F-Secure is a Finnish company, founded in 1988. It’s established and well-known in the security industry, so I had high hopes for the F-Secure Freedome VPN. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations.
F-Secure Freedome VPN is simple and easy to use and definitely suitable for beginners. However, it has some disappointing aspects.
It is comparatively expensive, with prices starting at $3.33/month for the most basic package with only 7 devices.
Its speeds were generally consistent and fast, but it has a small server network. There are only 20 servers in 20 countries.
While it proved successful at unblocking all Netflix libraries, it was blocked by other streaming services, like Hulu and HBO Max.
Freedome VPN also doesn’t support torrenting, and it proved impossible to use for gaming.
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Short on Time? Here Are My Key Findings
- It is great for unblocking Netflix, Amazon Prime Video (AU, EU, and the UK), Disney+, All4, and BBC iPlayer. However, it failed to unblock Hulu, HBO Max, DAZN, and Prime Video US. See my full streaming test results here.
- Consistent speeds. I had fast and consistent speeds on most of the 20 servers Freedome offers in 20 countries. There were only slowdowns when connecting to long-distance servers, like Australia. See my full analysis of F-Secure Freedome’s server speeds here.
- Basic security features. F-Secure Freedome VPN offers all the security features I’d expect from a VPN, including a kill switch. It uses OpenVPN and passed the DNS and IP leak tests. Here is my breakdown of all the security features and how they work.
- Privacy concerns. Subject to Finland’s strict privacy laws under the EU. Freedome VPN Stores some logs for up to 90 days. See my full analysis of Freedom’s privacy policies.
- Doesn’t support torrenting. Freedome VPN will restrict internet access if torrenting is detected. Read about F-Secure Freedome’s stance on torrenting here.
- Comparatively expensive. Prices start from $3.33/month for the 1-year plan with 7 devices, but there’s a 5-day free trial and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Read the full breakdown of Freedome’s pricing here.
- Good range of support available. Including online chat, phone, email, help forum, FAQ, and blog. Read my analysis of F-Secure Freedome’s customer support.
- Compatible with Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS. It’s easy to install, but doesn’t offer many configuration options. Read my full report on Freedome VPN’s compatibility.
- Unable to bypass censorship and firewalls. It doesn’t work in China, Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, or the United Arab Emirates. Read why here.
F-Secure Freedome Features — Updated in January 20227.2
|📆 Money Back Guarantee||30|
|📝 Does VPN keep logs?||No|
|🖥 Number of servers||20|
|💻 Number of devices per license||7|
|🛡 Kill switch||Yes|
|🗺 Based in country||Finland|
|📥 Supports torrenting||Yes|
Freedome VPN is great at unblocking Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and All4, but very limited with others. I wasn’t able to watch Hulu, Disney+, or HBO Max, or Amazon Prime Video US. So I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re looking to unblock more than Netflix. Instead, you can check out our best VPNs for streaming here.
Unblocked: All Netflix Libraries, Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, All 4, and Disney+
I had no issues accessing Netflix’s libraries with F-Secure Freedome VPN. This is surprising, considering Netflix’s recent pushback against VPNs.
There were no problems with buffering or freezing, even on slower, long-distance servers. I watched Selling Sunset on Netflix Australia with no problems at all. I could also stream in HD on North American and European servers.
I also unblocked Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video’s EU, UK, Australian, and Asian libraries. Again, there were no problems with buffering on any of these.
BBC iPlayer and All4 also worked on the UK servers. I could stream Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK with no issues.
Blocked By: Hulu, Disney+ US/Canada, HBO Max, DAZN, and Amazon Prime Video US
I couldn’t access Disney+, HBO Max, or Hulu on any of the US/North American servers — they wouldn’t even let me get past the login pages.
US Servers were the only ones that had problems with Prime Video. The app picked up on the VPN and blocked my access. It let me log in, but I was unable to stream any TV shows or movies without encountering the VPN/Proxy error.
I asked customer support to check if it’s possible to stream DAZN with Freedome. However, he confirmed that it probably wouldn’t work the same way that other US-based streaming platforms were blocked by the Freedome VPN.
Its customer support said that it couldn’t guarantee access to Comedy Central, NBC, Kodi, ESPN, and Youtube.
In general, F-Secure Freedome’s speeds were pretty consistent. Even though long-distance servers — like in Australia — were pretty slow, I was able to surf different websites and stream Netflix with little buffering.
It’s normal to experience a speed loss of around 10-20% on a VPN. When connected to the North American servers, I noticed a loss of around 20-30%. I’m located in the UK, so this isn’t too bad considering the distance.
On most of the European servers, the loss was around 15%.
The biggest loss was when I was connected to the Australian servers, which dropped more than 50% from my original spread.
Most of the servers were pretty quick and didn’t go under 30 Mbps, apart from the Australian server, which was only around 27. However, web pages and Netflix shows still loaded quickly.
Connecting to local servers didn’t affect my speed. I could use social media, stream TV shows and load websites without any issues, although they were not fast enough for gaming.
Connecting to European servers only slowed my internet down a small bit. However, there was no noticeable difference between those and my local server.
Connecting to the US North East and Vancouver, Canada servers slowed me down a little more, but it wasn’t noticeable.
The Singaporean server was surprisingly high-speed. There was no real difference between using this server and the European or local servers.
There was a bigger drop connecting to the Melbourne server. This went below 30Mbps. However, I didn’t really notice a huge difference when using this server. Netflix Australia worked well, and I didn’t notice a lot of lag when using social media or loading web pages.
Are F-Secure Freedome’s Speeds Fast Enough For Gaming? No
F-Secure’s speeds aren’t fast enough for gaming, even on local servers. After loading up Steam, I was able to get past the home page to begin playing.
