way, you can connect to multiple nearby servers. Nearest to Malaysia would be a Singapore server.
This brings me to my next section – what else should you look for in a VPN that is in the best interest of Malaysians?
What An Ideal Malaysia VPN Would Constitute
A VPN is a tool to secure yourself from any kind of cyber danger.
But can every VPN deliver all its services with security?
Subsequently, there are various things that you should consider when searching for a reliable VPN.
Meanwhile, below are the 5 most seeking questions when someone is looking for a VPN.
1. A free VPN or one purchased?
VPN companies also need money to work out their expenses.
Therefore, a free VPN software company would cut its expenditure by running ads on its software.
However, others sell their users’ data to various companies to make a profit. So, it is advisable to choose wisely to protect yourself.
2. How’s The Security from the vendor?
VPN deals with all sought-of security handling. Subsequently, not all companies are experienced with cybersecurity and find it difficult to prevent data from hackers.
Therefore, you should demand transparency related to your security issue to avoid any kind of mishap.
3. Any Independent reviews?
You cannot solely depend on online reviews on VPN software. Moreover, companies pay reviewers to get up in rankings.
So, it is hard to decide which one is non-biased. Try them extensively before you commit. Most reputable VPN provide free trials.
4. Where is the VPN provider origin from?
VPN service provider’s origin country is essential. They have to abide by the laws of their country.
Also, they may have to submit user information with their government officials resulting in privacy loss.
It is necessary for you to read all the privacy-related documents to know what is shared across the companies related to you.
Consequently, some VPNs need to keep track of their service source to maintain connection stability.
Top 5 VPN in Malaysia for fast streaming
As well, below are the 5 best VPN that we had tested from within Malaysia.
Rest assures that all of the tested below are working well and had not experienced any blockage nor intermittent interruption from the local ISP.
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“It’s the most value to money VPN with premium features. The speed and security were never compromised.”
- Has a strong focus on security
- Zero-logs provider
- Accepts cryptocurrency payments
- Decent speeds
- Has a high rate of unblocking sites
- Has the occasional slow server
- Fewer numbers of servers compare to NordVPN
Surfshark is a good VPN for unblocking various sites. It has around 3200 servers across numerous countries that allows me not to doubt its authenticity.
Also, the main focus of Surfshark is to provide you with security.
They do not believe in keeping log management and helps you to surf online almost anonymously.
- Blocks ads and trackers from interrupting your surfing period.
- It uses a kill switch that disables your internet connectivity in case of any connection drop.
- Likewise, It has a strict no-log policy and believes in total privacy.
- Whitelisting helps some apps bypass VPN connections that help in the smooth working of apps that cannot do well with a VPN connection.
- Besides, it provides the best encrypting facility and shields you from any attack.
To sum up, I would like to share that it works well with unblocking several sites like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, BBC Live, etc. It has excellent speed and has a 24/7 live chat service in any case.
You have to deal with various captchas while surfing on mobile. The support service can improve a lot.
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“Netflix streaming with NordVPN was at ease. With multiple devices connected, there’s always room for other.”
- It has a huge network with several Malaysian servers
- Strict no-logs policy
- The basic pack allows up to 6 users
- Top-tier encryption standards with DNS leak protection
- High-speed surfing
- You can only choose location connectivity, not server connectivity
It does not believe in keeping any kind of logs, visits information, or timestamps.
This company has around 5,440 servers making it robust and prominently better than any other VPNs.
Seven of these servers are located in Malaysia making it, a good choice for us.
- It uses an alias by changing your IP address as well as your access location.
- It uses advanced encryption(AES 256-bit encryption) to protect your system from any attack.
- Restricts you from visiting malicious websites by filtering up your searches.
- It uses high-speed servers(5400+ ultra-fast VPN servers) to uplift your experience.
- Similarly, it provides all platform services, including televisions.
You can stay free when using it as it is reliable. Besides, it has excellent speed and has a 24/7 live chat service in any case.
You have to deal with expensive costs—occasional speed loss issue.
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“Ghosting with data tracker. Hide all your online activities with Cyberghost and stay anonymous.”
- Wire Guard is available across all the apps
- It uses a Token-based dedicated IP system
- Likewise, It has a user-friendly interface providing ease of usage
- Robust with 10 Malaysian servers
- Unblocks several sites like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, etc.
- Inconsistent speed
- You can’t bypass strict censorship
- No Open-VPN option for Mac and iOS
It is a VPN service for beginners who do not understand various features.
Also, it is reliable, fast, and has a simple interface. CyberGhost has over 5,700 servers, and ten of these are in Malaysia.
Besides the simple user interface, it has a kill switch feature, which halts your connectivity in case of loss.
It supports all OS platforms like iOS, Android, and Windows.
- It does not trade your speed with security.
- Also, it provides up to 7 connectivity simultaneously.
- Total anonymity with strict no-log policies.
To sum up, hands down best for any beginner user and average costing. It provides you with most of the prominent features with equal reliability and support.
Somewhere lacks speed consistency and bypassing censorships.
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“No highlight features, there are other better alternatives with cheaper pricing than IPVanish.”
- Best in-country(Malaysia) fast servers
- VPN for firestick and Kodi user
- Allows anonymous torrenting
- No IP address loss or leaks
- Zero-log collection
- Inconsistent access to several sites
- It has no browser extension
- No live customer care, only email and ticket support
It only collects the user information at the time of registration and then does not court you for any.
