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Price Per Month (From)
$2.99
Free Trial
Free Version


5/10
Informr score
Hola VPN currently has an Informr score of 5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

While the free price tag is sure to make Hola VPN tempting to some, being a peer on their VPN network raises tons of security questions -- we recommend opting for TunnelBear or ProtonVPN’s free tiers instead.

What's good

  • Fast speeds
  • Easy to use
  • Great device support

What's bad

  • No encryption
  • Free tier allows others to access your network
  • Extensive logging
  • Hit-or-miss with Netflix
  • Questionable policies and marketing

Hola VPN has been around since 2012. Their peer-to-peer approach to VPN services is interesting and the free price tag is sure to please. But how does it stand up to the competition? And is it really completely free?

Pricing

Hola VPN offers a free plan for non-commercial use as well as premium home and business plans. Their premium plans are priced similar to other VPN options on the market with significant discounts if you sign up for a year or more at a time.

Supported Devices

Hola VPN offers apps and extensions for nearly any device you might use to get online. Options include Mac and Windows clients, Android and iOS apps, extensions for Chrome and Firefox, and even an app for smart TVs.

Ease of Use

Using the service is simple. Just click the extension in your browser or load up the app on your phone or computer and choose a location. After a few seconds, it connects and you’re good to go.

Simultaneous Connections

Hola VPN ties your account to a single platform. So you’ll need an account or subscription for each type of device you plan to use.

Included Features

Hola VPN is more like a proxy than a VPN. This means you can use it to access sites using another IP, but there are none of the encryption or security benefits you might find with other services.

In essence, Hola VPN allows you to bypass websites that might be censored in your region or access services that are only available in other regions -- such as BBC iPlayer. However, many reviewers noted trouble accessing Netflix.

Privacy and Logging

Privacy and logging are where things really start to look questionable for Hola VPN.

If you’re using the free service, you become a part of their VPN network. This means that anyone else using the service can route their traffic through your home connection.

If you’re on a metered connection, this means that you might run out of data quickly as other people stream movies, upload media, or use P2P using your connection.

More to the point, should anything routed through your connection raise suspicions with your ISP or government, you will have a lot of explaining to do and might be held liable.

Hola VPN tries to explain that no one would abuse their network but in doing so highlight another concern, saying, “... architecture modifications allow Hola to see the origin of each request, thus if a cybercriminal were to use the Hola network, the cyber's criminal information may be passed on to the authorities.

But this also means they can track anything you might be doing online using their service as well.

And it doesn’t help that they log nearly everything about your web activity, including your browser type, sites you visit, the time you spend on various sites, and when you visit them.

To make matters worse, Hola VPN notes that they “may also transfer or disclose personal information to our subsidiaries, affiliated companies.

TheBestVPN sums up privacy opinions well, saying, “Logging is usually the most terrifying thing a VPN company can do. When it comes to this product though, it’s the least of my concerns.

Performance

Most reviewers found their connections were speedy when using Hola VPN. However, a few noticed that speeds might slow down when first connecting to a region.

Some reviewers also noted issues with upload speeds. But unless you frequently upload large files, this is less of a concern than slow download speeds.

Support

Should you run into a question, email is the only support option available. Worse still, many reviewers had trouble getting any response at all from support when sending questions about account features or what they were allowed to do using Hola VPN.

Summary

While Hola VPN might not cost anything in terms of money, you are trading access to tons of information about your browsing and opening up your network for use by others. Put simply, that seems like a bad deal to us.

The Best VPN agrees, saying, “If you’re doing anything that involves even a shred of privacy, look elsewhere. Avoid Hola VPN at all costs. It’s not secure enough for public Wi-Fi nor your data protection.

Cloudwards takes a similar stance, saying, “If you’re worried about your privacy and are looking to set up a VPN to protect yourself, please do not sign up for Hola as you have no idea what could happen once you’re signed up: you may end up finding out that free is far more expensive than signing up for a bonafide service…


What the Critics Are Saying...


vpnMentor

As a community-powered network, it has no static servers or the costs associated with them. Instead, you rely on other users' machines in order to reroute traffic. However, this means that these users are also relying on your machine and so use your internet connection and effectively pose as you on...

- Guy Fawkes, vpnMentor
TheBestVPN.com

They log everything you do, they cooperate with surveillance alliances, there’s no encryption. This is the least secure VPN I’ve ever seen. To top it all off, it opens you up to new threats. Their customer service was laughable and every word on their bright and colorful website feels misleading, as...

- John Mason, TheBestVPN.com
VPN Fan

We believe that it is primarily only useful and proxy unblocker for restricted Internet sites. Also, be aware that if you participate in the free service, you agree to become an exit node for the network with no control over what the peer does while using your device. Therefore we do not recommend t...

- VPN Fan
TechRadar

Fast, free and user-friendly, Hola is an excellent tool for unblocking some streaming websites. But it didn't work with Netflix or YouTube for us, and multiple logging and privacy issues mean the service can't match the safety or anonymity of a real VPN.

- Mike Williams, TechRadar
Cloudwards

If you’re worried about your privacy and are looking to set up a VPN to protect yourself, please do not sign up for Hola as you have no idea what could happen once you’re signed up: you may end up finding out that free is far more expensive than signing up for a bonafide service, like one of our bes...

