Top 5 Free VPN Services

Top 5 Free VPN Services

List of the top five free VPN services around for circumventing censorship at home and at the workplace, and for protecting your identity and data from prying eyes; especially useful when for public Wi-Fi connections.

What is a VPN?

A VPN is a private network with “virtual” encrypted connections routed through the Internet to remote servers. The data traveling between you and those servers is encrypted, and the IP address that will appear will surfing or downloading content from the Internet will be that of the server and not your own.

Thus, a VPN provides a level of anonymity on the Internet that helps protect your data and identity from theieves, criminals, and the prying eyes of govt.

VPNs willl become a vital tool, in conjunction with proxies and other methods, to avoid DNS filtering and other Internet censorship plans being formulated by US authorities under the PROTECT IP Act.

I’ve taken the time to compile a list of the 5 of the best free VPN services around. All offer upgrade packages for a nominal monthly fee ($6 and up) if you find the bandwidth data and speed caps too restraining, and each are fairly easy to set up and install.

1. VPNBook

The free VPN service offers unrestricted speed and unlimited traffic, so whether you want to watch a movie, download a torrent or run any traffic intensive apps, it does not restrict speed whether you use 1GB or 100GB of bandwidth in a day.

Its VPN servers are properly optimized to maximize your speed and browsing experience all while maintaining your privacy online.

Available on Mac, PC, and Linux, you’ll also need to download the open-source OpenVPN Client along with the configuration and certificate file.

2. SecurityKiss

SecurityKiss is a popular free VPN service available for use on PCs only. The paid version available for use on Mac, Linux, and smartphones.

The free package includes a 300MB daily limit, and an unspecified bandwidth speed cap of less than 12.5 Mbps, and basic packages start at about $6 per month.

3. CyberGhost

Cyber Ghost’s free free VPN service includes a generous 1GB daily data limit, and a modest bandwidth speed cap of 2 Mbps.

The free VPN service has “limited availability with possible waiitng times” so don’t expect quality round-the-clock access. Also, Cyber Ghost advertises forced disconnection after 6 hours with a redial possible to make room for other free users and prevent server hogging.

Cyber Ghost is limited to PCs only, and software installation is required.

Paid packages start at $6 per month.

4. Hotspot Shield

Anchor Free’s free Hotspot Shield VPN service is one of the more popular free VPN services around because of its generous data allowance and ease of installation and use.

Anchor Free’s Hotspot Shield service includes a rather generous 10GB monthly limit with no mention of bandwidth speed caps.

It works on Mac and PCs along with Android and iOS devices.

5. Steganos’ Online Shield 365

Steganos rounds out the list of the “Top 5 Free VPN Services.” Steganos offers users a FREE version Online Shield 365 with protection for a decent 500 MB/month.

You can remove the data cap with purchase of an annual license for a rather modest $69.95.

The nice thing about Online Shield 365 is that it runs quietly in your system tray; turn it off and quietly and effortlessly.

Steganos’ Online Shield 365 works on Windows XP, Vista, and Win 7.

23 comments
AndrzejMartynek
AndrzejMartynek

I definitely agree with a comment posted by CF on Aug 2 2011. Tor Browser IS a better alternative to proxy and VPN. It is free and secure. It is possible to configure it so it looks like you're connecting from a specific country. Just add one line to the config file.

ExitNodes {xx}

(where xx is a country code)

dovalian
dovalian

Many of VPN share data with third parties, including their paid versions, we must check if they do this when we choose one, I use http://kukinoid.mobi/kuku/  for android. Do not share my data in their free version or in the paid version.

NadaAmin
NadaAmin

I downloaded this program https://www.iwasel.com/en/

and its very good for me ,no annoying ads , were made to any of my browser settings. It was a totally clean download for me.

Jen2014
Jen2014

Seriously i will not trust any free vpn out there common man it's about my privacy as i am dealing with their servers then how come you can trust a free vpn service?

SuperVPN
SuperVPN

SuperVPN offers the best free vpn. Servers are located in USA and Germany. You can get 7 days free trial or one year account only if you like supervpn on some social networks.

