Istvan Kiss

Istvan Kiss

April 19, 2018

A free VPN is an online service that lets people unblock websites. A reliable free service provides privacy and security for its users. By concealing a user’s real IP address (location) they can overcome local censorship and website restrictions, or access foreign services and streams. There are many free VPNs available to download on the market, but most are either rubbish or can’t be trusted. Our experts have tested and reviewed over 150 VPNs in the last 5 years in search of the best free VPN downloads available. The providers listed below are secure and will permit you to pretend to be in a different country. 

What’s a Free VPN?

A Virtual Private Network is one of the most versatile and popular online services in the world. VPNs provide digital privacy for their users by encrypting all their internet traffic. This stops ISPs and the government from being able to snoop on their web browsing habits.

In addition, a VPN is the most liberating service available online. It allows people to conceal their real location (which is also excellent for privacy) and pretend to be in a different country. This lets people access geo-blocked content and services such as BBC iPlayer or US Netflix. A top-notch VPN costs between 55 and 75 dollars per year – which isn’t much to pay considering what you get.

A free VPN is just a VPN service that can be used without paying. However, there are limitations and restrictions involved with them and sometimes even risks that must be considered.

What are the Best Free VPN Services?

Many free VPNs create a revenue stream by retaining data about their users to sell to third parties, usually advertisers. These cowboy VPN services must never be used for privacy!

For this reason we recommend using a trusted VPN like ExpressVPN.

Why not make use of their hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee?

10.0/10.0

ExpressVPN Homepage
PROS:
  • Special Offer: 49% off today!
  • Servers in 94 countries
  • No Logs
  • P2P: Yes
  • Super fast for streaming
  • Free for a month
  • Software for all platform
CONS:
  • Not much

Although it isn't completely free, many people who are looking for a free service do decide to test ExpressVPN using the 30-day money back guarantee. A full premium VPN like ExpressVPN (one of the very best VPNs in the world, if not the best) is much much better than a regular free VPN. This is because it is not limited or restricted in any way. During the 30-day money back period you get full use of ExpressVPN's 94 servers. You also get the highest levels of OpenVPN encryption available on the market. Speeds are incredible, so you will be able to stream in HD or do gaming... your options are endless. Express is also zero logs so your privacy assured. At then end of the day this VPN is free for a month, and it will give you a taster of what a premium VPN service is like - it blows all the other free services out of the water. Finally, you need not worry at all - ExpressVPN ALWAYS honors its money back guarantee with no questions asked.

Get our favorite VPN today!

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10.0/10.0

Hotspot Shield Homepage
PROS:
  • Free VPN with 750 Mb per day
  • Free Chrome Extension with ad blocker & cookie blocker
  • Easy to use
  • Fast speeds
  • Plenty of features
CONS:
  • Privacy policy could be better

Hotspot Shield is an awesome free VPN that has literally helped millions of people in their time of need. It was the most used VPN during the Turkey coup and the Arab spring. For free, user's get access not only to the VPN but also a Chrome extension. The VPN permits connections to the US only, but the extension permits connections to 14 countries (but not the US). The result is that for free Hotspot Shield users can unblock content in 15 countries! What's more, Hotspot Shield's free plan lets people have 750 Mb of download use per day. That is a massive usage allowance considering it is free.

Although Hotspot Shield has come under some criticism for serving users adverts, we think that for free this VPN is pretty amazing. If you don't want to be served adverts then by all means opt for a VPN further down this list. However, if unblocking and bypassing censorship are your biggest priorities: this VPN is worth a try! With millions of happy users worldwide, it definitely gets the job done.

9.4/10.0

TunnelBear Homepage
PROS:
  • Cyber Monday Deal: 58% off annual plans
  • Simple setup, incredibly user friendly
  • Excellent encryption
  • Can connect up to 5 devices
  • 500MB of free data every month
CONS:
  • No peer-to-peer (P2P)
  • Few advanced settings
  • Usage capped

TunnelBear VPN is a free service that constantly impresses people. This VPN is super secure and even opened up its software to third-party analysis this year! The outcome? Security researchers found the VPN to be secure and reliable. It also keeps no logs. The service is restricted to just 500 Mb per month. Despite this, it is brilliant for people who need a VPN in locations with severe censorship and where privacy is essential. It is perfect for securely unblocking news, for example.

TunnelBear has plenty of server locations to choose from, located in 20 countries. Free users may use all of the servers that it offers apart from Australia. This makes it great for unblocking a whole range of websites and services. Having said that, because of the data limit it will be difficult to do much streaming with this VPN company. One of the best VPN providers around and one of the most secure services you will find for free! Finally, this VPN provides fantastic speeds.

9.0/10.0

hide.Me Homepage
PROS:
  • Cyber Monday Deal: 35% off all plans
  • Strong encryption
  • Servers in 3 countries
  • Zero logs
  • Superb privacy policy
  • Highly experienced customer care
CONS:
  • Doesn't unblock Netflix US

This awesome Malaysian VPN provider has an excellent free service. Although users are limited to just three server locations (Singapore, the Netherlands, and Canada), users get a whopping 2 Gb per month of free use with this VPN company. That's a very reasonable allowance, and because of the fast speeds that this VPN provides, we think this is an excellent choice for people who want a complimentary VPN service.

When reviewing Hide.Me, sadly, we found the lack of server locations means that it isn't as good for unblocking content from all over the world. If you need US or UK servers, or those in other locations, please look elsewhere. On the plus side, this VPN has a strong privacy policy and provides robust encryption to keep your data secure. It is also available on all popular platforms. As such, this VPN is ideal for protecting your privacy both at home and on public WiFi. With one of the best data caps we've seen, we definitely recommend this service!

8.2/10.0

ZoogVPN Homepage
PROS:
  • Excellent for streaming
  • Fast service
  • Free service
  • Useful servers
  • Strong encryption
CONS:
  • Logging practices unclear

ZoogVPN is an excellent service that is both secure and free. Free users get to use just 3 servers located in New York, London, Amsterdam. That is a nice spread of servers that will certainly come in handy for geo-spoofing reasons.

Free users get 2Gb of download usage per month, which is better than with many free VPNs. Sadly, however, the firm will impose bandwidth limits at times when servers are too highly subscribed.

A fast service that is great for streaming for free.

7.8/10.0

ProtonVPN Homepage
PROS:
  • Fast connections
  • Excellent encryption for privacy
  • Lots of features
  • No logs
CONS:
  • Fewer server locations

ProtonVPN is a service created by the developers of the secure email service Proton Mail. It is a brand new service that has really impressed us. Encryption is strong and it has a (almost) no logs policy. That makes it exceptional for privacy, especially for a free VPN. This VPN also has no limitations, so if you want a free VPN you can use all the time it is a great option.

As with all free things, there are some drawbacks. For free users get access only to servers in three countries. So if unblocking in particular countries is needed, this VPN might not be the ticket. P2P is also not allowed on the free plan, but overall this free service is blinding.

Free VPN FAQs

Are Free VPNs safe?

If you unblock content in a country where it is illegal, such as Vietnam – and the authorities find out – you could go to prison. That is why it is important not to go for an untrusted VPN that is bad for privacy in certain places. Using a world-class premium VPN will protect you completely, but free VPNs must be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Some free VPNs are only good for unblocking content at times when there are very few risks, and when privacy isn’t an overruling concern (Hotspot Shield, for example). Other free VPNs can be used for unblocking and for privacy: because they provide a limited and restricted free service as an advertisement (loss leader) for the full VPN.

On the whole, it is true that a very high percentage of free VPNs do not provide good privacy. In fact, the only free VPNs that do provide good privacy tend to be ones that are highly restrictive and are only there to entice users into buying a premium subscription.

Free Vs Paid VPN

Providing fast servers for VPN users to connect to all over the world is not easy, and it costs money. That is why there are dangers involved in getting a free VPN. Most VPNs that are free (even some famous free services such as Hotspot Shield) – have very serious limitations and risks attached to them.

