When it comes to VoIP services, none is as popular as Skype. The reason is the fact that Skype is completely free to sign up and also provides free calls to other Skype users. The reason you may want to use a VPN is the fact that Skype is banned or limited to some extent in some countries. This is either due to selfish ISPs who do it for personal gain, or to the fact that the government has banned Skype as it would not be possible for them to monitor the conversations of their citizens. VPNs can help you avoid this constraint.
Best VPN software for Skype
You can also use VPNs to make sure no one is watching your conversations. For the above reasons, we have tested and compiled a list of the best VPN software for Skype available on the market that are completely free and are the most reliable.
- Hotspot Sheild
- TunnelBear VPN
Windscribe is a much newer service on the scene compared to the other offerings on this list. But it also comes out of the box a lot. If you opt for the free version, you get 10 GB of data per month. Not enough for you? Post a quick friendly tweet about them and you may get an additional 5 GB free for this month.
Hotspot Shield is one of the most popular VPN options available, and for good reason. It comes with 500MB of data per day, which may not sound like much, but that means you get 15GB of data each month, and the 500MB means you can stream about 40 minutes in SD each day. If you choose the free plan, you can only access one server in the United States, but the upgrade gives you access to servers in more than 70 countries.
The security provided with Hotspot Shield is top notch. However, the free version comes with ads from Google. In our opinion, the free plan serves to mask your identity and will suffice for a typical user.
ProtonVPN has a fairly sweet free plan with unlimited data that gives you access to servers in the United States, Japan and the Netherlands. It comes with military grade encryption and ensures that no one has access to your activity. The servers are present in the data centers with first-rate security. The only drawback is the low bandwidth of the free plan. Despite the limitation, we did not detect any quality problems during the videoconference.
Upgrading to premium gives you unlimited bandwidth and access to servers in over 40 countries. There is also no live chat support. To obtain a clarified request, you will need to send them by email or open a support ticket. The premium plan has a 30 day money back guarantee so you can try it out for yourself.
Betternet is one of the lesser known VPNs, but that doesn’t mean they compromise anywhere. Like Hotspot Shield, it also comes with 500 MB each day, which means you get 15 GB of data usage each month. Security is excellent and effectively protects your private information from leaks. You are however welcomed by advertisements in the free plan. If this is the first time you’ve tried a VPN, Betternet is a great option to get started.
TunnelBear must be my favorite VPN. It is easy to configure and allows you to choose servers even in the free version. Tunnelbear claims to be the only VPN in the world to publish security audits. In addition, it uses 256-bit AES encryption by default. The free version offers 500 MB of data usage. In addition, if you tweet on TunnelBear VPN, you will get additional data every month.
PS: See this article if VPN is not working on Windows 10.
When it comes to your online security and privacy, you shouldn’t back down. However, there are now many free services that offer you some security and privacy like their most expensive counterparts. These obviously have a few caveats, but they do the job, and if you just want to access Skype or any other VoIP software that has been banned in your country, these will certainly help you with that.
Read more: How to configure a VPN in Windows 10.