So you're in the markets for a free VPN
service. With so many options, how on earth are you supposed to decide which
one to go with? Within the world of VPNs though, free is not always the way to go.
As with any investment, whether it be your time, money or in this case, security,
it's important to do your research and understand what "free" really means. Given
that you're not paying for their service, the network has to recoup its costs
somehow. And with certain VPN providers, they could potentially make their money
off of your data on the backend through logging even though from your
perspective, you're completely anonymous for the time being.
That doesn't mean information about you isn't being stored for a later date to
say, for example, be sold as a prized commodity. They could also trade your
anonymous browsing abilities as an opportunity to show you advertisements,
allow third parties to access information about your online activity
or even spread malware on the device or devices you are using when accessing the
All of this is bad news no matter which way you look at it. So is
there really a free VPN option out there that won't maliciously take advantage of
you or your data once leveraging the services? In today's video, we'll be
covering exactly that but going over what exactly is the best free VPN
service for you to look into. Number one: ProtonVPN. We've coined this as the
number one best free VPN service, and for good reasons. With ProtonVPN you have
free, open reign on how much you download, how often you go between servers and how
quickly you were looking to download the content you find. The difference between
the paid and free VPN service provided is that they limit you as to
how many devices you can use per account. Also, you don't get to use Proton's
advanced security features. Other than that, they're pretty great. I say this
because their free offering touches on the security points that really matter
the most when considering which VPN to use.
ProtonVPN leverages encryption on
par with that used by the military as well as a no-fail and reliable kill
switch. There are also open to peer to peer, or
P2P network traffic. All of these factors combined make ProtonVPN a big contender
in the free VPN realm and in our humble opinion, the number one best option you
can choose. Now that's not to say that there aren't other great options you can
choose from. Sometimes it comes down to a matter of preference.
With ProtonVPN in
mind, let's move on to some of the other great free VPN services you can find.
Number 2: Hotspot Shield. If ProtonVPN was the best, Hotspot Shield still comes
in at a close second as the most popular. Hotspot Shield touts this title proudly
with 600 million users to back it. With this many users, wouldn't that
create a huge burden on networks? Are they really able to handle this much
traffic all the time? The short answer is yes. They in fact can. In addition to being
the most popular free VPN service available, they are also likely the
world's fastest, surpassing speeds offered by ProtonVPN's
free network. With that said though, there is always an upper limit and it could be
only a matter of time until one Hotspot Shield's servers become overloaded. It is
debatable as to when this can happen and so far it hasn't.
Time will ultimately
tell. In the meantime though, you can certainly check out their free offering
and enjoy fast speeds available for free VPNs today. If Hotspot Shield's speeds are
faster than ProtonVPN's and they have an enormous user base, wouldn't that
technically make them the number one free VPN service available? Not
necessarily. In the past, Hotspot Shield has had some curious data practices that
could be considered questionable. With this question mark
hanging over the company's hypothetical head, it's our only barrier to saying it's the number one best free VPN service. Instead,
we've coined it the most popular for obvious reasons. And this is still a boast-worth title to have! Number 3: Windscribe VPN.
Windscribe VPN made our list
because of its excellent no logging policy as well as its security and
privacy measures. The Windscribe VPN free offering leverages the same
security features that you'd get with its paid premium version, which is almost
unheard of. Very few other VPNs offer this with
their free service, and for that reason Windscribe VPN has made our list of the
best free VPNs out there today. For example, you'll receive their ad blocker,
leak protection, and time zone spoofing capabilities, just to name a few.
This is really a fantastic deal considering it doesn't cost you a single
penny. Windscribe VPN is also very user-friendly with its easy to use and
simplistic design. These factors all work to compensate for its admittedly lagging
speeds and at times occasional drop.
The privacy surpasses these possible issues,
making it a viable contender for users' consideration when looking for a free
VPN service to try. Number 4: TunnelBear TunnelBear VPN would have made it
higher on our list if it wasn't for the glaringly obvious hurdle of its low 500MB monthly bandwidth limit. If you ask us, this is more or less a dangling
carrot on a stick constructed by the company to get users
to try their paid version. Despite this though, TunnelBear's free service still
offers everything that you would want when looking for a free VPN. For example,
they have powerful encryption and a reliable kill switch amongst other features. They also have a user-friendly interface which makes their service easy for anyone to leverage. Even with all of this, the data limit is just too restrictive for us to move it up this list any further.
Number 5: hide.me VPN. At number five, hide.me VPN offers all of the security
measures that you would expect to find in a premium VPN package, which is great!
This includes similar qualities like strong encryption, IP leak protection and
a no-log policy, which is all fantastic seeing as you're not paying for any of
these items here at all.
The only possible limitations are a 2GB
data camp and the inability to unblock Netflix. So for those of you out
there who are hoping to find a free VPN service for your streaming activities,
you won't find what you're looking for here with hide.me VPN. With that said,
whether or not this free VPN service is the right one for you all depends on
your individual needs. If you think you'll need a large amount of data or
had your hope set on binge watching a series or two, hide.me VPN may not be the
best choice. Alternatively, if you plan on sharing small to moderate-sized files
via a P2P network or are looking for the general privacy measures that a VPN
can offer, hide.me VPN may be all you need. And thanks, folks, this concludes our
video! To recap, we've reviewed the following 5 free VPN services and
shared our thoughts on which ones we think are the best: ProtonVPN, Hotspot
Shield, Windscribe VPN, TunnelBear, and hide.me VPN.
What did you think of our list? Are there any free VPN services out
there that you think are worth a mention? Do you disagree with any of the free
VPNs that we've listed here? Let us know down in the comments below. If you're new
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