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F-Secure is based in Finland: a country with strict privacy laws. This gives it an advantage over US-based VPN providers, as F-Secure isn’t affected by US warrants and gag orders.
F-Secure Freedome VPN offers servers in 29 countries, including Hong Kong, Australia, and the USA. This is good for those looking to access geo-restricted content or those simply looking to conceal their real IP address. However, it is quite a lot less choice than you get with other premium VPN providers
Please also be aware that P2P torrenting will only work on a few servers (and attempting to do so on servers that are disallowed will get you a temporary ban from the server in question).
Like many other providers, Freedome VPN has apps for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android. Those apps feature WiFi protection, and unlimited bandwidth. However, you only get a kill-switch on desktop. Here is a list of its key features:
- User-friendly clients
- No logs
- DNS leak protection
- Money-back guarantee
- Good customer support
- Tracking blocker
- Interactive tracker mapper
- P2P is permitted but only on specific servers
- Kill-switch (on Windows and Mac)
Speed and Performance
We tested F-Secure Freedome manually, because we were unable to get a permanent test account from the company to add it to our regular speed test system. While this is unfortunate, we were generally impressed with Freedome VPN's speeds.
Using the recommended US Southeast server, we encountered download speeds of 35.13 Mbps and upload speeds of 3.82 Mbps. We tested it for streaming and encountered no buffering issues.
Overall, we thought it provided great performance and reliability. On top of that, its server location list is fairly comprehensive – even if it is a bit lighter than the majority of competing providers. This should allow most users to find a server close enough to get better speeds.
Fortunately, Freedome VPN offered up no disappointment when testing for DNS and IP leaks. To test Freedome VPN yourself for leaks and speed, check out our VPN leak testing tool.
Free trial – 5 days
3 devices – one year
7 devices – one year
7 devices – two years
F-Secure Freedome has several subscription options. Unfortunately, all options except mobile require an entire one-year subscription. This sets it apart from competing providers, which allow customers to pick from a single month, or half year plan, if they want to.
Unusually, the subscription plans and prices depend on how many devices you want to connect at a time.
The 3 device plan for a single year is fairly good value for money, as long as you only have a few devices that you want to use a VPN with. However, it is worth bearing in mind that a range of VPN providers now offer between 5 and 10 devices at a similar price point. And some cheap VPNs at a comparable monthly rate allow an unlimited number of connections. So, if you need a VPN for a family household, it is probably worth shopping elsewhere.
A free five-day trial is available for new users. In addition, a 30-day-money-back guarantee is included with all plans. Payment can be made via:
- Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, & Discover)
- Wire transfer
- Check/Money order
Unfortunately, F-Secure does not accept cryptocurrency payments, so those looking for a more anonymous payment method will need to look elsewhere.
Privacy and Security
F-Secure Freedome promises not to retain any personally-identifiable logs of user browsing habits. And, being based in Finland means that the VPN is located in a generally secure place for data privacy (though it is a wealthy country, which means it does theoretically have deep pockets for its surveillance community). Although Finland is a member of the EU, it is not part of the greater 9 Eyes or 14 Eyes data treaties – which is definitely good news for anybody who values privacy.
The policy also states that the firm logs your VPN connection duration, a device ID that is generated by F-Secure, the amount of data transferred in each session, the public IP address that the user connected to, the host name (of your computer), as well as packet inspection that show an abuse of the service (P2P use on non P2P servers). These connection logs are stored for 90 days.
While this kind of data collection is probably not going to cause 99% of consumers any real headache, it is worth noting that we do consider this level of data collection to be fairly invasive. We thus advise anybody wanting a highly private VPN experience to stick to a proper no-logs service provider.
OpenVPN is implemented with an AES-128 cipher, SHA-1 for data authorization, and a 2048-bit RSA Handshake. This is a fairly weak implementation of OpenVPN due to the cipher, and the fact that we were not able to ascertain whether Perfect forward Secrecy is implemented. Thus, if strong encryption is important to your personal security model, we'd probably recommend looking elsewhere.
DNS leak protection and a kill-switch are now available in both the Windows and Mac VPN clients.
F-Secure Freedome VPN is a reliable VPN that is going to be suitable for the majority of casual VPN users, particularly anybody who requires VPN use on 3 devices or fewer. Thanks to its five-day VPN free trial, you can try out the VPN completely risk-free. And, the 30-day money-back guarantee gives you the chance to try the service and still change your mind if you want to.
The OpenVPN encryption implementation is not the strongest we have ever encountered. However, it is robust enough for most people's needs. The only real downside with this VPN revolves around the connection logs it stores for 90 days. These are a touch on the invasive side, if not particularly threatening to most casual internet users.
It is also worth noting that this VPN is completely lacking in any advanced VPN features such as obfuscation, port forwarding, split tunneling, etc. If you are looking for anything but a basic VPN connection, we recommend you look elsewhere.
Another annoying thing about this VPN is that you must subscribe for at least a year. Of course, this is offset by the fact that the yearly subscription is pretty good value for money.
The website is a little awkward to navigate, and a little lacking in important information – such as encryption implementation details. However, this is a fairly small quibble overall. And, thankfully, customer support isn't a problem thanks to live chat, phone support, a blog and the F-Secure community forum, which are available to all subscribers.
In the future, we would like to see F-Secure add better IKEv2 security to its iOS client, offer cryptocurrency as a payment method, and edit their website to offer more information upfront. If you decide to try out Freedome VPN, be sure to leave your user experience in the comment section below!
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