A paid VPN can promise to protect its user completely because it has a genuine revenue stream. This permits it to update the VPN software to ensure it has the latest VPN encryption innovations and implementation. It also permits the VPN to have a privacy policy that keeps either no logs – or only minimal aggregated connection logs.

Conclusion

In this article, we’ve described everything you might need to know about using a free Virtual Private Network. These free services have a lot to offer. Our top VPN provides 500 Mb of downloads use per day – but is not good for privacy. The others provide privacy but are restrictive because of bandwidth limits and download limits.

Most free VPNs make a profit from their subscribers by harvesting their web browsing habits to sell to third parties. This is exactly the opposite of what a VPN should do. If you require a real VPN that provides privacy and unlimited use: your best option is to pay for a cheap VPN. If you want something a bit better then consider a VPN for a specific use of your choosing.

All of the VPNs in this article are free, and each offers varying levels of services: so please look at the summaries carefully.

To understand more about Hotspot Shield (and who may or may not want to use itplease read this article in its entirety. Each VPN in this guide provides slightly different features and restrictions on its free service. So please take a good look at the provider summaries in order to make the best decision for your needs.

Finally, remember that these services are free – so if you want to use all of them, go right ahead!

Istvan Kiss
April 20th, 2018

I am a Hungarian tech writer with an interest and passion for VPN technology. I enjoy long walks in the country and love US TV shows like CSI.

220 responses to “5 Best Free VPN Services in 2018

  1. Nora says:

    Guys, honestly, nothing in this world is free, dont you think?
    So the list is more of a teaser to try and then get premium (like i did with nordvpn, not mentioned in the list, maybe because they only gave me 7days free trial). This is how the world works, wake up!
    If you are not charged, then you are the fuel!

  2. SandyLee says:

    How come Windscribe is not on the list? They offer more data than the last 4 VPNs on the list COMBINED. HSS is a joke and Im shocked to even see it on this list as it has terrible speeds, no support and as Harambe mentioned, sells user data.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi SandyLee,

      Windscribe is a decent free provider and we’ve worked with it in the past. At the current time, Windscribe doesn’t wish to appear on our free page and we respect their position.

  3. pawel says:

    free proton has no P2P

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi pawel,

      Can you please point me to something that says this? Thanks.

      1. Douglas Crawford says:

        Hi HypedPotato,

        Oops. Silly me! Thanks for pointing this out. I have removed P2P as a feature for ProtonVPN on this free list.

  4. Harambe says:

    This is mentioned at the top:

    “Many free VPNs create a revenue stream by retaining data about their users to sell to third parties, usually advertisers. These cowboy VPN services must never be used for privacy – which is what most people want a VPN for! ”

    Then you proceed to rank the VPN that was caught selling user data to advertisers as #1.

    Is that a joke or they just have a sweet affiliate program? Probably the latter.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Harambe,

      We have affiliate programs with almost all VPNs on the market, so it doesn’t really matter to us which one you choose! When it comes to free VPNs we simply don’t think that privacy is a reasonable expectation, but Hotspot Shield is good for streaming and WiFi security, and it is known for unblocking content in restrictive countries. Ray adds:

      “The article does mention that Hotspot Shield should only be used for those things, and does mention the criticism it has come under and links to resources about those criticisms. Which is why there are 4 other options for people that don’t want HS. So its got nothing to do with affiliate programs, its got to do with the fact that it is found to be useful *for free* by many people.

      But isnt for everyone, which is why this is explained in detail and other options provided.”

  5. Buddy says:

    I have a neighbor who pays something like 5 dollars a month for a VPN. He is very pleased with it. Does minor stock trading. I only want to get local and world news on my computer. I am not certain I need a VPN to do this, but news was mentioned in this article so I guess I need a VPN to do that. I am not concerned so much with privacy as with the ability to do what I want to do with my computer. I am guessing the “Hotspot” VPN would be my best option.

    I just want to know if I am thinking in the right direction?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Buddy,

      You do not need a VPN just to access local and world news (unless international news is censored where you are, but I’m guessing this is not the case?). To get a clearer idea of what a VPN can and cannot do you I recommend taking the time to read VPNs for Beginners – What You Need to Know.

  6. TIMCHANG says:

    i need the app to go through i have one but it’s slow in browsing the name is SLOWDNS.COM

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi TIMCHANG,

      The VPNs listed in this article all have apps for iOS and Android.

  7. Ian says:

    Hi Douglas! I’ve tried 2 out of the 5 listed here and was sad my personal favorite, Windscribe, wasn’t featured. Many of the above are good and while most offer great services, personally they don’t seem to add up to the overall performance Windscribe offers. Anyway, do you update your top pick review? Would be nice to see a company that many seem to support on your list! Great review though, and a good eye opener for newbies looking to find the right VPN for themselves.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Ian,

      Windscribe is a good VPN, and yes, we do update these 5 Best lists fairly regularly. The picks are a team decision which weigh up many factors, and are very definitely aware of Windscribe.

    2. Topher says:

      Ian, my personal favorite is Windscribe too! I’m a fan of the larger gb cap on the free VPN side, plus I love kicking my work computer into high gear on the weekends, and mine (monero with my CPU) for points to up my cap, or earn Pro status for a month. I highly recommend it. From mining, I’m already up to 25gb a month… more than enough for my needs.

    3. Andi says:

      Windscribe.com is far more expensive (at least twice as much) as all of the above listed vpn services.
      they have very limited number of servers (only 1 in the u.s. based on their website: https://windscribe.com/upgrade).
      i tried their servers. they are very slow (connected to the U.S., germany, greece, and israel).

    4. Windscribe says:

      @Andi – What you’re saying is not true. We have servers in over 30 US cities. https://windscribe.com/status

      As for price, you have it the other way around. #1 listed company is 2x the cost of Windscribe, which costs the same as Tunnelbear. Hide.me is also more expensive than Windscribe.

  8. Arthur says:

    Why tell lies? None of the VPN sevices are free. They merely offer a free trial with limited facilities.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Arthur,

      I must admit to getting very of answering this service. These services all offer a free tier. Yes, it these are limited in the hope that you pay for a full VPN service (although there are no time limits). Running a VPN is expensive and time consuming, so genuinely free and unlimited VPNs simply do not exist. Any that claim otherwise are scams – they will spy on you and sell you data, steal your bandwidth, or just infect you malware (such as Bitcoin miners). At least these services are honest.

  9. Ivy says:

    Hi! I’m a Windscribe user and think it’s great and was a bit shocked not to see it on your list. Would you consider it as one of the top 10? And what would you say it’s overall features and services are like compared to those you’ve listed? I’m interested to see the difference and was wondering if you’ve done a separate review on it? Appreciate any info!

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Ivy,

      Yes – we have a full Windscribe Review in which it scores very well. It is a great service (both free and premium tiers).

  10. JJ says:

    Hi everyone, what about Windscribe? Did you consider them as one of the top VPN’s as i’ve seen a lot of great reviews and am also a long term customer of theirs who has always been impressed with their services and the overal product. Would be interestinf to hear your take on their VPN. Thanks!

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi JJ,

      Windscribe is a very good VPN with an excellent free service.

  11. Sky says:

    in your review of the proton vpn you gave it rave reviews…that were almost completely false. they only limit the number of server locations to three nations if you, like myself, don’t wanna pay. however, this causes the connections to be too SLOW for p2p, so they DO NOT allow it…unless of course, you DO wanna pay, then you can torrent all day while pretending to be in ANY COUNTRY ON EARTH!…somehow i forget that ADVERTISEMENTS are disguised as reviews by authors such as Mandee who will never appreciate how good she is at wasting my time. well done, Mandee, keep up the good work.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Sky,

      I must admit that during my ProtonVPN Review I did not test torrent speeds for the free service. As I explicitly stated, the review was primarily for the paid-for service, but I ran some speed tests on the free service anyway (and was impressed by them, but did not test P2P). I will take your word for it that P2P is slow using Proton’s free service, but I’m pretty sure it is not banned as such. Mandee is new with us, and we are working with her to make her content more objective (BestVPN.com prides itself on the objectivity of our content).

