How About Free VPNs?
If you feel that you don’t have to pay for a VPN service, you can also get yourself a free VPN. However, being free, you will have to deal with some serious limitations. Apart from these limitations, the biggest concern when it comes to free VPNs is the fact they can sell your data.
As the adage does, ‘If you do not pay for the product, then you are the product.” Maintaining VPN servers is expensive, and you do not expect these services to run a charity.
When it comes to limitations, most free VP services offer limited bandwidth, as well as only allocating a few servers to free users. Some premium VPNs go for as low as $2-$4 when you sign up for a full year, and so you can still avoid such problems with a paid VPN.
If you wish to try out various free VPNs, here’s our pick.
TunnelBear is the best free VPN in 2018. The VPN was recently acquired by security giant McAfee, further improving its reputation. They have also cut down on the requirements when signing up and even ditched its record of user’s number of total lifetime connections.
Though the VPN adopts a saccharine design, it is quite a serious VPN. However, you will be limited to only 500 MB of data each month. Tweeting about the service gives you an extra 1 GB, but that’s all you can get. You, therefore, can’t use your free VPN for data-intensive services like streaming.
TunnelBear, however, has subscription plans that let you remove the restrictions placed on the free version.
Windscribe is a relatively new VPN service based in Ontario, Canada. It only started in April 2016 but it has gained recognition worldwide. Apart from the Pro version, Windsribe has a free plan that lets you test out the service, or rely on it if you have to. The free plan is capped at 10 GB per month, up from 2 GB. This is a generous cap for a free VPN.
However, with the free plan, you will only be limited to 8 servers located in US, Canada, France, and Germany. If you would like access to more locations or multiple simultaneous connections, you may need to pay for the Pro version. However, you can still get ad-blocking via a browser add-on, and even P2P support with the free version.
Hide.me VPN also has a free plan. This plan does not throttle your speeds and Hide.me even promises to keep no logs or store any of your data. This means that they don’t sell your data to third-parties. The VPN has no adverts either.
However, the plan some serious limitations. First, you can only use it to access 3 server locations. These are Singapore, Canada, and the Netherlands. This means you can’t use the VPN for streaming geo-restricted content from most regions.
Further, you are only entitled data to a maximum of 2 GB a month, with no access to the OpenVPN and SoftEther protocols.