May 25, 2018
- Free to use
- Relatively speedy
- Keeps no data logs
- Uses your bandwidth
- Security concerns in recent years
- Not leakproof
- Weird “browse-then-connect” way of working
Free, but with security concerns
Hola VPN isn’t a VPN in the classic sense, but a peer-to-peer network that does a broadly similar job. If you want to access services that are locked from your region, such as a streaming feed only available abroad, then Hola may be worth a try. However, there have been some serious concerns about the way Hola makes your bandwidth available for other users. On top of that, Hola is far more limited and less privacy-focused than most ‘classic’, paid-for VPN services.
For the best possible privacy and a superior VPN performance, we’d recommend paying for a cheap VPN, rather than going free with Hola. You won’t have to spend much – PureVPN is our best-rated VPN service, and it’s less than $2.50 per month to run.
With a normal VPN, you connect to the provider’s server through an encrypted, private link, and any websites you visit or services you use see the server’s IP address rather than yours. This hides your true identity and location.
With Hola VPN, the users make up a network of different IP addresses spread around the world, and when you connect to a website or service, your traffic is routed through these different connections to hide your IP address and location, and – optionally – make it look like you’re connecting from the same country as the website you’re trying to use.
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