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Hii How are you doing? My name is JP. I am programmer and a tech savvy person. I enjoy working with technologies like blockchain and smart contract. As I said before for my daily live I am a programmer. From VPN to building website's.

If you are left with the question: "Why should I even use a VPN?" or "What is a VPN?". Check this page where I explain what a VPN is and why you should use it.

A free VPN is what most people are looking for. But what can you expect from a free VPN? What are the best free VPN and the less one's? In this article I give you all the information you need to get a free VPN. Keep in mind that you can't expect the features from a paid VPN and that most VPN are free trial's. In the article I give you the pro and cons for the 3 most free VPN ProtonVPN, TunnelBear and HotspotShield.
If you want a 100% free VPN check out OpenVpn.
Here are the pro's and con's of Free VPNs.

Pro's

  • The VPN is free or is a free trial
  • Unlimited bandwidth(depending VPN)
  • Military grade encryption(depending on the VPN)

Con's
  • Often a free trial
  • Limited features
  • Limited bandwidth
  • Poor quality

A free VPN is however a good way to find out if a VPN is something for you and if you are satisfied with the features of a VPN.
That's enough talk let's go to the review of ProtonVPN, CyberGhost and TunnelBear.

protonVPN logo

First impression
You probably heard of Proton before. That's because Proton also have Proton mail. Protonmail is a end to end encrypted email service. You can find out more on the Official site. Lets go to the VPN. If we go to the website proton vpn we see right away how we can download the VPN. The website is very clear and self instructed. We need to sign up with a email, username and password.

Compatible
ProtonVPN is compatible with the following OS and devices.

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Linux
  • Android
  • Routers

Features
Here are all the features of ProtonVPN:
  • Military encryption:
    ProtonVPN use a 256bit AES encryption. ProtonVPN keyexchange is done with 4096-bit RSA
  • Strong protocols:
    The protocols that ProtonVPN use are: IKEv2/IPSec and OpenVpn
  • No logs policy:
    ProtonVPN has a NO-LOGS-POLICY which mean that ProtonVPN doesn't log your real IP or your browser searchs.
  • No DNS leaking:
    ProtonVPN don't use any third parties for DNS routing.
  • Kill switch:
    The kill switch is present on ProtonVPN.
  • Tor over VPN
    ProtonVPN has a build in Tor support. You can acces Onion sites.
  • Servers
    ProtonVPN has 517 servers in 41 different countries with 605 Gbps capacity
  • Money back
    ProtonVPN has a guerantee money back if you are for some reason unsatisfied


Software
When I started the software I really liked the user interface. It just looks baddass with the dark theme on.
proton interface The protonVPN interface
As we can see in the image the interface has a dark theme with on the left side all the countries. On the top bar we can see when our trial ends. The main screens shows a world map with all the available servers. On the bottom we can see our 'Session traffic'. The Session traffic includes session duration, down/up volume and down/up speed. In the settings menu you can turn on the kill switch, split tunneling. What ProtonVPN also offer is IP6 leak protection. You can turn this feature on in the advanced tab by settings

Performance
ConnectedDownload speedUpload SpeedPing
Not connected 43.78Mbps 26.78Mbps 19ms
Speed test 41.87Mpbs 25.01Mpbs 14ms


Conclusion
Pro's
  • Kill switch
  • Tor over VPN
  • No-logs-policy
  • Free trial
  • No DNS leaking
  • Strong protocols and encryption
Con's
  • Expensive
You can download here ProtonVPN

tunnelBear logo

First impression
You probably heard of TunnelBear before. There logo is a cute bear which 'digs' his way to an safer place. Exactly like a VPN. You can visit the website TunnelBear for more information. The website is clear and there is a big download button. What I do like on TunnelBear is that there are transparent. There privacy policy is very straightforwarded and understandable.

Compatible
TunnelBear is compatible with the following OS and browsers.

