We are opening up our free VPN to the general public – now available for download!

Posted on September 7th, 2017 by in Articles & News.


Back in June 2017, we launched Proton VPN to provide a more secure VPN. Within 24 hours of launch, excessive demand meant we had to add a waiting list for our free VPN service. Today we’re happy to announce that free VPN signups are open again.

Get your free Proton VPN account by signing up here.  

Afterwards, you can download free VPN here.

Today marks another important milestone in our mission to provide secure internet to the entire world. Now it is possible to get a free VPN account instantly without having to wait on a waiting list. In order to support this, we have been working hard over the past 3 months scaling Proton VPN’s infrastructure. In the past month, over 100 servers were added to Proton VPN’s global network, all connected to high bandwidth Gigabit connections.

Proton VPN was born from our mission to safeguard privacy in the digital age. After creating the world’s largest secure email provider, we’ve repeatedly witnessed the increasing infringement on user privacy on the Internet, and we built Proton VPN in order to counteract this, and ensure that the Internet remains a force for freedom everywhere.

While there are a number of free VPN providers in the market, Proton VPN is the only free VPN service that is serious about user privacy. The vast majority of free VPN services available today actually provide the complete opposite of privacy because they are actually secretly selling user browsing data or connection for profit (Anchor Free, Hola, etc). Additionally, unlike other free VPN services (TunnelBear, Windscribe, Hide.me, etc.), Proton VPN’s free VPN service does not monitor user traffic or log traffic volume or session times, because we have no bandwidth limits or traffic caps.

In other words, Proton VPN is truly an unlimited free VPN service that has a strict no-logging policy, and comes with a long list of VPN security features. This unique combination of factors has made Proton VPN’s free VPN service much more popular than we expected, which is why we were not able to meet the initial demand. Thanks to the continuous work from our server team, we have finally been able to add enough server capacity to now remove the waiting list and we look forward to providing VPN security to millions of people around the world.

For those of you who wish to support Proton VPN, purchasing a paid plan provides additional VPN security features such as our Secure Core network which adds an extra layer of protection against sophisticated network based attacks, and the ability to route traffic through the TOR network. Proton VPN paid plans also come with much higher speeds, the ability to connect multiple devices at the same time, and support for P2P traffic. Proton VPN is entirely funded by the support of paid subscribers, so by upgrading to a paid plan, you are also making it possible for us to provide secure internet to millions around the world who don’t have the means to pay for a VPN service.

If you’re ready to take back your digital privacy, sign up here and then go here for your free VPN download now.

Best Regards,
The Proton VPN Team

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  1. Ashley Jones

    I’m a bit out of my element here… I’m one of those people who used their computer throughout much of their day, but isn’t much interested in the techie side of things beyond the basics. I have been researching VPNs to find a reputable one, as doing a broad search returns some sketchy results. My interest in utilizing a VPN is for public network security and working around the blockage of content from other countries. I’m in the U.S. part of the time, but mostly am in Europe (currently living in Germany), and travel frequently to other countries around the world with my husband and his job. I also do a lot of research and social media volunteering for some worldwide hearing loss and advocacy groups, and, in that instance, I come across content that I would like to share from various countries, but am blocked from doing so. In addition, when I’m blocked from viewing original programs rebroadcast online, that also means I’m blocked from any captioning — captions are imperative since I’m deaf — provided, as often the captioning isn’t available on the same content on a different website. Therefore, I need the capability to view the original rebroadcast online from stations around the world. In conclusion, I’m trying to find the best VPN for my needs described above, particularly one that will allow me to view content online from as many countries as possible. I’d love it if someone could make a recommendation.
    Ashley Jones

  2. Fouad

    Can I get the ProtonVPN Addon ,so it can be added to the google chrome browser ?

  3. Augustinas

    Currently, we do not support HTTP/HTTPS proxy on our service, but that’s something we are considering to do in the future.

  4. Deloras Gopinko

    Hi there, i read your blog occasionally and
    i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get
    a lot of spam remarks? If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you can recommend?

    I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any assistance is very much

  5. Augustinas

    It would be great if you could elaborate your situation via e-mail to our support team – they will assist you with your issue: https://protonvpn.com/support-form

  6. User

    Selling “Lifetime Visionary Account”s to user on waiting list will be great too.

    Not selling to waiting customers, are a risk to lost the customer every time. To get 1000€ onetime, is like to get 80€/year lifetime by 8% zins. How many years will one customer be a customer ? One year ? 10 years ? For rest of life ?

