ProtonVPN

ProtonVPN

This VPN is provided by a Swiss company that became popular with their encrypted email service ProtonMail. Proton is available on Mac, iOS, Android, Windows. Proton VPN lets you choose amongst 55 countries and it has more than 1200 servers. It covers well South America and Africa, which are usually under represented in the VPN world (most of the time your will get only a few servers in Africa).

Caracteristics

Number of servers and countries

  • 5415 ultra-fast servers
  • 59 countries worldwide

Location & security

In term of security, Switzerland has got some of the most strongest regulation in term of privacy and data security in the world. Proton VPN reflects that with a strong encryption and no log policy.They have implemented a Perfect Forward Secrecy encryption, which means that your encrypted traffic cannot be captured or decrypted later even if the encryption key gets compromised for one session, as they generate a new key for each new connection.

Proton VPN uses also a Secure Core Server, which means that they maximise the number of servers in secured jurisdictions such as Switzerland, Iceland or Sweden which then can pass the traffic to others, located maybe in less privacy friendly jurisdictions. Therefore even if one of the secondary server is compromised (by, let say, a US court order for instance), your data is still secured. Proton VPN's code is audited by a third party security audit and open source, therefore anyone else can also audit them.

Cost

Proton VPN is definitely expensive for the full plan, but it offers multiple options, including a free one (supported by those on a pay option actually) with 3 countries (Japan, Netherlands and the US) for 1 device only and streaming is not supported on the free version. In addition it can have inconsistent speed, sometime great, sometime slow. However, while the speed is limited, it does not limit your number of data, while most of the free VPNs cap your data to 500Mb or 1GB/day on their free plan.

Paid subscription range from $5/month to $30/month depending on the features. However they also provide the same discount for all their plans, based on the duration of the contract. Thus, if you choose 12 months you will get a 20% discount and 33% off with a 24 months. Based on 2-year contract, the $6.63/mo plan (Charging $159 every 2 years) gives you access to all the security and including a streaming support.

ProtonVPN cost are:

  • FREE = $0/month for 3 countries with medium speed.
  • BASIC = $5/month (down to $3.29/mo for 2 years = $79) but no streaming support, TOR and SecureCore
  • PLUS = $10/month (down to $6.63/mo for 2 years = $159) with all features
  • VISIONNARY = $30/month (down to $19.96/mo for 2 years = $479) with all features + ProtonMail encrypted features

All subscriptions come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Number of devices using the VPN simultaneously

ProtonVPN offers 4 different plan. The number of VPN connections your ProtonMail account has access to will depend upon which VPN plan you have selected. As seen in the above image, the Plus account of ProtonVPN provides VPN access to 10 Devices while the Basic plan will allow only 2 devices.

How to pay?

ProtonVPN accepts payments via credit card, PayPal and Bitcoin. If you have a Free plan and would like to upgrade, or if you have a premium plan and would like to change your payment method, you need to go to your account Dashboard.

Access to services

ProtonVPN claims that users can watch Netflix on their VPN servers in almost every country. Additionally, ProtonVPN enables you to stream HBO Max, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video no matter where you are in the world.

A specific streaming support is provided if you subscribe to the PLUS plan.

You can get more information on VPN services for expat in this expat magazine: VPN options for an expat and Top 5 reasons why expats need to use a VPN

Get ProtonVPN

Select a plan that works for you with 30-day money-back guarantee by clicking the button below. Most of the time you will see some special deals for a 12 or 24 months subscription.

You may cancel your account with a refund for any unused portion of the service period within 30 days of the initial purchase.

NB: VPN providers run special offers and promotion on a regular basis. Therefore all prices may vary considerably and if price does matter, we strongly encourage you to check on the different websites before to choose your provider.