Top List of Free VPN Services

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 5, 2014
Updated • Aug 8, 2014

Finding a reliable free VPN provider can be a a daunting task. We have tested numerous providers that offer free VPN services and added only the best to this page.

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), regardless of whether they are free or paid, offer a selection of features that make them attractive for several use-cases.

They can be used to access sites that are blocked otherwise, for instance in a school network, at work or country-wide. This includes situations where you cannot access a site due to bad routing on part of your ISP.

They can furthermore be used to protect the connection against snooping attacks, which is especially helpful if you connect to a network that you have little control over (think hotel, free WiFi at the airport or Starbucks).

Last but not least, they improve your privacy online by blocking direct access to your IP address.


All VPN Providers listed below meet the following requirements:

  1. Free accounts need to be offered, and they cannot be time-limited (meaning expire after a period of time).
  2. They need to have a privacy policy or terms of use, or both.

List of Providers


CyberGhost is available as a free and paid service. A client needs to be downloaded to supported desktop systems to connect to the virtual private network.

An ad is displayed regularly to free users which is one of the limitations of the service. While you get unlimited volume and bandwidth, you are automatically disconnected from the service after 3 hours of usage.

Paid Accounts: Starting at $6.99 per month.

Privacy Policy:

Terms of Service:

Hotspot Shield

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Hotspot Shield is one of the most popular free services available, likely because of its generous 750 Megabyte per day traffic limit. It is also one of the few applications that does not force you to create an account prior to using it.

The free version of the program will display advertisement on the other hand when it is being used. It furthermore makes only available a location in the US for connections, and will block access to select sites via its paywall as well.

Paid Accounts: $29.95 per year, no speed limits

Privacy Policy:

Terms of Service:



The OpenVPN client for Windows requires Java. The installer will download Java if it is not installed on the system to complete the installation. The problem is that it will install an old Java version instead of the latest one which makes the system vulnerable to attacks.

You need to create an account before you can sign in to the service and connect to one of the server locations. It is possible to sign-up from within the client.

Paid Accounts: Start at $12 for 50 Gigabyte (no monthly fees)

Privacy Policy:

Terms of Service:


This free service is part of an academic experiment run by a Japanese university. It uses its own proprietary protocol called PacketiX which impacts compatibility as it can only be run on devices the client is offered for.

To get started, you need to create a virtual HUB first on the service website to download the client software afterwards to the system.

The client itself is not the easiest to use as well, especially if you compare it to other VPN clients that can be switched on or off with a single mouse click.

You need to create a new VPN connection first before you can connect to the service. It is however interested to note that it makes available quite a few extra configuration options such as enabling remote management access.

Paid Accounts: No

Privacy Policy:

Terms of Service:


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You need to create a free account before you can sign in to the local client. Note that you are asked to enter your phone number and email address during account creation and need to verify the email address immediately.

The free client is restricted to connecting to a single server location in the US using the OpenVPN protocol. The volume is unlimited but the speed of the connection is limited to 300 Kbps/s automatically by the application.

The client itself is slim and does not display many options that you can configure. All that you can do is disable its autostart and auto-connection features. The connection info tab displays detailed information about the connection though which can be useful for advanced users.



Spotflux is offered as an ad-supported free service and paid premium services. What's interesting here is that you can download and use the desktop client without account registration so that you can test the service before you create an account.

The free version is limited to web connections though and it may also limit speed after the free three-day premium trial period.

Paid accounts:$5.99/y for mobile devices and $29.95 per year for up to five devices.

Privacy Policy:

Terms of Service:


TunnelBear is offered as a program that you need to install/run on your computer. It requires that you set up an account and confirm your email address before you can finalize the installation of the client by allowing it to install a new network adapter on the system.

The client itself uses a compact design that provides you with direct access to everything that is important. Here you can turn the VPN on or off, change the location you want to connect to, see your remaining bandwidth allocation for the month, and can open the options to configure it further.

You can turn on two interesting features in the options. Vigilant protects your connection until a connection to the Tunnelbear server has been established by blocking all http connections during that time.

TCP Override aims to improve the performance if the Internet connection is rather unreliable.

Paid accounts: unlimited traffic for $4.99 a month or $49.99 per year.