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • IOS
  • Android
  • Browser extension(Chrome, Firefox, Opera)

Features
Here are all the features of ProtonVPN:
  • Military encryption:
    TunnelBear use a 256bit AES encryption.
  • No logs policy:
    TunnelBear VPN does NOT LOG your IP or Internet history. which mean that TunnelBear doesn't log your real IP or your browser searchs.
  • Kill switch:
    The kill switch is called VigilantBear in BearTunnels.
  • Servers
    TunnelBear has servers in 22 different country's
  • GhostBear
    GhostBear makes the encrypted data more regular for governments, company's and your ISP


Software
When I started the software it looked a bit childish. I was very easy to use and the settings were very limited.
proton interface The TunnelBear interface
The TunnelBear interface is a world map with the available servers. If you have choosen for the free version you can see on the bottom how many Mb/s you have left. You start with 500Mb/s. On the settings you can choose to turn the notification on/off. The kill switch can be turned on/off to in the settings however TunnelBear called the kill switch VigilantBear

Performance
ConnectedDownload speedUpload SpeedPing
Not connected 43.78Mbps 26.78Mbps 19ms
Speed test 38.57Mpbs 9.32Mpbs 109ms


Conclusion
Pro's
  • Kill switch
  • GhostBear
  • No logs
  • Free trial
Con's
  • Few features
  • Only 500Mb/s (you can tweet about TunnelBear for 1Gb extra)
You can download here TunnelBear

cyberghost logo

Okay, I went to the CyberGhost website. My first impression of the website was normal. The website has a bold yellow'ish' design but I find that the website has a regular VPN website and there isn't much original. The topbar(top of the website) gives your status and IP.

If we look further we can see some of the features of CyberGhost which includes the key feature of a VPN: Protection and Privacy.
On the website we can check how many servers CyberGhost has. If we take a quick look at the server page we can see there are 5800 server in 90+ different country's.

On the website we can see on which platforms CyberGhost is available. Here you can download the software. The download page is split up with on the catogory's: Desktop apps, Mobile apps, Browser apps, TV apps, Routers and more. By the payment section you can choose from Creditcard and Paypal and for the one who wants to be complete anonymous Cryptocurrency.

Compatible
CyberGhost is compatible with most used devices such as Windows, macOS, Linux. I listed below a small piece of the compatible devices and OS. You can find here a complete list of compatible devices of CyberGhost. On the apps page you can find tutorials on how to setup CyberGhost on your device. In general my opinion is that it is very easy to setup NordVPN on a device. The software of CyberGhost is Plug and play. It can be tricky setup CyberGhost on your router but I talk later in this review about router setup. If you still are confused you can check my page OpenVpn where I explain how to setup OpenVpn.

All the compatible devices and OS for CyberGhost.

Features
Here are all the features of CyberGhost:
  • Military encryption:
    CyberGhost use a 256bit AES encryption.
  • No logs policy:
    CyberGhost VPN does NOT LOG your IP or Internet history. which mean that CyberGhost doesn't log your real IP or your browser searchs.
  • Kill switch:
    Build in killl switch
  • Servers
    CyberGhost has servers in 5800+ in 90+ country's
  • Streaming
    Streaming USA


User interface
When I finished to setup my CyberGhost client I started the software. It took a couple of seconds before the software was started. When I was logged in I was very clear for me how to start the VPN. CyberGhost interface has a button with 'VPN not connected' and below a animated slider where you can turn on the VPN. On the left side of we can find all the servers.
CyberGhost has also the options the connect to the fastest server for streaming and torrent. The only thing what these options will do is searching for the fastest server for streaming video and using torrent.
proton interface. How the interface of CyberGhost looks like


Performance
ConnectedDownload speedUpload SpeedPing
Not connected 43.80Mbps 23.83Mbps 16ms
Speed test 35.14Mbps 20.36Mpbs 36ms


Conclusion
Pro CyberGhost
  • Multiple payment options(including Cryptocurrency)
  • helpfull support / detailed FAQ
  • Compatible with many devices(including router)
  • 45 day money back
  • Doesn't influence performance
  • Free trial of 1 day
Con CyberGhost
  • No portforwarding
  • Streaming is a problem(If you aren't connected to USA)
You can download here CyberGhost