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Simon Migliano
By Simon MiglianoUpdated
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+ Write a review Free: Ranked #57 out of 98 VPNs that we tested is one of our top-rated VPNs for a reason, but does its free counterpart measure up in terms of both privacy and performance?

We thoroughly tested the free version of’s VPN service so we could find out:

  • Is Free VPN secure?
  • Will it work with Netflix?
  • Does offer fast speeds?
  • Is Free easy to use?
  • Will it work in China?

We answer all of these questions, along with many more, in our detailed review of Free VPN.

It should be noted that this review is exclusively for the free version of – those looking to read about the premium version can read our full review of that here.

  1. Fast local downloads: up to 80Mbps
  2. Strict zero-logs policy
  3. Loads of security extras
  4. Ad-free service
  5. User-friendly custom apps
  1. 2GB monthly data cap
  2. Only five server locations
  3. Bad international performance

Works with

Torrenting, Kodi

Available on

  1. Windows
  2. Mac
  3. Ios
  4. Android
  5. Linux

Want to find out more? Read on to find out what we really thought of’s free VPN service, starting with its VPN server speeds.

Speed & Reliability

Incredibly fast downloads of 80Mbps’s free VPN users receive ‘best effort’ speeds, which gives performance priority to premium subscribers. This wasn’t evident in our tests, however – we found to be the fastest free VPN we’ve seen so far, with a very minimal drop in speeds while connected.

It is worth noting, however, that we burnt through half of our data running a few speed tests on the free version of VPN, which should give you an idea of how little you’ll be able to do with the monthly data cap.

Speed results from our physical location in London (100Mbps fibre optic connection) to a Amsterdam test server.

Before using Free:

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When connected to Free:

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Download speed without Free: 91Mbps

Download speed with Free: 81Mbps

Our download speed loss when Free is running: 11%

Even’s upload speeds were very impressive for a free service, at over 70Mbps when we connected to a nearby country. Ping times over just over 10ms make it an ideal free VPN for gamers, too, if they’re prepared to deal with the data cap.

You may have seen Hide.Me Free describes itself as a ‘proxy’ – it’s important to know that it’s absolutely not just a basic proxy, but in fact a full VPN. As such, speeds will be impacted (even if it’s just to a minimal degree).

Server Locations

Only five locations to choose from

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Image of a pink marker?IP Addresses’s free VPN service comes with just five server locations in four countries:

  • The Netherlands
  • Canada
  • Singapore
  • The US – although users in the US can choose between East and West Coast local servers Free servers

While the free version of goes some way to covering popular countries in three different continents, it just won’t be enough choice for some, especially if you don’t live close to the available VPN servers.

Offering such a small number of server locations is fairly standard for a free VPN service.’s premium plan offers 57 server locations.

If you need more servers then your best option (without paying) is TunnelBear Free.

Streaming & Torrenting

Not recommended for streaming or torrenting

We absolutely can’t recommend’s free VPN service for streaming from any popular sites.

Netflix was working through’s West Coast US server a few months ago, but this has now been blocked for some time. When we looked on’s knowledge base to try and find out why, we discovered that Netflix is only currently available to paid users.

Watching BBC iPlayer is impossible as there are no free VPN server locations in the UK. Take a look at our best VPNs for BBC iPlayer if accessing this service is a dealbreaker for you.

Streaming will burn through’s free monthly data allowance after just a couple of hours, anyway. If you’re mainly planning on using a VPN for streaming, check out our top VPN streaming recommendations here.


Torrenting is permitted on three of’s free VPN server locations, but the data cap will be a massive setback once more. It is our number two free VPN for torrenting, though, thanks to its no-logs policy and kill switch feature, beaten only by rival provider Windscribe.

For torrenting we’d suggest looking into other zero-logs VPN services – one of our favorites is IPVanish. You can read our best VPNs for torrenting here.

Bypassing Censorship

Not the most reliable option for China

The free version of VPN offers a couple of solutions for visiting websites anonymously in China, including the SoftEther connection protocol, which uses HTTPS to hide your VPN connection and allow you to bypass the Great Firewall.

Description of how Hide.Me's SoftEther protocol works

SoftEther isn’t available on’s Android or iOS apps, though, so it’s only really a reliable solution for desktop users.’s free users are encouraged to contact tech support before attempting to use the VPN in China, as not all servers will work. The Chinese government has also now blocked’s website, so you need to download the VPN before travelling.

