The most effective free vpn applications are ones that do not slap on limits and restrictions to try to push you into upgrading. Proton VPN Free, for instance, is at top of my list, because it offers an excellent mix of features that power, speed and quality of the app without limiting data or display ads. The dedicated geoblocking group makes it one of the few options for free to be able to unblock Netflix and BBC iPlayer. And unlike many other providers that are free it doesn’t lose basic privacy features such as kill switch, WireGuard, or content blocking.
TunnelBear is another popular free VPN application. It provides beginner-friendly apps and offers a fast speed while allowing 2GB of data per month. But the policy of data collection is alarming as it logs region codes, browsing activity as well as other data that could lead to online monitoring. Psiphon is another well-known option but it also records more troubling information, including the timestamped activity of browsing and information about the device, and also shares user data with commercial partners.
CyberGhost is a great free alternative. It has a simple application and navigation. Its “Best server location” feature automatically chooses the fastest connection for your area or you can extend it to pick a specific country. Its security features are amazing, too, with full leak protection, RAM only servers, and perfect front-to-back secrecy. It also has an audited no-logs policy and a powerful tracker blocker. The only downside is that it only supports only one device at a given time.