ProtonVPN Review: Best Free VPN With No Log Policy?

There are mainly two reasons when people look for VPNs, first is if you are trying to access censored content on the web that is only available in other countries, and second, you are very much concerned about your privacy. 

Here in this article, I am going to look into all the aspects of a VPN and provide you with an unbiased ProtonVPN Review so that it becomes easy for you to decide whether you should choose it or not.

ProtonVPN Review

ProtonVPN Review

What is ProtonVPN?

Not all VPN origin strongly involves Nuclear Physics Research Organization except one. ProtonVPN is a service provided by Proton Technologies AG, a swiss-based company that came into existence in 2014 when a team of scientists met at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) and developed ProtonMail, the world’s largest encrypted mail service.

The main idea behind building ProtonVPN was to protect activists and journalists all around the world. Due to its location in Geneva Switzerland, users using this VPN can benefit from some of the world’s strongest privacy laws, outside the 14-eye surveillance alliance and EU data laws.

User interface

The biggest strength of ProtonVPN apart from all the advanced security features is its very easy-to-use, intuitive, and attractive interface. Everything is placed so nicely that even a no-pc user can run it. The most important and basic features are placed on the home screen and other settings you find in the menu dropdown on the top left.

ProtonVPN user Interface

You can even zoom on the map to see the location of servers and connect directly by clicking on it. You can also create your profile with the desired settings and can even change the servers.  

Free vs paid

FeaturesFreeBasicPlus
Connections1 VPN Connection2 VPN Connection10 VPN Connection
ServersIn 3 CountriesIn 43 CountriesIn 55 Countries
SpeedMedium SpeedHigh SpeedHighest Speed
Strict no-logs policy YesYesYes
P2P/BitTorrent supportNoYesYes
Access blocked content NoYesYes
Adblocker (NetShield)NoNoYes
Secure Core VPN NoNoYes
TOR over VPN NoNoYes
Streaming service support NoNoYes

Features

No-logs policy: ProtonVPN has strictly stated in its privacy policy that they are a no-log VPN service, which means they are not recording nor tracking your activity on the internet. This allows users to be assured that their information will not be sold to any third parties and whatever you are doing on the internet is on you.

protonvpn no log policy

Secure Core: Secure Core in ProtonVPN is a Double VPN Feature that lets you connect through two VPNs before reaching its destination servers.

It affects the server speed as the connection is going from your device to VPN and then to another VPN and then finally reaches the destination server. But this does give you another layer of security as the first VPN server is always in a privacy-friendly location.

Split Tunneling: One of the most advanced features of ProtonVPN is split tunneling which lets you select whether you want to encrypt the whole connection or you want to exclude some of the apps. You can create tunnels in which one could go towards your ISP and the other will route your traffic towards the encrypted VPN.  

ProtonVPN split tunneling feature

This feature even allows you to exclude specific websites and is available only on Windows and Android.

Customizable Connection Profiles: One of the cool features that I came across while looking into ProtonVPN was the customizable profile settings. This feature lets you create a profile with desired privacy and security setting and let you connect with that anytime with one click.

custom connection profile creation

Tor over VPN: One of the best-paid features of ProtonVPN is that it provides Tor features over the VPN features. If you are one of those who like to be anonymous while on the internet this feature is all for you.

Behind the scene, this feature will first route your connection through the Tor network and then to the VPN servers. Which will keep you anonymous during your online presence.

Alternate Routing: This is a built-in feature of ProtonVPN which lets you combat anti-censored content on the web. The app will keep trying alternate servers to reach the destination till it detects that your connection is subjected to censorship.  

ProtonVPN alternate routing feature

Kill Switch: One of the must-have features of any VPNs is the kill switch. It acts as a safeguard from your ISP if anyhow the VPN server’s connection is disrupted. The internet connection will be terminated if any network disturbance is detected on the VPN server connections. This way your activity will not be disclosed to your Internet Service Provider.

ProtonVPN kill switch

Ad Blocker NetShild: This feature of ProtonVPN works as an ad blocker that blocks all the blacklisted domains and trackers of all the phishing and malware websites. Which will keep you safe from the companies which spy on your online movement for their profit.   

Streaming Services Support Netflix or Amazon prime: This is one of the most wanted features of VPN that they can stream content that is local to other countries. This is a paid feature of ProtonVPN Plus which lets you stream content on Netflix and Amazon prime which are only available in particular counties.  