  12. Chris says:

    VPN were NOT designed just so you can bypass certain limitations and “surf” the net freely. A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK was meant to be just that, a NETWORK of PCs that are not linked on a network in the traditional way but by creating a network where there isnt actually one, so that business can operate from virtually anywhere.

    It has now become a toy for teenagers and very seldom do you actually find VPN software that can set up and maintain an actual network of machines.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Chris,

      VPNs were indeed originally developed in order to provide remote workers secure access to corporate LAN networks (so thus, effectively, creating virtual LANs). But so what? The technology is very useful for many things – and one of them is accessioning the web unrestricted. This is why the burgeoning commercial VPN industry exists. If you want to find out more about what commercial VPNs can and cannot do, please check out VPNs for Beginners – What You Need to Know.

  13. page says:

    wtf hotspot shield is the biggest shit and should not be used Lol
    adware, does selling datas, logs.
    Windscribe is better… wtf who is that retard who listed hotspot shield? mentally retarded

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi page,

      Windcribe has asked us not to feature its service on our free page, so we have respected its wishes.

  14. Ajit says:

    Very deceptive page. ProtovonVPN does NOT offer “fast connections” and “no limitations”. https://protonvpn.com/pricing

    Clearly says “speed low”, and I can confirm this. They throttle the connections so even through you have unlimited bandwidth good luck using more than a few gigs.

    I tried all the other suggestions, and theyre all either slow or offer no bandwidth at all. 500MB/month is useless. After some Googling i found Windscribe, which is not even listed here. With a voucher code you get 50GB of data.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Ajit,

      Please see the speed test results for our ProtonVPN Review. I recorded 60+ mbps on my 80 mbps connection (downlaod)! Although not quite as fast as the premium service, we found ProtonVPN Free to me faster than many other premium VPNs, and by far the fastest free VPN we have ever tested. By “no limitations,” Ray is referring to the fact that there are no data limits whatsoever on ProtonVPN’s free service (and no P2P restrictions either).

    2. hou says:

      try cyberghost vpn

  15. Jeff Bowyer says:

    Hotspot Shield takes forever to install. Hotspot Shield takes forever to uninstall. Why did I uninstall it? Because its “free” version is only a 7-day trial. (Wow–somebody still actually offers limited trial versions.)

    My only complaint with your article…Why did you bury deep in your article the huge red flags about the dodgy practices of Hotspot Shield’s parent company? For that matter, given your section “Why You Should Stay Away from Betternet and Hotspot Shield”, why did you even include Hotspot Shield in your list of “5 Best Free VPNs”? Now, I’m worrying about what crap it might have left on my computer.

    1. Ray Walsh says:

      Hi Jeff, “red flags” about Anchor Free are not “buried” as you suggest. For free the service is good, and the targetted advertising is simply a way that it (and many free VPNs) use to create a revenue stream. The vast majority of the free VPNs that we recommend do not permit unlimited use – Hotspot Shield does – which is why we have at times recommended it in 5th position. As a free VPN it does serve a purpose which I explain in depth here.

      The review of Hotspot Shield primarily deals with the paid “premium” version of Hotspot Shield. That version does not suffer from the same targetted advertising as the free version: which is why the review only mentions the advertising in the free part of the review. Here at BestVPN.com, we have been very clear about Hotspot Shield’s service at all stages. Even in the best free VPN article the Hotspot Shield summary clearly specifies: “Although Hotspot Shield has come under some criticism for serving adverts, we think that for free this VPN is pretty amazing. Why not give it a try!?”. This along with the transparent review and previously mentioned article very clearly represent the truth about Hotspot Shield.

      While I am sorry if you got confused, I don’t feel that we did anything but explain the fact that Hotspot Shield Free version does serve adverts to its users. Other than this you really have nothing to worry about. As long as you properly uninstall Hotspot Shield after using it – you really should have no problems going forward. It does not contain any malware that will remain on your machine.

  16. Dorcy says:

    I stumbled upon your website for the first time a couple hours ago. I really enjoy reading your articles and your style keeps me interested while very informative. I will be a long time fan. Keep up the good work. Thanks.

  17. Max Slain says:

    You’ve listed the only con of hide.Me as “Limited to 2GB per month” and one of the pros of ZoogVPN as “2Gb per month” (sic). For consistency, do you consider 2GB per month a pro or con. Assuming it’s a pro, this suggests that there are no cons to hide.me, which seems unlikely. It’s inability to get into popular streaming services, such as Netflix, the BBC, and ABC for example could be a showstopper for many people.

    1. Ray Walsh says:

      Right you are. I have updated the article for consistency. 2Gb for free is a pro (because it IS good that you get something for free – and this does apply to any secure VPN that lets you sample the service for free), but being limited to just 2Gb a month (which isn’t a terribly huge amount of free use) is a con. In the end, it is subjective as to whether you think getting just 2Gb per month (better than nothing) is more of a pro or a con. As for not being able to use Netflix: the article does explain that free VPNs don’t tend to do the things that a premium VPN will do.

  18. glenn kyle says:

    This article’s bullshit. You’ve got to pay for them all. Don’t bother.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi glenn,

      Sigh. Please see my answer to klsn;abvn below.

    2. Ray Walsh says:

      Absolute twaddle. The article is accurate – did you actually read it? Or use any of the 5 free VPNs? All of the VPNs have a free service and a paid premium service plan. So you CAN pay for these VPNs if you want an unlimited premium account: but you don’t have to.

  19. klsn;abvn says:

    you guys are so full of shit… none of these are even remotely free. ugh.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi klsn;abvn,

      I get really confused by this kind of comment. All the providers listed above (except ExpressVPN which is a promotion and is not part of the list – we do have bills to pay) have a free tier. Yes, it is limited, but that is what you get for going free (although ProtonVPN is pretty darn good, even on its free tier!).

    2. glenn kyle says:

      You are easily confused then.

      1. Douglas Crawford says:

        Hi again glenn,

        About what? Every VPN listed above (apart from ExpressVPN, which is a promotion) offers a free service. Fact.

  20. Johari says:

    Give me the beast free VPNs 2018.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Johari,

      Um… that _is_ what this article is about! 🙂

  21. Yadanno says:

    it’s good!

  22. Sharksl33 says:

    I’ve been using SigaVPN (https://sigavpn.com). Probably the best free VPN out there. Not trying to shill but it works better than most paid ones I’ve tried.

  23. Bob Mugabe says:

    Click-bait much? There are certainly NOT free

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Bob,

      Um.. yes they are (except ExpressVPN, which is a promotion, and not part of the Best 5 list). They all have limitations and are offered in the hope that you will upgrade to a premium plan, but as least they are honest.

  24. afadf asdfas says:

    lmao they arent even free please kys

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi afadf,

      Yes they are. They all have limitations, but what do you expect from a free service? TunnelBear, for example, allows you to use 500Mb per day for free.

  25. Walter says:

    It says that the VPN places are free on this site, yet everyone I looked at wants a monthly payment after the trial period. That ain’t free in my book, and hints of possible false advertising. Needless to say, I won’t be going to any listed on this site.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Walter,

      Please note that ExpressVPN is a promotion and is not part of the free list. All the others do offer a genuinely free service. These are necessarily limited in various ways, however, as the only way an honest provider can afford to run a free service is in the hope you will upgrade to a premium plan. If you read the provider descriptions, we clearly explain what those limits are.

  26. Janice delane says:

    Thank you for providing such detailed valuable information. The info on below Express VPN offers a 49% discount if you sign up today. However when I went to the site it offers only a 35% discount on a year subscription. Why the discrepency?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Janice,

      If you follow our link, you should see the 49% discount. If not, then try clearing your browser cookies and refresh.

