Proton VPN, is high-grade advanced security from the ProtonMailpeople. Although this invention has some issues, the unlimited bandwidth free plan, capable clients and (mostly) decent speeds make it stand out from amongst the rest. It is fast in most locations, has a free plan with unlimited bandwidth, unblocks Netflix and has quality mobile clients.
Proton VPN is an interesting Swiss-based VPN linked to the people behind ProtonMail, which is the well known end-to-end encrypted email service.
Even though the company has a relatively small network of 464 servers (some providers have thousands), it is well spread across 35 countries. It has most of its servers across Europe and North America, with locations also in Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, etc.
ProtonVPN Subscription Options
12-month plan – US$4 per month (US$48 total cost).
The ProtonVPN plan can be yours for $10 billed monthly, $8 per month paid annually, which delivers all the features stated here, and covers five devices. There’s also the option of getting capable VPNs for much less (Private Internet) Access for just $3.33 monthly on an annual plan.
There are also some other cheaper options offered by the company. But note that the basic plan won’t give you access to the premium servers, won’t stream Netflix, can’t route traffic through multiple servers, and can only support two devices a goes for just $4 per month on an annual subscription
The free plan covers only one device and offers you access to only three countries (US, Netherlands, Japan). You can use the ProtonVPN Free as much as you desire.
What’s Good About ProtonVPN?
Owns and manages its own servers, and they’re connected to the Internet using the company’s network.
A smart technology that routes traffic via multiple servers before it leaves the network. This implies that even high-tech snoopers monitoring an exit server can’t trace individual users.
It has a friendly P2P-friendly service, which supports up to 10 devices.
There are a kill switch, DNS leak protection and built-in Tor support ideal for accessing Onion sites.
A versatile split tunneling system that routes all internet traffic via the VPN, other than the apps and destination IPs you define.
Disk encryption to harden servers against sophisticated attacks.
A firewall-based kill switch for macOS, and the ability to stream Netflix UK from just anywhere around the globe.
What’s not so Good?
It’s a bit expensive for what you get.
Speeds can be inconsistent in the U.S.
It does not unblock the iPlayer.
Has no live chat support.
ProtonVPN Lastest Changes & Additions
The Android app now supports OpenVPN (January 2020)
Kill Switch has been added for Linux clients. (January 2020)
The number of servers and countries increased to 698 and 44, respectively. (February 2020)
All ProtonVPN apps are now open source and have been audited (February 2020).
When it comes to privacy, ProtonVPN’s Swiss home offers an immediate privacy advantage over most competitors. This is due to the fact that the country has very strong privacy laws, is outside of US and EU jurisdiction, and is not a member of the 14 eyes surveillance network.
The logging policy of the company is clearly stated on its website; “ProtonVPN is a no logs VPN service. The company does not track a record of your internet activity, and therefore unable to disclose information to third parties.
When it comes to session logging, that is almost non-existent. The timestamp of the last successful login attempt is stored by the company, and that’s basically it. When next you want to log in, it is overwritten, thus it only ever reflects the last session.
When you sign up, ProtonVPN links your account with an email address, note that this address can be whatever you like. Itis advised by the company that you use ProtonMail if you’d rather remain completely anonymous.
If you sign up for the free plan, you won’t have to provide any payment details. If you want another option, you can decide to pay using Bitcoin. If you happen to use PayPal or a credit card, the payments get processed by a third party, and ProtonVPN doesn’t get to see your billing details.
The Transparency Report or Warrant Canary’ page, reports on ‘notable legal requests’ as well as what happened.