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Top 5 Best Free VPN Services (2018)

It’s time once again to take a look at the Best Free VPN Services. These VPNs will allow you to unblock websites and firewalls, as well as hide your activities online. All of them have decent encryption and passed basic security testing. They are all 100% free, no trials.

You can use most of these VPNs on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices.

# Name Bandwidth Speed P2P Locations Devices Platforms
1 Windscribe 10GB/month+ Great Yes 11 Unlimited Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Browser
2 ZPN 10GB/month Average No 5 1 Windows, iOS, Android
3 ProXPN Unlimited Good No 1 1 Windows, Mac
4 ProtonVPN Unlimited Poor No 3 1 Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android
5 Hotspot Shield 500MB/day Good No 1 Unlimited Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

 

#1 Windscribe

Windscribe Best Free VPN

The winner and by far the Best Free VPN Service is Windscribe.

Their bandwidth limit if you sign up with an email address is 10GB per month, which can be increased to 15GB if you promote them on Twitter.

Connection speeds are great on most servers and they actually support P2P. You can get Windscribe custom VPN clients, which are easy to use, on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, and you can be connected on multiple devices at the same time. There’s also free Windscribe proxy browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome.

Overall, Windscribe is just the best free VPN service out there.

Windscribe Homepage | Sign up for Windscribe VPN

 

#2 ZPN

ZPN

In second place we have ZPN.

ZPN has a 10GB per month bandwidth limit for free accounts, but their connection speeds are much better than Proton VPN and closer to those of Hotspot Shield.

They also have 5 free VPN locations, which is 2 more than Proton and 4 more than Hotspot or ProXPN.

On the downside, ZPN doesn’t have as good platform support as some of the other services. It’s custom VPN clients can only be used on Windows, iOS and Android. However, you can manually setup L2TP and OpenVPN connections on almost any device. They have setup guides for that on their website.

ZPN Homepage | Sign up for ZPN

 

#3 ProXPN

ProXPN

Coming in at third place is ProXPN.

Like Hotspot Shield, ProXPN has only one free location, which is also in the United States. However unlike Hotspot, it does have unlimited data transfer, and much better connection speeds than Proton VPN.

While ProXPN does have iOS and Android VPN clients, free users can only use it on Windows and Mac computers, and only on one device at a time.

ProXPN Homepage | Sign up for ProXPN

 

#4 ProtonVPN

Proton VPN

Number 4 on the list is ProtonVPN. Which is made by the same Swiss company that created the encrypted email service ProtonMail.

The advantage ProtonVPN has over Hotspot Shield in terms of their free service, is that they don’t have any bandwidth limits and there’s 3 free server locations.

However, their connection speeds are terrible and you can only use it on one device at a time. Additionally there’s no P2P support. But you can use Proton on many different platforms and even on third party VPN clients by using your OpenVPN username and password found in the dashboard.

ProtonVPN Homepage | Sign up for ProtonVPN

 

#5 Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield

At number 5 for the Best Free VPN services we have Hotspot Shield.

Their free service has a data limit of 500MB per day, so you won’t be streaming a whole lot of videos. Also there’s only one free location for Hotspot Shield, which is in the United States. That said, their connection speeds were actually quite good.

You can use Hotspot on Windows and Mac computers, as well as iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. And you can use it on many devices at the same time.

Hotspot Shield Homepage | Download Hotspot Shield