this will be a review of ProtonVPN. I will not go into any security or performance details as this has been already done quite well by That one privacy guy.
First impressions: Website and design
The website seems very modern and there were no trackers reported by uBlock Origin nor Privacy Badger.
I really like ProtonVPNs design as it is simple and you can quickly get to where you want to go.
Registration is very simple: If you already have a ProtonMail account you can log in using it, otherwise you can register using a username, password and an e-mail address.
A little unusual was that you have to verify that you are not a robot through an email, a text message to your phone or by donating – I would have expected a captcha of some sort to serve that purpose.
ProtonVPN only has native clients for Android, MacOS, iOS and Windows. The MacOS and iOS apps were still in developement by the time I tested ProtonVPN so I will not review these. There is currently no application for the Amazon Fire TV which would be a nice feature to have.
The client for Windows and Android both look very good and are easy to use. You can choose to direcly connect to a specific country, server or profile, meaning the fastest or any random server. In general this works pretty well although I sometimes had the issue that I couldn’t connect to the server (a simple retry solved this issue).
The pricing of ProtonVPN is my biggest point of criticism: When using ProtonVPN you can eather choose a „Free“, „Basic“, „Plus“ or „Visionary“ account. While I think that it is very good that ProtonVPN offers a free plan – and I will not complain about the free servers always being very full – I don’t like that the „Basic“ account with a price of $4 per month is limited to only 2 devices and doesn’t allow access to Tor Servers. I would like to see access for 3 devices – one for my smartphone, one for my laptop and one for other devices, e.g. an Amazon Fire TV or a local computer – and access to, maybe limited amouts of, Tor servers.
Other than that, the overall pricing is ok for a company that puts a lot of effort into protecting the VPN users data.
ProtonVPN, as part of ProtonMail, has a very good reputation on keeping users data safe.
All in all ProtonVPN is a pretty good VPN provider with the only point of criticism being the very limited „Basic“ plan. Proton already has a good reputation so that I would trust them on keeping my data safe.