F-Secure Freedome Review

F-Secure Freedome

BestVPN.com Score 8.4 out of 10
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F-Secure Freedome VPN is a Finland-based VPN service that offers high speeds, strong encryption, and a variety of different security features to take you the extra mile in online protection. Customer support is great thanks to live chat, and the VPN provides a risk-free 30-day money back guarantee!

VPN Stats

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  • Average Speed N/A Mbit/s
  • Simultaneous Connections N/A
  • Jurisdiction N/A

Likes

  • Great security features
  • Based in Finland
  • Affordable pricing and free trial
  • Robust DNS leak protection
  • Android app

Dislikes

  • Website can be hard to navigate
  • No cryptocurrency payment option

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Features

F-Secure is based in Finland: a country with very strict privacy laws. This is definitely an advantage over US-based VPN providers, as F-Secure isn’t restricted by US jurisdiction or EU Data Retention laws. 

F-Secure Freedome VPN offers roughly 30 different server locations, including Hong Kong, Australia, and the USA. This is perfect for those looking to access geo-restricted content or those simply looking to conceal their real IP address. However, please be aware that P2P Bittorrenting will only work on a few servers (and attempting to do so on servers that are disallowed will get you a temporary ban from the server in question). 

Like many other VPN providers, Freedome VPN also offers multiple platform use, WiFi protection, and unlimited bandwidth. Here are its additional features:

  • User-friendly clients
  • No logs
  • DNS leak protection
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Good customer support
  • Tracking blocker
  • Interactive tracker mapper
  • P2P is permitted but only on specific servers
  • Killswitch (on Windows and Mac)

Speed and Performance

I was extremely impressed when testing Freedome VPN speeds. Using the recommended US Southeast server, I happily encountered download speeds of 35.13 Mbps and upload speeds of 3.82 Mbps. 

Overall, I found F-Secure to offers high speeds with great performance and reliability. Furthermore, their server location list is expansive and continues to expand over time. 

Fortunately, Freedome VPN offered up no disappointment when testing for DNS and IP leaks. To test Freedome VPN yourself for leaks and speed, visit ipleak.net.

Price

F-Secure Freedome has several subscription options. Unfortunately, all options except mobile require an entire one-year subscription. The plans and prices are based on how many devices you want to have connected at a time.

  • 3 devices - $49.99 one-time charge ($4.17/mo)
  • 5 devices - $59.99 one-time charge ($5.00/mo)
  • 7 devices - $79.99 one-time charge ($6.67/mo)

A free five-day trial is available for new users. In addition, a 30-day-money-back guarantee is also included with all plans. Payment can be made via:

  • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, & Discover)
  • PayPal
  • PayNearMe
  • Wire transfer
  • Check/Money order

Premium support (chat, email, phone) is now available for all plans.

Privacy and Security

F-Secure Freedome does not retain any personally-identifiable logs of users or their activities. Being based in Finland also means that the VPN is located in an extremely secure place for data privacy. 

Freedome VPN provides OpenVPN protocol on its Windows, Mac, and Android clients. On iOS users have to make do with L2TP/IPsec (a slightly less robust, but secure protocol). 

OpenVPN is implemented with an AES-128 cipher, SHA-1 for data authorization, and a 2048-bit RSA Handshake. This is a fairly week implementation of OpenVPN. Thus, if strong encryption is important to your personal security model we'd recommend looking elsewhere.

DNS leak protection and a killswitch are now available in both the Windows and Mac clients.

Final thoughts

F-Secure Freedome VPN is a great choice for online security and protection. Thanks to its a five-day free trial, you can try out the VPN completely risk-free. OpenVPN encryption is not particularly strong, however, it is robust enough for most people's needs. Perhaps the most annoying thing about this provider is that fact that non-mobile users must subscribe for a year. Of course, this is offset a little by the fact that the yearly subscription is good value and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.

The website is pretty awkward to navigate, and a little lacking on useful information. However, this is a small quibble overall. And, thankfully, customer support isn't a problem thanks to live chat, phone support, a blog and the F-Secure community forum - available to all subscribers. In the future, we would like to see F-Secure add higher security to iOS devices, offer cryptocurrency as a payment method, and edit their website to offer more information upfront. If you decide to try out Freedome VPN, be sure to leave your user experience in the comment section below!

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12 Comments

  1. Rao Mudigonda
    on June 24, 2018
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    Do you have VPN setup at router level instead of Desktop or Mobile level ? I would like to encrypt FireTV / FireStick traffic as well. Thanks

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Rao Mudigonda
      on June 25, 2018
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      Hi Roau, May I first point out that you can instal a software VPN app on a Firestick or TV. .. 1. Use a dedicated Fire Stick app This considerably limits your choice of VPNs, but is undoubtedly the easiest option. Just search from Fire TV homepage. Note that most VPN providers who offer Android TV apps also offer Fire Stick apps. 2. Sideload a regular VPN app using its .apk file Most VPN providers will be happy to send you an .apk version of their software if you ask, or the .apk may be available through online repositories. Alternatively, you can download the latest .apk the excellent OpenVPN for Android app from F-Droid. There are various ways to do sideload apps onto a Fire Stick, but we find using the Apps2Fire app to be the easiest. In fact, this rather funky app can install any app already installed on your regular Android device onto your Fire Stick without even the need for an .apk of the app! Before sideloading an app onto your Fire Stick you must first enable third-party apps. To do this, simply go to the Fire TV homepage -> Settings -> Device -> Developer Options -> turn ON Apps from Unknown Sources. If you still want to go the router route, setup details very much depend on the make and model of your router. We have instructions for setting up on a DD-WRT router here.

  2. Irf
    on March 13, 2017
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    Freedome is perhaps the best VPN to use if you need it for business purposes (working while travelling, connecting to client information etc.) as it comes from a very reputable cyber security company. Torrenting and stuff... well you can do it when you pick their server location right (Spain provides that if I recall right). Netflix: well F-Secure never really entered into the cat & mouse game with Netflix. They are more into just protecting your anonymity and data while you are on the internet.

  3. mikko kumpulainen
    on December 4, 2016
    Reply

    Umm lets say one torrents stuff where you can get in to some problems. Will this protect me?

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to mikko kumpulainen
      on December 5, 2016
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      Hi mikko, In general, yes. Using a VPN will protect you when torrenting, as long as the VPN provider permits this. Please see Best VPN for torrents guide for in-depth discussion on this subject. With F-Secure Freedome, use of BitTorrent is allowed on some servers but is automatically blocked on others, including the UK, Netherlands and Singapore.

  4. Kim
    on December 22, 2015
    Reply

    And as payment options go there are local shops that sell Freedome without the need to give them your name, so if you pay with cash.

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