You heard me Right, Its new, Its Big, and Its all positive its the ProtonVPN. A popular Free VPN offering Swiss Based Encrypted Email. The proton Service You always wanted to get your hands on.
How Good is the Proton VPN
ProtonVPN Free offers unlimited bandwidth. There are no stupid ‘500MB a month’ restrictions here – you can use the service as much as you like.
DNS leak protection and a strict no-logging policy do a good job of maintaining your privacy.
Perhaps best of all, ProtonVPN comes from a respected team with a long track record in security. You don’t have to cross your fingers and hope the promises on the website are true. You can look into the company and get a real idea of who they are and what they do. Learn more about the Privacy Down below
The Okay Points of the Proton VPN
The issue with these Free VPNs are they are all cool but they have Major Restrictions You get just three countries, there’s support for only one device, and free users are bottom of the performance priority list And unlike the commercial product, there’s no Tor support.
ProtonVPN’s Swiss base gives it an immediate privacy advantage over most of the competition. The country has very strong privacy laws, is outside of US and EU jurisdiction, and not a member of the Five Eyes Surveillance or any Surveillance for that matter.
The company states its logging policy very clearly on the website: “ProtonVPN is a no logs VPN service”. They do not track or record your internet activity, and therefore, they are unable to disclose this information to third parties. Hence its Chill.
Session logging is non-existent. The company only stores the timestamp of the last successful login attempt, that’s it. This is kept indefinitely but overwritten when you next log in, so it only ever reflects the last session.
ProtonVPN associates your account with an email address when you create an account, but this can be whatever you like. The company suggests using ProtonMail if you’d prefer to remain completely anonymous.
The free plan doesn’t require any payment details. Upgrade and you can opt to pay by Bitcoin. If you use PayPal or a credit card, the payments are processed by a third-party, and ProtonVPN won’t see your billing details.
Performance of The Proton VPN
Creating an account with ProtonVPN only takes a moment, and its web control panel points you to everything you need. Client downloads (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux)
I grabbed a copy of the Windows client. Installed it. It announced that it would run as a trial of the full version for seven days. Giving me full-speed access to all 100+ servers across 14 countries. That’s unusually generous. VPN providers don’t give you a trial until you hand over your payment details, and some don’t allow a trial at all.
The ProtonVPN Windows client looks great, with a professional and polished interface. A zoom-able world map highlights all the server locations. There’s a separate list of countries, assorted menus and settings, and a Quick Connect button for folks who just want to get online straightaway.
Free users don’t get any immediate indication of which servers are available to them. This could be initially annoying as you try to connect to various countries. kept being told there are “no servers available for your subscription”.
Whatever server you’ve accessed, the client provides an unusual amount of feedback on the session. You don’t just get to see your new IP. You get to see all the downloads as well.
The client has a kill switch to reduce the chance of identity leaks if your connection drops. To test how this might work, we turned off our router and watched the client. It didn’t react and continued to show a ‘connected’ state, suggesting it’s not doing a very thorough job of checking connection status.
A detailed Check on Performance
My performance tests delivered some unusual results. My closest Netherlands server had very poor latency at around 250ms. ten times what I would expect from a good VPN. But the all important download speeds were actually better than some commercial VPNs, at around 28-34Mbps.
Switching to the US saw speeds fall and become more inconsistent, though always acceptable at 16-30Mbps. Even Japan delivered solid performance at 14-22Mbps, better than most of the commercial VPNs we’ve seen.
There is a caveat to these results. During my tests, the client rated the premium ProtonVPN servers at around 1-5% load, while the free servers, the only ones we could use, were around 50-70% load. I suspected ProtonVPN Free will typically deliver very good speeds, but they’ll be more inconsistent than the commercial competition.
There’s no such uncertainty about our privacy tests, fortunately. All ProtonVPN servers were in the locations promised, and the client correctly shielded our identity by blocking DNS and WebRTC leaks.
The final Verdict