Today we want to take a look at the best VPN services that you can use without paying a cent. These VPNs will allow you to visit region-blocked websites, browse the Internet while at university or work, and hide your online activity. Our list consists of the best services that are 100% free, no trials, no hidden conditions, etc. but in some cases free plans have limits. Keep in mind that all these VPNs are in random order and their number on the list does not mean anything. Without any further ado, let’s get to the main meal!
The free plan has a data limit of 500MB a day, so it is not possible to watch movies, TV shows, or random videos all day long. Also, there is just one free location available, and it is in the USA. As for connection speeds, there are adequate for Internet browsing without waiting. Hotspot Shield also passed DNS leak testing, so you should not worry about that. It also uses the Open VPN protocol, which means military-grade encryption. This service is available for Windows PCs and Macs as well as Android and iOS phones or tablets. Plus, you can use it on multiple devices at the same time. There is also a hotspot shield proxy extension for Google Chrome, so if you are using this web browser, we recommend you check out the extension as well.
You can download the Hotspot Shield installer for Windows very easy. Just go to https://www.hotspotshield.com/free-vpn/ and click on the blue button with “Free Download” on it. The download will start right away. You don’t even need to register a personal account to use Hotspot Shield, which is great.
It is surely not among the most popular VPNs. At first, we didn’t want to put it on our list of the best free VPN services for Windows 10. But after extensive testing, we changed our mind, and it has become one of our favorites. It fast, easy to use, and reliable. You can even use it for gaming. We tried to play Fortnite and PUBG with Ultrasurf when we had some problems with the Internet connection (minor lags), and it worked well. Not sure if it performs that well with other video games that require an Internet connection or when you’re experiencing major lags, though.
With Ultrasurf VPN you don’t need to configure anything – the app will automatically connect you to the fastest server available at the moment. You can switch to another server whenever you want and as many times as you want. Simple and easy – just download the program, install it, and launch it. Then just wait for the app to connect to any server to change your real IP address with the fake one and start browsing. Ultrasurf VPN also works with P2P, so you can use it for downloading torrents. The only disadvantage of this free service is a limited number of servers. But you cannot get everything for free, right?
Once you open this free VPN, it will automatically connect to the fastest server available. The program will inform you that you have a stable connection and ready for Web surfing. You can change the server and select another country if you want to. Unlike the previous service, Psiphon has a lot more countries to choose from – Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, Hungary, Romania, and many more. All you need to do is to select the server (country) from the drop-down menu, and the program will do the rest automatically.
After you successfully connect to a VPN server, Psiphon will open your web browser and load the page with your current (fake) IP address and your location as well. The service is very easy to use. All you need is to download Psiphon 3. That’s right, you don’t even need to install it – the perks of the portable VPN version.
This VPN was developed by the same team that created the well-known email service Protonmail. The main advantage of using the free version of Proton VPN is that there are no bandwidth limits. Plus, you have access to free different servers in different locations. Now about the minuses. After testing the free version of Proton VPN, we can say that speeds are below average, which can be crucial sometimes, for example, when you want to watch streams online. Also, Proton allows only one device to be active at a time.
We also want to point out that Proton exclusively uses secure VPN protocols such as Open VPN, so you can use it on various platforms or even third-party VPN apps by entering your Open VPN login and password (can be found in the Proton’s dashboard). With this service, you are fully protected from DNS leaks, and all information is encrypted with the 256-bit AES encryption algorithm.
Getting your free Proton VPN is a bit trickier in comparison with other services on the list as it requires you to create a personal account. Go to their official website and click the Sing Up button. Select the Free plan, then enter your email (or log in with your Protonmail account if you happen to have one). A verification code will be sent to your email address – you will need it to complete the registration process. When you are done with that, you will have access to the Proton dashboard and will be able to download your free VPN.
ZPN offers 10GB of traffic per month for free with limited bandwidth and no P2P. On the bight side, their speeds are much better than the Proton offers but still not as good as Hotspot Shield. Also, you have access to 5+ locations, which already more than any other service on this list offers (except Psiphon, of course). ZPN’s client can be used on Windows PCs, iOS and Android devices. However, you can manually setup L2TP, and Open VPN connections on almost any device – the setup guides are available on the official website.
ZPN uses SSL VPN as their default protocol for the Windows VPN client. Open VPN is also supported and even enhanced with the Anti-DPI option that allows ZPN users to bypass firewalls with deep packet inspection. We have not tested the SSL VPN protocol, and we have nothing to say about how secure its. We would recommend you to stick with the Open VPN on Windows to keep 100% safe. ZPN does not have any DNS leaks, so it is another point added to the final score in our mind. To use ZPN for free, you will have to create your personal account, which is not difficult but takes some time to register, confirm, download, and install the client.
If you subscribe to Windscribe’s free plan with your email, you will get 10GB per month with the option to upgrade it to 15GB by promoting the service on Twitter. Windscribe offers ten servers for free in the following countries: Norway, Romania, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, France, Canada, United Kingdom, USA, and Hong Kong. Plus, they support P2P. After testing Windscribe’s speeds on different servers, we were satisfied with the results. Also, with their client, you are fully protected from DNS leaks. Want more security for your browsing? The service utilizes the Open VPN protocol with a military-grade 256-bit AES encryption.
You can get custom VPN client that is very easy to set up and use on main platforms – Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. The free version of Windscribe allows multiple devices to be used at the same time. In addition, if you are using Mozilla Firefox browser or Google Chrome, you may be interested in trying out their proxy browser extensions (available for free).
To get a free account, you need to visit their official website and click the Sign-Up button on the home page. Then fill all required fields and click “Create Free Account.” This will get you 10GB of data per month. To start using the service, go back to the main page and hit the Download button, then activate the installer. Follow the instructions and complete the procedure. Now you are ready for safe and untraceable Internet surfing!