The best VPNs with a free trial in 2021

Try before you buy with a free trial from one of these Virtual Private Network providers.

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) come in all shapes and sizes with different parameters for bandwidth, speed, locations and logs. One of the most helpful ways to pick the right VPN to subscribe to is to sign up for a free trial. This will allow you to sample the provider’s software without making any financial commitment. However, different VPN providers will ask for different types of information before granting a free trial, so do your research to see which ones are worth taking for a test drive.

Why is it a good idea to take advantage of a free trial?

There’s always a risk when making purchases online, particularly with software you’ll be installing on your computer or other devices. VPN providers make all kinds of claims on their websites about the quality of their products, but the only way to see if the real thing matches the advertising is to test it out for yourself. This will also allow your virus scanner or Internet security system to give the VPN software a once-over; there are some that have latent malware or other tracking devices lurking within.

How long will my free trial last?

Free trials usually range from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks. The most common free trial lengths are 24 hours, 3 days and 7 days, although providers like EarthVPN and TunnelBear offer their basic package free for life (with a handful of limitations).

Can I register for a free trial without a credit card?

Most VPN sites won’t ask for credit card information in order to activate a free trial, however, most will still ask for your email address to get started.

A few providers don’t ask for any personal information, instead providing a download link to an “.exe” file. These sites should be taken with as large a grain of salt as the ones asking for credit card information. Without a powerful virus protection plan active on your computer, you are accepting a lot of risk in blindly downloading .exe files.

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