VPN Free Trial?

Yes, there are a few VPNs offering free trial and even one you can use for free, albeit in a limited fashion...

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The other day, one of our readers asked us to recommend a VPN with a free trial. We had to report that most of the best VPNs don’t provide it, as some serious server resources would be used during the free trial period. There is, however, one service that has a free tier you could try to determine whether it works for you…

Hotspot Shield has a free plan

As you would imagine, this free plan is not as powerful as Hotspot Shield’s full-blown, paid offering — but it could help you see what this VPN has to offer. Here’s what it includes:

  • 1 device support – no multiple simultaneous connections
  • Limited streaming access – you’ll have to upgrade to get the full (4K) streaming experience
  • Up to 2 Mbps – should be enough for web browsing
  • 500 MB daily data limit – again, enough for accessing websites
  • US-only – you get to access a server in a single location

Of course, if you need more than that – Hotspot Shield has a premium (paid) plan, which adds support for 5 devices while removing all sorts of limits.

To put it differently, you could use Hotspot Shield’s paid plan for roaming the Internet without worrying that someone’s keeping track of every step you make. Which, when you think about it, is what the VPN should be all about — to make you more anonymous online, while at the same time letting you access the Internet in its entirety.

Look beyond free trial VPNs

While we know of some VPNs offering free trial, we’d like to say that most VPNs offer a money-back guarantee — which works in a similar fashion. If you don’t like what you’re getting from a VPN, you can always ask for your money back during the first 30 days or so. In most cases, you will be promptly refunded so you could find yourself a different VPN that works better for your needs.

Whether you need a VPN to bypass various restrictions or just to keep a low profile on the web, a good VPN will deliver on all fronts. Moreover, it will protect you on public Wi-Fi networks where it will encrypt all traffic coming to and from your devices so that no one can snoop into it — and potentially get ahold of your personal information.

In case you haven’t heard before, the number of these so-called “man in the middle” attacks has been increasing in recent years. Luckily, that is also the case with the VPN use — it too has been growing.

In any case, if you want to try a VPN for free, check out the free Hotspot Shield plan and take it from there. Upgrade if you determine it works for you. It’s that easy.

Hotspot Shield
Our score:
Price from: $2.99/mo
45-day money-back guarantee



  • It's super fast!
  • Works with Netflix, BBC and others
  • Easy to use apps, browser extensions
  • You can try it for free!
  • Some advanced features are not configurable
  • Not the best for high-censorship countries