Cyber Week is the right week to get the sweetest deals of the year. And it doesn't just apply to brick-and-mortar shops; online services often offer bargains.

Don't know what a VPN is or why you need one? Read our short FAQ at the bottom of the page

VPN Deals

20% off at StackSocial

StackSocial, the prime marketplace for digital tastemakers, is running a 40% off offer on VPN, software and services

Just use the code CMSAVE20  at this link

Among the discounted VPN services:

Private Internet Access $33.33 for 2 years (Orig. $166.80)

  • Term: 2-YR Subscription
  • Number of Devices: 5 simultaneous
  • Servers: 3,100+
  • Systems: Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Linux, Windows Phone, Apple TV, Browser Extension

ProtonVPN Basic $14.4 for 1 year (Orig. $48)

SurfShark $23.5 for 1 year (Orig. $144) or $42 for 2 years

Windscribe $35.40 (Orig. $900.00)

  • Term: Lifetime Subscription
  • Number of Devices: Unlimited
  • Servers: 500+
  • Systems: Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Linux, Windows Phone, Apple TV, Browser Extension


ivacy VPN + NAT firewall lifetime

IVPN – 50% Off

Security Software Deals

Sophos Home Premium 30% off

£28 / US $35 / 28€ (Orig. £40 / US $50 /  40€)

Sophos is the best business-grade security solution, and now you can harness the power of their real-time protection at home. Sophos Home is much more than just an antivirus, as it includes ransomware protection and centralised online management of up to 10 computers, macOS and Windows.

Hosting deals

Whether you want to host your website, blog, make your own VPN, or your own private encrypted cloud storage, you can upgrade from shared hosting to VPS and dedicated servers.


UK-based host


VirMach's special offers

Time4VPS 50% off

With code BF18 at checkout

Lithuanian host

Norwegian host focusing on dedicated servers


  • 25% off SSD VPS with code BF2018SSD
  • 25% off all HDD VPS plans with the semi-annual billing period with code BF2018HDD25
  • 50%
  • 25% off all Dedicated servers with code BF2018DEDICATED

Wishosting KVM

  • 1 vCPU core Opteron 4334
  • Unlimited CPU core 3.1GHz
  • 600GB HDD RAID-5
  • Linux/Windows OS
  • Unmetered 250Mbps bandwidth
  • 1 IPv4 DDoS protection
  • Location - France
  • Setup time up to 48 hours
  • Price - $3.99/mo or $9.99/quarter
  • Link - Order Now

Misc. Black Friday promos

  • RoyalTS and TSX 50% OFF: fancy app to manage your servers remotely; think Putty on steroid, or a more polished version of mRemoteNG.
  • Namecheap discounted domain registrations, hosting and SSL certifiates.
  • Pastebin Pro $20 for lifetime (Orig. $50).
  • ProtonMail 48€ for 2 years: encrypted Swiss email.
  • StackSocial's Mac Bundle $12.5 with coupon BFSAVE40:  Acorn6, Crossover 18, Gemini 2, Scapple, NetShade VPN...
  • VMware Workstation and Fusion 35% OFF: virtualisation software for your desktop computer (not your server).


What is a VPN?

Simply put, a VPN is a tunnel between your device and a secure remote location. This tunnel is encrypted to prevent eavesdropping by hackers, your Internet Service Provider, your government or other malicious actors.

Why do I need a VPN?

  • A VPN can help you browse the web without restriction: no more geoblocking preventing you from watching your favourite tv series, or accessing website blocked by the firewall at your workplace, by your provider or government.
  • A VPN can improve online streaming if your internet provider is throttling Youtube, as your traffic will look like encrypted garbled text even if Deep Packet Inspection is in place.
  • A VPN can reduce your ping or latency in online games where it is a critical stat, as VPN servers are most often in datacenters with superfast connectivity and better routes than your residential connection.

What is a VPS?

A Virtual Private Server

What are OpenVZ and KVM?

Two virtualisation techniques that are very different

  • OpenVZ shares the OS kernel between host and guest: your VPS cannot run a custom kernel or Windows nor Docker (the shared kernel is Linux 2.6.x, too old for that)
  • KVM virtualises everything: no shared kernel.

Traditionally, OpenVZ has been cheaper than KVM because it allows for easier overselling; but this is progressively less the case, as an evergrowing number of webhosts are deprecating their OpenVZ offering. You may ask why: the answer is that the version of OpenVZ used by most hosts has its end-of-life set in 2019.

If you have the choice, go for KVM.