Proton VPN Reviews (list updated 2021)

Posted on May 29th, 2019 by in Articles & News.

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We have compiled a full list of reviews of Proton VPN’s paid VPN plans. All of these reviews came from independent review sites.

This post was updated on June 8, 2021.

Proton VPN has received significant interest (and several awards) 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.

Please also see our Proton VPN reviews page for a breakdown of how different aspects of our service have been independently reviewed.

Proton VPN reviews


We are an Editor’s Choice for PCMag UK’s The Best VPN Services for 2020, calling us The Best Choice for Privacy Wonks. In their review, the PCMag UK team explains their choice by saying:

[Proton VPN] places an enormous emphasis on security and user privacy, and has an excellent client that’s very easy to use. It also offers a suite of advanced privacy tools usually reserved for far more expensive products. For all that, and for its amazing free version that has no limit on data usage, it’s an Editors’ Choice winner and one of the best VPNs.

Read the full review here.


We were named one of The best VPNs for Linux in 2019 by Comparitech. When stating the reason why Proton VPN was chosen, they said:

Proton emphasizes privacy in all of its services, and its VPN is no different. You get top-notch security and a strict zero logs policy. Proton VPN allows P2P filesharing and unblocks US Netflix.

This is a fast and reliable VPN service that is suitable for streaming and torrenting…

Read the full review here.


The CNET team placed us on their list of the best VPN services in 2020. They begin their review of Proton VPN by going directly into the high security standards Proton maintains:

It’s hard not to be impressed with the lengths Proton’s gone to to shore up security and privacy in both its Proton Mail and Proton VPN service.”

I recommend Proton VPN for its commitment to transparency and high-security product standards.

Read the full review here.


ZDNET named Proton VPN one of the best VPN services for 2021. In their review, the ZDNET team discusses how our being open source and based in Switzerland sets us apart from other VPNs. They also like that we do not cut corners when it comes to security.

Proton VPN has a belt-and-suspenders approach to security, layering strong protocols on top of perfect forward secrecy, on top of strong encryption.”

Read the full review here.


We were included in TrustedReviews list of the best VPN services for 2021 and we received a coveted “TrustedReviews Recommended” badge. In their review, they praise Proton VPN Plus as VPN plan that is

fast, great at streaming, and a strong competitor [against other popular VPNs].”

Read the full review here.

The team at gave us a sparkling review, specifically recognizing the level of security our VPN offers our users.

With Proton VPN, customers can be assured they are not being tracked and have the highest security. Their strict no-logs policy and location in Switzerland ensure well-rounded protection of users.

Read the full review here.

Restore Privacy, run by Sven Taylor, is one of the largest blogs covering online security and privacy. After testing out Proton VPN, Sven added us to his list of best VPN services. His review highlighted the transparency of Proton VPNs operation:

It’s no secret that Proton AG, including Proton VPN and Proton Mail, has an excellent reputation in the privacy community. It is also a company that is very transparent and led by reputable, public-facing people.

Sven was also impressed by our support team’s professionalism and responsiveness:

Overall I was happy with the prompt replies. My inquiries were usually answered on the same day they were submitted.

Finally, he praised the look and layout of our apps:

Proton VPN has a very nice lineup of apps that are user-friendly and fully-featured. The layout and design are great, and I also like the dark-mode theme.

Read the full review here.

The team at PrivacySavvy has already ranked Proton VPN as the best free VPN service and they have put us at the top of their best premium VPN list as well. In their review, the PrivacySavvy team discusses how our free version is a unique treat and the flexibility of our premium plans’ pricing scheme that rivals can’t match. Here’s what they had to say about our paid features:

NetShield is an effective ad blocker that guards against malware and trackers. We tested the feature by visiting ad-enabled sites such as YouTube, and it successfully blocked all of them. Some websites even loaded faster after eliminating the ads and popups.

Secure Core servers are much better than the double VPN feature of other services like NordVPN.

In conclusion:

The company has a strong focus on the privacy of its users. That is why it follows a strict no-logs policy and uses the necessary features to maintain your anonymity.

Read the full review here.

