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Bypass censorship with Proton VPN

Download our free apps to access the internet without restriction

A VPN is a powerful and easy-to-use tool that allows anyone to bypass government censorship

  • Get an IP address in a different country
  • Unblock geo-restricted websites
  • Use advanced anti-censorship features

Proton VPN’s advanced anti-censorship features

Proton VPN has developed a unique set of technologies designed to help defeat censorship.

Alternative routing

Our alternative routing feature helps you access our service when connections to our servers are blocked. If our software cannot connect directly to our servers, it routes your connection through third-party services (such as AWS) that are unlikely to be blocked.

Smart Protocol

Smart Protocol is a feature available in all our apps that allows you to connect to Proton VPN even when some VPN protocols or standard ports are blocked. When the default VPN protocol is blocked, it automatically switches to different VPN protocols to evade the block.

Download Proton VPN from other places

Even if you can’t access our website to download our mobile apps, they are available from popular third-party sources that are less likely to be censored, such as Apple App Store(new window), Google Play(new window), Amazon app store(new window) and F-Droid(new window). All our apps are fully open-source and available on GitHub(new window), where you can also download their source code for yourself.

Proton VPN is the best VPN to access blocked websites

  • No logs
  • No ads
  • No speed limits
  • No data limits

A transparent, trustworthy VPN service

Open source

Open source

Proton was founded by scientists who met at CERN and believe in transparency and peer review. In line with these core principles, all our apps are fully open source so anyone can examine our code.

Audited by experts

Audited by experts

We commission regular third-party audits of our software by security experts. And unlike some VPN companies, we make the audit reports fully available for everyone to see.



We are completely open about who we are, who makes up our team, where we are based, and we how we fund our free VPN service through people who subscribe to our paid plans.



Because we are headquartered in Switzerland, when you connect to Proton VPN, you are protecting your data with strict Swiss privacy laws.

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A free VPN that ensures your freedom

We offer a completely free VPN because privacy and freedom of speech are human rights, so everyone should be able to access a VPN, regardless of their ability to pay.

Free VPN

We are building a better internet where privacy is the default. To ensure that everyone can benefit from a better internet, Proton VPN offers a 100% free VPN service.

Premium features

Our paid plans give you access to premium features and more servers, but our core VPN service, with full Proton privacy, security, and anti-censorship capabilities, is available to everyone for free.


Stealth is our custom VPN protocol that lets you bypass internet censorship and VPN blocks by disguising your VPN connection. With Stealth, you’ll be able to access censored sites and communicate with people on social media, even if your government is trying to restrict access. Stealth is available with all ProtonVPN plans, including our Free plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does a VPN make me anonymous?

There is no such thing as 100% assured anonymity on the internet, but a VPN does greatly increase your anonymity. It prevents your ISP from seeing what you do online, and since repressive governments rely on ISPs to monitor their customers, it also prevents your government from knowing what you do online.

A VPN also prevents websites you visit from seeing your real IP address. This is the most important way websites can uniquely identify visitors. A VPN won’t block other tracking methods, such as cookies, but Proton VPN’s NetSheild Ad-blocker feature does block many tracking scripts.

How do I use a VPN to bypass censorship?

Simply download our free app for your device and connect to one of our servers in any country that does not censor the internet. You will now be able to access the internet as though you were actually in that country, and your ISP won’t be able to see your activity.

Proton VPN offers advanced anti-censorship technologies such as alternative routing, Smart Protocol, and our unique Stealth VPN protocol to help ensure you can always connect to our server network, which operates in 65+ countries around the world.

Is Proton VPN safe?

Proton VPN uses only strong, cryptographically secure, VPN protocols to ensure your data is safe. We keep no logs or records of your browsing history whatsoever, and our ability to do this is uniquely protected by Swiss law.

Which VPN protocol should I use?

Proton VPN’s unique Smart Protocol feature will automatically try multiple VPN protocols and ports to bypass attempts to block your connection. If you prefer to select the VPN protocol manually, OpenVPN in TCP mode is usually the best option as it makes VPN traffic look very similar to regular HTTPS traffic.

What is DNS?

DNS translates the easy-to-remember URLs that people use to identify websites and other internet resources into the numerical IP addresses that computers really use to get you there. DNS, for example, translates the URL into its corresponding IP address of

Keeping logs of DNS translation is the main way that most ISPs keep tabs on what their customers do online. When using a Proton VPN, we do the DNS translation instead of your ISP. But unlike your ISP, we keep no logs.