Psiphon VPN Review
Free, but with some limitations
The free Psiphon VPN functions well and comes with plenty to offer, from speed of use to multiple protocol options. It's also easy to install and comes with clear terms and conditions. Among them: Some limited data collection, used to support Psiphon's ad-based revenue model and keep the experience free. Overall, Psiphon VPN represents a solid option, even if the paid alternatives tend to come with a wider raft of features.
- Surprisingly fast
- Unobtrusive ads
- Clear policies
- Not the best all-rounder
- Collects some information
Why use Psiphon?
Apart from the fact that it’s free? Well, for a zero-cost tool it’s surprisingly slick and actually quite speedy.
Psiphon functions, in principle, like any other VPN. It creates a connection between your computer and Psiphon’s servers, then using that link to give you an anonymous, snooper-free connection.
It’s funded by adverts that pop up in your browser when you connect – fortunately, these are fairly unobtrusive. These aren’t targeted ads and the service doesn’t collect personal data, though there is some (anonymised) data logging, including by advertising partners.
Below, we compare Psiphon VPN to the top ten VPN providers on the market, including our most recommended brands, PureVPN, NordVPN and IPVanish.
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|PureVPN||NordVPN||IPVanish VPN||Hide Me VPN||Tunnelbear||Psiphon||Opera||Windscribe||Proton VPN||TorGuard||Hola VPN|
|Verdict||A safe, simple, outstanding VPN||Fast, effective, and one of the best||Powerful features and security, but pricey||The all-around best free VPN||Fun and easy to use||Free, fast, ad driven||Simple, limited to browser||Limited to just 2GB of data||Tough to understand, slow to use||Good service at good speeds||Demonstrably unsecure. Nuff said.|
|Free?||No||30-day trial||7-day trial||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||7-day trial||Yes|
|No. of devices||5||5||5||5||5||Unlimited||Unlimited||10||10||5||Unlimited|
|No. of servers||750||3605||1000||5||22||N/A||5||11||112||3000||N/A|
|Free data limit||Not free||Unlimited||Unlimited||2 GB||500MB/ month||Unlimited||N/A||10GB/ month||Unlimited||Unlimited||N/A|
|Ease of use||★★★★★||★★★★★||★★★★★||★★★★☆||★★★★★||★★★★★||★★★★☆||★★★★★||★★★★★||★★★★☆||★★★★☆|
|Help & Support||★★★★☆||★★★★☆||★★★★★||★★★☆☆||★★★☆☆||★★★☆☆||★★☆☆☆||★★★☆☆||★★★★☆||★★★☆☆||★★★☆☆|
|Where to get it||See offers||See offers||See offers||See offers||See offers||See offers||See offers||See offers||See offers||See offers||See offers|
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