Best Free VPNs
Many of you would like to discover or use a free VPN. The list below includes all free VPNs with or without data limitations, with or without usage restrictions (speed, VOIP, P2P, connection port for the FTP, ....).
We are talking about free VPNs, not free trial offers for VPN. Free in the sense that no bank details are required, and there is no limitation on usage, as for a two, three or 30 day period. The best free VPNs are services that also have a Premium service (without limitations) like CyberGhost. The free version will have limits and the paying one will be fully operational. The free model with the option of a premium upgrade is a way in, and a good advertisement, attracting future users of the paying version. We find it confusing that some are totally free: what is their economic model?
Free VPNs are obviously attractive just because they are free… But if you really want a quality VPN, choose a paying VPN like IPVanish which at $77.99/year ($6.49 per month) provides you with everything you could possibly need, at a reasonable price.
Good free VPNs
CyberGhost - Best free VPN offer out there
CyberGhost has Free VPN from its connection programme (no sign-up, no email address needed). Once downloaded, you get access - without data limitations, nor speed restrictions – to 15 countries including France, USA, UK… However adverts for the premium service will appear, and the programme disconnects after three hours (possible to reconnect immediately). No P2P and connection times can depend on the number of current users. Nevertheless it is the best free VPN offer out there. The paying version gives access to 31 countries, faster servers and P2P allowed. For the first few days using Cyberghost's free service they will offer very attractive deals.
One of the latest and most interesting. 500 Mb free per month (actually 600 Mb if you sign up with an email address). Possible to add to the quota by doing various things like following them on twitter. The connection programme is simple and offers 13 countries. You even get a well-designed user space. Premium service at $4.99/month with unlimited data.
This VPN server has a free option with four addresses (FR - US - UK - DE) with unlimited switching, TCP/UDP ports and Exclusive Tunneling which lets you protect your ISP IP if the VPN eventually cuts out. The only restriction is the amount of data: 300 Mb/day. Don't forget to launch the OpenVPN client as an administrator. No login necessary, no need to sign up to be a SecurityKiss user.
Free VPN with 500 Mb data/month (extra 1Gb free) and 13 countries to choose from. Free service that acts an entry to the paying service ($6.99/month). THe sign-up (email needed to confirm) and installation (connection client to install) is easy. No unpleasant surprises! Good for streaming short videos and browsing.
Simple deal: Hotspot Shield offers a free VPN but in return your web pages will all have an advertising banner. Access a US IP with no speed restrictions. Data is not mentioned but I was disconnected after 500 Mb. The best thing about the programme (based on OpenVPN) is the presence of Split Tunneling (selected sites) which lets you choose the sites which will automatically use VPN and the others which will remain with your ISP IP. The “Elite” paying version costs $29.95/year and is unrestricted.
To make the most of free ProXPN you need to download their client and create a free account. Speeds are limited to 300kbps with a US IP but no limit on data. The connection is not amazingly fast, but is enough for browsing, Pandora. After a while to buffer, you can also watch films or series on Netflix USA. The premium version ProXPN offers unlimited access without speed restrictions with possible switching between servers in the USA, UK, Singapore or Holland. Plus PPTP protocol and VPN Guard, all at $29.95/trimester.
Creators of the famous OpenVPN client have launched a VPN deal. Try it free! The free version is limited to 500 Mb and five countries. Practical to get started and protect your browsing. Connection is fast via OpenVPN icon.
A free French VPN with an active community and members that provide great tutorials in their forum. This VPN was originally totally free. Now the free offer (after registering which can take a while) is limited to 100 Mb and only on a French IP with a bandwidth limited to Mbits (web browsing only). So quite reduced. To get more, you need to pay via a donation system. The first donation is €3.5, then to get more bandwidth, speed or slots you need to donate more, via the FIPStore. Freedom-IP more closely resembles a commercial offer than a free one. But they should be acknowledged for their capacity for evolution and impressive adaptability.
FREE VPN NOT WORTH YOUR TIME
Frankly, I am not sure what to think of this VPN developed by a Japanese university. The principle is simple: some professional VPNs or even individuals offer VPNGate a relay service. Which can be used by one of their members. VPNGate is based on the Softether protocol (developed by the same university). The two projects however are independent. You can also offer your connection as a relay by following the tutorial. But I am not convinced by the idea of using another individual as a third party.
To simply use the service: Download the software and install it. Then choose your server (ranked by country, with a strong Asian influence; Ping…) It works, the servers tested did give me the selected IP. Slow speeds though. THhe interface, the technical points seemed a bit complicated for anyone looking for a free VPN. But for those that like experimenting, VPNGate is worth testing (being aware of its risks, of course).
Its PPTP protocol VPN cuts out every 30 minutes! And you need to wait another 30 minutes to reconnect. The free VPN vpn.vpnreactor.com is mostly an introduction to its paying service.
This VPN has a free VPN which is more like a free trial of a few days! The offer is based on four countries, which is fair enough. No speed or data limits. But only browsing is protected. Good for streaming, or a little DDL. The paying service is at $37.99/year. After several days where everything works well, the free offer is reduced to only one country (with no time limit for its use). But it was impossible to connect to it: over-saturated server or malfunction?
Hola is a peer-to-peer VPN that I strongly discourage using. It is free but the system is not like a classic VPN based on a Client-Server duo. Hola uses the bandwidth of its free users to benefit its paying customers! I do not like the idea of exchanging my IP with another individual.
Some VPN comparison sites display this as a free service. We don't think so! It doesn't matter much since the conditions are so strict that it is not at all appealing: 64 kbit/s, limited to 2 hours/day, and an unclear installation programme. This service is actually made for the users of the proxy that needs advanced configurations via a client.