  27. Elena says:

    Hello,
    I want to use a vpn for enhanced protection because I fell prey of online harrassment. I had been using Cyberghost but I was told it’s not safe nor secure. In fact, I noticed that when I was using it, my browser history was filled with pages I never clicked on and never opened. Also, my youtube history was filled with videos I never clicked on and never watched. I got upset again. Why that happens with Cyberghost? What does it give away that happens so? What’s the best vpn I can use for free?
    Thanks.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Elena,

      CyberGhost Free does open ads on your browser, so I’m guessing this is what you are seeing. Unfortunately, most free VPNs are either very limited or you are paying in some other way. Running a VPN costs money, and no-one is doing it purely out of the goodness of their hearts. The basic lesson here is that you really should pay for a decent VPN service.

  28. Stephanie says:

    If these are all supposed to be free, then why is every last one of them asking me for payment before I’m allowed to use them?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      Except for ExpressVPN (which is clearly marked as a sponsored post and is not free), all these VPNs provide a free (if somewhat limited) service. No payment is required. You may be getting a little confused because most of them also offer superior premium services, which is how they can afford to offer a free service…

  29. Wendy Reichelderfer says:

    Hello!
    I write for a friend of mine in Barbados.
    If she were to use a VPN, would there be a problem in allowing her to use Pandora?? Thanks~~
    God bless you for all you do!

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Wendy,

      Yes – a VPN should should fine for Pandora – even the Android app worked fine for Pandora last time I tested it. As always, though, do take full advantage of any free trials or money back guarantees to check your chosen service VPN works without issue with any services you want to access.

  30. KillerofLiars says:

    Your number one pick is NOT SECURE. According to Tunnelbear’s license agreement, they make no warranty or guarantee that your data will be private or secure. Their website describes the program as a means to security, but if you read the fine print, they have no faith in their own program.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi KillerofLiars,

      I have just skimmed through Tunnelbear’s Privacy Policy and it looks pretty sound to me (i.e. no login timestamps, no logs, etc.) Can you please pinpoint the clause that is worrying you?

  31. zalt57 says:

    Thank you for this article. I have a question. I live in Canada and I will be travelling to China. Will these VPNs work in the great firewall?

    1. Ray Walsh says:

      VPNs in China have become highly restricted and as you mention there is the great firewall to contend with. In addition, it is worth bearing in mind that Apple has removed a lot of VPNs from the app store. Sadly, I can’t promise that the free VPNs mentioned will work in China. For a VPN to definitely work in China you should get one with “stealth mode”, this is special VPN tech that disguises your VPN traffic as regular traffic so that it isn’t affected by the firewall. Please look at our best VPNs for China article for more help.

  32. Rick says:

    I use vpnfacile, what and your opinion about this provider?

  33. Dilberg says:

    I tried all of the VPNs on this list, they all worked as advertised. The bears are really funny but I particularly liked Windscribe, especially since it offers more free bandwidth than ALL THE OTHERS COMBINED. Why is it #4? Am I missing something?

  34. sexylady1234f says:

    Hi al,

    All the options listed here are very limited, and are offered in the hope that you will spring for a premium plan. Running a VPN costs a lot of money, so it needs to bed monetized in some way. At least the providers listed here are transparent about how they do this…

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi sexylady1234f,

      I completely agree! :).

  35. Derrick Davis says:

    P.s.
    Your search bar is not working for my LG. android . 7.1 I believe. .
    Thanks

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Derrick,

      I have passed this on to our dev team, who are now looking into the issue.

  36. Derrick Davis says:

    Hi. Loved the article about the best free vpns. I decided to try windscribe* because of the 10GB allowed but they would not let me download a free version to my android. It is a little old, but not only would I a patch/updated to run it I would need pro to do it. So I went with the bear.
    Also, I haven’t searched this site for one(will as soon as I hit send) but if you could do an article about using tor with vpns that would be great. I’m an electromechanical engineer and electronics enthusiast, I knew/know how it all works. But the way and pace which you described everything was really enjoyable to read.
    Great job. Thanks

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Derrick,

      I think 5 Best VPNs when Tor is what you are after :).

  37. Bob Fallona says:

    Cyberghost has done away with the free service. I clicked on your link & it only shows Pro. You might check out VPN Secure. They have a $40 lifetime service & they DO have a free option but it’s buried & you have to re up every 30 days. But it does work. Go to pricing & then show more then way down at the bottom is the 30 day free account.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Bob,

      If you go to the main Cyberghost website you can download the free version of Cyberghost. I have alerted out team to the fact this link points to the Pro version. Thanks for pointing this out. Fwiw, I do not consider a 30-day free trial to count as a “free option.”

  38. bbd says:

    Thanks bro

  39. Polly says:

    Advice please. My husband loves watching TV sport, especially the EPL. We are in Thailand and the authorities have just taken down 365sport.com, which was fantastic and kept my husband sane. If we get a VPN will we be able to connect to 365sport again?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Polly,

      If 365sport.com is simply being blocked in Thailand, then yes, although thanks to bandwidth and speed restrictions, a free VPN is not suitable for this. Use a good paid-for service, but do take advantage of any free trials or money back guarantees before in order to ensure everything is working for you. However… I have just tied to visit the website you mention, and it appears to be completely down. If this is the case, then a VPN won’t help.

  40. Silje Nielsen says:

    Hey, I know it’s out of topic but I’ve been using hide me free Web proxy for some reasons like omegle. For months it worked great but these days, I can’t even access that site. It says error while connecting to server or I can’t even click the start a new chat button. Please help, thanks

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Silje,

      A problem with web proxies is that they are poor at handling complicated webpage layouts, and tend to fall flat when encountering things such Flash, Java, and JavaScript scripts (although this not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to security!). It may be that Omegle has changed its website design in a way that a web proxy cannot handle. This should not be a problem, if you use a VPN instead.

  41. Dani says:

    Hello , I live in Spain and wish to unblock BBC I player , can I do this with a free VPN ? Thanks

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Dani,

      In theory, yes, but free VPNs are invariable slow and offer very limited bandwidth, which makes streaming video content. So in practice, no. You are much better paying for a cheap (<€5 per month) premium service.

  42. Rodgy says:

    Hi Douglas
    iam Rodgy from namibia i want to know if there is a vpn i can use in my country for free even for a limited data plan and how do i make use of suck vpn in detail please help me thank you for your time and effort
    will be waiting

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Rodgy,

      Any of the free services listed here should work in Namibia, but you will get best performance connecting to a VPN server as close to you as possible. We have a list of 5 Best VPNs for South Africa which would work well for you in Namibia, but none of them are free.

  43. Munna Hossain says:

    VPN service is important to ensure online security. Many people have the limitation, they can not use the internet freely. So they can use VPN service to unblock any blocked website or blog.

  44. Kaos says:

    If you have KODI why do you need Netflix?? If you want to use a VPN to avoid paying then why would you have a problem using TVaddons & get a SuperSteroided alternative that will include TV & Movies from all the Streaming services.

  45. Jack Nicholas says:

    I think people really need to work on the definition of “free”. In the case of most vpns I’ve tried, free seems to mean “our service will be extraordinarily slow or have extremely limited data unless you upgrade to premium”. That, is NOT what free is not supposed to mean.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Jack,

      There is no such thing as a free lunch. Running a VPN service is a very costly and time-consuming affair. In other words, it is a business. VPNs that offer a free limited service in the hope that you will upgrade to a premium plan (as you describe) are at least honest about how they monetize their “free” service. Those that offer an unlimited service for no money _must_ be profiting somehow. Like Hola, they could be selling your bandwidth, or they could be selling your data to advertisers. An alarming number of “free” VPNs will infect your device with malware or perform all sorts of other malicious behavior.

