Using a Free VPN is the best idea, if your answer is ‘Yes’ for any of the questions below.
- Do you have problems in opening certain websites like Gmail and YouTube at work?
- Has your school blocked social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter?
- Do you require to work anonymously online?
Using proxies is highly risky and outdated. Maybe you can use one of these innovative ways to access blocked websites. But then, there is no guarantee that all of them will work, if your system admin is smart and/or the block is at the ISP level. So, what can you do? Use a VPN client.
Few days back when I wrote a tutorial on how to access Hulu and Sling outside US, some readers were mentioning how Hulu has blocked Hotspot Shield proxies. But the fact is, HotSpot Shield is just one of the many Free VPN services available on the internet. So, this post is an effort to list out the Best Free VPN Clients currently.
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Top 5 Free VPN Clients
(Updated : April 2013)
This is possibly the easiest free VPN service I have used in a while, and hence pushing it to the top of the list. TunnelBear gives you access to any sites that are geo-restricted. For now, it provides free US & UK VPN, but that’s more than handy for many people. Signing up for a free account will give you 500 MB of bandwidth per month, but you can get a bonus of 1GB of data, by just associating your twitter account. Do also read about two great virtual private networks here It is available as free download for Mac and Windows users.
OpenVPN.net is a SSL/TLS based VPN, it provides high security and privacy. The biggest difference between PPTP VPN and OpenVPN is you need to install OpenVPN client software to use OpenVPN service, and OpenVPN DO NOT work on mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Windows Mobile and Android. But OpenVPN works on Windows and Mac.
3. Hotspot Shield – The most popular free VPN client
Hotspot Shield is possibly the most popular Free VPN client in the world. It made waves when Hulu was launched as it allowed users to watch Hulu even when it was blocked. Now, they have US & UK based VPN services which you can use to protect yourself from WiFi Snoopers, identity thefts, and censorships. The best part is, Hotspot Shield provides unlimited bandwidth and works on both PC & Mac.
4. VPNBook – a new Free VPN client
One of the newest kids on the block is VPNBook. It’s a 100% free VPN service and comes with most advanced cryptographic techniques to keep you safe on the internet. VPNBook strives to keep the internet a safe and free place by providing free and secure PPTP and OpenVPN service access for everyone. From our tests, we have found that VPNBook is Romania based and claims that they do not collect any information or log any internet activity.
5. UltraVPN – an OpenVPN client
UltraVPN is a French VPN client that hides your connection from unwanted ears and allows you to use blocked applications. It is also based on OpenVPN service. Traffic is quota is unlimited. Bandwidth is up to 500Kb/s depending on network conditions.
10 More Free VPN Services [Updated]
Since it’s been more than a year since this post was written, we are updating it with more free VPN services.
PacketiX.NET is a Japan VPN service. It is actually a premium service, but they have PacketiX.NET online test service as well which is free to use. The service is fast and reliable and it is easy to use as well. Just download the VPN connection manager, install and connect! It works on Windows and Linux only.
CyberGhost is a free VPN service from Germany which helps you route you through a German IP. The free service is limited to 10GB traffic every month, which is more than enough for surfing on websites, chatting and email. The paid service is also affordable.
Update: The free service is limited to just 1GB per month now.
TorVPN is one of the latest entrants into the VPN market. TorVPN is great for bypassing strict content filters, browsing the web anonymously, securing your VOIP communications or remote access to your home/office workstation. With TorVPN you can get an OpenVPN server, SSH access, PPTP & TOR proxy. Free VPN access is restricted to 1GB per month and works on Windows, Mac, iPhone & iPad.
SecurityKiss is a tunnel service which ensures security and privacy once your data leaves your computer. It redirects all your traffic through an impenetrable tunnel to our security gateway. Everything in the tunnel is encrypted.
Your-Freedom makes accessible what is unaccessible to you, and it hides your network address from those who don’t need to know. The free service lets you use it for 6 hours a day (up to 15 hours a week). You can either download their software or use the OpenVPN mode. Windows, Mac & Linux platforms are supported.
11. USA IP
For free user, you don’t need to register, just download the USAIP.pbk file, and then double-click on the file and select one of the USAIP PPTP connections. After that, you can access the USA IP free VPN services with the username demo and the password demo. But you will need to reconnect the USA IP network after every 7 minutes.
12. Get US VPN
This new Free VPN service client offers service in Fast, Secure and extremely Convenient ways from both USA and UK data centers. It is tested to work with Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, Amazon Video and YouTube.
Other notable mentions for Free VPN clients
Do you know any other Free VPN service? Do share it by commenting below. If you see that any of the above services is down or closed, do let us know.