Even the server maintains high-speed searches and stability. If your account faces mishandle of any kind, then a hacker can’t decrypt your information.
- 256-bit encryption on the OpenVPN protocol by default
- SHA512 authentication
- Also, DHE-RSA 2,048 key exchange with perfect forward secrecy
- No bound on simultaneous connections
- Likewise, it stops ISP from any kind of interference.
In short, it is clearly best for the average man’s pocket. There is no bound for simultaneous connections.
The company has a poor presentation of its product. There is no proper evidence provided for zero-logs.
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“A good choice for a beginner. Though its name is FastestVPN, they are certainly not the fastest by test”
- Affordable cost
- Provides the main features of a VPN
- No storage of any kind of DNS queries or any kind of destinations
- Prevents Ad trackers and malware
- Ten simultaneous connections
- 24/7 live chat support
- Cannot unblock prominent sites
- An issue with the Windows application
- Not configurable
It is a Cayman-island software that provides you with a long list of prominent features.
The cost of software is better for an average person.
Similarly, it gives all platform-compatible app with Chrome and Firefox extensions.
Also, it allows up to ten simultaneous connections with equal efficiency.
- Free malware protection
- Free NAT firewall and adblocker
- 256-bit AES Encryption
- Unlimited server switching
- Internet kill switch feature
- P2P optimized servers
- OpenVPN compatibility
To sum up, it is good in terms of cost. Also, it provides malware and ad blocking with up to ten simultaneous connections. Easy setups cheer you with happiness.
It has an issue with its Windows application. The configuration of various settings is tedious and confusing.
Honorable Mention – Locally Grown Malaysia VPN
Malaysia is famous for a lot of things and VPN is certainly not among those on the list.
However, we would still like to take the chance to mention some of the locally homegrown VPN providers from Malaysia.
We certainly hope to see more reputable and trusted VPN providers coming out from Malaysia.
What’s the Use Case of a VPN for Malaysia?
Let’s face the truth.
Most Malaysians online activities are related to media streaming, content consumption, torrenting, downloading, gaming, and most importantly soccer live-streaming matches.
While we do not encourage illegal activities such as downloading piracy software or torrenting movies and streaming obscenity was “technically” OK.
Still, we would advise against it.
And of course, VPN is here for a reason. To provide the extra layer of protection.
Android TV box is another favorite entertainment for most Malaysian. While the use of it is totally fine, but the content and streaming of it raise a lot of questions and legality.
For instance, catching up content from Astro using the unauthorized Android TV box is totally illegal, and not to mention stream live EPL match from there.
Though this case does not directly involve a consumer, because of the piracy content that was found in the Android TV boxes that they are selling, the company director is found guilty in court.
Imagine if the authority starts cracking down on illegal usage of the content from users as well.
The best protection would be using a VPN to mask yourself out in the least circumstances if you really do involve in such illegal activities.
Advice: Once again, we are not promoting any behavior of illegal activities.
In general, we would say that a VPN is a great tool to overcome:
a) Internet freedom issue
b) Web tracking activity
c) Internet censorship in Malaysia
What Do Malaysian Need in a VPN?
1. No data logging or monitoring of user information
The reason we used a VPN is to avoid your personal information being monitored or logged by the provider.
There is no reason for a VPN provider to keep logs or monitor your activity unless they have some manner of legal constraints placed on them whereby they cannot act without prior consent.
2. Speed and stability
Malaysia’s broadband speed was not the greatest while still above average.
Even so, speed can be a crucial factor when it comes to VPN speed. The slower the speeds, the more likely your browsing will become unusable or your connection will become unstable.
And we all know a VPN can slow down your internet speed due to the encryption that is applied to your data to protect it.
And so, Malaysian need a stable and quick VPN service to ensure their money is well spent.
3. Servers location
When looking for a VPN it is always best to have multiple servers located in different countries.
This will enable you to bypass any restrictions placed by local sites to certain regions on the world wide web.
4. Support P2P or Torrenting
Malaysian love torrenting and the number proves itself here with 84 million content files are being downloaded illegally through BitTorrent.
Malaysians are currently restricted from accessing most torrent websites such as The Pirate Bay due to the strict enforcement of copyright laws in Malaysia.
However, these restrictions can be bypassed by using a VPN to connect to another country where these websites are not blocked or censored by the ISPs.
5. Good compatibility for mobile devices
Due to most Malaysians performing mobile internet browsing, the VPN provider should provide excellent compatibility with their VPN app for both iOS and Android devices.
This includes support for jailbroken and rooted Android devices.
Look out for VPN providers that support multiple platforms and devices.
To sum up, I have discussed all that I learned and understood by using these VPNs.
You may have understood all the aspects of using a VPN and how it helps you with fast streaming services while accessing the free internet.
Besides, you would have already decided which service fits best with your requirements.
However, my top two favorites are NordVPN and Surfshark.
Firstly, the advanced features and stability provided by NordVPN are far-most good except, the issue seen in costing is also not as much as others.
On the other hand, Surfshark is loaded with a lengthy list of prominent features at a reasonable price.
But due to its cost vs features, without sacrificing speed and security, my top pick will always be Surfshark.
*Advice: Always use a VPN if you are accessing your home NAS using public Wifi or an unfamiliar network.