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Ookla launches Speedtest VPN, a free virtual private network

Ookla's Speedtest VPN is the latest free virtual private network. (Image via Ookla)
Ookla's Speedtest VPN is the latest free virtual private network. (Image via Ookla)
Ookla, the organization behind speedtest.net, has launched a free VPN. Speedtest VPN is a free virtual private network service, currently only for users of the Speedtest Android and iOS apps. The VPN is currently in beta and caps users' bandwidth, but a paid tier is coming once the VPN exits beta.

Ookla, the company that owns and operates speedtest.net, will soon offer another free service for savvy Internet users: a VPN.

The Speedtest VPN, as it’s being called, is available through Ookla’s Speedtest apps for iOs and Android. On paper, it looks fairly good, especially for a free VPN. Ookla promises that its free VPN keeps no logs and doesn’t track user activity. It also taps into a shared pool of over 40,000 IP addresses and assigns them to users randomly to help bolster anonymity.

However, like all free VPNs, there are a few catches. Firstly, the Speedtest VPN is currently in Beta, so there are bound to be a few bugs as Ookla hammers everything out. Additionally, users are capped at 2 GB of bandwidth every month. Perhaps a bit ironically, the data sent and received in Ookla’s speedtest eats up this allowance.

To use the free VPN, users should update the Ookla Speedtest app to the latest version. There, they’ll find a padlock icon along the bottom toolbar. This tab will walk them through making a VPN account and enabling the VPN on their device. Ookla has said it will release a paid tier once the VPN exits beta.

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Sam Medley, 2019-12-27 (Update: 2019-12-27)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.