    Waiting for Lifetime Visionary Account, on waiting list.

  7. devry

    OpenVPN works fine with XP. All we need are the Proton configs .ovpn . Please do not abandon the less invasive versions of Windows.

  8. devry

    OpenVPN version 2.3.18 works fine on XP. All we need are the Proton config files .ovpn. Please do not abandon the less invasive versions of windows.

  9. Lucía

    I need my real IP fpr many applications I run on my PC, but want secure web browsing. So far I’m using Windscribe’s Firefox extension (others that advertise themselves a lot have unacceptable terms & conditions), but it’s a company based in Angloamerica (Canada, I believe), so I’d like to try your VPN, but, as I said, I want it only for my web browser. Do you plan to write a Firefox extension?

  10. Irina M

    This is not planned at this time, as we recommend people use our VPN application because this can protect not only your web browsing activity, but ALL of your internet traffic.

  11. Vadim Aleksensky

    If you are interested, I have a working solution (for windows). Involves using openvpn in service mode (running constantly) with custom config, local socks proxy (using 3proxy), and browser extension such as proxyswitchy omega for proxy switching. Requires a bit of networking knowledge, but nothing really difficult.
    PM me on facebook for details.

  12. GIAN

    hey is it possible to have monthly subscription with monthly deductions only? You have monthly subscriptions but you must pay for a whole year and I don’t really use vpn every month

  13. Irina M

    Hi! It is possible to pay monthly. The price for the monthly plan is 10€ and you will be charged every month, and not yearly. You can change the way prices are shown from your ProtonVPN account -> Dashboard -> Top-right corner “Pay monthly”

  14. oiwr

    Hi, I am getting this message almoste every second, is it anything serious I need to take care?
    2017-10-31 11:23:07 Authenticate/Decrypt packet error: bad packet ID (may be a replay): [ #352 ] — see the man page entry for –no-replay and –replay-window for more info or silence this warning with –mute-replay-warnings

  15. Larry

    Will this work with a Chromebook?

  16. Name

    I am trying the free mobile app. I also am trying the desktop app. Desktop app works great at all times. I will go on a paid plan next week. But the mobile app is very slow. Android 6.0.1 (all updates applied). Firefox browser. Tried purple.com and cnn.com. For apps I tried Fidelity and Follow My Health. For the apps: the apps never launched after a 5 minute wait each. The websites each failed on the first attempt (timed out). The second attempt took two to three minutes to load. I tried to locate any settings that might have an impact, but didn’t see any.

  17. bahram

    I am

  18. Loki

    Have s similar problem to Uber. But in my case, I registered long ago and my trial ran out long ago. Free service worked at first but like a week ago it just stopped doing anything. Even if server load reports to be 50%ish, I can’t open any webpage.

  19. George

    For those folks saying their free service stopped working.. you are trying to access the paid servers most likely. They stop working after the “trial” period is over. however the “free” servers continue to work in my experience. You just need to connect to the free ones instead.

  20. JIM

    hi, why do not use different port for example: 8080, 53, … for UDP and more?
    most VPN services use different port PIA VPN , AirVPN.
    AirVPN have SSH over VPN also

  21. Darren Chaker

    I am proud to see ProtonMail has taken security to the next level offering ProtonVPN without logs. This demonstrates a continued commitment to privacy and appreciate your efforts! Darren Chaker

  22. ProtonVPN Admin

    Thanks for your support!

  23. rami

    I have request No.(26223), I have not received a reply yet.

  24. ProtonVPN Admin

    We’ve updated your request, please check your email

  25. bahram

    I am from iran

  26. anon

    the best free vpn ever. I used to use VPNbook but now my ISP blocks it.

  27. Uber

    I created an account and installed ProtonVPN just last week. During the free trial period of a paid plan the service worked well with acceptable speeds. My free trial ran out today and reverted to “free”. The service became instantly useless. I tried just pinging a website, http://www.yahoo.ca. Normal round trip ping time is about 30ms. After 1000 pings I had 0 replies. That’s 100% failure. Very disappointing.

  28. ProtonVPN Admin

    Does this problem persists for you? Have you tried resolving different addresses when this occurs? If it does persist, please drop our support team a line via protonvpn.com/support-form and include any recent connection logs you have

  29. Yejayak

    Hello! Is it confidential? Do not hand over your users if something goes wrong?

  30. ProtonVPN Admin

    we don’t keep any logs and therefore do not have anything to hand over, see protonvpn.com/support/no-logs-vpn

  31. Marlon Ellazar

    You are securing this world to become a better place!

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