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ProtonVPN Swiss-Based VPN Launches

 

ProtonVPN, a VPN service by the makers of the privacy focused ProtonMail email service, is out of beta testing and now available to the public.

 

The creators of the Swiss-based VPN service promise the same level of trust, transparency, and communication that has been fundamental to the success of ProtonMail.

 

ProtonVPN ships with four subscription plans, of which the first is entirely free. It is limited in regards to speed, devices that you may run it on simultaneously, and the number of countries you can connect to. It is not limited in terms of bandwidth however.

 

The first paid plan, ProtonVPN Basic, is available for 4€ per month. It lets you connect to all servers, supports connections on two devices at the same time, and offers high speed.

 

ProtonVPN has three speed tiers right now. Low for free accounts, high for basic accounts, and highest for the Plus and Visionary subscription.

 

The two remaining plans, ProtonVPN Plus and Visionary, for €8 and €24 offer the highest speed, five or ten devices that you may connect from simultaneously, as well as extra features such as Plus servers reserved to these plans, Secure Core which adds extra protection against VPN compromise by routing through the Secure Core Network of ProtonVPN, and Tor Server support to send all traffic through Tor with a single click.

 

The Visionary plan on top of that includes a ProtonMail email account on top of all that. Free users get an option to join a 7 day free trial of ProtonVPN Plus.

 

Secure Core is an interesting option, as it routes traffic through multiple servers before it leaves the ProtonVPN network. This means that anyone monitoring the exit server won't be able to detect the IP address of ProtonVNP users, nor match browser activity to that IP address. Secure servers are located in Switzerland, Iceland and Sweden only.

 

ProtonVPN encrypts all traffic with AES-256, uses 2048-bit RSA key exchange, and HMAC with SHA256 for message authentication.

 

Other security related features that are supported include Forward Secrecy, use of OpenVPN and IKEv2 protocols only, a strict no logging policy, DNS leak prevention, and Kill switch support. ProtonVPN supports P2P traffic on top of that.

 

ProtonVPN comes with clients for Android and iOS, Windows, Linux and Mac. Users of the service may also configure OpenVPN by downloading OpenVPN configuration files.

 

ProtonVPN Windows client

 

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The ProtonVPN Windows client installs without issues. You need to supply your account credentials to start using it. It displays the current connection status, and the available locations you can connect to.

 

Once you have established a connection with a click on a country, or one of the available servers, you see additional information in the interface.

 

This includes the connected server, IP address, up and download speed, server load, a world map with information on the server location, and session information.

 

As far as options are concerned: you can enable the VPN Kill Switch in the options, change the default protocol from UDP to TCP, and configure auto connect options.

 

Another interesting feature of the ProtonVNP client for Windows is support for profiles. You can create profiles, and use these profiles to connect to specific servers quickly. This includes, connecting to the fastest available server of a country.

 

Verdict

 

ProtonVPN is one of the best, if not the best free VPN options right now, hands down. Since you are not limited in terms of bandwidth, you can use the free account all day and night long. That's good enough for all web browsing and low speed activities that you can run on your system.

 

You should not expect to get enough bandwidth out of the free plan to stream in 4K or download very large files quickly, but that is to be expected of a free service.

 

It remains to be seen how well the network will handle the onrush of new users who will certainly flock to the service now that it is out of beta and available to the public.

 

ProtonVPN Plus and Visionary seem pricey, especially when compared to services that charge less for a lifetime subscription than ProtonVPN does for six months. Still, the extra privacy and security options are one of the best options that you have when it comes to maximum privacy on the Internet.

 

Now You: Have you tried ProtonVPN? What's your take on the service?

 

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1 hour ago, Togijak said:

don't use this VPN if you are located in Europe !


I quite like the Swiss girls, I last met 3 veeery beautiful, yummy in Dietikon.
So no, I will happily use it.
one day.:)

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1 hour ago, Togijak said:

don't use this VPN if you are located in Europe !

Umm, why not?!

Afaik a VPN provider is not an ISP, so it isn't subject to the law you were referring to in the other thread.

 

 

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1 hour ago, capt_blake said:


I quite like the Swiss girls, I last met 3 veeery beautiful, yummy in Dietikon.
So no, I will happily use it.
one day.:)

Swiss girls or VPN? :lol:

I would use both  :P

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9 hours ago, megadorus said:

Umm, why not?!

Afaik a VPN provider is not an ISP, so it isn't subject to the law you were referring to in the other thread.

 

 

You flag says you are located in Germany = you can read german

32C3: Die Schweiz will sich eine „Mini-NSA“ schaffen

Neues Nachrichtendienstgesetz in der Schweiz: Sicherheitsesoterik statt Menschenrechte
Neues Nachrichtendienstgesetz: Geheimdienst in der Schweiz stellt Bevölkerung unter Generalverdacht

 

In Swizerland you have now the same situation as the problem called  The Fourteen Eyes

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1 hour ago, Mikeypr said:

Why not use it, if in Europe?

 

In Swizerland you have now the same situation as the problem called  The Fourteen Eyes ore should I say with GCHQ

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Note: Using a VPN provider will not make you anonymous. But it will give you a better privacy. A VPN is not a tool for illegal activities. Don't rely on a "no log" policy.

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