# of Servers
330
Server Locations
30
Price Per Month (From)
$4.00
Free Trial
Free Version


7.8/10
Informr score
ProtonVPN currently has an Informr score of 7.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

Despite being a relative newcomer to the VPN scene, ProtonVPN offers a slick client, good overall performance, and excellent privacy. Its tiered pricing and limited server locations might turn away some, but it’s likely to change as the company matures.

What's good

  • Superb privacy
  • Good performance
  • Secure OpenVPN protocol
  • P2P and TOR support
  • Excellent free plan

What's bad

  • Tiered pricing
  • Limited server locations

From the same company that secured your email with ProtonMail comes ProtonVPN, a Swiss-based VPN. While you might trust them to keep your email secure, should you trust them with all of your web traffic too? Let’s see what the Internet has to say.

Pricing

Unlike other VPNs, ProtonVPN uses tiered pricing. Not only do you receive a discounted price for longer subscriptions, but you also unlock more features depending on the plan level you choose.

Not sure you want to pay for a VPN yet? They offer a completely free plan. However, performance will likely be slower as they group all free users on only a handful of servers.

Supported devices

The service includes access to a range of apps for Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS, and a command-line tool for Linux. There are currently no browser extensions available. This means you cannot secure your connection on computers where you can’t install software -- such as at your work computer.

Ease of Use

ProtonVPN impressed reviewers with how easy it was to use and how good the app itself looked. Selecting a server and securing their connection was quick and simple. Unlike many VPN applications, ProtonVPN also allows you to see how loaded each server is so you can choose the least congested options in real time.

They also allow you to create two profiles for specific activities -- one to connect to the faster server and another to connect to a random server. Of course, you can adjust your profiles to fit your needs.

Simultaneous Connections

Supported devices range from 2 on the lowest monthly plan to up to 10 at the most expensive option. This gives you plenty of flexibility in keeping all of your phones, tablets, and computers secure.

Included Features

  • Kill Switch protection
  • TOR connections
  • P2P servers
  • OpenVPN protocol
  • Access to ProtonMail at highest payment tier
  • Amazon Prime and Netflix support
  • DNS leak protection

If you want an extra layer of security, TOR connections help conceal your identity and online activity by separating your identification and routing.

More into P2P? ProtonVPN also has several servers that support common protocols, including BitTorrent. However, experts were a bit let down that the client didn’t indicate which servers support P2P. You might have to try a few before you see good results.

Privacy and Logging

Due to its Swiss location, ProtonVPN gets an immediate advantage over other VPNs. The country itself has very strong privacy laws and is not a member of the “14 Eyes” surveillance network.

ProtonVPN states their policy clearly as a no log service. When tested, reviewers were impressed with how little logs were actually kept. The only thing they could uncover was a timestamp of the last successful login. This timestamp was overwritten the next time they logged in.

If you’re looking for privacy on the billing side, ProtonVPN accepts Bitcoin as well.

PCWorld states, “Overall, ProtonVPN provides good privacy protection…

Performance

ProtonVPN currently has 30 server locations but the number of servers available is growing yearly. Even with limited servers, reviews indicate that the paid service tiers perform quite well. Critics were impressed with both download and upload speeds -- at least when connected to the correct server.

Unfortunately, performance varied wildly across the different servers for many reviewers and finding one that worked well was often just guesswork. And, as expected, the further they were from the server, the slower their performance.

Support

As the first line of defense, ProtonVPN offers a useful page where you can hopefully find answers. If you still cannot figure out your issue, you can fill out their support form and expect a response in around 12 to 24 hours. While support is certainly not the fastest, most critics had no complaints.

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Summary

Overall, ProtonVPN might not offer the most servers or the fastest support in our VPN summaries. What it offers instead is excellent privacy and fairly decent performance for the price. While the tiered pricing might be a turn off for some, critics found it provided a good deal of flexibility for people who might want a simpler experience.

PC Magazine states, “You won’t go wrong with ProtonVPN, but it is not with its drawbacks… it may need some time to mature before it can match the ease of use and robust networks of… NordVPN, Private Internet Access, and TunnelBear. But its free plan is peerless.