  46. Baba says:

    i like the virtual private network much better

  47. SANDEEP KUMAR AHUJA says:

    heloo sir
    kindly let us know about the status of free vpn anywhere in india
    as we are living in india punjab muktsar since my childhood
    but we have faced a lot of difficulties since our childhood in managing money etc. for paid internet.
    so kindly let us know as it is being depicted at google search about free vpn that are available online anywhere
    that is why we are writing a few sentence to you regarding its status whether it is a myth or reality please let us know how to connect with free vpn and use the same for our study and research related works etc. in our online office i.e. http://www.ahujaonlinesrc.simplesite.com
    thanx
    with best wishes
    AOSRC TEAM

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Sandeep,

      As this article explains, free VPNs do exist. But they are either:

      a) Very limited, and exist in the hope that you will upgrade to a paid-for premium version of the service. On the plus side, these VPNs tend at least to be at honest and transparent about how they can afford to offer a free service. All the above services fall into this category Or…

      b) Dishonest. Many “free” VPNs monetize their service by stealing your data, selling bandwidth, infesting your mobile devices with malware etc.

      The simple fact is that running a VPN service is an expensive business, and no-one is going to do it for free. If you are having problems paying for a service because you are based in India, then many VPN services accept payment in Bitcoin or store cards (which can be purchased online from places such as eBay). Mullvad will even accept cash sent by post!

      It may just be the way in which you have worded the question, but just to make it clear, using a VPN will not provide you with free internet.

  48. James says:

    Windscreen not available for android without a pay account as of 2/5/17

    1. James says:

      Windscribe auto sucks sometimes lol

    2. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi James,

      Thanks for that. Windscribe Free is available on most platforms. According to its website, for Android, “You need a Pro account at this time. Native Android application is coming February 2017 and will be available for free users.”

  49. Andy says:

    Hello, So I was wondering if a site that is blocked by open DNS will be able to unblock once I download a VPN. Im not sure if that can also be one of its purposes of a VPN. If so which one would you recommend? Nothing really explicit really. Just content filtering over news and media in my country. Please reply soon 🙂

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Alex,

      Yes. Using a VPN should unblock any site blocked by Open DNS. Please see 5 Best VPN Services for our top recommendations and my VPNs for Beginners guide for a detailed discussion about what VPNs can and cannot do.

  50. m says:

    Hi, does Windscribe support torrenting? it sounds like the best choice with it’s 10GB monthly limit and keeping no logs. Thanks.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi m,

      It does allow torrenting on its paid plans. Most providers do not permit P2P on their free plans, though, so this is worth checking.

    2. Windscribe says:

      Windscribe allows Torrenting for all users, Free and Pro.

  51. h. says:

    i visited hide me and registered because it said “always free” but clicking on link on my mail it says We are happy to see you again in our members area. Your Free membership is active and will expire on:
    Sunday, February 26, 2017 4:55 AM UTC

    i have Tor and it really is free,unfortunately for last two days,every site i visited to watch movies those sites say this file is not available for your region ,that’s why i was after another one.please advise me.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi h.,

      Well, Tor is an open source project that receives funding from various sources, including the US governmnet. Hide.me is a commercial enterprise that offers a free service in the hope it will encourage you to pay for premium plan. But is does indeed say that the Free service is “Free forever”. I suggest you contact Hide.me about the issue, although I suspect it just means that you need to re-register every now and again.

  52. afzal says:

    HI guys i am from pakistan i need best vpn for US. any paid vpn or free plzz tel i am ready to pay but i need good one
    waiting for your repose
    thnaku

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi afzel,

      Pretty much all VPNs services run US servers. This article has our pick of free VPNs, while 5 Best VPN Services lists out pick of paid-for VPNs. If you want access to US Netflix, then I suggest picking ExpessVPN.

      1. Rick says:

        Hi Douglas,

        Have you also tried ZoogVPN? They are also one of the few who work great with US Netflix.

        1. Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi Rick,

          We have given a broadly favorable review of ZoogTV if all you want a VPN for is streaming geoblocked content . It’s not a VPN to use for privacy, but it doesn’t claim to be. Thanks for letting us know about it working with US Netflix.

  53. Cam says:

    Help me
    Is there any VPN which serves as a browser extension or add-on which unblocks all blocked websites?(Safe and secure compared to hola vpn)

    1. Ben Taylor says:

      Hi there Cam,

      To be honest I don’t think there’s any substitute to a proper VPN solution – usually the browser extension options are simple proxies or VPNs with serious limitations. I’d personally only use a fully-fledged service: /best-vpn-services/

      Best wishes,

      Ben

  54. EDWARD JACKSON says:

    Hi, Douglas. Thanks for all your work and info you provided. I was using TotalVPN and was very happy with their free service. Recently, I was told they are discontinuing their subscriptions and are no longer accepting new paid subscriptions. Are they going out of business? I am sad & disappointed. Total was easy to use, fast (did not slowdown my computer,) and offered 3 servers (Singapore, Amsterdam, & Koslovic.) Being old, poor, & not very computer literate, I was very lucky to have stumbled on TotalVPN. Anyway, I just wanted to give them props and to you too, to let you know that your excellent research presentation is well-organized, clear and very helpful to a lot of people. I will choose one of your suggestions. Thanks, again. Edward

    1. Ben Taylor says:

      Hi Edward,

      After looking promising to begin with Total VPN received a lot of bad press and numerous people contacted us about billing issues and other problems – take a look at the comments here for details – /blog/44411/totalvpn-review/

      You’re definitely better off choosing one of the other options here 🙂

      Best wishes,

      Ben

  55. uzziel says:

    i want the vpn

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi uzziel,

      If you want free VPN, please see the list in this article.

  56. spider punk!! says:

    Hello, i m from india, is there any free vpn that gives me a beter annonimity and the company does’nt sell user data guaranteed.
    Plzz help me……… thankxx .

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi spider punk!!,

      The VPN services listed above will not sell your data, but they are severely limited in various ways. The simple reality is that running VPN service is an expensive business, so the only way to get a good one that can be relied on is to pay for it.

    2. Adrian says:

      Hello spider, i have a free vpn account with https://www.anonymousvpn.eu and i know for a fact that they have an India server location, give it a try! Cheers 🙂

  57. Tony says:

    Could you recommend free VPN use in Egypt on my android device

    Also for win 10 on pc

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Tony,

      As far as know, all the free VPNs listed here will work in Egypt (I would also add CyberGhost to this list). If you find that any are blocked, we would be grateful to hear about it.

  58. Ron says:

    I live in the UK and intend to spend about a month or so in Spain. Could you advise my best option,I would like to access British tv.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Ron,

      The big problem is that BBC iPlayer is blocking many VPN services. ExpressVPN and AirVPN are both paid-for, but I know they work.

      1. Ron says:

        Hi Douglas, thanks for that,I’m newto this game so I’ll go along with your suggestion.

        1. me says:

          get an android tv box, or install kodi onto a laptop. Use the addon called ‘freeview’ and you’ll get live uk channels from there.

  59. James says:

    I got interested in VPN’s for privacy when I went to set up IP telephony service. The provider just asked what model router I have and then instantly detected my exact street address from their web site. This is, of course, for emergency service (911) but I was surprised at how easily this was done. I’m sure they needed help from my ISP but what does the ISP do, if anything, to verify that such a query is from a legitimate IP telephony service who has me as a customer?

    By the way, something which I would consider to be of practical value would be to be able to select a VPN server that is in my own time zone. Some web sites are time sensitive. A while back, I was experimenting with TOR and Facebook (among other sites). I noticed that Facebook was showing me ads for sleep medication. I thought that was odd because all advertising on Facebook is targeted. Why do they think I need sleep meds? A few weeks later, it dawned on me that the answer was right in front of me. I made a practice of going to IPIllion.com first to verify that TOR was working. IPIllion is a site which displays the location of your IP address on a map. It was fun to see that I appeared to be coming from Romania, then South Korea, Finland, California… Since these places are in all different time zones, it appeared to Facebook as though I had been awake at all different times of the day and night.

    I am not trying to hide illegal activity. Like you noted, a VPN service is probably not good enough for that. What I would like to do is make things much more difficult for data brokers who may then sell data to anyone, including federal, state, local and foreign governments. I think using a VPN does create some expectation of privacy, at least here in the US. That is important in a legal sense even if it is still technically possible to spy on VPN users with the help of service providers.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi James,

      Yikes! I can see why that experience has made you interested in VPNs! Please see my VPNs for Beginners guide for an in-depth discussion on what a VPN can and cannot do to improve your online privacy. Most VPN services run servers from locations all over the word, so it is usually very easy to select one that is in your time zone.

