Proton

ProtonVPN Review 2022

Estimated reading time: 12 minutes

About Proton

Proton is a VPN service company that was established on May 2014, by Proton AG a Swiss technology company that offers a private-focused online service. Their main base is located in Switzerland, Geneva to be precise.

Fun fact, Proton VPN is one of the few employee-owned companies in the world. By employee-owned, I mean a situation whereby a vast majority of the company’s shares are owned by the employees. The VPNs developers are also the ones who made Proton Mail. One of the most popular, secure mailing software in the world.

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Feature of Proton VPN

The main feature mentioned by Proton VPNs developers includes;

  • Secure Core
  • NetShield
  • Accelerator
  • Stealth
  • Strong Encryption
  • Forward Secrecy
  • Full Disk Encryption
  • Swiss Privacy
  • Open Source
  • Independently Audited
  • Physical Security
  • No-logs Policy
  • Kill Switch and Always-on
  • Speed
  • Easy to Use

Secure Core

This feature protects your connections by routing them through multiple servers. And since you first have to pass through the Proton VPNs server, the perpetrators (hackers) will find it more difficult to access your data. And even if by some chance they managed to do so, the secure core protocol will prevent them from locating your IP address.

The secure core has its own separate servers which are located in Sweden, Switzerland, and Iceland.

NetShield

I’m sure that a lot of Proton users would love this feature, cause it functions as an Ad-blocker. I don’t need to explain how welcoming this feature is for most VPN users. Like just this feature is enough to convince me to switch to this VPN.

Accelerator

This feature speeds up the VPN by over 400% by overcoming the CPU limitations, it’s more like the game booster found in most phones. Any gamer would understand how important this feature is for Proton users, cause it speeds up the functions of the VPN, thereby making your internet connections faster.

Stealth

This helps Proton users bypass most firewalls and sites with censorship protocols. It makes the VPN traffic look like the regular traffic acceptable to the visited site. In other words, Proton users can visit most websites, or use most internet software that was usually inaccessible to them.

Strong Encryption

Proton VPN developers mentioned using AES-256 encryption. And for those who don’t know what it means to be using such encryption, just know that this is the encryption used in the military in most world power countries like the U.S.

Forward Secrecy

Now, this is one of my best Proton features yet. Why? Well, this feature generates a new encryption key or traffic for each session, just in case of a situation where your previous encryption traffic happens to be compromised. Maybe the hacker saved it so they could decrypt and use it later.

What it generally means is that let’s take your phone to be the device using Proton VPN, but instead of as a VPN software, they are now in charge of your phone’s security/password.

Then in other to prevent a case where your phone’s password happened to have been figured out by a third party (hacker), they generate a new password for your device each time it is locked. This means that the password you used to unlock the phone this time will be different from the one you’ll be using the next time.

Full Disk Encryption

This function secures and encrypts the hard drives, cause VPNs are still at the end of the day computer software. This feature was set in place to protect the software’s configurations and servers against any man-in-the-middle attacks.

Basically, it means, ‘take the government, for instance, they could send in or convince a person working in the company to make certain changes that would benefit them, but doesn’t sit well with the VPN users’. The feature is the protocol against such cases.

Swiss Privacy

Proton VPN is based in Switzerland, and trust me, this is a blessing. Why you may ask? Well, that’s because, unlike the countries that are part of the 5 Eyes, 9 Eyes, and 14 Eyes Alliance, Switzerland fortunately, isn’t part of them.

The eyes Alliance as I call them, are countries that demand VPN companies based in their countries to send them a copy of their users. In short, they monitor your activities.

But Proton VPN isn’t demanded to so their data, or in this case, your data isn’t shared with another party.

Open Source

Proton VPN source codes are released from SEC Consult for anyone who wishes to examine and monitor their codes. This is done to ensure full transparency and to boost the confidence of their users since they can check firsthand if the app is doing what it should be doing.

Independently Audited

Although their codes can be examined by just about anyone, it doesn’t mean that they could be edited. Just view it as a read-only doc file (MS Word), you can look but you can’t touch vibes.

Physical Security

Proton VPN developers didn’t only ensure the digital security of their servers, but even the physical location is secure. The security access installed, the infrastructure of the building, and the security personnel, are all top-notch.

No-logs Policy

Thanks to Swiss law, Proton VPN is not obligated to save or send log copies of their users. So there’s no need to worry about your log activities being sent to a third party since there are no saved logs to start with.

Kill Switch and Always-on

This function is crucial for a case whereby happened to be suddenly disconnected from the VPN server due to a technical issue, maybe from your end or theirs. This function immediately disconnects you from the internet. Then the always-on function immediately tries to re-establish a  connection with a server.

Speed

The developers of Proton VPN mentioned that their users won’t have to worry about the speed of their connection. All Proton VPN servers have a bandwidth of 1 Gbps minimum. And for most of them, the bandwidth can go as high as 10 Gbps, so no need to worry about your network speed.

Easy To Use

The Proton VPN app is extremely user-friendly, with simple settings, ensuring that each of its users understands the setup. At least these guys understood that not every person speaks tech. Some people just can’t deal with all that complicated stuff.

Compatibility with Tor

Proton VPN comes with Tor support built into it.