Ruuky
Ruuky

Lot of free VPN out there. but how do we know they will not sell you out to the movie and music industry. Will never know until then. another free and easy to use is http://www.freevpntunnel.com/ though they don;t support torrenting.

Adam
Adam

I thought I'd come and post here since we've been getting a steady stream of sign ups for our VPN service ThreatSpike Dome following the comment left by Mike below.  

We offer free VPN access with unlimited bandwidth from as many devices as you care to register.  We support Windows, OS X, Linux, iPhone/iPad and Android.  Once connected to our VPN service you can access the Internet securely as well as any other devices you have connected to the VPN.  We also provide guest access so you can allow people temporary access to your network and you can select whether you want your traffic to exit via the US or UK on a per device basis.

VPN is becoming a commodity with lots of companies now offering this service - we are making ours free because we want people to try it, feedback and help us make it better.  Our plan is to build a platform of applications on top of the VPN which we hope may entice people to upgrade in the future but the VPN access will always be free so if you're interested then come take a look and enjoy!

Adam


Jon Giovanni Zoino
Jon Giovanni Zoino

I read the top 5 list, sounds complicated, do you use any of them?

Mike
Mike

ThreatSpike Dome provides free, unlimited VPN access to both UK and USA. Unlike Hotspot Shield there are no adverts to interrupt your browsing.

FihuFil
FihuFil

VPNBook looks nice. I'll give it a try. Any1 used it and can share opinion?About paid services: I've heard that ipredator.se is highly anonymous at affordable prise.

kuroblack
kuroblack

Vpn one click is free too. I'm using it in my ubuntu and windows.

Mentoza
Mentoza

SecurityKISS is better than it sounds from the post! I use it on Android and I've seen they also have it for Mac, iPhone, tablets and linux. On Android I don't have to install any software.

I "liked" them on FB and placed one liner comment and they gave me premium plan for free !

HowartSmith
HowartSmith

I am using Hotspot Shield Free VPN to hide my ip address and surf anonymously. Its Free. Hotspot Shield VPN conceals your IP address and protects your personal data from hackers, including credit card information, online shopping data, passwords, downloads and instant messages from hackers. 

 

Check it out here: http://www.hotspotshield.com

Mark123
Mark123

I am using Hotspot Shield VPN from last few mothns and its good.

 

You can easily access blocked websites anytime anywhere. It provides you virtual US ip address and you can surf anonymously as well.

 

Check it out here: http://www.hotspotshield.com

hend_k
hend_k

Very good article, however a little out of date. I've gone through the mentioned services and it turns out that the only one that works is SecurityKISS.

Apart from that I was able to register for It's Hidden but it seems very dodgy. I couldn't find any information about the provider, they have no address details so it does not seem trustworthy.

Brian
Brian

You should also add www.yourfreevpn.com and www.proxpn.com to your list I've been using them for almost a year now :)

am
am

you forgot Gbridge the best VPN servie using your gmail account

CF
CF

Sooo... they all have nasty strings. Either really low limits, caps, throttling, or questionable software to install. This article would be more useful if the VPNs were actually reviewed. My free ItsHidden account still lets me log on to their website, but it will not let me connect. Can anyone recommend one of these or talk about their experience? Frankly, Tor seems like a better free alternative, even if it is a proxy.

Cosimo
Cosimo

Thanks Jared for your list! I tryed 2 VPN in this list: Cyberghost and Anchor free, good VPN but for me the best is KryptoVPN. Differences? price (KryptoVPN is cheaper) and i can use more servers around the world (uk, australia, usa, singapore ecc..)

Mark Smith
Mark Smith

Mark Smith: Sounds great. It could help the user to access the blocked site and enjoy the social networking in just one click.

Joe
Joe

Thanks, eric, and yes cf I used it some times before over a year ago and worked great but ports were blocked and i got another vpn instead that showed open. I got ipodah.net vpn but during the free beta testing then i think went naked after a while as i got a changing ip where the isp doesn't keep any logs supposably yet. I still change my ip often and am looking to gettting a vpn again since now i have a job.

Cujo
Cujo

itshidden.com hasn't been free in my neck or the woods for quite some time. vpnreactor.com still is with a 20 minute session time limit and then you have to reconnect.