  60. red says:

    Vyper VPN IS SCAM. Their company Golden Frog sold my data to Paramount Pictures. I got an email from Paramount attorneys in LA, claiming that I downloaded one of their movies. Vyper VPN requires that you pay a year in advance, so I lost half of my money. I replied to Vyper that I will start a legal case against them due to unauthorized access to personal data. Never got a reply, never got another threat, but beware.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi red,

      VyprVPN does not permit torrenting, and like every VPN company, it is obliged to respond to a legal DMCA complaints. Many VPN companies stonewall these by the simple expedient of using shared IPs and not keeping usage logs, so they can claim an inability to comply with the demand. This is, unfortunately, not the case with ViprVPN. But it was behaving perfectly legally, and did not “sell” your data. Please see 5 Best VPNs for Torrenting, P2P, Filesharing for a more complete discussion on the subject.

    2. PsyintZ says:

      Please do not go around calling legitimate companies a “scam,” simply because YOU didn’t read the EULA before signing up for a service, then completely ignored it. You got yourself into that trouble, red. Vyper had nothing to do with it. Now accept your punishment like a man, and then learn how to read things (especially EULA and TOS) before you randomly click those checkboxes from now on.

      To put it in simple terms: You literally broke the law and breached the service agreement that YOU signed (checked), and then you threatened to sue them over your own wrong-doing. The reason they aren’t replying to you is because they’re too busy laughing at you.

  61. Karthikeyan says:

    Why cyberghost vpn removed from this list? i think cyberghost best free unlimited vpn service also speed good

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Karthikeyan,

      Because as a team, we decided that the above VPN services are better for this. It should also be noted that CyberGhost does not permit torrenting using its free service.

  62. MG001 says:

    windscribe rocks. had issues with many vpn companies and their app simply worked, didnt have to do anything or mess with no settings or talk to their support for a week- it just worked. will be upgrading if this keeps up!!

  63. heba says:

    It’s not free , don’t be lier to order do not enter hell

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi heba?

      ? All VPN services listed here are indeed free (albeit most them are limited in some way). The only exception is ExpressVPN, which is not included in our table rankings or summaries, and which we clearly state offers a 30-day money guarantee instead of being free.

      1. Patsy says:

        Hello ,
        Thanks for the interesting article .Have you any info re Surf Easy VPN ?
        I’m interested in viewing tv programmes mainly .
        I don’t mind paying a nominal sum but am afraid of getting stuck with the wrong one .

        1. Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi Patsy,

          Please check out our SurfEasy Review. Given that many streaming services are now trying to ban VPN users, it is always a good idea to take advantage of any free trials and/or money back guarantee on offer in order to check that the services you want are accessible. SurfEasy offers hassle-free 7-day money-back guarantee.

  64. Hilda says:

    As the ISP (or the NSA)can see that you use a vpn, is it possible that you get automatically blacklisted and even if you don’t do anything illegal you draw the attention only by using a vpn?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Hilda,

      Using a VPN is illegal almost nowhere (UAE excepted), and will not get you blacklisted. And to be honest, if you are going to do anything illegal, a VPN is not your best choice of technology.

  65. Marko says:

    How is Vyprvpn #1? They log your IP and offer 500MB of free data – total, not even per month like Tunnelbear. Windscribe offers 10GB per month for free and doesn’t log.

  66. Afymoney says:

    Will i have to paid after some time i have been using the Vpn

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Afymoney,

      All the options listed here are free (so no time limits). They are, however, all limited in various ways. Running a VPN service is an expensive business, and no-one is going to do it just out the kindness of their hearts. The reason these options are free is because the companies hope that you will get tired of their limitations, and become willing to pay for a much better premium service.

  67. Nikunj Kumar says:

    Is phosphine a VPN service

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Nikunj,

      I do not know of phosphine. Can you provide a link, please?

      1. ashish says:

        its psiphon

  68. TC Woods says:

    After reading all of this, I am now more confused than ever

    I bought a house in Panama, plan to spend 4-5 months per year there. The rest of the time, I live in the Seattle Washington area.

    Internet service in Panama is limited, advertised (satelitte dish) speed is 4 Mbps. I do not have an option of a wired connection to my modem.

    Things I’m after…

    1) Be able to utilize Kodi to watch US based tv channels. I would also like to watch “U.S. based” Hulu and Netflix, I guess the only way to do that is some kind of VPN…

    2) I bought a new router (ASUS RT-N66U) which I have had Tomato firmware installed. Next step is to figure out what the best VPN would be for my needs…

    3. The VPN I use has to pass thru as much as possible due to only having 4 Mbps…

    Any help would be appreciated

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi TC,

      In general you are on the right track. Do please be aware, however, that both Hulu and Netflix are trying to block VPN users, so you may need to experiment somewhat in order to find a VPN service that works for them both. You should also be aware that using a VPN will slow down your internet connection, which can cause buffering issues. Sticking to watching SD rather than HD content is probably a must. Please check out my article on 5 Best VPNs for Panama – for best connection speeds connect to a server in Panama.

      1. TC Woods says:

        What about a “Smart DNS” service? Got to reading about it today

        1. Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi TC,

          Smart DNS provides geospoofing by resolving your DNS requests at a specified location (the US in your case). For accessing streaming media it can be very effective, and there is less lag as DNS translation is pretty much instantaneous (although the distance you internet signal must travel remains a factor). It may well be a better solution for you than using a VPN. Note that both Hulu and Netflix also try to block Smart DNS, but more of these work than VPNs. You might like to check out our sister-site, SmartDNS.com :).

    2. Daniel Jones says:

      Hi TC,

      I tried most of the ones mentioned in this article, and their service was so-so to horrible. This article is kind of misleading.
      I then tried ActiVPN, which a friend recommended me and it works well

      1. Douglas Crawford says:

        Hi Daniel,

        Running a VPN service is an expensive business, so if you want a free one then you need to manage your expectations.

      2. PsyintZ says:

        Daniel,

        How is this article misleading?

        If anything, your post is misdirected. You came to an article on FREE VPN’s and stated their services are poor, just so you could point out that your PAID VPN works better. If you didn’t notice, that is basically the exact point this article is trying to make. He mentioned, countless times, that Free VPNs are incredibly limited. He also mentioned that Paid VPNs are far superior to free ones. So, where did he mislead us?

  69. Farbrausch says:

    Tried all of these, and everything except Windscribe is total garbage. Either too little free data to be even remotely useful (Tunnelbear and Hideme), or speed throttled to a point where its unusable (Cyberghost). I’ll be upgrading when I get my next paycheck.

  70. joe says:

    none of these work for me at school they are all blocked

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi joe,

      It is clear, then, that your school is actively blocking VPN connections. I am in the middle of writing a guide on How to Bypass VPN Blocks, so look out for that very soon. In the meantime, many of the tactics outlined in 5 Best VPNs for China for defeating the Great Firewall should also be effective at bypassing your school VPN blocks. Do please be aware, however, that you might get into trouble with your school if caught.

    2. Breana says:

      I had all my information and even bookmarks hacked into by using ExpressVPN, they even posted mocking comments on Facebook. There are Netflix trying to block VPN yet their script writers and directors are thieves that hack into peoples computers as well as other film companies. Im stuck in a dilemma as I don’t trust any VPN any longer, I don’t think any off them are secure, so your left to deal with random hackers and the film industry just taking all
      your research as they please and than acting like they own the story. There should be more Antimalware companies that are certified that support VPN so you know they will take your privacy serious and not lie or just try to gain extra money on the side, if you think none of these VPN companies have any IT security certificates nobody has investigated them as being legit and your not only paying them given them your details but your data.

