Top 5 VPNs to Try in 2018
No doubt that people are becoming increasingly conscious about cybersecurity and always are in search of safer ways to transact online. One way and probably the best way to achieve safety online is by using VPN services. VPN or virtual private network helps you connect with a client i.e. content of another server over the internet privately and securely.
How is security achieved over VPN? You may ask. Here is your answer.
Imagine your website is hosted on a VPN server. Now when someone needs to access your website on his device, the request is first sent to the VPN server, which liaisons with the external network of servers to get you the web page you desire to view. This implies that the user can only see the VPN server and not the external network of servers or devices. Additionally, all information via VPN servers are encrypted and no external party can view the exchange of information. Furthermore, VPNs also mask the location of the client, permitting you to access location-specific services in other geographies as well without being tracked. To summarize VPNs are one of the best ways to protect your privacy, encrypt your data, and change your location without being tracked.
For this exact security features that VPN servers offer, they are mostly premium in pricing. However, there exist hundreds of VPN services that come at a very cheap price and in some cases almost FREE. In this write-up, I shall discuss some of the well-known VPN services that come at absolutely no cost to you. I shall list 5 of the top FREE VPN providers that you must definitely try in 2018. The best part is that most of these services do not come with hidden caveats to you.
Here we go!
5 top must try FREE VPN providers
The list that I am going to discuss in this section contains the best features of these favorite free VPN services. It goes without saying that each free service has conciliated on something or the other feature, whether data allowance or page load speed. But when you are getting premium stuff for free services, you don’t have space to complain, or do you?
Here is the compiled list of top 5 FREE VPN services that you must try!
Express VPN is one of the well-known VPN services that offer unrestricted, secure access to the internet. Some of the features that of EspressVPN include –
- Device agnostic service i.e. all kinds of devices can be made secure and fast
- The network of 1700+ VPN servers across 80+ countries that allow seamless secure connection with over 150 locations
- Known for its user-friendly dashboard
- OS agnostic VPN solutions – Routers, Linux, Windows, iOS, Mac, Android and much more
- No restrictions on the downloads and type of content you access, while keeping IP address hidden
- Highly responsive customer support via live chat, email, and phone
- Extremely effective split tunneling i.e. accessing a subset of your whole content via VPN servers
2. Tunnel Bear
Tunnel Bear is one of the best FREE VPN servers for beginners. Only flipside that I have noticed with Tunnel Bear is limited access of 500 MB of traffic each month, otherwise Tunnel Bear is one of the most sort after VPN and is known for being very user friendly.
- Highly secure connections with Tunnel Bear because it has deployed AES 256-bit encryption to all transactions happening via their services.
- Unlike in case of ExpressVPN, Tunnel Bears’ VPNs are device and OS agnostic and works well in all kinds of device environments
- You get an additional 1GB traffic data per month ( for FREE subscribers) if you promote them on social sites like Twitter & Facebook)
- Completely open VPN services for it is the only one of a kind offering independent security audits and release data to its users
- Their premium plans too are very reasonably priced and are affordable. Their premium package starts at only $4.99 per month offering unlimited data
Hide.Me is one of the most popular among newbies and offers comprehensive and easy to use VPN servers, located across 30 geographies.
- Hide.Me Guarantees security with their OpenVPN encryption feature
- Very simple to set up and start using it. It won’t take more than 2-3 minutes to start using these VPN servers
- For a FREE account, you get 2GB of data per month, but limited to 1 connection
- Hide.me deploys some of the contemporary technologies to make connections secure and fast – technologies include SSTP, IPsec (IKEv1 and IKEv2), OpenVPN, SoftEther, PPTP and L2TP
- Tailor-made for public hotspots, without compromising on speed and security
- Completely device and OS agnostic
- Promises 99.9% uptime, even for the FREE package
- No Ads or promotions
Windscribe is one of the best FREE VPN servers available in the market today and has demonstrated it by extensive focus in offering innovative features towards internet privacy.
- 10 GB of data per month. This is probably the highest provided by any VPN services for FREE subscriptions
- WindScribe offers very high data speeds without compromising on security. They are able to assure this by locating servers across geographies – Romania, France, Canada, Netherlands, UK, US, Hongkong and more.
- Get Firewall, Adblock, and P2P on a FREE account as well
- Tweet about them and get an additional 5GB of data for no cost to you
- Their premium package starts at just $4.08/month
- Completely device and OS agnostic
5. Proton VPN
Proton VPN is a Swiss-based VPN service provider that is well known for its advanced security features, this boasts of servers, across geographic locations that are completely owned by the company. Although, Proton VPN has deployed only OpenVPN, unlike others, for offering security to connections of its clients, but assure complete security.
- Traffic routed via their Secure Core network in privacy-friendly geographies like Iceland and Switzerland
- Offers Perfect Forward Secrecy, traffic is encrypted which cannot be captured for decryption even if encryption keys get compromised.
- Routing of traffic through a Tor anonymity network with just a single click
- Only 1 device is allowed in their FREE package, without much security and speed. Only 3 server locations with their FREE package
- Flip sides of Proton VPN that I have evidently noticed are – DNS and IPV6 leaks; and retaining of connection timestamps
With multiple features offered by each one these VPN service providers on their FREE packages, it becomes very difficult to pinpoint on one that is ideal for you. But our compiled list is based on data that we have gathered over time in an attempt to help you find your ideal one. Be sure of one thing, when you get something for FREE; be sure to note what you are not getting as well. This makes life easier for you.