Thanks so its SoftEther protocol, Free should also work well for users in other high-censorship countries such as Turkey and Iran. Its small server network means that speeds will definitely suffer when connecting out from these locations, though.

Platforms & Devices

Available on all major platforms plus routers


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Router LogoRouter offers free custom VPN apps for Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS. It also provides manual VPN setup guides for other platforms such as Linux.

The biggest drawback for those on’s free plan is that they can’t use the VPN on multiple devices at the same time. It’s possible to install at router level but the 2GB data limit will be a major hindrance.

Games Consoles & Streaming Devices

AppleTV LogoAppleTV
Amazon Fire TV LogoAmazon Fire TV
Chromecast LogoChromecast
Nintendo LogoNintendo
PlayStation LogoPlayStation
Roku LogoRoku
Xbox LogoXbox Free doesn’t have any native VPN apps for games consoles or streaming devices, but its website does provide manual setup guides for a range of platforms including Apple TV, PlayStation 4, and Kodi.

Browser Extensions

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Firefox LogoFirefox also offers free browser extensions for both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. These include protection against WebRTC leaks, two extra server locations (US and Germany), and don’t come with a data cap. Free browser extension

These are SOCKS proxies rather than full VPN extensions, meaning that while they spoof your IP address they don’t encrypt your traffic unless used alongside’s desktop app.

Encryption & Security

Just as private and secure as the premium app










DNS Leak Blocking

First-party DNS

IPV6 Leak Blocking

Supports TCP Port 443

VPN Kill Switch

Advanced features

Split Tunneling

Please see our VPN Glossary if these terms confuse you and would like to learn more. Free will keep you incredibly safe online. All apps are encrypted with top cipher AES-256, ensuring nobody will be able to see what you’re doing while connected to the VPN.

You can choose between a range of different VPN connection protocols when you connect to any of’s free VPN servers, including:

  • OpenVPN (our preferred protocol)
  • IKEv2
  • SoftEtherVPN (good for China)
  • SSTP

There’s also an ‘Automatic’ protocol setting, but we’d advise manually selecting OpenVPN if possible.

The free apps (excluding Android) also offer a VPN kill switch and protection against DNS and IP leaks, which our tests confirmed to be working. also operates its own DNS servers to ensure your personal information is protected while connected to the VPN. Free leak test results

We were pleasantly surprised to see split tunneling included in’s free Windows app, a feature that allows you to route certain traffic outside of the VPN tunnel.’s port randomization offers an extra layer of security, or you can manually select a port if you prefer.

Logging Policy

Minimal logging based in a privacy-friendly jurisdiction doesn’t collect any personally identifiable data from its free VPN users whatsoever, and only maintains non-persistent logs of connection data, including:

  • Randomly generated VPN username
  • Internally assigned IP address
  • Total amount of monthly data traffic

This data is used for troubleshooting purposes and erased every few hours. Even better, it can’t be linked back to individual Free users and can be deleted upon request.

Jurisdiction is an independent company, founded in 2012 “to provide internet security and freedom for every internet user” (in its own words). is currently based in Malaysia – an excellent choice for a VPN service. In Malaysia, there are no data retention laws that require VPNs to keep persistent logs of customer connections or network activities. states it will comply with court orders from a recognized legal authority, but it can’t be compelled to hand over free VPN user information that it doesn’t have. is also one of very few VPN services to publish an annual transparency report detailing any data requests it receives from various organizations and authorities. It recently published its report for 2018, which you can read here.

Ease of Use

Simple apps with hassle-free setup

How to Install & Set Up Free’s free apps are simple enough for VPN beginners, and the advanced security settings should appeal to more experienced users too. Unlike most free VPN services, doesn’t display any ads at all, which is very refreshing to see.’s main screen keeps it simple, and you can find the VPN server locations behind the ‘Change’ button in the bottom right. helpfully displays the free locations at the top of the list. You can find the settings menu by tapping on the cog symbol in the top right.

Customer Support

Good online support with 24/7 live chat

24/7 Live chat support
Online Resources’s live chat is available 24/7, and is great for answering any basic questions you may have, but not so effective for more technical VPN queries. For those, you have to email’s technical support team, but responses weren’t as quick as we would’ve liked.

Despite this, the support section of’s website is well organized and includes a helpful FAQs page and simple VPN setup guides accompanied by screenshots.

About the Author

  • Simon Migliano Head of Research at Top10VPN

    Simon Migliano

    Simon leads our investigations into VPN safety and internet freedom research. His work has been featured on the BBC, CNet, Wired and The Financial Times. Read full bio


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