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Proton VPN Free VPN Reviews (list updated 2021)

This post was updated on February 4, 2021.

We have compiled a full list of reviews of Proton(new window) VPN’s Free VPN plan(new window). All of these reviews came from independent review sites.

Proton VPN has received significant interest (and several awards(new window)) from technical professionals for our secure and private VPN service. We have collected a number of these independent reviews to make it easier for our users to see professional evaluations of our VPN.

Proton VPN reviews list


The staff at Wired.co.uk named Proton VPN their favorite free VPN service(new window) and went on to say “[Proton VPN] is strongly security focused and has a free tier with unlimited bandwidth and support for a wide range of devices.

They also praised our “clear no-logging policy and solid security features.

Read the full review here(new window).


TechRadar rates Proton VPN the best free VPN 2021(new window), noting that:

This is an impressive provider with a strict no logging policy, and you can sign up with nothing more than your email address and a username of your choosing. There aren’t even any ads on the website, let alone the client.

Read the full review here(new window).


Proton VPN gets an Editor’s Choice award from PCMag, and is listed in first place on its Best Free VPNs for 2021(new window) page.

It’s an Editors’ Choice winner. Proton VPN earns a slightly higher score than its co-winners because of its excellent free version and collection of privacy features.

Read the full review here(new window).

Tom’s Guide

We are listed in first place by Tom’s Guide for the best free VPN services in 2021,(new window) with the Tom’s Guide team concluding that:

Proton VPN’s zero-logging policy, excellent unlimited data plan, and support for a wide range of devices, plus its functional leak protection, split tunneling and custom DNS servers all combine to make the most well-rounded free VPN we’ve tested to date by far.

Read the full review here(new window).


ProPrivacy lists Proton VPN in top place as best free VPN overall for 2021(new window), and as the best free for iOS(new window), Linux(new window), macOS(new window), and Android(new window). In its review, ProPrivacy concludes that:

“Proton VPN is a fast and secure VPN service with lots of servers, some innovative ideas, and great software. It also shows a strong dedication to privacy, as befits the fearsome reputation Proton Mail has built in this regard.”

Read the full review here(new window).


MakeUseOf ran a review of the VPN options that are free and do not have a data limit. Simply meeting these criteria already limited the field to three services, and Ben Stegner, the MakeUseOf reviewer concluded:

Of these three choices, Proton VPN is the clear victor if you must use a free VPN.

He also stated that someone should consider Proton VPN:

If you can’t pay for a VPN but still want one that respects your privacy.

Read the full review here(new window). 


The Cyberbnews team rates Proton VPN as the best free VPN overall.(new window) In its full review of Proton Mail, Cybernews says that:

“Don’t get the idea that you can find a trustworthy VPN version just about anywhere. VPNs that offer a free version usually do it in the form of a money-back guarantee. The services that use the free forever model are hard to come by.

In this sense, Proton VPN is one of the best options you could get. Especially when it’s free from such restrictions as data caps, which most other freemium VPN services use to lower the load on their server infrastructure. This can be a useful tool for protecting your privacy without spending a dime.

Read the full review here(new window).


Proton VPN was named the Best VPN for Free 2018(new window) by the team at VPNpro. They stated simply:

Proton VPN is already the best choice for those who want a free VPN.

Their acclaim extends to our security features:

As the offspring of Proton Mail, this Swiss VPN does security the way very few services do. Aside from the expected super-tough encryption (AES-256, 2048-bit handshake), Proton VPN has no confirmed leaking issues, a great kill switch, and some really cool bonus features. One of these is Secure Core – an interesting take on the multi-hop VPN.

Read the full review here(new window).


Proton VPN won Best Free VPN for 2019(new window) for the second consecutive year from ProPrivacy. The review said:

Proton VPN is a very polished, privacy-focused VPN service that is secure and very fast when connected to a nearby sever.”

Proton VPN is an excellent and highly competitive [free] VPN service. You are limited to just three server locations, but with no data limits and speed results that are better than most paid-for services.”

Read the full review here(new window).

