Best FREE VPNs for 2021! (that won’t sell your data)

– If you care at all about
your security and privacy, the number one question
you need to ask yourself before downloading any free VPN is this. In this world, you get what you pay for, but if you're looking for a free VPN, I'm not gonna stop you. I am however going to warn
you about the dangers, what you can expect, and of course give you recommendations on the very few services that I would even consider using. Welcome to All Things Secured, my name is Josh and I've been using VPNs for over a decade now to
bypass the censorship, stream content and of
course add that extra layer of security when I'm on
an untrusted network.

Now there's a lot that
I think is important for you to understand before you download and use a free VPN. But if you're strapped for time and you just wanna connect, open up the app store on
your windows, Mac, iOS or Android device, and
search for Atlas VPN. You literally download, open
the program and click connect, you don't have to create an account, but you are limited to
only three server options and fairly slow speeds. That alone is worth a simple
like on this video, right? Just hit that like, but hold on, if you care about your
security and privacy at all, the number one question
you need to ask yourself before you download any free VPN is this, how are they making money? Because trust me, there is no company in the market today that
is paying developers, investing in marketing and renting servers all across the globe as a service. "The good of humanity." Nope, they make their money somehow. Paid VPNs do it through subscription fees, but free VPNs are often more
sneaky about their income.

Some of them are paid to
deploy malware on user devices which means that the moment
you download their software, you've been infected with
additional malicious code. Other free VPNs track and sell your data to third-party companies and before you say something dumb like "I have nothing to hide", please understand that your identity is both valuable and costly to lose, so don't be foolish about it. The only type of free VPN
that I recommend to people, are those that run on what's
known as a freemium model. What this means is that they
can offer the free service because the costs are covered and offset by their paid customers. And in order to make
that worthwhile for them, they often put restrictions
on the free versions, including data caps, speed caps, limited server options,
limited protocol options, limited feature options,
and so on, and so on. The freemium model allows
you to try out the software but it gives the company the leverage to push you towards their paid offering.

And this is good because it satisfies the
question we asked earlier which is, how does this
free VPN make money? Fairy clear on that I'm
gonna share with you the only three VPNs I feel
comfortable recommending here on All Things Secured, including the limitations you'll
run into with each of them. First, as I mentioned at
the beginning of this video, there's Atlas VPN. I love the fact that
you don't have to create an account to get started, and that I was successfully to stream Netflix when connected. There are no data caps here either. However, you'll be limited
to only three servers, two in the U S and one in the Netherlands.

The speeds are enough to
stream a show in my experience but the quality wasn't great because it was still too slow. You're stuck with an older
IPsec encryption protocol, but to be fair they
don't offer other options on the premium plan either. My number two recommendation for free VPN comes from a company that also happens to make my favorite secure email
alternative G-mail, Proton. As far as security goes,
I like Proton VPN more than Atlas because they use
the standard open VPN protocol for their encryption. They also give you seven day free access to their premium plus plan, which includes options
for both tore over VPN, as well as a double VPN
feature they call, secure core. Once that seven day trial expires though, your free account will only
give you three location options, slower speed, no torrent support, and it doesn't work on
streaming services like Netflix. Proton as a company
has a great reputation.

And like I said, their secure
email product is my favorite. The free VPN service doesn't feel like a good long-term option to me, but then again, I don't think any of these services are a
great long-term solution. Finally, my last
recommendation is TunnelBear. This is the quintessential
example of a freemium model because, they even tell
you on the sales page that the purpose is for
testing and limited usage. The biggest limit here is the cap on data which is set at 500 megabytes.

Nowadays that's honestly not
going to get you very far, but again, you're
getting what you pay for. I like the fact that you can
download TunnelBear knowing with a high degree of confidence, that their business model is simply trying to get you to pay for their service, not to sell your data
or install some malware on your device. Is a free VPN even worth downloading? But if your purpose is to test out VPNs or use it for a very short
period of time then sure, I can safely recommend
these options to you. But if you're trying to
unblock streaming content, or you have even the slightest
desire to maintain privacy and security in the long-term, you're eventually gonna
wanna pay for the service. It's not that expensive, and now you know for sure how
the business is making money.

What do you think? Is a free VPN worth the
risk and the limitations? Let me know in the comments below and click that subscribe
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