      1. Douglas Crawford says:

        Hi Breana,

        You have clearly had a bad experience, but ExpressVPN is a reputable VPN company, and definitely did not hack into your computer and steal information from it. Perhaps these “mocking comments” on Facebook were genuine expressions of surprise and bafflement at this accusation? FWIW, BestVPN.com is currently investigating ways to make the VPN industry more transparent and of auditing providers’ claims. Watch this space.

      2. PsyintZ says:

        Shame on you, Breana. Another person making blind accusations toward legitimate companies, simply because they have no idea what they’re talking about.

      3. Justin in the USA says:

        A good VPN (offers a free trial then paid subscription) is Freedome by F-Secure. The connection was always on and the lag was only nanoseconds for me on an iPhone 5s with iOS 9.0 (didn’t pay to keep it so couldn’t keep using it). Worked with NetFlix, Pandora, and youtube in HD. No free vpn service is going to offer that level of service without data caps. It would be way too expensive…

  71. Cynicroute says:

    Comments on Betternet?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Cynicroute,

      Please see my full Betternet Review.

    2. Mike says:

      Used betternet app, worked until several months ago. `
      Then all of a sudden it stopped working. All connections kept dropping, couldn’t use it for anything anymore.

  72. F. says:

    What about Zenmate?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi F.

      Please see our ZenMate Review.

  73. shirazi says:

    send me free vpn
    thanks a lot

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi shirazi,

      BestVPN.com is a VPN comparison and review website. For free VPN, please visit the websites listed above.

  74. zannek says:

    @Douglas Crawford : I will float it to the BestVPN.com managment.
    where is the answer of the * BestVPN.com managment pls ?
    where is the list of ‘all the freevpn that you must avoid’ ?
    i would like to know if mine is a good choice or not …

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi zannek,

      So I passed this along to manegment, and recived the following reply. “We actually have a 5 Worst list on our pipeline – just waiting to be clear on content priorities after the recent content audit, but it could well happen!” So it looks good!

  75. SanPaulo says:

    Tunnelbear off: 151 MB downl / 11 up
    Tunnelbear on: 54 MB down / 14 up

  76. xeol-init says:

    i should not recommend WINDSCRIBE , no !
    As long as windscribe will not follow these simple rules :
    – a free .conf for gnu_linux users
    – at least a server for linux users not based in a compromised country like canada,uk,australia,usa (14eyes)
    – the choice of the surname & the password for linux users
    – to not be on the next list of the free vpn you must avoid
    – a modern & strong (openvpn) encryption protocol for linux users
    A free account for linux users without to be registered should be a must !

  77. Jared says:

    Tried all of the companies mentioned here, and Windscribe is a clear winner. The program is the best, soooo simple to use, and does everything for you. Been using it for free for 2 months and will probably give them the money they rightfully deserve. A+++++

  78. vpnbook:freevpn says:

    vpnbook : avoid
    this site should write all the free vpn that you must avoid and not only a list of their choice.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi vpnbook:freevpn,

      That is not a bad idea. I will float it to the BestVPN.com managment.

  79. Walter says:

    Hi what about vpn book, it has no data limits and speed capping

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Walter,

      This is why we are wary of recommending VPNBook.

  80. jimmie says:

    Thanks for mentioning that Douglas. I’ll bear it in mind. I’m using Comodo Firewall. Maybe I’ll give another one a go and see if the same thing happens.

    Cheers.

  81. jimmie says:

    Thanks for your reply Douglas.

    Re the ExpressVpn issue – who knows what the cause of the cluster packet loss is. It is disconcerting though when you see ‘100% cluster packet loss’ in the diagnostic logs available to their users.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi jimmie,

      Its possible that your firewall is the issue (Norton Internet Security 2010 has been mentioned as culprit). Reducing the MTU value might also help.

  82. jimmie says:

    Alan Turing / Douglas Crawford – re your earlier comments about Cyberghost and their Manchester servers.

    I was until recently a Premium Subscriber. As soon as I noticed that they were routing my traffic through their Manchester server I cut my ties with them for the reasons as discussed above. I’m based in the UK and was very disappointed with this development.

    I’ve moved on now. Have been with ExpressVpn for a while. It’s not a bad vpn, but I have been suffering from a continually high level of cluster packet loss on my connections (often right up to 100% – does your encrypted connection essentially die when this happens?) for a while now. Their support have told me that this is down to the smaller size of some of their servers (combined I guess with numbers of users on a particular server at any given time – again, I’d be grateful if anyone in the know who has any thoughts on this could comment). I’m looking to try a new vpn now.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi jimmie,

      Thanks for confirming that this issue also affects premium users. There is also talk of CyberGhost installing a root certificate on users computers along with its software. This a very dodgy thing to do as it effectively gives access to your entire computer. As long as you are connected to a VPN server, the connection will be encrypted. I am a little surprised at the problems you are having with ExpressVPN, as I have always found its performance to be excellent.

    2. Chris says:

      Their Manchester servers are painfully slow, no matter which one you are connected to the speed always seems to be 5mbit or less on 200mbit, but a handful of the London ones gave me my full 200mbit….I only used it briefly as I normally use Newshostings VPN service that comes with their Newsgroup access package, Newshosting is far superior.

  83. Visitor.01 says:

    Does any of these programms allow torrenting?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Visitor.01,

      Most free VPNs (including all of the above) do not permit torrenting. I recently reviewed Betternet, however, which does allow torrenting on its free service (which also offers unlimited data).

  84. Bobb Anderson says:

    Hi guys please who knows about “JUST FREE VPN” jus wanna give a trial can somebody tell me how safe or harmful it could be?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Bobb,

      I’m afraid that I know nothing about this service, perhaps our readers can help?

  85. jawed khan says:

    good

  86. Alan Turing says:

    I am using Cyberghost VPN and although I can choose my IP country, the DNS server is ALWAYS a british server based in Manchester. To be honest I don’t trust a DNS server based in a 5 eyes country. What’s your opinion about this? Is it a dangerous thing or not?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Alan,

      The DNS server should always match the country of your IP address. I also agree that the UK is not a good country for anything to be based when it comes to security. Are you based in the UK? If so, then you are probably suffering a DNS leak. Unlike many providers, CyberGhost does not include DNS leak protection as a feature of its software.

      1. Alan Turing says:

        No, I’m a Spaniard living in Spain. I have done the ip leak test several times and it’s ok, but my only concern is that the DNS server is always the Manchester one I told you in my first post. So for example, if I choose a danish IP and I run the test, it shows a IP from Denmark but it also shows this british server as DNS server. Quite weird, in my opinion.

        1. Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi Alan,

          Hmm. That is weird, and I have never heard of this happening before – as I say, the DNS address should match the IP location, or else the VPN is useless for geo-spoofing purposes. Maybe using just one DNS server located in Manchester is a way for CyberGhost to cut its overheads for free users (if you are a fee user)? Have you tried contacting CyberHhost about this issue?

          1. Alan Turing says:

            Hi Douglas,

            Yes, I’m a free user. I just talked to CyberGhost support agent via chat and they told me that they have 3 DNS servers: one in New York, one in Germany and this one in Manchester. He also said that the app chooses the server automatically and that it can be changed (to one of their there servers) if the OS allows you to do so. So since my IPad doesn’t allow me to change the DNS server in a VPN conection, there is nothing I can do about it. He was very nice but I keep thinking this whole thing is strange.

          2. Douglas Crawford says:

            Hi Alan,

            Thanks getting back to me on this. Yes, it is very strange, and is not something I have encountered before. Aside from any worries about GCHQ accessing your browsing history through CyberGhost’s UK DNS server, even fairly basic DNS detection will prevent users from geospoofing to other countries. Do you know if it is only free users that are affected by this issue, or paid users also?

          3. Alan Turing says:

            No, I don’t know if paid users are also affected by this thing. As I said I’m just a free user who downloaded the CyberGhost app for iOS a couple of days ago after reading your excellent article.

          4. Douglas Crawford says:

            Hi Alan,

            Thanks for all the info you have provided. When I have a moment I may chase this up myself.