ProPrivacy also listed us among the 10 Best VPN Service Providers for 2019(new window).


GoBestVPN had a lot of good things to say about Proton VPN. They loved our Free Plan, naming us one of their Top 5 Free (or Freemium) VPNs(new window) for 2019. In their review of our overall service, they wrote:

Another differentiating factor is its surprisingly gorgeous layout. All in all, the company’s emphasis on security protocols, a moderate sticker price and a clean interface make Proton VPN a very nice option, especially if your priority is privacy.

Read the full review here(new window).


Proton VPN was named one of the Top 6 free VPN providers of 2019(new window) by the team at VPNoverview. In their rankings, they said that our VPN service provided users with the best online safety of any free plan. They also noted that our free plan is the only one that has no data limit:

There is one good free VPN without a data limit: Proton VPN.

Read the full review here(new window).


BestDroidplayer named Proton VPN one of its Top Free VPNs for Windows 10 for 2019(new window). The key for them was the fact that we do not limit our users’ speed or data. They also liked that we do not run advertisements. In their review they had this to say:

The [Proton VPN] free plan is one of the most attractive on the market.

Read the full review here(new window).


Simon Migliano from Top10VPN reviewed dozens of free VPNs and said Proton VPN “is a top choice for those seeking high levels of privacy without spending a cent. … It’s very safe to use, its apps are open-source, and it comes with unlimited data.”

Read the full review here(new window).

(Migliano also reviewed our paid plan(new window) and gave it an even better review.)


On its list of the five Best Free VPN Services to Use in 2019(new window), the VPNStore team named Proton VPN the best free VPN with an unlimited data allowance. To explain the selection of Proton VPN, the team had this to say:

The free plan is unlimited and it offers the utmost security.

There are no limitations on its free plan and according to Proton VPN, there are no catches. It just offers free online privacy for those who need it!

Read the full review here(new window).


Proton VPN was the first VPN on VPNCompare’s Top 5 VPN services that cost nothing(new window). Ali Raza, VPNCompare’s reviewer, had high praise for our service:

The first on our list is Proton VPN – a Swiss-based VPN service whose free plan is generally considered to be one of the best that you could use.

Read the full review here(new window).


Proton VPN was the first VPN named on TrustedReview’s list of Best Free VPNs for 2021. To explain why we took the number one position, the TrustedReview team praised our unlimited plan and transparency. They concluded their review by saying:

Its wide range of supported platforms and unlimited bandwidth makes Proton VPN a must-have in your free privacy arsenal

Read the full review here(new window).


The team from VPN Room put Proton VPN #1 on its list of Best Free VPNs in 2019(new window). In the review, the team praised our willingness to create a truly free VPN service:

[With Proton VPN’s free plan] you get to enjoy all the pros that a premium virtual private network brings you – strict no-logging policy, no ads on the app or website, great connection speeds. And sometimes paid VPNs don’t have that!

Read the full review here(new window).


Proton VPN was named one of ReviewedbyPro’s Best Free VPNs of 2019(new window). In her review, Alice Woods had this to say about our service:

Proton VPN provides users with advanced protections, Swiss-based servers, and a decent set of security and privacy features.

Read the full review here(new window).

Proton VPN Video Reviews

Proton VPN Free Plan review from kilObit(new window)

Dutch Proton VPN Reviews

VPN.nl: De Beste Gratis VPN-aanbieders(new window)

VPNGids.nl: Top 6 free VPN providers van 2019(new window)

VPNdiensten.nl: Gratis VPN diensten, de beste keuze in free VPN servers(new window)

French Proton VPN Reviews

ProxyVPN.fr: Voici notre Top 5 des VPN gratuit, et les différences avec les payants(new window)

See all of Proton VPN’s awards(new window) from 2019!

See an overview of how reviewers rate different aspects of our service(new window), or see detailed reviews of Proton VPN’s paid plans(new window).

While these reviews are great in that they help others to discover the privacy that Proton VPN offers, our number one concern is providing a secure and private VPN service for the Proton community. Let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit.

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