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Getting a free VPN is tempting – you’ll boost your online security as well as get access to geo-blocked sites without spending a penny. But can you actually get a decent experience with a free VPN, let alone one that rivals the best paid-for services?
If all you need from your VPN is to keep you encrypted when checking emails or using public Wi-Fi, then grabbing a free VPN can pay dividends. However, if you’ll be using it for any extended period of time your data limit is soon going to run dry – and don’t even think about streaming Netflix with it.
1 HOTSPOT SHIELD:
Hotspot Shield is a popular VPN service with over 650 million users and multiple servers in 55+ countries.
In fact, the website claims it is the #1 grossing app for productivity in the US App Store. (When we checked the App Store source, it actually indicated #8, which is still an impressive ranking.)l think Hotspot Shield Free VPN is the best free VPN for many reasons, including the ability to use up to five devices on the service at once with a daily data serving of 500MB, working out at 15GB per month. On top of that, you’re protected by top-notch encryption so you know your online shopping is going to be in safe hands no matter what connection you’re on.
Once installed, Hotspot Shield Free VPN is really simple to use and just works, exactly what you want with a free service – and that applies to desktop and mobile app use. Everything zips along swiftly with a good connection you can largely rely on.
Windscribe is a solid VPN for those looking to ensure high speeds while still maintaining security. Overall we think Windscribe is a good choice for those looking to start using a VPN or migrate from an existing service.
While Windscribe is pretty good it doesn’t beat other competitors like Nord VPN which offers enhanced double encryption, more servers, cheap pricing and live support.
As a premium VPN Windscribe impresses, and it’s free plan offers great quality, too. If you want to stay entirely anonymous to everyone, you’ll be able to sign up without an email address and get 2Gb of data a month, but if you hand it over you’ll get 10 Gb.
It’s also nice to see free users get a selection of server locations, and while the list isn’t nearly as comprehensive as its paid-for plan, you’ll be able to connect in North America, Europe, Hong Kong – with a Turkey server added very recently.
TunnelBear offers its users both free and paid VPN service. However, the free version is only limited to 500MB/month bandwidth.
On a good note, their VPN software uses the industry standard (strong) Open VPN protocol, as well as 256-bit AES encryption.
Unfortunately, their VPN connection speed is a little slow.
The company behind TunnelBear is none other than security software giant McAfee, meaning you get a whole lot of development behind this service without paying a penny. That also means a clean and easy-to-use app that works on mobile or desktop.
There is very little personal data required for sign-up, meaning this is more secure than ever, especially considering it’s free to use. If you want access fast, for example, to check your emails or online banking when travelling, it’s a great option.
If you’re after a free VPN for infrequent use that’s really easy to sign up for and use, though, TunnelBear could be the one for you.
ProtonVPN doesn’t have as many servers as much of the competition, but it has a lot more to offer than many of the bigger players. The free version is the best we’ve tested, and paid subscriptions are affordable as well.
If you’re after a free VPN and don’t want to be limited on data, then ProtonVPN’s free VPN is perfect for you. The unlimited data allowance makes it a decent streaming VPN, and gives the peace of mind that usually only comes with paid-for services.
The limitations which may prompt you to upgrade are access to just one device at a time, no P2P support, only three locations and lower speed prioritisation compared to paid users. However, on the plus side, there’s no logging, making it very private, and there aren’t even ads you have to put up with. It even works on a wide range of platforms, including Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux.
Speedify is a pretty good service. The speeds were not outstanding, but serviceable as a vanilla VPN service.
Speedify as the name suggests, is a VPN that offers great connection performance across more than 1,000 servers in over 50 countries – and it does so without scrimping on security. You can enjoy a fully encrypted security system while the software’s turbo-boosting technology is able to make sure speeds stay at their maximum possible performance throughout your connection time.
Every month, Speedify allows you 10GB of free data, which refreshes every 30 days, which is great if you’ll be using it for extended period,
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