Since we first launched Proton VPN in June, we’ve seen an overwhelming response from the community, and today Proton VPN provides secure Internet for hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Launching Proton VPN on Android is another major milestone in our journey towards building an Internet that respects privacy and protects civil liberties.
It has certainly been a long and challenging journey. Our story began at CERN in 2013 where our founding team of scientists met and went on to create ProtonMail, the world’s largest secure email service, which is used today by millions of journalists, activists, and regular citizens, particularly in some of the world’s most repressive countries. We built Proton VPN to address some of the major security and privacy problems that are common in VPNs.
A core part of our vision is making privacy and security tools widely available to the general public, so anybody who wants better privacy protection, or improved online security can have it. For this reason, we are committed to providing a free version of Proton VPN, which is supported by paid plans that come with extra features and higher speeds. The same is true for Proton VPN on Android, which is available as a free download from the Google PlayStore.
However, Proton VPN differs substantially from other supposedly “free” Android VPN apps. First, Proton VPN has no bandwidth limits, so there are no data caps or other restrictions, even on the free plan. But more importantly, we don’t attempt to make money from free users through selling your browsing data or installing malware on your device. This is actually a real problem as recent studies have shown that 38% of Android VPN apps actually contain malware, and others such as Hotspot Shield actually abuse your privacy instead of protecting it.
What we’re doing instead is building a VPN service that can be worthy of your trust. We understand that when it comes to VPNs, trust is paramount. Whether it is our transparent VPN threat model, our Swiss jurisdiction, our reputation, our relationship with the community, or the fact that you actually know who we are, we’re committed to building and operating Proton VPN with the same level of transparency that has come to characterize ProtonMail.
The Proton VPN Android client combines unparalleled usability with the security and privacy our users have come to expect from Proton services. The Android App supports all of Proton VPN’s advanced security features such as Secure Core, TOR via VPN, as well as connection profiles to save your favorite VPN servers. Our Android VPN app simplifies internet security greatly – simply install the app, login, and connect to any one of hundreds of VPN servers with a single tap.
The Proton VPN Android app also features support for the more advanced IKEv2 protocol which provides the highest speeds and stability even in difficult mobile network conditions (e.g. switching between LTE and WiFi, poor reception, or switching between cell towers). This ensures the best level of protection no matter where you go with your device.
Unlike companies like Google and Facebook who abuse user privacy to sell advertisements, Proton Mail and Proton VPN are entirely dependent on users upgrading to paid accounts to cover operating expenses. Without your support, these projects would not be able to thrive and grow. If you appreciate the security and privacy that Proton VPN provides, and have the means to do so, please consider upgrading to a paid account.
Unblock sites and browse anonymously and securely using the free Proton VPN Android app.
If you’re ready to take back your digital privacy, visit blocked sites, or stay safe even on public Wifi, you can now get Proton VPN for free Android.
The Proton VPN Team
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