ProtonVPN is the world's ONLY free VPN service that respects your privacy and is safe to use. Millions of people use ProtonVPN because:
- We do not record your browsing history
- We do not display privacy-invading ads
- We do not sell your data to third parties
- We do not limit how much you can download
ProtonVPN is created by the CERN scientists behind ProtonMail, the world's largest encrypted email service with 20 million users, including many activists and journalists such as Reporters Without Borders.
ProtonVPN’s Free VPN Service includes:
STRONG ENCRYPTION - Your data is protected with AES-256 and 4096 RSA.
SWISS BASED - Your data is protected by some of the strongest privacy laws in the world.
NO LOGS. EVER - We never log or share user data. Even if authorities request information, we have nothing to share.
OPEN SOURCE - All our apps have been independently audited and are open source, so you can be confident they are safe and secure.
PERFECT FORWARD SECRECY - Your encrypted traffic cannot be captured and decrypted later.
SECURE PROTOCOLS - Our VPN app uses the IKEv2 protocol. It is fast, stable, and has no known weaknesses.
DNS LEAK PROTECTION - We encrypt your DNS to ensure your browsing activity cannot be exposed through DNS queries.
ALWAYS-ON VPN - Protect your IP address from being leaked through accidental disconnects.
FULL DISK ENCRYPTION - Our VPN servers are fully encrypted to protect your data.
ANONYMOUS - You do not need to share any personal data to use ProtonVPN.
TRUSTED - We are transparent about who our team is, and our record of fighting for online privacy is well known
MULTIPLE PLATFORM SUPPORT - all devices including mobile phones, laptops, desktops and routers
ProtonVPN Paid Features
- 577 high speed servers in 44 countries
- Access inaccessible content and stream your favorite videos
- Secure Core servers which protect against network-based attacks with multi-hop VPN
- Support for file-sharing/BitTorrent
- Tor over VPN provides automatic integration with the Tor anonymity network
- High speeds of up to 10 Gbps
- Connect up to 10 devices to VPN at the same time
Note: Free users can only connect one device to Free servers in Japan, the Netherlands, and the US.
Proton's engineering and research teams are well-known in the security industry, and we maintain some of the world's most widely used open source encryption software. Whether it is educating the public or training journalists, we have a long history of helping bring online freedom to more people around the world. ProtonVPN was also selected by Mozilla to provide VPN protection for Firefox users.
Mozilla: “There are many VPN vendors out there, but not all of them are created equal. ProtonVPN offers a secure, reliable, and easy-to-use VPN service and is operated by the makers of ProtonMail, a respected, privacy-oriented email service... As a company they have a track record of fighting for online privacy and they share our dedication to internet safety and security.”
PCMag: “[ProtonVPN’s] focus on exacting security at an affordable price tag makes it a compelling choice. Plus, its free version is the best we've tested so far.”
Join the privacy revolution
Your support is important as it allows us to continue our mission to bring online freedom and the right to privacy to people around the globe. Get ProtonVPN today and get secure Internet anywhere.
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Improves the reliability and reactivity of the VPN connection when using the WireGuard protocol
Ratings and Reviews
Could be 5 stars
Update: Aug 14, 2021 - I don’t know if it’s an iOS limitation but I always have to wait around 5-8 seconds for the VPN to connect when I unlock the phone when it’s been locked for a bit. Is the OS freezing the app in the RAM? Enabling background app refresh for this app made no difference as well.
Also I have mistakenly thought the “kill switch” on the iOS app was the “permanent kill switch” that I use on desktop. Hopefully it can be added later on.
I’ve raised the rating another star because Proton actively reads & responds to their reviews.
Quality of life wishlist:
1. Switching the quick connect button to where the Connected/Not connected top bar is and vice versa. I have to slowly and consciously avoid swiping up from the bottom middle so I don’t accidentally disconnect.
2. “Malware & ads” option for Netshield. I think blocking the tracking is breaking some of my restaurant apps since my rewards won’t load unless I do malware only.
3. Profiles also saves the selected Netshield option.
4. Option to make backup of the profiles onto local storage of device. I noticed my profiles were gone when I reinstalled because of 2.5.1 issue.
5. Search box for the server list like the desktop app. Those of us looking for a country or using a server name that starts with a letter in the second half of the alphabet need to scroll a lot more.
6. Server filters for both mobile & desktop app. (Countries, server type, high load, etc.)
Developer Response ,
Update: Please note that there is a known disconnect issue on iOS while your device is locked/sleeping, related to the OS itself, and is outside of our control. We have already reported this issue to Apple. More information can be found on the following link: https://protonvpn.com/support/sleeping-iphone-does-not-run-protonvpn/ If you have any issues with regards to the app, don't hesitate to reach out. We can help: https://protonvpn.com/support-form
Read and learn what a VPN is, so you can know what preferences you are missing!
I have had Proton mail and Proton VPN for years. I read several reviews that were bad. Almost all was because the person just did not know where to look to change a preference or just does not know anything about how a VPN works. I have set up several profiles as to where I want to connect. Always use Secure Core. I like that I can change to any location, just by clicking on a profile I created. If one profile server speed is slow, I click on another. Guys, read the instructions and learn how a VPN works, it’s capabilities and how to customize it like you want it. Whatever VPN you use, make sure the servers are not in the U. S. And a country that is big on people’s right to privacy. Sad but true, the U.S is at the top of collecting, mining & spying. And I don’t support using VPN’s for criminal activities. I was an LEO for 27 yrs and I do not believe in just grabbing everyone’s metadata off their cells at a Super Bowl just because they can. Get a warrant!!
In closing, I tried dozens of VPN’s and then ran many security test over the years . Proton passes them all. The only way Proton will fail it’s customer base, is folding from political pressure. But I think these guys & girls work at Proton for a reason. And that reason is because privacy matters.
Do not recommend.
Under no circumstances would I purchase this product. Somehow has become less reliable after I upgraded from the free version. Of course there are multiple tiers to choose from, I apparently picked the “pay for absolutely nothing” option. I was hoping it was just me but I see many other comments with the exact same issues. Disconnects randomly, often won’t tell you, or will say it’s connected to a server but be unusable. You will spend more time staring at the ProtonVPN connect screen than you will spend using your search engine almost every time, and often through multiple server hops.
I pay for premium and still occasionally will be connected to a free server automatically, and nearly every day it will just turn off without notifying me. Best I can tell is this has something to do with the daily alarms/notifications and the DND mode that turns on when you use your phones sleep/alarm schedule. Screen time limitation options in the iPhone might also affect it, but I have it set as an exception everywhere that’s relevant. Completely turning off and not even attempting to notify or reconnect before allowing internet use seems like an absolutely critical failure for a VPN.
Hopefully it gets better and I will gladly change the rating. I want this product to work. For now, stick to the free or go elsewhere.
Developer Response ,
With regards to the connection issue, how often are you experiencing these disconnections? Are these disconnections occurring only when your device is locked/asleep, or they are occurring when actively using your device? Are you using any type of anti-virus/firewall/network monitoring applications? Have you tried disabling Smart Protocol and manually switching between IKEv2, OpenVPN (UDP), and OpenVPN (TCP) protocol within application settings and then check if the issue persists? (https://protonvpn.com/support/how-to-change-vpn-protocols/) If that doesn't help, please reach out to us via https://protonvpn.com/support-form and include the above information. We'd be happy to look into this and help you troubleshoot. If the issue's resolved, we hope you'll reconsider your review and rating.
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