What the Critics Are Saying...


TrustedReviews

If you’re looking for a free VPN then this is the one to get, and its entry-level paid subscriptions are also very competitively priced. It’s an appealing option for the security-conscious, as well as those who use a wide range of devices to connect to a VPN. It isn’t a great choice for streaming, a...

- K.G. Orphanides, TrustedReviews
Top10VPN

ProtonVPN is a great choice for privacy-conscious users that don’t need access to an extensive server network. Speeds are great, access to Netflix is smooth, and security is strong.

- Callum Tennent, Top10VPN
CreditDonkey

ProtonVPN may not be the best VPN service out there, but it has a few nice perks. We like the additional security features, and it's useful for advanced users. We also like that you can choose fewer features for a discounted price. Go for it if you want ProtonMail, but otherwise you'll get more for...

- Khairie A, CreditDonkey
PC Magazine

ProtonVPN doesn't have as many servers as much of the competition, but its focus on exacting security at an affordable price tag makes it a compelling choice. Plus, its free version is the best we've tested so far.

- Max Eddy, PC Magazine
VPN Ranks

This ProtonVPN establishes that the freemium version of ProtonVPN is an interesting choice for newbies. Moreover, the freemium service offers limited number of servers to its users that will increase with the passage of time. Furthermore, the provider has different benefits like social media presenc...

- Ghulman, VPN Ranks

Details


Overview
Headquarters Switzerland
Pricing/Sign Up
Starting Price (per Month) $4.00
Plans and Pricing Visit Site
Free Trial Free Version
Money Back Guarantee No
Payment Options Credit Cards, PayPal
ID Required Valid email address
Features
Server Locations (# of Countries) 30
Number of Servers 330 +
Devices Per License 1
Simultaneous Connections 5
Unlimited Bandwidth Yes
Double-Hop / Double VPN No
Accesses Netflix Yes
P2P / Torrenting Allowed No
Accepts Bitcoin No
Non-US Company Yes
Protected
Protocols No
Encryption AES-256, RSA-4096
No Logs / No Tracking Yes
Dedicated IP Available No
VPN Over Tor Yes
Wi-Fi Leak Protection No
Private DNS Server No
DNS Leak Protection Yes
IP Leak Protection Yes
WebRTC Leak Protection Yes
IPv6 Leak Protection No
Kill Switch Yes
Supported Platforms
Operating Systems Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, Linux, Android
Mobile App Yes
Router Yes
Browser Extension No
Customer Support
24/7 Support No
Live Chat Support No
Telephone Support No
Email Support Yes
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Critic Reviews


TrustedReviews

An excellent choice for security-conscious users who are on a tight budget

from TrustedReviews

If you’re looking for a free VPN then this is the one to get, and its entry-level paid subscriptions are also very competitively priced. It’s an appealing option for the security-conscious, as well as those who use a wide range of devices to connect to a VPN. It isn’t a great choice for str...More

If you’re looking for a free VPN then this is the one to get, and its entry-level paid subscriptions are also very competitively priced. It’s an appealing option for the security-conscious, as well as those who use a wide range of devices to connect to a VPN. It isn’t a great choice for streaming, at least not if you’d like to access UK video services while you travel. For everything else, ProtonVPN easily competes with our favourite services, although its fully featured Plus tier is a little expensive.

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Top10VPN

A super-private VPN that doesn't compromise on performance

from Top10VPN

ProtonVPN is a great choice for privacy-conscious users that don’t need access to an extensive server network. Speeds are great, access to Netflix is smooth, and security is strong.

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ProtonVPN is a great choice for privacy-conscious users that don’t need access to an extensive server network. Speeds are great, access to Netflix is smooth, and security is strong.

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CreditDonkey

Just an okay VPN service

from CreditDonkey

ProtonVPN may not be the best VPN service out there, but it has a few nice perks. We like the additional security features, and it's useful for advanced users. We also like that you can choose fewer features for a discounted price. Go for it if you want ProtonMail, but otherwise you'll get more for your money with other providers.

