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The 10 Best Free VPN Services for 2019

 
 
As online privacy continues to be compromised, and more content becomes blocked or censored, internet users are turning to virtual private networks as a solution.   If you’re someone who cares about your privacy, then VPNs are a necessity.
 
Not everyone can afford the most premium services, but luckily there are a number of free alternatives.  These cost-effective offerings may not include some of the more advanced features that the best VPNs offer, but they will provide an increased amount of privacy and help get around a lot of online censorship.
 
Here’s our list of the top 10 free VPN services.
 
 
#1 Windscribe
 
Number of Servers: N/A
Server Locations: 8 
Maximum Number of Connections: 1
Country/Jurisdiction: Canada
 
Pros:
• 10GB of data per month
• User-friendly app
• Strong privacy and encryption
 
Cons:
• Below-average customer support
• Not all servers are active
 
 
With excellent data encryption, an iron-clad privacy policy, an impressive 10GB of data per month, Windscribe is at the top of the heap when it comes to free VPNs.  Their ‘Windflix” servers will let you access content on Netflix and they allow torrenting while using the VPN. Together, these features make this a very well-rounded service. 
 
 
#2 TunnelBear
 
 
Number of Servers: 1000
Server Locations: 20+ 
Maximum Number of Connections: 5
Country/Jurisdiction: Canada
 
Pros:
Large number of servers
• Can be used on multiple devices at once
• Independently audited for security
 
Cons:
• Only 500MB of data per month
• Doesn’t work with Netflix
 
 
Most free VPNs greatly limit the number of servers you have access to.  But with roughly 1000 servers available TunnelBear leads the way in that regard.  They also offer top-notch encryption protocols and allow torrenting on their servers.  The only catch is free users are restricted to just 500mb of data per month which might not be enough for frequent internet users.
 
 
#3 ProtonVPN
 
 
Number of Servers: N/A
Server Locations: 3 
Maximum Number of Connections: 1
Country/Jurisdiction: Switzerland
 
Pros:
• Unlimited data
• Supports Tor
• Excellent privacy
 
Cons:
• No P2P support
Low number of servers
 
 
If you’re looking for a free VPN without data restrictions you’ve found it.  ProtonVPN offers unlimited data to its free users.  There are a few other restrictions though.  Free users are limited to just three server locations and speeds are lower than what’s available with paid subscriptions.  If you’re someone who plans to use their VPN a lot though this may be the service for you.
 
 
 
#4 Speedify
 
 
Number of Servers: 30+
Server Locations: 20+ 
Maximum Number of Connections: 5
Country/Jurisdiction: United States
 
Pros:
• Great data encryption
• High speeds
• Good server selection
 
Cons:
• Doesn’t work with Netflix
• No torrenting
 
 
As the name suggests, Speedify is all about keeping your internet speeds up while you use their service.  The VPN delivers on that front, along with offering a solid selection of servers and allowing five simultaneous connections at once.  Speedify is also compatible with Tor for those who are interested in pairing their VPN with that service.
 
 
#5 Hide.me VPN
 
 
Number of Servers: N/A
Server Locations: 3 
Maximum Number of Connections: 1
Country/Jurisdiction: Malaysia
 
Pros:
• No ads
• Multiple VPN protocols supported
• Excellent customer support
 
Cons: 
Limited number of servers
• Average performance
 
 
Hide.me offers a solid free VPN service with a number of benefits.  The first of which is their location, which is outside the jurisdiction of the 5/9/14 Eyes Alliance.  The VPN also includes excellent encryption and access to multiple VPN protocols.  The 2GB data limit isn’t a lot, but is in line with most of the other free VPNs available.
 
 
#6 Turbo VPN
 
 
Number of Servers: N/A
Server Locations: 9 
Maximum Number of Connections: 1
Country/Jurisdiction: China
 
Pros:
• Unlimited data usage
• Torrenting allowed
• Good security
 
Cons:
• Includes ads
• Limited customer support
 
 
Turbo VPN is another free service that offers unlimited bandwidth to its users.  The big plus though is that they also allow torrenting.  This means you can use the service for P2P downloads without having to worry about download caps.  The only drawback is you’ll have to deal with ads, but if you don’t mind that this is a great free service.
 
 
#7 Hotspot Shield Free
 
 
Number of Servers: N/A
Server Locations: 25 
Maximum Number of Connections: 5
Country/Jurisdiction: United States
 
Pros: 
• 500MB of data per day
• Excellent download speeds
• Works with Netflix
 
Cons:
• Unclear logging policy
• No live chat support
 
 
In addition to their premium services, Hotspot Shield also offers a free VPN.  They allow users a generous 500MB per day, which works out to about 15GB per month.  The service can help you to access geo-blocked content on Netflix, and torrenting is allowed.  Combine that with their impressive download speeds and this is a great choice for a free VPN.
 
 
#8 SurfEasy
 
 
Number of Servers: 1000
Server Locations: 25
Maximum Number of Connections: 5
Country/Jurisdiction: Canada
 
Pros: 
Large number of servers
• Torrenting allowed
• Works with Netflix
 
Cons:
• Vague logging policy
• 500mb monthly data limit
 
SurfEasy is a VPN service that’s included with the Opera web browser.  It sets itself apart from other free VPNs with its large server count, and the ability to use it on five devices simultaneously.  Torrenting is allowed and it works with Netflix, but the 500MB monthly data limit may be an issue if you plan to download and stream a lot of content.
 
 
#9 Ultra Surf VPN
 
 
Number of Servers: N/A
Server Locations: Unknown
Maximum Number of Connections: 1
Country/Jurisdiction: United States
 
Pros: 
• Unlimited data
• Can gain access to geo-blocked content
• Great Android app
 
Cons:
• Doesn’t work with Netflix
• Blocks some content
 
 
Ultra Surf VPN is a great free service for both desktop and Android devices.  It’s proven very effective at gaining access to geo-blocked content on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and Skype.  The only real downside is they’ve chosen to block some content that they feel is “illicit.” This won’t be an issue for the vast majority of internet users though.
 
 
#10 Hideman
 
 
Number of Servers: N/A
Server Locations: 20+
Maximum Number of Connections: 1
Country/Jurisdiction: United Kingdom
 
Pros
• Torrenting allowed
• Simple to use
• Good speeds
 
Cons
• Only 1 hour of usage per day
• Some logging
 
 
Hideman has been providing VPN services for five years now and they’ve gotten pretty good at it. As far as free VPNs go, Hideman is one of the faster ones, so if speed is important to you then this might be the one to choose. The only drawback is the free version is limited to just one hour of use per day.
 
 

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