- Stephen Ayton, Cloudwards

Details


Overview
Headquarters Israel
Pricing/Sign Up
Starting Price (per Month) $2.99
Plans and Pricing Visit Site
Free Trial Free Version
Money Back Guarantee 30 Days
Payment Options Credit Cards, PayPal
ID Required Valid email address
Features
Server Locations (# of Countries) No
Number of Servers No
Devices Per License 10
Simultaneous Connections 10
Unlimited Bandwidth Yes
Double-Hop / Double VPN No
Accesses Netflix No
P2P / Torrenting Allowed No
Accepts Bitcoin No
Non-US Company Yes
Protected
Protocols No
Encryption No
No Logs / No Tracking No
Dedicated IP Available No
VPN Over Tor No
Wi-Fi Leak Protection No
Private DNS Server No
DNS Leak Protection No
IP Leak Protection No
WebRTC Leak Protection No
IPv6 Leak Protection No
Kill Switch No
Supported Platforms
Operating Systems Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, Android
Mobile App Yes
Router Yes
Browser Extension Yes
Customer Support
24/7 Support No
Live Chat Support No
Telephone Support Yes

+972-9-8355993

Email Support Yes
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Critic Reviews


vpnMentor

Entirely free for non-commercial users

from vpnMentor

As a community-powered network, it has no static servers or the costs associated with them. Instead, you rely on other users' machines in order to reroute traffic. However, this means that these users are also relying on your machine and so use your internet connection and effectively pose as you online.

Read full review

As a community-powered network, it has no static servers or the costs associated with them. Instead, you rely on other users' machines in order to reroute traffic. However, this means that these users are also relying on your machine and so use your internet connection and effectively pose as you online.

Read full review

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TheBestVPN.com

Avoid this VPN at all costs

from TheBestVPN.com

They log everything you do, they cooperate with surveillance alliances, there’s no encryption. This is the least secure VPN I’ve ever seen. To top it all off, it opens you up to new threats. Their customer service was laughable and every word on their bright and colorful website feels misleading, as was evident by their device list.

Read full review

They log everything you do, they cooperate with surveillance alliances, there’s no encryption. This is the least secure VPN I’ve ever seen. To top it all off, it opens you up to new threats. Their customer service was laughable and every word on their bright and colorful website feels misleading, as was evident by their device list.

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VPN Fan

A community P2P based privacy network

We believe that it is primarily only useful and proxy unblocker for restricted Internet sites. Also, be aware that if you participate in the free service, you agree to become an exit node for the network with no control over what the peer does while using your device. Therefore we do not recommen...More

We believe that it is primarily only useful and proxy unblocker for restricted Internet sites. Also, be aware that if you participate in the free service, you agree to become an exit node for the network with no control over what the peer does while using your device. Therefore we do not recommend the free Hola VPN service unless it is your only choice.

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TechRadar

Dead easy site unblocking – but there's a price to pay

from TechRadar

Fast, free and user-friendly, Hola is an excellent tool for unblocking some streaming websites. But it didn't work with Netflix or YouTube for us, and multiple logging and privacy issues mean the service can't match the safety or anonymity of a real VPN.

Read full review

Fast, free and user-friendly, Hola is an excellent tool for unblocking some streaming websites. But it didn't work with Netflix or YouTube for us, and multiple logging and privacy issues mean the service can't match the safety or anonymity of a real VPN.

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Cloudwards

Beware botnet

from Cloudwards

If you’re worried about your privacy and are looking to set up a VPN to protect yourself, please do not sign up for Hola as you have no idea what could happen once you’re signed up: you may end up finding out that free is far more expensive than signing up for a bonafide service, like one of our best VPN picks.

Read full review

If you’re worried about your privacy and are looking to set up a VPN to protect yourself, please do not sign up for Hola as you have no idea what could happen once you’re signed up: you may end up finding out that free is far more expensive than signing up for a bonafide service, like one of our best VPN picks.

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The VPN Lab

Groundbreaking VPN service provider

As the first peer-to-peer VPN service, Hola uses the Internet connections and bandwidth of its customers in order to keep its network working. Instead of engaging numerous high-maintenance servers located around the globe to disguise your IP, Hola takes a small share of bandwidth from each free u...More

As the first peer-to-peer VPN service, Hola uses the Internet connections and bandwidth of its customers in order to keep its network working. Instead of engaging numerous high-maintenance servers located around the globe to disguise your IP, Hola takes a small share of bandwidth from each free user and connects you to the Internet through their devices.

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Best VPN

Confusing privacy policy and terms of service

from Best VPN

You’d be well within the confines of basic logic and reason to find any outright recommendation of Hola as a worthwhile VPN service with healthy skepticism. With little to no encryption, IP masking, or concern for those, and proven dishonest practices ranging from partial truths to outright non...More

You’d be well within the confines of basic logic and reason to find any outright recommendation of Hola as a worthwhile VPN service with healthy skepticism. With little to no encryption, IP masking, or concern for those, and proven dishonest practices ranging from partial truths to outright non-disclosure, Hola should only be considered in the most dire streaming-junkie’s hour of need.

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