Freedome, a VPN by Finnish F-Secure, founded in 1988. F-Secure has been providing world class cyber security and antivirus software since 1990s. The company has a solid reputation of not giving in when for example asked to leave certain backdoors to their antivirus software, making F-Secure reliable when it comes to cyber security and internet privacy. Nowadays in addition to Freedome VPN, F-Secure offers also offers antivirus software and password manager software. Started a couple of years back Freedome has already gained a solid user base and is often one of the most recommended VPN services in review and comparison sites.
Freedome comes in three full year plans unlike many other VPN services which you can buy even on monthly basis – All Freedome’s 12 month plans have the same features, the only difference is on how many different devices you can use the VPN simultaneously. This is a great pricing model since people who don’t need VPN on multiple devices end up paying for nothing if multiple devices are always included in the price. If you want to use Freedome on 3 devices, the price is only $4.32 per month ($51.87 one-time charge). Their most popular plan, which allows you to use Freedome on 5 devices simultaneously costs $5,19 per month ($62.26 one-time charge) and the largest plan for 7 devices sets you back $6.92 ($83.05 one-time charge) which still is very affordable when comparing to many other VPN services out there. Payment options include traditional credit cards and PayPal but lack a possibility of Bitcoin payment. Freedome comes with 30-day money back guarantee.
Freedome also offers a 5-day non-limited free trial, which is a great way to test their product out with no strings attached. To test their VPN you don’t have to give your credit card informatioin which is a nice plus. A while back a lot of free passes were also given for Freedome, giving some users even a year for free but those days are long gone.
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On PC, Mac and Android Freedome uses OpenVPN, with AES-128 for encryption and HMAC-SHA1 for for data authentication and 2048-bit RSA for handshaking. Their iOS application uses IPSEC with similar data encryption model. As a Finnish company Freedome is subject to strict privacy laws of Finland, which allows them to not keep any personally identifiable logs or as F-Secure themselves have stated on their website, “F-Secure as a company is not a public communication provider or operator. Therefore, the referred Data Retention Directive does not apply to us.”
Freedome currently offers servers in 21 countries, with couple of different options for Canada and the US – In Canada the servers are available in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver and in the US servers can be found from East coast, Northwest, South, Southeast and West coast. A while back Freedome was an easy access to watch US Netflix but nowadays it often seems Netflix is unfortunately able to block IP blocks Freedome uses.
On some of these servers BitTorrent / P2P is allowed but some servers block torrent traffic altogether due the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of their respective countries. This means P2P traffic will work only on servers located in Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
As mentioned earlier, Freedome works on Windows, Mac OS, Android and iOS. Linux and Windows Phone users are unfortunately left without a client app.Visit Freedome >>
Security and Privacy
Freedome, as a service of F-Secure which is based in Finland is not subject to EU Data Retention laws. This allows Freedome to offer a VPN without any logs that can be associated to their users. However, for some reason F-Secure wants users to register with a full name, ZIP/postal code, city, country and email address. I guess no one forbids anyone to register with a pseudonym, but asking for that much information seems a bit excessive when talking about an internet privacy tool. Since Freedome doesn’t log any data it is however impossible to identify any users even if Freedome would have your real name – credentials only tell anyone you’re using Freedome, not what you’re using it for. Freedome can be bought in some stores as well (at least in Finland) where you can pay cash and you don’t have to give any credentials.
Freedome is what they themselves call a one-button VPN. The application is good looking and very easy to use.
In basic view the app looks like this. By pressing the “Protection” button the app connects instantly to the selected server. Server selection screen is easy to use as well.
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As you might’ve noticed, there’s also a Browsing Protection, Tracking Protection, Private Search and Tracker Mapper options available on the left hand side of the application. With Freedome you can block any tracking happening online as well as protect you from going to websites that have been detected harmful. This adds security to your browsing and are neat addons to their VPN service.
Freedome’s website is sleek and modern with easy access to all the important information as well as download links. The website also hosts are support forum with a very extensive FAQ on which the most frequent questions are already asked. Freedome doesn’t come with an online chat support but it seems the email support works very well. The forums are also active so finding a solution to a problem shouldn’t take too much of your time.
Very easy to use
Free trial with no registration required
Great speeds and reliable servers
Extra addons such as tracking protection
No anonymous payment available
Limited server locations when compared to some competitors
Full Feature List
Unlimited server switches
Servers in 21 countries
30-day money-back guarantee
Anonymity: Can be bought with cash from selected stores, otherwise email registration is required.
Bitcoin payment: No
Encryption Method: AES-128
Connections: 1-7 simultaneous connections
Country Selection: 21 countries
Servers: Not known
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Free Trial: Available