June 20, 2018
- Impressive interface
- Powerful features
- Lots of hands-on control
- Premium plans are expensive
- Can be intimidating
- Average speeds overall
A decent option for expert users
Developed by a team of ex-CERN scientists and engineers, ProtonVPN is a VPN focused on security and civil liberties, much like Proton’s original encrypted email product, ProtonMail. Like all VPNs, ProtonVPN sets up an encrypted private network link between your PC and a VPN server, which then connects to the wider Internet. This secures the data as it travels between your PC and the Internet, but also disguises your identity and your location. You can use public WiFi networks with confidence, while knowing that snoopers can’t snoop in on your online activities – at least not without some major effort.
What’s more, ProtonVPN makes it look like you’re connecting from Switzerland, the Netherlands or whatever location you choose. This gets particularly useful when you want to dodge Internet censorship in a country where some websites are blocked, or you want to watch programs on a catch-up TV service that’s usually locked to a specific region, like the BBC’s iPlayer service.
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