Top 5 FREE VPN services for Windows, macOS and Linux


VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and is useful for protecting one's information while using a public wifi or online banking for example.

Some countries allow only approved VPNs (like Russia and China) while other countries ban VPN altogether (like North Korea and Belarus), but the majority of countries allow the usage of VPNs.


We take a look at the best Free VPN services in the following list.

1- ProtonVPN

ProtonVPN is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and offers a free plan with unlimited data usage and 1 device. It has strict No-logging policy and no Ads. There is no support for P2P, the speed is medium and only 3 countries are available in the free plan. It has a DNS leak prevention, strong AES-256 encryption and a built-in kill switch which protect your IP address even if you lose connection to the VPN server.

Highlights

  • Unlimited data usage
  • 1 device
  • 3 server locations
  • No-log policy
  • No Ads
  • Supports: Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android

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2- Windscribe

Windscribe offers 10 GB data limit per month. It has a built-in Firewall which blocks all connectivity outside the tunnel to eliminate all types of leaks. It allows for unlimited device connections at the same time. It has a strong encryption. It also supports port forwarding and split tunneling. It has also a built-in Ad-blocker and has a no-log policy.

Highlights

  • 10 GB/month
  • Unlimited devices
  • 10 server locations
  • No-log policy
  • Built-in firewall and ad-blocker
  • P2P support
  • Supports: Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox

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3- Hide.me

Hide.me offers 2 GB data limit per month without limiting the speed. The free plan supports 5 server locations (Singapore, Canada, Netherlands, US East and US West). The Hide.me VPN Desktop App has a kill-switch feature enabled by default which means that if the VPN connection suddenly drops for any reason, the Kill Switch is triggered and keeps you safe from accidental IP leaks.

Highlights

  • 2 GB/month
  • 1 device
  • 5 server locations
  • No speed limit
  • No-log policy
  • No Ads
  • P2P support
  • Supports: Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox, Routers, Amazon Fire TV

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4- Speedify

Speedify offers 2 GB data limit per month with the ability to connect to all the servers as in paid options. Speedify’s connection technology is called Channel Bonding. It combines multiple Internet connections – Wi-Fi, cellular,  ethernet, etc. – to provide increased bandwidth, lower latency, and better reliability. It uses a ChaCha - or AES-based encryption algorithm depending on device support. It has a strict no log VPN policy.

Highlights

  • 2 GB/month
  • 1 device
  • All server locations as in paid options
  • No-log policy
  • No Ads
  • P2P support
  • Supports: Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android

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5- Opera VPN

Opera Browser provides a free built in VPN which requires no subscription, payment, or additional extensions. You only need to activate the VPN plug-in from settings for the first time to use it (Menu -> Settings -> Privacy -> VPN).

It provides unlimited data usage. It is suitable if you only needs VPN for browsing. Other browsers and programs like Chat apps and email apps are not protected by Opera VPN. Opera VPN is available with Opera Browser for Desktop only (Windows, Linux, macOS) and is not available for mobile.

Highlights

  • Unlimited data usage
  • 1 device
  • Server locations in Europe, Americas, Asia
  • No-log policy
  • No Ads
  • Supports: Windows, macOS, Linux

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Conclusion

There are a lot of free VPN services, but there is some catch most of the time, like serving Ads or some kind of logging. We think the above choices are good for moderate use in most cases. If you have heavy usage, you should look for a paid VPN instead.



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