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Proton VPN

High-speed Swiss VPN that safeguards your privacy.

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Avg rating of 4.7 (20)| 20 comments
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Proton VPN Features

  1.  Privacy focusedProton VPN is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
  2.  No LogsProton VPN doesn't keep any logs of your activities.
  3.  WireGuardProton VPN supports the Wireguard protocol for encrypted VPN traffic.
  4.  VPN Kill SwitchBuilt-in kill switch to automatically stop all network traffic if connection to VPN is lost.
  5.  Block TrackersProton VPN has a feature to block trackers from tracking you.
  6.  No TrackingProton VPN will not track you or use your personal data.
  7.  OpenVPNProton VPN supports OpenVPN, one of the most secure and reliable VPN protocols.
  8.  AES-256 EncryptionProton VPN has AES-256 Encryption, i.e. very strong security.

Proton VPN information

  • Developed byProton AG
  • LicensingOpen Source and Freemium product.
  • PricingSubscription that costs between $5 and $10.
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.7 (20 ratings)
  • Alternatives210 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English
  • Croatian
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian

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JohnFastman
  
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ProtonVPN is a VPN service run by the creators of ProtonMail. It's part of their wider efforts to give people options for protecting their online privacy and anonymity.

The Good

  • Easy and intuitive to use clients for Windows and Mac
  • Support for Linux via configuration files for use with OpenVPN
  • Connections made on Linux (which I've tested more than others) are rock solid stable for days
  • Open source software (more trustworthy)
  • Company based in Switzerland (not subject to US/Five Eyes problems)
  • Killswitch option (prevents leaking data in case the connection fails)
  • Broad range of countries to choose from, including places that support torrent downloading
  • Option to pass through two VPN servers, e.g. connect to USA via Iceland. This makes it harder to trace and offers extra security in case a server has been compromised

The Bad

  • In contrast to other companies, ProtonVPN records timestamps of when connections are made

  • Unlike Private Internet Access (PIA), ProtonVPN has not been tested, legally. PIA have had their servers seized in Russia and they did not contain user logs, as promised. The FBI have also found PIA's no-logging policy frustrating. That shows PIA do what they say they do, which ought to enhance the level of customers' trust. ProtonVPN have not been through the same experiences (at least yet), which is also the case for many other VPN companies. This isn't a bad thing per se but it puts ProtonVPN at an inferior position because there is less evidence that they are doing what they promise, and trust is hugely important in the VPN world. That said, ProtonVPN are unlikely, in my estimation, to be betraying user trust.

  • ProtonVPN has put out misleading information about their competition. For example, they claimed PIA was being dishonest about where they are based:

Private Internet Access is operated by a company known as London Trust Media, which sounds like it is based in Europe, but it is actually based in the US (one of the Five Eye countries) and could be legally compelled to spy on users. This type of jurisdiction obfuscation is very common in the VPN industry.

This is untrue. Firstly, PIA openly say they are based in the US > https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/helpdesk/kb/articles/where-are-you-located and did even at the time of ProtonVPN's blog post. Secondly, it's not true that PIA could be legally compelled to spy on their users (read more about that here), since there is no US law that could compel a company like PIA to keep logs of user activity.

If all this sounds like I'm focussing too much on ProtonVPN vs PIA, then I'm sorry, but it's ProtonVPN that started with all the inaccuracies about their major competition, and they singled out PIA. I work for neither company, and I'm a paying customer of both.

  • ProtonVPN is expensive compared to their competition. Although if you buy ProtonVPN together with a ProtonMail package, you get a substantial discount, depending on which payment plan you choose and if you pay monthly or yearly.

  • ProtonVPN's connections through the Mac client have not been as stable as when I connect using OpenVPN in Linux. That might be something, that might be nothing. Just my experience. On Mac it's trivially easy to activate the Kill Switch function (no internet until VPN re-connects). That works very well.


Overall

ProtonVPN is very probably a perfectly trustworthy service. It's implemented well, and it works for everything I tried except BBC iPlayer. If you want more internet privacy (from your snooping ISP or government surveillance) then in my estimation it's a good choice. It's just not the only one.

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KillPriusDrivers

Killswitch is placebo.

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isisstelling
  
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Open source and has a good free plan.

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WilsonTam

Only for three lotions 😢

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Discover3464
  
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It's one of the best VPNs, with numerous servers and a no-logs policy. It's trustworthy and its trustworthiness have been proven again and again.

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Kandi
  
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The free version allows you to connect to 3 servers. The speed is good enough to watch streaming without lag.

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BubbleTea
  
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It's the only VPN with a free plan without data limits. The service itself is stable. The killswitch is reliable.

Free plan offers a few servers and limited speeds. Paid - lots of servers and high speeds. It is a solid choice, although it's more on the expensive side.

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plantandcare
  
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I like ProtonVPN. Its easy to networking feature.

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android037
  
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Best VPN out there. Others may unblock more content or be faster to specific locations. But none touch the number of areas, the speed to all locations, and make all applications and extensions open source so you can validate everything for yourself.

For speed, they keep adding servers, currently around 1500 on six continents with good coverage on all six continents, not just the major hubs. Many providers have excellent speed in wealthier areas but connect to Nigeria, Cambodia, Peru, etc., if they even have them, and watch the speeds drop to a crawl. Proton may not best fastest in affluent areas, but you can connect to anywhere in the world and still pull 100mbps. Even during conflict times, which are most important for getting information in and out, I have still been able to connect into Ukraine and Russia at over 100 down, although upload is only 15mbps. It is one thing to talk about security and availability; it is quite another to be open source and keep your service up in times of war or censorship to keep secure lines of communication open while still maintaining decent speeds and numerous, fully encrypted, no-log servers, in each country, that could not be compromised even if physically seized.

If you want to unblock content or the fastest connection to an affluent area, go elsewhere. If you want a socially responsible VPN with top-notch security and stand up to every test you throw, this is the one. Yes, they cost a little more; that is due to being none profit and taking on a larger mission to ensure privacy and secure communications for areas that need it the most that may not be able to pay.

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