Top 3 Best Free VPN Services + Bonus

In recent years Internet have revolutionised the world in many ways and the concept of privacy stands right at its centre. Having access to the wealth of the information provided by the internet is immeasurable and many good things have come out of it. It has help us evolve into a global culture in which we can connect, communicate as well as learn about other cultures , society’s etc. without even leaving the comfort of our home.

While using the internet and being online is the new normal, we also cannot deny that the “Internet” is not a country or an organization which regulates this fictional “Cyber Space” and provides its services to everyone across the world. At the bottom everything any thing you see on the internet can be traced back down to Optical Fibres, Satellites, Networking Hardware’s and Servers maintained by various organizations which are from various countries having their own agenda to earn a profit using the internet.

While trying to make money using internet as a tool is not bad idea, It actually opened a whole new market to monetize but at what cost ? . The cost hear is paid by giving our “Right to Privacy” .

In every Democratic State in the world there is a clause for “Right to Privacy” in one form or another it protects the rights of its citizen’s to live their own life without any interference by the Government or any Third Party. A loose interpretation of right to privacy is “A person is able to do anything he/she may so desire without being interfered or scrutinized by government , organization’s , Third Party or even the neighbours within their home or in their personal space” it can also be translated as “Right to be Left Alone”.

But any such law is applicable and limited within the Territorial Jurisdiction of that Country. It is also known as the “Law of Land”. A law of land in simple terms can be construed as “The Power to Enforce and Enact a Law within a Geographical Land Mass Acquired / Owned by a country” Thus the problem of Limitation of “Right to Privacy” arises, If the law is limited to a geographical area then how can a country protect the rights of their citizen within this virtual cyber space where everything is intertwined in a networking mesh across the world.

While there are International committees which handles these things meanwhile we have the most important question what can a normal person do to protect their privacy online ? , Are their any tools to anonymize our presence in cyber space ? And again How much will it cost ?

In this article today I am listing my top 3 picks for three “Best free VPN Services” we can have while protecting our privacy on the internet. The main categories we are looking for are , Data Limit , Speed Limit , Availability across devices and platforms and Cost.

What is VPN ?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network technology that creates a secure network connection over a public network such as the Internet or a private network owned by a service provider. It is a technology that creates an encrypted connection or tunnel over a less secure network. The benefit of using a secure VPN is it ensures the appropriate level of security and privacy to the connected systems when the underlying network infrastructure alone cannot provide it.

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An explanation from AVIRA VPN Services

Now if your interest is strictly Secure Browsing I am listing a browser aside from Top 3 picks which is available on multiple devices and platforms.

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Opera Browser

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Opera is a web browser for Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems. It is developed by Opera Software. As of November 2016, the browser is owned by a Chinese group of investors under the name Golden Brick Capital Private Equity Fund I Limited Partnership.

It is also available as Opera Mobile, Opera Mini and Opera Coast – on devices running Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Symbian, Maemo, Bada, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile operating systems, and as Opera Mini on Java ME-capable devices.

Opera is providing Unlimited Free VPN Service to its users , This is possible because Opera bought Canadian VPN service SurfEasy in 2015. Which is a huge deal as with the reputation of Opera we can be assured that our privacy is in best hands , Opera is completely free and have been from the start. Opera is using AES-256 Encryption for tunneling.

To activate the free VPN in Opera, go to the browser settings and check the Enable VPN box in the Privacy and security section. You’ll see a button in the browser address field where you can adjust VPN preferences, turn the feature off and on, as well as see stats on data used. Alternatively, you can choose to use the VPN feature in private windows only. Just open a private window, hit the VPN button in the address field and just click ‘Enable’.

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No of Servers :

Five VPN server locations are available – Canada, the US, Germany, the Netherlands, and Singapore.

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3.Hotspot Shield

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Ratings :

PC Magazine : EDITOR RATING: Excellent (4/5)

CNET : 4/5 Stars

Summary :

Hotspot Shield is a software application developed by AnchorFree, Inc. that allows the user to connect to a virtual private network (VPN).It is used for securing Internet connections, often in unsecured networks. Hotspot Shield was used to bypass government censorship during the Arab Spring protests in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya.

Free users are subject to advertisements as well as some additional restrictions on content (not being able to access Netflix, iPlayer, etc.). If you do end up enjoying Hotspot Shield, you can purchase the Elite plan to get rid of those advertisements and content restrictions.

Hotspot Shield VPN has servers in 20 countries, with the US, Hong Kong, and Germany being just a few examples. You will need an Elite account to change server location, as the default connection is the US server. Free users are allowed up to one simultaneous connection, with this number jumping up to five for Elite customers.

Hotspot Shield may seem sometime resource heavy but it is very reliable at the same time , They do have an extension for chrome to easily manipulate the settings. It uses AES-256 encryption coupled with standard OpenVPN parameters (SHA1 authentication, RSA-2048 handshake).

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User Interface :

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Download Link :

https://www.hotspotshield.com/vpn/

2.Betternet

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Ratings :

CNET : 3.5/5 Stars

Summary:

Betternet is Canadian based primarily a free VPN service for iOS, Android and Windows. Importantly, free users are not limited in how much data they can use, which is great. Betternet promises that it will not change the terms of this free offer at any point in the future. Free users can usually only connect to “optimal” servers chosen by Betternet.

VPN services are expensive and time-consuming to run, so no-one is going to do it for free. As already noted, Betternet does offer a Premium plan to mobile users. This seems rather oddly downplayed, however. Betternet says that it also makes money in the following ways:

“By offering free sponsored apps. There’s an “Install an app” button inside our mobile app. When you click on this button you are offered other apps for installation. For each app installed, Betternet earns money from the app publishers.”

“By offering videos. By clicking on the “Watch a video and connect” button inside the Betternet app, you can watch a short video. Every time you watch a video, you help Betternet earn money.”

Betternet offers OpenVPN with AES256 encryption and 128 bit AES-CBC for IPSec.

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User Interface :

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Download Link :

https://www.betternet.co/

1.CyberGhost

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Ratings :

PC Magazine : EDITOR RATING: Excilent (4/5)

CNET : 3/5 Stars

Summary:

CyberGhost VPN is an Internet anonymization service operated by CyberGhost SRL in Bucharest, Romania . The company offers an OpenVPN- based proprietary client , the service can alternatively be used with the VPN protocols L2TP / IPSec , PPTP or OpenVPN. Limited features are free, advanced features available as paid subscriptions.

CyberGhost connects using the OpenVPN protocol with 256-bit AES encryption by default. Additional connection settings include using automatic data compression and HTTPS redirect. CyberGhost offers three plans for users to choose from: Free, Premium and Premium Plus. CyberGhost’s Free service is understandably the most popular tier, but is also fairly limited for a VPN service. CyberGhost Free users will have to queue to connect, only have certain servers available, and limited advertisements during a session.

CyberGhost Premium removes the waiting times, restrictions, and ads, although subscribers are still limited to one device. Premium Plus is CyberGhost’s elite plan, giving you premium features as well as simultaneous connections on up to five devices.

I personally recommend Cyber Ghost because it dose not Log Information and Restrict any form of data, it may sometimes be resource heavy but it is worth it by looking at its cost.

System Requirement :

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User Interface :

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Download Link :

https://www.cyberghostvpn.com/en_gb

Note : I have not included Tor or any other Anonymizing browsers because they will be covered in the Deep Web and Dark Net Sections.

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