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Best free cost plansFewer servers in Asian Region
Variable CostingLacks WireGuard support
No log policyLimited P2P availability
Numerous strong privacy toolsNo live support
Support Tor Browser and P2P 
Acceptable speed 

Pricing & License

Protonvpn pricing and license

ProtonVPN comes with variable costing from which users can choose the best of his/her desire. In a broader context, not all users need this much security that ProtonVPN offers and other advanced security features are included with the price increase.

Free Version:  0$/month

Includes 1 VPN connection, servers in 3 countries, and with no-log policy provides medium speed.

Basic Version:  4$/month

Includes 3 VPN connections, servers in 43 countries, torrent support, and strict no-log policy with high speed.

Plus Version:  8$/month

It includes 10 VPN connections, servers in 55 countries, torrenting, Tor over VPN, strict no-log policy, and with the highest speed, it supports streaming services.

Visionary Version:  24$/month

It includes the features of Proton VPN Plus and with this, it includes the ProtonMail Visionary account.

System Requirements

ProtonVPN can run on:

  • Windows 7 and newer
  • MacOS 10.12 and later
  • iOS 11.0 and up
  •  Android 5.0 and up
  •  Android TV 5.0 and later
  •  Linux (command-line tool for Debian-based distros)

You can even install configuration files on your routers and enjoy the security and privacy of ProtonVPN through them.

Can smoothly run on low-end PCs, even ok with 1 GB RAM and a decent processor.

Impact on System

As ProtonVPN is always running in the background, you must be thinking that the system impact will be noticeable but no, you won’t even feel that it is running in the background.

protonvpn memory usage

I even tried running on one of my old PC which has 2 GB RAM and a Dual-Core processor and running in the background ProtonVPN does not affect system performance until the limited physical memory is used by other applications.   

ProtonVPN Vs NordVPN

FeaturesProtonVPNNordVPN
Price$4 – $8$3.71 – $11.95
Servers5685426
TorrentingTorrentingTorrenting through uTorrent
PerformanceFaster on WindowsFaster On Mac

How to use ProtonVPN?

The installation and configuration of ProtonVPN are very easy and smooth. While installation, if your PC is missing some of the files which are necessary to run the software will automatically be downloaded and installed.    

After the installation is complete, fire up the ProtonVPN, you will see a map with the servers represented and triangle and available countries server list on the left below the Quick Connect button.

ProtonVPN server list

Below the map, you will see a chart displaying your current session details like uploading and downloading speed, session time, etc.

ProtonVPN session report

Quick Connect button will connect based on the configured profiles type connection, by default, it is set to the Fastest you can change the type by going to the settings and then connection. You can create your custom profile connection type by going into the profile section and clicking on create a profile on the home page.

To take advantage of ProtonVPN advanced features like split tunneling, alternate routing, go to the settings menu and then configure the settings as per your desire.

ProtonVPN advanced features

You can configure the Kill Switch and NetShield on the Home page and you can even connect to the VPN servers by clicking on connect buttons in front of the countries in the list.

FAQs

Is ProtonVPN a good VPN?

Yes, ProtonVPN is one of the best VPNs that you can use. Its no-log policy doesn’t allow them to store or record your presence. Its advanced features are very handy for adding additional security and privacy layers.

Does ProtonVPN hide your IP?

Yes, protonVPN doesn’t leak your private IP and it protects it through its DNS leak protection features which are turned on by default and can’t be turned off.

Is ProtonVPN better than NordVPN?

Both VPNs are good in their ways, one is faster on windows one is faster on Mac. ProtonVPN lacks behind the list of servers. But users can even benefit from its location as Switzerland is best known for some of the strict privacy laws.

Does ProtonVPN free work with Netflix?

No, with its paid ProtonVPN Plus Plan you can stream Netflix, it’s not included in the free and basic plan

Conclusion 

I have talked all about the features and benefits of ProtonVPN and let me tell you one simple thing, I was researching and looking into all the aspects of ProtonVPN and as being a reputed and high privacy VPN, it does offer some strong and high privacy features. And as per my final verdict, I am 100% convinced that ProtonVPN is one of the top VPNs on the market.

I’d recommend ProtonVPN unless they don’t have servers in your desired location, or if you are very tight on the budget.

ProtonVPN
ProtonVPN Review

Protonvpn is one of the best VPN that doesn't compromise on your privacy and follows a strict no-data logging policy. some of its advanced features include split tunneling, alternate routing, torrenting, and streaming Netflix with great internet speed over 60Mbps.

Price: 4

Price Currency: USD

Operating System: "Windows 10","Android","iOS","macOS", "Linux"

Application Category: VPN

Editor's Rating:
4.7
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Amit Mishra
Member of Team TJ - Love to explore ins and out of Technology, Web developer & Programmer by education.

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