Privacy Policy:

Terms of Service:


The service supports a wide variety of protocols, some of which allow you to create a new connection using the operating system's network manager so that you are not required to run a client on your system for that.

The free version of the service offers unlimited volume and traffic, but restricts the bandwidth to 200 Kbit/s automatically. Login and server information are provided on the company website.

Some users have reported that the service will disconnect free users automatically every 7 minutes.

Paid accounts: Start at $7.99 per month

Privacy Policy:

Terms of Service:


The free service is special. It has no volume limitations and provides you with login information on its website that you can use to set up a connection to one of the servers listed there without account creation.

The service is financed by advertising that is displayed on the company website and by selling paid dedicated VPN servers (virtual) to customers.

Setup requires either the download of the free OpenVPN client or to setup connections using PPTP on the operating system instead. Step by Step guides are available for popular operating systems that walk users through the process.

Passwords are changed regularly by the service which is why users need to visit the website frequently to get the new password and modify the connection settings.

Paid Accounts: Dedicated VPN Server for $7.95 per month

Privacy Policy:

Terms of Service: None

Your Freedom


Your Freedom is a VPN Provider that is supporting OpenVPN and PPTP connections. It limits free accounts to 2 hours of usage and 64 kbit/s automatically, but has no other restrictions in regards to bandwidth or allowed traffic.

To get started, you need to register an account on the official website and either download a client from it as well or configure the server manually using network tools that the operating system provides you with.

The limitation to 64 kbps/s makes it less than ideal for anything but basic web surfing.

Paid Accounts: Start at €4 per month.

Privacy Policy:

Terms of Service:

Short List of additional VPN Providers

Here is a list of additional providers which we have not had time to review in depth.

  1. Security Kiss supports OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP. Free accounts are limited to 300 MB/day and servers in the US, UK, Germany and France.
  2. VPN Reactor offers a free basic account that is speed and time limited (30 minutes, then wait 30 minutes before you can connect again). It offers access to a single server only for free users and blocks outbound email completely. The service does not keep logs.

Related Services

Some services provide access to features that are similar to what VPN offers. This is a short list of these alternatives:

  1. JanusVM is powered by VMWare and uses technologies such as Tor, openVPN, Squid and Privoxy to improve a user's security and privacy while connected to the Internet. Has been updated in January 2010 the last time.
  2. JonDoNym is a proxy client that is protecting your IP and encrypting your Internet traffic. It is available as a  client for Windows, Mac and Linux, and as a Live CD. The free service is limited to 30-50 kBit/s and files of up to 2 Megabyte in size.
  3. Tor Project is a free and open source client that protects your privacy while you are on the Internet. Clients are available for Windows, Mac and Linux as well as Android.
Provider Based Restrictions Locations Mobile Logging Protocols
CyberGhost Germany no limit, disconnect after 3h Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Uk, Ireland, Italy, Luxenbourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, US Android, iOS no OpenVPN
Hotspot Shield USA 750 MB/day US Android, iOS unknown unknown
OpenVPN USA 100 MB / month US, UK, Canada, Switzerland, Netherlands Android, iOS yes OpenVPN
PacketiX Japan no limit Japan no yes PacketiX
ProXPN Netherlands no limit, 300 Kbit/s US no yes OpenVPN
Spotflux USA USA Android, iOS limited unknown
Tunnelbear Canada 500 MB / month US, UK, Canada, Germany, Japan, Australia, France, Netherlands Android, iOS no OpenVPN
USAIP Seychelles no limit, 200 Kbit/s Germany, Netherlands, US, Hungary, China, Luxenbourg and HongKong yes yes, 48 hours PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN, SSTP
VPNBook unknown no limit US, UK, Romania all devices supporting protocols IP and time OpenVPN, PPTP
Your Freedom Germany no limit, 64 kbit/s, 2 hours connection time UK, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, US, HongKong, Sweden, Panama Android unknown OpenVPN, PPTP, Proxy


Quite a few services offer free VPN connections. While some finance their service through advertisement, others may limit free users in terms of connection period, bandwidth allocation or monthly traffic.

The majority of services are not usable for anything but light Internet surfing and maybe gaming. While there are some that are not as restricted, users who download a lot or watch media streams may want to consider signing up for a paid account to improve the overall experience.

Now You: Are you using a different free VPN provider? If so, feel free to share it with everyone in the comments below.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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