Free VPN Providers of 2017

With more and more people becoming security-conscious, it's safe to say that everyone is keen to make sure that they are safe online. Ask yourself; how many times have you been out in public and connected to WiFi? When you're on the bus? In Starbucks? I can assure you that the list is endless, making it more accessible for everyone to get online. A VPN is a great option that allows you to browse the web safely, securely, privately, and anonymously. 

There are lots of great paid VPN services out there, and arguably free VPN services are said to not be as secure, however, there are some free VPN services that offer the same level of security as paid VPNs, so we thought we'd outline a few of our favourites for you to choose from. 

CyberGhost

CyberGhost offers a completely free VPN service for Windows, Mac and Android which includes unlimited bandwidth, unlimited traffic, AES 256 -BIT Encryption and an Antifingerprinting System. CyberGhost is a easy to use service that is really user friendly, so if you've never used a VPN before, CyberGhost can guide you through the process. Available on desktop and mobile, CyberGhost is widely accessible by all with many features.

The only real downsides to CyberGhost's free VPN service (and these are only drawbacks on the free version) are the annoying advertisements (they have to make their money somewhere) and the limited locations. However, we wouldn't consider these to be deterrant worthy based on the fact the service is free.

Stable and solid speeds

No bandwidth limits

Kill switch enabled

iOS and Android apps

Adverts

Locations are limited

hide.me is a Malaysian based VPN service offering one of the best free VPN plans. Unlike a lot of free VPN services, hide.me doesn't ask for your credit card details and really is free. The service is designed for basic VPN needs, likely in the hope you'll opt for one of their Plus or Premium plans. hide.me's free plan offers VPN services in 3 locations, at least 3 Mbit/s bandwidth, 2GB data transfer, and 1 simultaneous connection. 

Every hide.me package includes internet connection encryption, multiple device compatibility, and 24/7 support. All in all, we'd say that's a pretty good VPN service for free. hide.me is user friendly and an all-rounder in our best free VPN reviews.  

Brilliant encryption

Zero logs

Excellent privacy policy

Superb 24/7 support

Limited to 2GB per month

Locations are limited

Similar to TunnelBear that we reviewed in our best Mac VPNs, SurfEasy is a Canadian free VPN provider that's easy to use and offers a generous free package. Although their data allowance for free users isn't as generous as our other best free VPNs, SurfEasy do offer a 'recommend to a friend' service which will increase your data - pretty nifty if we do say so ourselves! 

SurfEasy boast a strict no-log network so none of your internet activity will be on their records. It's easy to mask your IP, too, with one-click IP masking. One of our favourite features that SurfEasy offer is secure torrenting with auto-enable protection which is available on their Ultra VPN plan. Even on their free plan, SurfEasy allow you to download their free VPN service on 5 different devices, including Android and iOS.

Easy to use and setup

P2P allowed

Multiple devices

Servers worldwide

Limited to 500MB per month

Best options are paid for

VPN Gate is one of the best completely free VPN services, run by Japan's University of Tsukuba. Because VPN Gate is open source software, it receives regular updates to constantly improve the services it offers. VPN Gate have made it clear to their users that they will never charge for their services, even with servers available all over the world (4000+). However, the most reliable and the fastest of their servers are located in the U.S., South Korea, and Japan, so European users may feel the pinch when it comes to speed.

Unfortunately for users who want P2P, torrenting, or other similar services, VPN Gate do not allow this. They have made it clear that they do keep logs and will pass the information on if their services are used for these activities. VPN Gate is the best completely free VPN to use to access blocked websites at reasonable speeds in a secure environment. 

100% open source

Constant updates

Excellent security

Reasonable speeds

No P2P allowed

Logs are kept

Not always the fastest

Windscribe

Windscribe offers a free package like no other, with 10GB bandwidth per month - yes, really, it's free and that's why it's made it to our best free VPN services. Although limited to only 1 device, Windscribe's free package has access to servers in 8 locations, firewall, adblocker, and P2P. 

Windscribe's privacy policy is definitely something to shout about; their security is top of their game, protecting users with strong encryption methods. You'll also be pleased to know, as we certainly were, that free users don't suffer speed issues with Windscribe's free VPN; their servers are located in well thought out places making their free VPN easy to use and perfect for beginners. If you decide you like their services, Windscribe have made it easy for you to upgrade your pricing plan to unlimited bandwidth across 45 locations on unlimited devices. 

Large data usage for free

Easy to use

Great for beginners

Excellent privacy policy

Strong encryption

Usage capped

Limited customer support