Everybody likes free. Even if you’re after a service or product that likely won’t break the bank, free is always better. As you know, you have to be careful with free. Free doesn’t always mean good, but it doesn’t always mean bad, either.
If you’re in the market for a VPN client, is it safe to choose one that costs no money at all? The answer is yes, if you choose wisely. We’ve taken the research out of the equation for you by conducting extensive reviews. Here are our picks for the five best free VPNs.
Winner – CyberGhost
Pros: OpenVPN encryption, fantastic VPN client, reliable service.
Cons: Auto disconnect after six hours of use, caps on speed.
CyberGhost is an excellent VPN client for those consumers who want a lot of a good thing for nothing. You connect to the Internet using the same OpenVPN protocol that paid users connect with, but you are limited in a few ways:
- Speed capped at 1 Mb/s
- Ads shown for at least 17 seconds at sign on and every two hours thereafter
- Servers chosen for you
- Disconnect after six hours of use
- Manual reconnection after disconnect required
Don’t let the above list make you shy away from CyberGhost. The VPN client is more than adequate for the average user. We would like to caution anyone downloading torrents or participating in file sharing. At the six hour mark, you are cut off. If you are currently downloading files, you could be leaving yourself susceptible to tracing.
Visit www.cyberghostvpn.comfor more information.
Pros: Android app is one of the best, no logs, high speeds.
Cons: Can use for only 30 minutes each day.
If you are going to be on the Internet for only a short time, Kepard is a great VPN client for you. If, on the other hand, you expect a VPN client to protect you for hours on end, this is not the one. Kepard allows you to access its paid package for free for 30 minutes each day.
During your 30 minutes, you are able to access the Internet at full speed, take advantage of OpenVPN encryption, and enjoy the protection and security that a VPN provides. While we enjoyed the Windows client, we were even more impressed by the Android App.
Learn more about this VPN client at www.kepard.com today.
Pros: No ads, 2048-bit encryption, high speeds.
Cons: Restrictive data limit, monitored activity.
You are able to access the free VPN.S service through its regular, paid VPN client. You have access to excellent 2048-bit encryption. That said, you are also restricted.
- Slow speeds
- Data limit (600Mb)
- Access to one US server
- Only works with Windows
- Your activity is logged
If you are a file sharer, avoid VPN.S; they log everything that you do on their free service. If you are not participating in activities that may be illegal, the free client is a decent one. Do understand that your 600Mb of data will go very quickly if you are doing anything other than checking email or browsing a few sites.
Pros: Easy to install, no logging.
Cons: A bit slow, P2P not permitted.
Although Tor is not a VPN service by the strictest sense of the word, it is a way to protect your anonymity as you venture through the virtual world and deserves a place on the list. Here’s what happens when you sign on to the Internet:
1. You sign on
2. You pass through three different nodes
3. You access a website with your random IP address
This process is known in the industry as onion routing and it is worth looking into if you have never heard of it. Unfortunately, the process is not a fast one. Consider that you are bouncing through several computers throughout the world, all owned by volunteers of Tor who may be users just like yourself. The company also asks that you don’t participate in P2P only because it slows down the service.
Learn more at https://www.torproject.org.
Pros: Prominent company, 30 day money back guarantee, easy to use.
Cons: Logs user activity.
We enjoyed our trial of HideMyAss. The company offers more free features than most companies. As a non-paying consumer, you have access to public proxies, anonymous email, anonymous file uploading, and anonymous web linking. You won’t find this many free features from other companies.
It should be noted that this is not the company to use if you participate in file sharing. Because it is based in the UK, HideMyAss is required to keep logs of its users’ activity. For anyone else, HideMyAss is a great choice.Try HideMyAss with 30 Day Money Back Guarantee