Simon Migliano has tested hundreds of VPNs and previously reviewed our Free VPN plan. Now he has also added a review of our paid plan and placed Proton VPN among the best services available:

“It has a minimal logging policy and its apps are all fully-audited and open-source. Though it’s not the fastest, Proton VPN is one of the most reliable services for streaming Netflix and BBC iPlayer.”

Read the full review here.

The BestVPNz team said there is a lot to love about Proton VPN. In their in-depth review, they applauded our great privacy track record and all our useful security features.

Proton VPN is rich in security features and is very easy to use, even for VPN beginners.

Read the full review here.

Security Gladiators

This online publication focused on cybersecurity news published a very thorough review of your service, concluding that:

“Proton VPN is a reliable VPN service that users seeking anonymity can rely on… Users can also rely on the company’s transparency because the app is an open-source program that anyone can review. Above all, customers should prioritize selecting a VPN with a strong privacy policy like Proton VPN.”

Read the full review here.

Uptodown is one of the world’s most popular Android software catalogs, so it was quite an honor when they named Proton VPN the 2018 Best VPN for Android. In their review, they explain how our security features keep your online activity on your Android device private.

Proton VPN is an excellent VPN tool that guarantees total privacy and security. Plus, it comes with an elegant and easy to use interface, something that’s often missing from these kinds of apps. As a final note, it’s important to keep in mind that Proton VPN keeps NO RECORD of your activity online, so they couldn’t share it even if they wanted to.

Read the full review here.

Tim Tremblay, the founder of Fastest VPN Guide, wrote a comprehensive review of Proton VPN in which he tested out all of our features. After this thorough testing, Tim concluded his review by saying this:

This is a VPN provider that has a dedication to security and privacy like no other. Between their strict no-logging policy, privacy-friendly jurisdiction, and top-notch security features, they cover all bases and do so very well.

The server network is speedy, the app is easy to use, and every feature you expect from a top-tier VPN (and even a few useful ones you may not) is there.

Overall, Proton VPN is a great VPN service and one I have zero reservations recommending.”

Read the full review here.

It’s FOSS covers developments in the open source and Linux world, topics that we also follow very closely. They placed Proton VPN on their list of Best VPN Services for Privacy Minded Linux Users for 2019 and went on to praise our security, saying:

Proton VPN will count as one of the best VPNs available out there in terms of security and privacy.

[It] benefits from strong legal protections because they are a Switzerland-based company. A perfect combination for privacy and security.

Read the full review here.

Softpedia reviewer Vladimir Ciobica praised Proton VPN’s high-security features:

[T]his service aims to offer a bit more than most other VPN services. For instance, it integrates with Tor, and, it uses specific in-house algorithms to ensure that all your data stays confidential, and it’s Swiss-based (Switzerland currently has some of the [most] powerful privacy laws).

Writing specifically about our Windows app, Vladimir had this to say:

The Windows client is indeed a modern-looking and smooth-running application. It boasts a clean, black-themed UI with a design that goes exquisitely well with Windows 10 and its black taskbar.

[T]he VPN client for Windows is as stylish as they get.”

Read the full review here.

The team at Best Online Reviews said they thought Proton VPN’s app looked sharp:

Proton VPN have done an exceptional job with their user-interface, creating an attractive design that boasts plenty of features without becoming confusing or overcrowded.

And that Proton VPN’s security was second to none:

Advanced security features and a strict no-logging policy make Proton VPN ideal for those wanting privacy while they surf, stream, bank, and shop.

Read the full review here.

The team at TechShielder had lots to say about Proton VPN. Regarding our security, they said:

It is possible to keep yourself completely anonymous and secure with Proton VPN, which makes this service a favorite of many!

They were also impressed by our connection speeds:

Proton VPN delivers some of the highest speeds you can find. That says something about the quality of the servers offered.

Here is their conclusion on Proton VPN:

All in all, Proton VPN delivers a quality product that most people can be satisfied with.

Read the full review here.