My connection had an average ping of 50ms, which would normally be considered decent for gaming. Still, I found it impossible to load games and play.
Another disappointing aspect of Freedome VPN is that you can’t use it on gaming consoles either. If you’re looking for a better VPN for gaming, check out our top 3 here.
Server Network — Small Network But Reliable Connections
Freedome has one of the smallest networks offered by a VPN. It only offers 20 servers in 20 countries. Most of these are in Europe, and it doesn’t cover any of Africa. It’s extremely lacking in South America and most of Asia. The 22 countries available on Freedome VPN are as follows:
|Czech Republic||Norway||The US|
There are a total of 28 cities to choose from, most of these are located in the US.
All of Freedome’s servers are also virtual, there are no physical structures, which is really disappointing. This means that the servers are not actually in that country. They have four servers based in the UK and US, which I confirmed with customer support. Its servers are a mix of leased and owned by F-Secure.
Considering that it’s not the cheapest VPN, this is pretty disappointing.
It’s important to take into account the number of servers when choosing a VPN because VPNs with more servers will generally have faster speeds. If there are fewer servers, it’s more likely there will be more people using them, which means you’ll experience lower speeds.
However, connection speeds on each of Freedome’s servers were mostly strong and reliable.
F-Secure Freedome VPN relies on industry-standard AES-256 encryption. It’s considered the strongest option on the market.
Most users will find Freedome VPN to be secure enough, but it may not be suitable for those looking for something really robust.
The Windows, macOS, and Android VPN apps use the OpenVPN VPN protocol, which is considered one of the most secure protocols you can use without compromising performance.
The iOS app uses IKEv1 by default but it can be set to IKEv2 by the user, which I would recommend. There is no option to choose the WireGuard protocol on Freedome VPN’s apps.
I performed a DNS test and no leaks were detected. This test also confirmed that there were no IP leaks when using the VPN.
Freedome VPN comes with a kill switch, which cuts off your traffic if your VPN disconnects unexpectedly, to prevent your actual IP address from being leaked. I tested this a few times and on each attempt, the VPN blocked my internet access and automatically reconnected.
The VPN also blocks malicious sites. It says that it will block access to any sites that could try to steal your personal information, like credit card details.
I tested the Freedome VPN download file using VirusTotal, which showed zero malware issues. This is an important step to take before downloading any VPN.
F-Secure states that it does not store data logs, but it logs information and can store this for up to 90 days.
This is a long time, and many other VPNs have much better privacy policies and make greater efforts to keep your information private.
Freedome VPN logs the following information:
- Logs that contain the duration of the VPN sessions
- Amount of data transferred
- Device ID
- Public IP address
- Hostname from where the client connects to the VPN service
Logging your IP address is the most concerning since this can be used to identify you.
Since Freedome VPN is part of F-Secure, which is based in Finland, it’s subject to strict EU data retention and user privacy laws.
However, its location may not be a negative point in terms of privacy. Since Finland is not included in the Five Eyes Alliance (between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the US), it’s unlikely to share your data with other countries.
Freedome VPN has a Tracker Mapper that is automatically enabled when you connect. It checks all the URLs you visit and logs them in order to show you which websites are trying to track you.
The logs are deleted after 3 days, but it’s still a major privacy concern that it stores this info in the first place. I recommend that you turn the Tracker Mapper off before you start using the VPN.
Freedome mentions in its FAQ that it has ‘technically’ blocked P2P filesharing. So, I wouldn’t recommend this as a safe torrenting option.
If torrenting is detected on the following servers (basically all of the servers that Freedome VPN offers), F-Secure states that it will temporarily block your access:
My team and I don’t condone illegal torrenting, so be sure to check the rules and regulations in your country.
Using a VPN protects you while you’re torrenting by hiding your real location and IP from others in your swarm. This can prevent stalking and DDoS attacks. So, if you need a VPN for torrenting, I recommend one of these services instead.
Freedome VPN does not work in China. Its website states that it can’t connect when you’re in China. Although in some locations it may work, it will most often not. It states that trying to access Chinese websites outside of China will result in seeing the error message that the server IP address cannot be found.
The reason it gives is that the use of VPNs is restricted in China and, due to the policies of the Chinese government, VPN connections are blocked in their network for both locals and travelers.
If you need a VPN you can use in China, I recommend choosing one from this list.
Freedome also doesn’t work in Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, or the United Arab Emirates.
Simultaneous Device Connections — Up to 7
You can connect up to 7 devices with F-Secure Freedome VPN, depending on your subscription plan. This is really limiting if you’re purchasing the VPN for your family or if you own multiple devices. Most premium VPNs offer around 5 simultaneous connections.
This means that if you do want to install Freedome on more than 7 devices, you’ll need to use multiple accounts, which can be expensive and confusing.
Freedome has apps for Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows. It is very limited in terms of device compatibility. You can’t use it on your smart TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick. It also cannot be used on games consoles, like Playstation or Xbox.
There aren’t browser extensions for Chrome, Opera, Firefox, or Safari, nor does it offer a Linux version. It doesn’t work with Tor, either.
Other VPNs are compatible with routers, but Freedome is only compatible with F-Secures SENSE routers.
Freedome is really easy to use — its app has a clean, simple, beginner-friendly layout. However, experienced users might be disappointed by the lack of customization options.
There is a handy ‘view quick guide’ feature in the app, which explains every feature.
It’s worth noting that the app is available in 20 languages, including Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese
There are some obvious features missing from the app. For example, it would be handy to have server speed figures visible. The server locations are only viewable in a list, it would be good to have a search function here so you don’t need to scroll to find these each time.