First of all, ProtonVPN has been free for a while now, offering a fully functional VPN solution to those who can’t afford it. Or for those who want to test something before they buy, which is perfectly reasonable. In fact, we do recommend that you first try out any application before buying if that’s possible. Luckily, most of the VPNs we reviewed have that option or an iron-clad 30-Day Money-Back No-Questions-Asked policy. Secondly, you should know that if you liked the app, you can easily upgrade to a premium subscription and fully unlock all of its features. As you might have guessed, ProtonVPN is very affordable, especially when compared with some of the biggest providers.
At this point, you might be wondering how this whole thing works and is it safe. Their solution is quite an ingenious one. Basically, ProtonVPN free version is subsidized by ProtonVPN paid users. This means you won’t get any ads, downgrades, or questionable background services. This is how most of the free VPNs “make” their money, by serving ads to users or simply selling their browsing history to third parties. Now, in case that Proton in ProtonVPN sounds a bit familiar, you’ve probably already heard about the world’s largest encrypted mail service ProtonMail.
Yes, these are the same guys and girls and they come from Switzerland. A country that has remained neutral for a very long time and is neither the member of the EU or any other organization. The team first met at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research and decided to do something about the privacy issues that were becoming quite problematic, even at that time back in 2014. So, unlike other VPN solutions, ProtonVPN was created by scientist with safety, security and privacy at mind. You can read more about this in our ProtonVPN review.
With all of this being said, it’s time to look at what you will be getting if you decide to get the free version of ProtonVPN:
- 134 servers in 3 countries
- 1 VPN connection
- Medium speed
- Strict no-logs policy
- Access blocked content
While this will do, we highly recommend you take a look at their ProtonVPN Plus version. It offers speeds up to 10 Gbps, 10 VPN connections and 1600+ servers in 63 countries. Not to mention you will get a built-in Adblocker (NetShield) and a lot of other features that are not available to free users. One of which is the Tor over VPN, a double encryption that’s rarely seen with today’s VPNs. The VPN Lab has prepared for you two special discounts. You will get 20% off an annual and 33% off a two-year plan.