Read full review

ProtonVPN may not be the best VPN service out there, but it has a few nice perks. We like the additional security features, and it's useful for advanced users. We also like that you can choose fewer features for a discounted price. Go for it if you want ProtonMail, but otherwise you'll get more for your money with other providers.

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PC Magazine

Smart and flexible

from PC Magazine

ProtonVPN doesn't have as many servers as much of the competition, but its focus on exacting security at an affordable price tag makes it a compelling choice. Plus, its free version is the best we've tested so far.

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ProtonVPN doesn't have as many servers as much of the competition, but its focus on exacting security at an affordable price tag makes it a compelling choice. Plus, its free version is the best we've tested so far.

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VPN Ranks

Fast, free and unlimited VPN

from VPN Ranks

This ProtonVPN establishes that the freemium version of ProtonVPN is an interesting choice for newbies. Moreover, the freemium service offers limited number of servers to its users that will increase with the passage of time. Furthermore, the provider has different benefits like social media presence on various platforms.

Read full review

This ProtonVPN establishes that the freemium version of ProtonVPN is an interesting choice for newbies. Moreover, the freemium service offers limited number of servers to its users that will increase with the passage of time. Furthermore, the provider has different benefits like social media presence on various platforms.

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Tom's Guide

Wonderfully unlimited and fairly flexible

from Tom's Guide

ProtonVPN's free tier is certainly an affordable way to secure your online world, as long as you live close to one of its server locations and don't expect superfast speeds. Of all the free VPN services we've reviewed, it comes the closest to a full-fledged paid unlimited service. But if you want...More

ProtonVPN's free tier is certainly an affordable way to secure your online world, as long as you live close to one of its server locations and don't expect superfast speeds. Of all the free VPN services we've reviewed, it comes the closest to a full-fledged paid unlimited service. But if you want more VPN speed for no money, Windscribe's 10GB monthly tier would be a better bet.

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Best Reviews

Modern, attractive and easy to use

With ProtonVPN everything is 100% trustworthy and its customers can feel safe in the hands of a service such as this. This is a young VPN with a bright future ahead, but still needs a couple of tweaks here and there to make it truly shine.

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With ProtonVPN everything is 100% trustworthy and its customers can feel safe in the hands of a service such as this. This is a young VPN with a bright future ahead, but still needs a couple of tweaks here and there to make it truly shine.

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TechRadar

Seriously advanced security from the ProtonMail people

from TechRadar

ProtonVPN offers great security and we love the Windows client, but there are cheaper services around.

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ProtonVPN offers great security and we love the Windows client, but there are cheaper services around.

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Restore Privacy

Suffers from a number of bugs and leaks

from Restore Privacy

ProtonVPN does a great job at marketing and brand promotion, but unfortunately, their VPN has numerous issues that pose a risk to ProtonVPN users. Extensive testing of ProtonVPN identified the following problems: buggy applications, DNS leaks, IP address leaks, connection problems, kill switch is...More

ProtonVPN does a great job at marketing and brand promotion, but unfortunately, their VPN has numerous issues that pose a risk to ProtonVPN users. Extensive testing of ProtonVPN identified the following problems: buggy applications, DNS leaks, IP address leaks, connection problems, kill switch issues, slow speeds, and terrible support (one week delays).

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vpnMentor

An excellent choice for desktop, but lots of room for improvement on mobile

from vpnMentor

Outstanding encryption, Secure Core re-routing, and a strict zero-logs policy allow ProtonVPN to ensure pristine Internet security not only with words, but actions as well. Desktop (and particularly Windows) users looking for an advanced VPN with multiple privacy features, in addition to high-spe...More

Outstanding encryption, Secure Core re-routing, and a strict zero-logs policy allow ProtonVPN to ensure pristine Internet security not only with words, but actions as well. Desktop (and particularly Windows) users looking for an advanced VPN with multiple privacy features, in addition to high-speed servers and Tor support, should definitely take a closer look. For mobile-focused users, however, there are a few caveats. Presently, there is no official mobile client for ProtonVPN.

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