All online games come with ways of diverting cheating players but Epic Games, which owns Fortnite, takes it one step further. Players, cheating or not, are susceptible to server booting, temporary bans, or permanent bans for simply using a VPN. There’s very little one can do to prevent this outside of using a VPN that changes IP addresses often, uses industry-standard protocols and proper encryption, and offers little to no data logging.
For the sake of this article, we have only considered VPNs that boast decent speed, low latency, a little to no-logging policy, and are currently undetectable by Fortnite’s anti-cheating IP scans. All paid VPNs in this list have AES-256 encryption, as well as the industry standard for OpenVPN tunneling protocol.
Express is a top choice if only because of it’s wonderful kill switch that players can enact immediately after being booted from a server in order to halt data transfer. It boasts no bandwidth limits, as well as being one of the fastest VPNs on the market (rivaled by NordVPN and PIA).
Express keeps no records of activity, creating one more layer between account identification. This VPN will never log IP addresses, browsing the history, metadata, or DNS queries. ExpressVPN does, however, log apps and app versions successfully activated, dates when connected to the VPN server (time not included), choice of VPN server location, and the total amount of data transferred per day. Fortnite players have no reason to worry about this type of data collection, as it’s purely for company purposes.
Many VPNs claim to be secure but boast questionable logging practices, so Express’s terms are refreshing. This won’t change anytime soon, either. Express is located in the British Virgin Islands, a “safe zone” from data storage and sharing, whereas most VPNs located outside of “safe zones” are vulnerable to changes in legislation.
Express also has made no statements against the use of torrent, so players looking to use this VPN for torrenting need to not look further. Unfortunately, Express VPN does not allow more than 3 devices and is one of the most expensive VPNs of this list.
NordVPN is another wonderful service for torrenting, streaming, and P2P. Those playing on Mac will have encryption via an IKEv2/IPsec protocol; AES-256-GCM and a 3072bit DH key.
What makes Nord stand out is that players’ data is funneled through a double server, so data that is transferred is encrypted twice over. This second server will be completely unaware of the original IP address as well as the IP assigned by the first server, so there is zero chance for backtracking.
Nord is often ranked the #1 VPNs for online gaming, as well as adhering to a no-logging policy (outside of company company-relatedNord also has a kill switch, much like Express. Players can have up to 4 devices connected to this VPN at any given moment.
Nord is relatively affordable and gifts a three-day free trial as well as reduced monthly rates for bundles. The two primary complaints about Nord is user interface and speed – Nord’s desktop application is reported to feel clunky to some users, and Nord’s speed leaves much to be desired in comparison to other VPNs on the market, especially for that outside of the US and EU.
What makes VYPVPN different is that it scrambles up data using a protocol unique to VYPRVPN, coined Chameleon, as well as giving protection against deep packet inspection. For players interested, VYPRVPN also has a free, secure messaging service dubbed Cyphr, boasting unlimited correlation and unhackable text messaging, much like encrypted messaging services like Signal.
VYPRVPN does not log data outside of what is necessary for company improvement. VYPRVPN is the standard for VPNs in China and East Asia, so users looking to bypass Chinese, Russian, Turkish (etc.) internet restrictions are best off using this service. EU servers get the best speed, while the US and some East Asian servers are very slow. Express VPN still remains the fastest VPN of the list, but the benefits VyprVPN has with global accessibility and security are truly unique.
IPVanish allows 10 connections at once, so those looking for something with multiple potential connections will make great use of this one. IPVanish does not log any data and has 1200+ servers in 60+ countries, as well as 24/7 customer support. IPVanish, however, can be on a bit of the slow side. It’s a bit more expensive than other listed VPNs but still has the most connections.
The major selling point of IPVanish the SOCKS protocol, which is a protocol unique to IPVanish which allows players to enjoy benefits without needing to download any third-party software. SOCKS, however, is less secure but offers a faster connection than traditional VPNs. Those using SOCKS will find that it is quicker than any VPN on this list, but IP Vanish without SOCKS is still slow.
CyberGhost is the budget choice for online gaming. It is incredibly fast and boasts 2500+ servers, a steal for the price. DNS/IPv6/port leak protection is enabled by default. More advanced options are available, like automatic ad and malware blocking, a kill switch, and HTTPS redirection.
CyberGhost also maintains a no-log policy (except, of course, company-related data). Some heavier users might wish for additional specs, such as a larger amount of host connections or slightly faster speed, but CyberGhost is perfect for the average gamer.
This isn’t exclusive to Hotspot Shield. Most free VPNs are of questionable security and quality. This being said, players only looking to use a VPN for Fortnite and Fortnite related add ons, or is connected to wifi that has gaming blocked, or is looking to cheat cheaply would do well with a free VPN. Users looking to use a VPN cheaply are best off splitting the cost between devices or utilizing free trials.
It’s important to remember that this list is tangential at best. These VPNs have been carefully vetted to be the most secure against Epic’s VPN ban, but Epic can still ban any IP address at any moment. Additionally, Epic has been known to ban on the basis of background running programs, utilized or not.
Players with cheating software or other flagged software installed might still get booted, so one should periodically check task manager before and between matches.
In the case that Epic does boot a player, submitting a ticket with Epic might help, In some cases, it’s as simple of a fix as disconnecting and reconnecting under a different IP address, more often it results in an account ban. Ban length usually exists in three lengths – 24 hours, one week, and permanent – so in the case of a ban, Fortnite players should be able to petition for a shorter sentence. VPN bans have been reported to come sporadically and without warning, and are often permanent in nature, so players beware.