If you ever use free Wi-Fi at a library, cafe, hotel or even an Airbnb, then you need to protect the data you transmit across that connection.
Every Friday I share one of my favourite finds of the week — a website, tool or an app that has impressed me.
My Friday Favourite this week is ProtonVPN – Protect Your Privacy with a Free VPN.
What is it?
ProtonVPN is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service that encrypts your data to ensure privacy.
How much does it cost?
ProtonVPN is free to use, with no ads or speed-limits.
A Basic Plan, which includes additional privacy features, costs from €49 per year.
ProtonVPN – Protect Your Privacy with a Free VPN
I’ve written before about the importance of using a VPN to encrypt your data when using a Wi-Fi connection that you don’t have control over.
VPN services such as ExpressVPN – High-Speed, Secure & Anonymous VPN Service are great but cost a subscription fee.
If you’re a casual user who doesn’t need a paid VPN plan, then I’ve previously recommended TunnelBear. It’s free and easy to set up but restricts encrypted data to 500MB per month. If you’re an occasional VPN user who is, say, on holiday, then you can quickly use this allowance up.
ProtonVPN is a free VPN service that boasts no ads and no usage limits.
The service was created by Proton Technologies in Switzerland, famous for their ProtonMail encrypted email service.
I’ve used the ProtonVPN service and it just works!
ProtonVPN is available to download for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux.
If you’re an occasional VPN user, then it is an ideal free VPN.
If you’re looking to use a VPN for Peer-to-Peer services such as BitTorrent, or use a VPN for streaming services, then I’d recommend utilising a commercial VPN such as ProtonVPN Plus.
How can I get it?
Visit the ProtonVPN website to create a free account.