Proton Offers Free VPN Servers Ahead of Elections

Penka Hristovska
Penka Hristovska Senior Editor
Penka Hristovska Penka Hristovska Senior Editor

Proton VPN is offering free virtual VPN servers in censorship-heavy countries ahead of their elections.

A VPN is an app that offers servers all over the world. When you connect to a VPN server, it encrypts your data and assigns you an IP address that matches the server location. However, a virtual server works a little differently from a normal VPN server. While it still assigns you an IP address that matches the server location, the physical server is located in a different country.

VPNs use virtual servers in countries that restrict access to the internet, have weak privacy laws, or lack good server infrastructure. A virtual server allows users in that country to access a free and open internet while maintaining their privacy online.

Proton VPN plans to activate these servers in a total of 15 countries two weeks before each election and will keep them operational for a week following the election.  The following table details the availability of free servers in each country.

Country Election day
Indonesia February 14
Cambodia February 25
Pakistan March 9
Senegal March 24
Turkey (local elections) March 31
Togo (Parliamentary election) April 20
Chad May 6
Mauritania June 22
Rwanda July 15
Mozambique October 9
Somaliland November 13
Mauritius November 30
Algeria TBD
Venezuela TBD
Sri Lanka TBD

Proton VPN has also pointed out it’ll adjust the availability of its free servers as necessary to accommodate any alterations in election timelines. This ensures that citizens in the selected countries will have access to secure VPN services in line with the updated schedules of their respective elections.

“We want to ensure everyone can access accurate information before they go to the polls, which is why Proton VPN will support voters wherever we can by providing free VPN servers in countries with a history of censorship or political interference in the weeks leading up to their election,” the company explained in a blog announcing the free VPN servers.

The company says the reason it’s dedicated to making this move is because “we made seven predictions for what would happen to the internet this year, two of which were increased censorship and AI-powered misinformation campaigns. If the elections in January and February are any indication, we may have underestimated how prevalent these issues would be.”

Proton VPN has plenty of features that protect your privacy online, including an obfuscation feature that hides your VPN traffic from the government. It already offers a free plan that randomly connects you to one of 5 countries — the US, the Netherlands, Japan, Romania, and Poland. If you’re looking for a good free VPN, check out our full list of the best free VPNs here.

About the Author
Penka Hristovska
Penka Hristovska
Senior Editor

About the Author

Penka Hristovska is an editor at SafetyDetectives. She was an editor at several review sites that covered all things technology — including VPNs and password managers — and had previously written on various topics, from online security and gaming to computer hardware. She’s highly interested in the latest developments in the cybersecurity space and enjoys learning about new trends in the tech sector. When she’s not in “research mode,” she’s probably re-watching Lord of The Rings or playing DOTA 2 with her friends.

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