Proton VPN received a positive and thorough review from the VPN-Review team. They begin their review by saying:

If you are looking for a trustworthy, private VPN service, then Proton VPN should be your first choice. They combine advanced cryptography, sophisticated security features, strong legal protections, and a strict no-log policy to provide their users with unparalleled online security and privacy.

Read the full review here.

Bram Jansen, one of the VPN experts at vpnAlert, recommends Proton VPN to anyone looking for a secure and private VPN service:

[Proton VPN] comes with robust encryption and top-of-the-line secure features and is easily one of the most secure VPNs in the market.

Read the full review here.

We made TechNadu’s list of 10 Best VPN Services for 2019 thanks to our emphasis on security and excellent overall service. As they explained, Proton VPN “…brings a competitive offer and provides a nicely designed all-around package.

The praise continued in their review. Their conclusion began:

Proton VPN delights users of all levels: beginners, advanced users, and professionals. There’s something for everyone.

Who Should Use This VPN? Those looking out for the best VPN with the most powerful security features. It does not get any secure than this.

Read the full review here.

The brothers that run the Best VPN Zone praised Proton VPN’s high levels of privacy and security:

Privacy, anonymity, and security are on the highest level [at] Proton VPN.

They also appreciated how useful our free plan is, saying:

Proton VPN is one of the few providers that preserved a free VPN of high quality.”

Read the full review here.

The TechBreach team was impressed by Proton VPN’s numerous security and privacy features.

Since the VPN comes from the same developers behind the Proton Mail, that’s touted as world’s most secure email service, you’d expect it to be extremely secure as well. And, it doesn’t disappoint at all!

In their conclusion, they gave us this endorsement:

If you are looking for a VPN that truly secure and private, then Proton VPN is the one you should go for!

Read the full review here.

Firas, from the travel blog Travel Center, named Proton VPN the Best VPN for Travelers. When explaining this ranking, he mentioned our security, saying:

It adheres to exceptional security and privacy standards, where a high-level encryption guarantees that your data is never tampered with.

He also complimented our support service and overall value:

Known for their quality customer service, Proton VPN replies to your questions within 24 hours max.

You can afford this comprehensive package at very reasonable pricing, especially its one-year plan.

Read the full review here.

The team at Bloggers Ideas gave Proton VPN their stamp of approval. In their review, they praised our speed and security:

Proton VPN has an impressive connection with the strictest security aspects. 

They concluded:

You must give Proton VPN a try…”

Read the full review here.

The iGeeksBlog team put Proton VPN in the top three on their list of Best VPNs for Mac in 2019. In their review of our service, writer Jayesh Purohit praised our speed and privacy. He also appreciated the no-nonsense approach we take with our Free plan, saying:

Many VPN services slow down the Internet speed once users activate the software. This is not the case with Proton VPN. This service does not keep you in the dark. Even if you go for its free service, you get No-Catch services. You won’t see any ads or your browsing history won’t be sold or shared with other companies.

Read the full review here.

Proton VPN was named an “engineering gem” in the VPNTesting review and was placed in their “Top 10 VPNs” for 2019. The review went on to say:

From what we’ve seen, yes. Proton VPN is one of the safest of the many VPNs on the market,” 


We find that Proton VPN offers value for money and all the benefits make it a strong contender for your preferred VPN service.

Read the full review here.

Per-Erik Eriksson of VPNetic named us the Most Transparent VPN Provider for 2020. To follow up on this high praise, he starts off his review of Proton VPN by saying:

Proton VPN is one of the most trustworthy providers in the world. I have found that their transparency and passion for privacy has left an impressive track record of good reviews around the web.” 

Read the full review here.

Proton VPN was named one of the best VPN services for 2021 by the team at Their review focused on how well-rounded our service is.

Proton VPN offers a fast, reliable, and secure VPN solution that supports all use cases.” 

Read the full review here.

The Smashingtip team recommended Proton VPN to sports fans all over the world. They said we are an effective tool for streaming your favorite team’s big games. They gave the following as reasons for why they chose Proton VPN:

By using Proton VPN, you can safely watch your preferred match online from any place on the planet.” 

With Proton VPN’s versatile applications, you can stream the game on your telephone, tablet, or workstation while you are on the transport or train.