Supporting Operating Systems

Proton VPN is available on all devices such as PCs, Macs, smartphones, and routers. The software has usable applications for; Windows, macOS, Android, Linux, Chromebook, Android TV, and iOS/iPadOS.

Netflix

Well, the VPN doesn’t block free users from streaming Netflix videos, though Netflix does. Netflix is often known for blocking IP addresses using free servers, and it’s also possible for it to happen to those using Proton VPN’s free servers.

Global Servers

Proton VPN has around 1,874 servers scattered around 66 countries. And for the speed, according to Proton, it’s at 2,193 Gbps (Gigabit Per Second). Now that would be exceptionally amazing if that speed were to be true.

Pricing – Is it worth it?

You know what they say, ‘good products are expensive, and the same rule applies to Proton VPN. Their monthly plan is set at $9.99, and their 1 -year plan at $71.88, set at $5.99 per month. Then for the 2 years plan, it’s set at $119.76, set at $4.99 per month.

How does Proton VPN compare with your favorite VPNs?

I’ll be comparing Proton VPN with NordVPN and ExpressVPN. I’ll be comparing their features, pricing, performance, and things that are expected of them.

The first test was with ExpressVPN and after a few tests, ExpressVPN won. It is available in more countries and has more servers than Proton VPN. And for those who don’t know, having more servers for a VPN means more stability for the users wherever they may go.

But the Proton VPN is better in terms of the supporting applications that it offers. ExpressVPN only has a 27/7 chat app, while Proton VPN offers a Proton Mail, Proton Calendar, and Proton Drive. Though ExpressVPN happens to be more expensive at $6.67.

The second test performed using NordVPN showed it being better than Proton in the countries that it could be found in, as well as the number of servers it has. It even has more servers than ExpressVPN. It’s also less expensive at $3.09.

Pros & Cons

Now let’s discuss what the users stand to gain or lose by using Proton VPN.

Con Aspect

The disadvantages that I observed after trying out Proton VPN for a while are;

The servers are slow, sometimes, but that is because it doesn’t have a lot of servers to start with.

It doesn’t offer 24/7 customer support, so you should only contact them during office work times.

And you can only access all their features when you pay for their highest plan available.

Pro Aspect

The VPN has a lot of pros that go with using it, such as;

For starters, the supported applications are a great bonus, since they’re extremely secure and safe to use.

The simplicity of the VPN makes it user-friendly, and easy for all to understand and use.

The open source policy has also helped the VPN gain the trust of its users since they could monitor the codes and ensure that there isn’t a problem with the software.

Protocol Used

Proton VPN is known for making use of AES-256 Symmetric Cipher which it uses to secure your data and RSA-4096 which helps in validating the identity of the server being connected to.

Supported Platform (Apps)

Proton VPN is really popular cause, not only does the Proton Company run a trusted VPN company, they also have other well-known applications.

Proton Mail – This is an encryption-focused mailing software. It’s a private email software that encrypts all sent and received mail by default. So its users don’t have to worry about facing a situation where their emails are viewed by unwanted individuals.

Proton Calendar – This is more like a schedule planner but in this case, you’re ensured that your records are safe.

Proton Drive – This is a cloud storage where you save files or data. Proton promised their users that they never have to worry about losing, or encountering any problems with their files.

Proton Free

This is the free version of Proton VPN. After a few weeks of trying it out, I’d say that it’s good, safe to use, and you can use it without data limits. Oh and I forgot to mention that it’s also open-source so you can still check out its codes. Though it only offers three server locations and doesn’t work with Netflix or Torrenting.

Proton Torrenting

Though torrenting doesn’t work on Proton free, Proton VPN is still a solid choice when it comes to torrenting. Since offers P2P-friendly servers, good speeds, and strong encryption. The kill switch, no-logs policy, and other features combined help ensure that the user enjoys their time torrenting.

Connecting Devices

You can only connect one device when using Proton Free. But if you want to connect or make use of multiple devices, then you’re better off getting their Plus plan, which can connect up to 10 devices.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ø Is Proton VPN Free to Use?

Well yes and no. Yes because it has a free version though it is only accessible to those living in the United States, Netherlands, and Japan. No cause the free version has a lot of limitations, and users can’t fully enjoy all the software has to offer unless they get the paid version.

Ø Is Proton VPN any good as a VPN?

Yes, it is currently one of the best in the world.

Ø Means of Payment Accepted?

Payments can be made in Dollars, Euros, or Swiss francs.

Ø Does Proton VPN work with Chrome?

Yes, it does, I tried it out using my Chromebook, and everything checks out.

Conclusion

The VPN is reliable and secure, their open source policy puts a lot of their user’s minds to rest. But if you live outside the United States, Netherlands, or Japan, then I won’t recommend using it much cause there might be cases of slow connections.

About Shushiro

Hi there, you can call me Shushiro, And I'm a professional writer, a front-end developer and also a professional growth counsellor. I've within a lot interesting articles on the blog deepdotnet. But don't get me wrong, although I'm a developer, and enjoy writing, and also good in it, (well that's what I've been told so far), being a writer and a developer is only part of my hobby, strange right? I grew up with the dream of change, and not for my change, but for an improved change of those who meet me for counselling and also read my write-ups. You can contact me through my email - anthony.shushiro@gamil.com

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