The Best Totally FREE VPNs for Mac in 2018
If you protect your Mac with the right antivirus, the next step is to install the right VPN. A VPN can encrypt your data, change your location (aka let you access geoblocked websites) and protect it from hackers and ISP snooping.
While a paid VPN is the safer and better option, we get it if you want a free VPN. Understand though, that a free VPN means limited features, such as data and speed. Some free VPNs also lack key security features (like no-logs and high encryption) that are prominent in paid VPNs.
It’s definitely worth it to check out the deals we have on our best VPNs, but if you still want a free VPN, the ones listed below are the best for Mac.
Editor’s Choice: ExpressVPN
Although this VPN is not entirely free, ExpressVPN has a 30-day money back guarantee. This is perfect for those who want to try out a VPN. Its excellent speeds, unlimited data and bandwidth, and access to Netflix make it our top choice for a VPN.
- Connect to over 90 countries
- Easy to use and install
- A great option for beginners
Tunnelbear has a simple and secure app for Mac. With its 256-bit encryption, you can stay safe from hackers and snoopers, but you only get 500MB of free data each month. That’s not a lot, but enough to cover your tracks on certain websites. Their paid plans come with a number of payment options, including jars of honey – nice bear touch there.
- Superfast speeds
- Servers in 20+ countries
- 256-bit encryption
- 1GB extra data free if you tweet about Tunnelbear
Windscribe has an amazing app for Mac that lets you access 10GB of free data per month. With the free version, you can access 11 locations. And the best part is that you can download torrents too. However, since a lot of users are confined to those 11 servers, chances are your speed might slow down at times.
- 10GB per month
- Unlimited devices with one connection
- 11 locations
Betternet is an always free VPN that requires you watch ads in order to use the service. There is no data limit, but you cannot choose your server.
- Unlimited data per month
- Allows torrenting
With fast speeds, you’ll be happy with a Hide.me paid account. However, the free only has 3 servers. With all the free users accessing the same servers, the speeds can be really slow. The good thing is that there are no ads in the free version and you get full customer support. However, your data transfer is limited to 2GB per month.
- 3 servers
- 2GB per month
- Single device at a time
VPNGate offers good speeds and allows torrenting on Mac. It is a volunteer-operated network created by the University of Tsukuba, and connects via L2TP, IPSec, or OpenVPN. While installation is not easy, there are step-by-step instructions you can follow. VPNGate has 7653 servers around the world, but since it’s a volunteer project, there are no paid customer support agents helping you 24/7.
- Supports L2TP, IPSec, and OpenVPN
- Open source VPN software
- Supports torrenting
All these VPNs are reliable and have a good name in the industry. However, all of them have some drawbacks (limited bandwidth, low limit of data exchange, etc.). If you want to get the best services on your Mac, you should try one of the top paid VPNs. They don’t cost much –a yearly or two-year subscription can go as low as a couple dollars per month.