If you want to keep your privacy online, change your IP, access blocked websites, avoid getting DDoSed, disguise your identity or just access US Netflix, consider using a VPN (Virtual Private Network). Here is unFOMO’s foolproof guide to the 4 best FREE VPNs:
FOURTH PLACE: Hotspot Shield
Hotspot Shield is hugely popular, and there’s a reason for that. Despite it being heavy, Hot Shield, has no limit on data usage and is consistently pretty fast (with average downloads speeds of about 6Mb/s). Plus, it gives you access servers all over the world, so whatever you need to do you will most likely be able to do it with Shield.
THIRD PLACE: PrivateTunnel
PrivateTunnel is fairly different to other free/paid VPNs. Instead of a time limit or advertisements, you get the full thing but with a 100mb data limit. This can be quite limiting, but is also enough to do most things. Once you’ve used it up, it may be worth thinking about paying. You pay for the amount of data you need. There are packages for 50GB, 100 GB and 500GB. Charging is purely based on data usage, so you can use it on any number of devices. There is no time limit on when you can use this, which is also very desirable. Download speed is around 10Mb/s. There are servers in the USA, UK, Canada, Netherlands and Switzerland.
SECOND PLACE: CyberGhost
CyberGhost is an easy-to-use VPN with a great GUI. The free service is limitless and you will be able to choose from 14 countries and hundreds of servers. However, you can only browse for 3 hours at a time, but you can log back in straight away. CyberGhost isn’t the fastest, but unlike a lot of VPNs, it is consistent and you will almost never experience drops. Its average speed is around 5Mb/s. One slight annoyance is that you cannot use the iPad app with a free account, but the app is free.
FIRST PLACE: Spotflux
unFOMO’s favorite VPN is none other than Spotflux. Unlike other VPNs listed here, you can get Spotflux as a Chrome add-on or as a client. With the add-on, it can be used for browsing but won’t affect other things, such as Steam or Skype. This can be helpful if you only want it for browsing, as you won’t have to turn it on and off in-between programs. There is an iOS version, but once again is not free. There are only servers available in the USA, which could be a downfall if you want to access something that is blocked in the USA, such as YouTube music videos, but otherwise it is fast, at around 6 – 7Mb/s. If you want a VPN for security purposes, opt for Spotflux.
Current as of: March 1, 2016