Read the full review here.

Kerry Sandman, a reviewer for Softommando, began his review saying Proton VPN is an “AMAZING” VPN service (that’s right, in all caps). He named Proton VPN one of the top nine VPN services in their list of Best VPN providers for 2020. He seemed very impressed with our overall service, saying this in his review:

Best facts about this provider is: it is based in Switzerland, it is fast, it has a lot of servers and server locations, and the speeds are just shining.

Read the full review here.

Jayden Hanson from VPNServicePro reviewed Proton VPN and had this to say:

Proton VPN is an undeniable expert in privacy and security.” 

He continued to praise Proton VPN’s impressive security in his conclusion:

Stellar encryption and top-notch protocols along with some special features like Secure Core make it a solid pick for privacy fans.

Read the full review here.

The vpnXpert team ranked us in the top five in their list of The best VPN providers in 2019. In their review they made it clear it was no surprise we ranked so highly, stating:

[Proton] is a company that lives and breathes privacy.

Read the full review here.

The French VPN site, VPN Club was impressed by the fast speeds our VPN service offered:

«  Les serveurs de Proton VPN sont, dans leur ensemble, très rapides. Nous avons effectué de nombreux tests et c’est un des VPNs les plus rapides. »

Translated to English:

The Proton VPN servers are, as a whole, very fast. We conducted many tests and it is one of the fastest VPNs.”

Read the full review (in French) here.

Proton VPN Video Reviews


The YouTube reviewer Techlore pays close attention to news and developments in online security and privacy. He recently reviewed Proton VPN and he said we are “Undoubtedly one of the best VPNs.” He cited our fast browsing speeds as one of the reasons he likes our service.

[The] real-world download tests were actually slightly better if not equal to without a VPN, all within a margin of error.”

Watch the full review here.

More Proton VPN reviews

Italian Proton VPN Reviews

Punto-informatico: Come installare e configurare una VPN

Spanish Proton VPN Reviews

uptodown: Una herramienta VPN potente y gratuita

Portuguese Proton VPN Reviews

PCGuia: Proton Vpn – Um serviço vpn de confiança

Russian Proton VPN Reviews

Softonic: Служба VPN с помощью шифрованных почтовых провайдеров

Hebrew Proton VPN Reviews

סקירת מומחה על Proton VPN

French Proton VPN Reviews

VPN Club : Proton VPN Est-il Fait Pour Vous?

LesMeilleursVPN: Proton VPN | Présentation et test

Swedish Proton VPN Reviews

VPN Basen: Recension Proton VPN: Hög säkerhet och snabba servrar

VPNportalen: Proton VPN recension och test (2019) – Detta är vår ärliga feedback

Dutch Proton VPN Reviews

VPNexpert: Proton VPN review en test (2019) – Dit is onze eerlijke feedback

Norwegian Proton VPN Reviews

VPNportalen: Proton VPN anmeldelse og test (2019) – Kan Proton VPN måle seg med de beste?

Danish Proton VPN Reviews

VPNportalen: Proton VPN review og test (2019) – Kan Proton VPN måle sig med de aller bedste?

See all of Proton VPN’s awards from 2019!

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Prior to joining Proton, Richie spent several years working on tech solutions in the developing world. He joined the Proton team to advance the rights of online privacy and freedom.


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  3. JS

    As a former user,I point out that where there is smoke there is also fire. Fire is the ProtonVPN cons.
    1. ProtonVPN is located in Switzerland which is also a cooperating member of the extended Eyes security alliance.
    2. Servers speeds are too slow for the price.
    3. Limited device compatibility.
    4. Limited torrenting available.
    5. Limited protocols(OpenVPN only).
    6. Irregular application development (Thunderbird Mail, Windows Mail).
    I don’t recommend ProtonVpn because is cooperative with other aggressive government agencies around the world,the servers speeds were not good and the device options are limited.The pricing,even with a 20% annual discount,is still on the high end for what you’re getting in return.
    There are just so many better options available,with the same connection strength,faster performance,and more devices,for far less.

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