  87. Helen says:

    Good

  88. PayforVPNplzbetterservicebitcoinsladz says:

    pay for a VPN you free tightarses – you’ll get alot better experience just read da fine print <3 you could get fucked over. my paid is much better than free
    peace

    1. Bao says:

      Foul-mouths should be banned and go to the bathroom to wash out their filthy gobs!! There are decent, respectful people here.

  89. AnonNoob says:

    winscribe is the best on the list above. Even tho they are from canada (poutine land?) 14eyes etc etc illuminati,nsa you know……?
    Read their p.policy. also recommend users to use revo unistaller which has free version to uninstall any programs it cleans everything to registry to sunfolders etc etc.
    P.s this site is such a good site.
    Found it not so long ago.
    Keep it up and cool……
    Cheers m8

    1. fitfiot says:

      windscribe is not a good option yet , has not the required features , try it does not mean that in case of a real threat it could better than another vpn provider (this comparison is never given nowhere).

      1. Windscribe says:

        Hi, what features are we lacking? We aim to improve, so let us know, maybe its already in the works 🙂

        1. fiu_fit says:

          Hi,
          @what features are we lacking? We aim to improve, so let us know, maybe its already in the works.
          #as desktop-user, my opinion is that it should be better if these features were improved :
          – vpn & tor or/and tor & vpn (it is it yet implemented?).
          – vpn & personal password + personal login (it is it yet implemented?).
          – a linux version must be proposed (it is it yet implemented?).
          – a free version without the registration be necessary (it is it yet implemented?).
          – the servers must be not compromised and closed if it is the case (it is it yet implemented?)._ it should be nice if something should appear on the screen alert us that the server is under survey/sized/compromised or under attack but i suppose it is impossible to know it).
          – at least 1 no-log server for the free version (it is it yet implemented?).
          – vpn & game on line (it is it yet implemented?). _very difficult without lag&jit.
          – a comparison between the different vpn provider and an independent audit about their security _ which it works on ubuntu/mint or smartphone can fail on debian or on a blackberry/sony
          i know that windscribe is a professional & active team.
          thx.

          1. AnonNoob says:

            Well even paid no log VPN servers, still in a way do keep logs. All VPN companies does keep logs of users one way or another. In a way they could all rent us out to govt, NSA etc. Or given large sum of money by companies.

            Ps- trace the IP of the location you choose and lookup IP Addy or DNS see their hosting sites and go to their site and check out their privacy policy. They sometimes do keep logs even if the VPN provider says they don’t. They buy or rent servers and so on.

          2. Douglas Crawford says:

            Hi AnonNoob,

            Well, companies such as AirVPN claim that all logs are sent direct to a /null file. Of course, a VPN company can choose (or be forced) to start logging at any time, and can always monitor communications in realtime. Third party hosting providers are an issue, but remember that all VPN traffic remains encrypted, and most hosting provider collect only aggregate data. Only the company running the VPN server instance (i.e. the VPN provider) will be able to monitor the IP each incoming connection. It is also worth noting that a few VPN companies operate their own bare-metal servers, and therefore have complete control over their networks.

          3. James says:

            When you are talking about the hosting provider being an issue, do you mean a situation where, for example, the owner of the physical location of the servers is aware that a particular server is providing vpn service and they have a firewall which is protecting their network? Then they can monitor traffic in and out of the vpn by looking at firewall logs.

  90. Gale Jenness says:

    I’m not sure about these VPNs, are they better or worse? I don’t care for government or hackers getting into my data. But at the same point how do I know some VPN couldn’t take my data too? I also hate anything I install on my computer that won’t completely uninstall if I’m not happy with it. Getting some of these programs off your computer completely is a nightmare, often you need other uninstall programs to get them completely deleted!
    Your review puts Total VPN at the top, yet there seems to be so many complaints that I’m afraid to even give it a try? Will this cause me more problems then it’s going to solve? I wish there was clear answers to what’s safe and honest to use!

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Gale,

      Most VPN software uninstalls just fine. Free VPN providers need to profit somehow, and at least the ones listed here are transparent about how they do so – less scrupulous ones will just sell your data, which is why we strongly recommend choosing a paid-for service. As to TotalVPN – yup, we have received many complaints, but it provides the most “unlimited” free service that we know of. You pays your money (or not in this case), and takes your chances. We are, however, monitoring the TotalVPN situation carefully.

  91. Craig says:

    I run WebRoot SecureAnywhere real time shield. It’s interesting that when visiting https://www.totalvpn.com/ and http://www.cyberghostvpn.com/en_us I get this:

    Suspicious attack ahead
    Webroot has blocked access to the website you tried to open.
    It has been reported to contain suspicious content.

    It’s as if the sites are designated as suspicious by “the powers to be” to discourage potential customers? Or maybe the sites have been impregnated with malware by “big brother”?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Craig,

      I don’t use WebRoot SecureAnywhere, which makes it difficult to comment. FWIW, I believe CyberGost to be a 100% reputable company, but we have received a lot of complaints about ToltalVPN…

    2. Alexander says:

      Could you repeat that for other VPN providers also ?? It would be interesting to know if something changes when visiting Windscribe or any other .

      1. rashi says:

        I wonder who alexander is? 2 years and all these references online alex alexander.
        None of these VPN are encrypted and it would be amazing to see a “professional”
        VPN service for businesses that need just privacy not downloads or file share

        1. Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi rashi,

          All of these VPNs are encrypted. In fact, if the connection is not encrypted, then its not a VPN (the P stands for Private). You may like to check out our article on 5 Best Business VPN Services.

  92. antonio says:

    It is impossible to remove TotalVPN.
    The Windows service (named OVPNService) remains there after uninstall.
    Setup files remain there after uninstall.
    The Windows network connection and its tray icon remain there.
    Their chat agents are totally clueless about this. They suggest to remove manually the app in the Program folder, but the app does not install there.

    … and did I mention that all the free servers (just 2) did not work?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi antonio,

      That does not sound good. I did not experience the problem, but that might be because I use Revo Uninstaller. As for the free servers, there were 3 of them, and they worked when I tested the service. I must say say, though, that we have received many complaints abut TotalVPN, and I’m sure that our readers are not just making them up…

    2. Ameer Abbas says:

      you need to uninstall the app first, then use a registry cleaner to remove all registry entries from the windows registry.

      1. Douglas Crawford says:

        Hi Ameer,

        This will indeed work (thanks), but really should not be necessary.

    3. shrinivas says:

      Network connections that are left out should be removed in Device Manager. Please go to Device Manager and click Network Adapters, there you can uninstall them, Cheers

  93. Maija says:

    I’m still running mac os x 10.6.8…
    Can you recommend anything that will work with that?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Maija,

      Most custom VPN clients do not support OSX Snow Leopard (some might, but I know of any off the top of my head). Unfortunately, most free VPNs rely on you using custom software. Just about every paid-for a service (check out 5 Best Cheap VPNs), however, can be manually configured to run on older versions of Mac OSX.

  94. Hildegard says:

    Windscribe is the best provider on this list, by far. Started using it as a free user and upgraded to Pro the next day because everything simply worked. I was able to get started in literally under 2 minutes, which included downloading the software and making an account. Swedish servers are really quick for me, don’t notice any speed differences at all.

    1. tatiana says:

      cons :
      – tor was not tested so tor/vpn or vpn/tor were not tested too !
      – linux version available on pro-account only
      – port udp or exotic
      – can you play online ?
      – can you choose your own password ?
      – can you try a free account without to be registered ?
      – no killswitch (firewall is given as a better solution)
      – is the addon firefox or the app/desktop were audited ?
      – What is a Secure.link ? i have not clearly understood this feature.
      The professional work of windscribe and the quality of the support are a +.

  95. al says:

    Total VPN is not free, unless you want your mask to be in Iceland, Russia etc. All US servers require upgrade to paid subscription.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi al,

      All the options listed here are very limited, and are offered in the hope that you will spring for a premium plan. Running a VPN costs a lot of money, so it needs to bed monetized in some way. At least the providers listed here are transparent about how they do this…

  96. iamdjboss says:

    i love it. Got it.

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