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VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. The VPN Client software allows you to connect to the McMaster University network from an off-campus computer anywhere on the Internet and appear as though your computer is on campus. It also provides extra security by encrypting data to and from your computer, in effect creating a private tunnel through the Internet for your communication. Once your data reaches the McMaster campus, it is then unencrypted by the VPN server. The service is available to all Staff.

When to use VPN
  • You access McMaster University from an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and are concerned about someone eavesdropping on your session.
  • You are transferring sensitive information (passwords, research data, personal information etc.), between your home computer and the University.
  • You need access to a McMaster University resource from home that might not otherwise be accessible because of a firewall or some other access control.
  • You need a McMaster University IP address to access a resource at the University.

Select the installer appropriate to your operating system or device. AnyConnect for some Android phones is available from the Android Market.

Note: Cisco AnyConnect VPN is not supported for Linux or Android at this time. The software is available for use, however documentation and support for installing or using the application are not offered by University Technology Services.

Getting Started

Step 1: Download your client from below.

Operating System Size Updated Version Download Windows
7.7MB 01/03/2017 4.3.05017

Operating System Size Updated Version Download Mac OS X
6.5MB 01/03/2017 4.3.05017

Operating System Size Updated Version Download Linux x64
11.2MB 01/03/2017 4.3.05017

Operating System Size Updated Version Download Iphone
46.1MB 09/26/2016 4.0.05055

Operating System Size Updated Version Download Android
12.68MB 03/01/2017 4.0.05062
Step 2: Create a Connection using Windows or Mac or iPhone

For more information about versions and other issues, access the VPN FAQ.

McMaster University > University Technology Services > VPN FAQ


Will the VPN interface work with my normal network connection?

The VPN client is active only when you choose to start it. If the program is not running, then it will not affect your connection.

What the VPN server does not replace.

The VPN server provides secure ways for you to connect to campus and Internet resources. However, it is not a total security solution. The information is encrypted between the server and your machine; however, when the server relays your request to the campus or Internet resources, it is unencrypted.

Once the connection leaves the VPN server, it behaves just as a wired connection originating on the McMaster campus would behave. This means that encryption may or may not be provided, depending on the resources you access and the method you use to access them. Univmail access is encrypted between source and destination if you use the SSL connection (URL begins with https://). Other methods of email access are not automatically encrypted.

In order for the VPN service to behave as if you were located on campus, traffic does not go through the campus firewall, bypassing any protective rules operating there. This could be a problem if your home machine were infected with code which attacked other machines. Whereas the firewall may have prevented this, using the VPN service you may infect McMaster machines to which you connect. Hence, it is particularly important to ensure that the machine you use as a VPN client is up to date with the latest security patches, and runs current antivirus software.

Split Tunnel

McMaster's distribution of the AnyConnect VPN client is configured in a split tunnel mode of operation. This means that traffic to a McMaster address (130.113.x.y) is encrypted and sent to the VPN. Traffic to other destinations is sent through your ISP as it normally would and unaffected by the VPN. This makes the VPN connection more efficient by only encrypting what is necessary and reduces bandwidth waste.

VPN session timeouts

VPN sessions from a MacSecure network connection will time out after 30 minutes of inactivity, or 3 hours of continuous use. VPN sessions from off campus will time out after 30 minutes of inactivity or 24 hours of continuous use. If the VPN times out and your IPSec connection is terminated, click OK and bring up the VPN Dialer again. Important: Power management modes differ from OS to OS, and from laptop to laptop. When your computer goes into sleep mode, the Network Interface Card (NIC) may lose power and drop your Internet connection without warning. You must stop and restart the VPN client in order to reconnect.

Do I have to use the Cisco client software?

UTS supports the Cisco AnyConnect vpn clients only. Other clients might work, but they are unsupported. Use them at your own risk.

Is there a charge for the Cisco client software?

The Cisco client is freely available to McMaster community users of the VPN server. See VPN pages for a link to Download and Install Cisco AnyConnect software for more details.

Do I require an account to use VPN?

MAC ID is a unique, common identifier enabling single sign-on for a number of McMaster systems and applications. A valid MAC ID account is required for access to VPN. Further more, access to some VPN profiles is restricted to only those authorized. An explanation of MAC ID can be found at Here.

Home Firewall Issues

Most home routers from manufacturers such as SMC, NetGear, Linksys, D-Link and Microsoft work with the VPN without modification. However, some firewall software such as that found in the Linux operating system may need to be modified.

If you are running a firewall or a router for a home network, you must allow the following types of traffic to pass through: UDP port 500 (ISAKMP), IP protocol 50 (ESP), and UDP port 4500 (for use with NAT-T, for users utilizing NAT).

For PPTP, you must allow the following types of traffic to pass through your firewall: TCP/1723, TCP/139UDP/Netbios-NS, UDP/Netbios-DGM, IP/47 GRE

What smartphones work with VPN?

Supported vpn devices are detailed on the main VPN Page.

How do I connect to network drive from off-campus?

Shared Windows directories are sometimes referred to as SMB or CIFS shares. SMB - Server Message Block, CIFS - Common Internet File SystemMany customers at McMaster currently connect to shares on the UTS Office Servers. You must install and use the Cisco VPN Client in order to access these shared directories from home. Once you have established a VPN connection, you may follow these instructions in order to connect to Office Server shares:

Windows: Linking to Office Server Shares (Instructions)

Mac OSX: Linking to Office Server Shares (Instructions)

AnyConnect Specific

AntiVirus Software Conflicts

It is recommended that you disable all AntiVirus software during the installation of either the IPSec or PPTP client software as some conflicts may occur.

Windows & Multiple User Logon

If there are other users logged in to a Windows machine (even if not running a program), Cisco VPN client stalls during authentication & never completes the connection. Fix: log off other users (it is suspected that the Cisco client establishes the VPN tunnel for the whole machine, not just a particular user's session).

Firewall - connection dropping after a few minutes

Those using the Cisco VPN Client, on a system running Windows, with the Firewall feature enabled, may experience timeout problems (your session may disconnect within 5 minutes) if the following type of traffic is not allowed to pass through the firewall: UDP port 500 Any customers using a home router or "NAT" (Network Address Translation) box* should not experience any problems whatsoever.

* Devices that are used to share Internet connections within the home - connecting to Cablemodem services (e.g. Cogeco) or High-Speed DSL services (e.g. Sympatico) - from manufacturers such as SMC, NetGear, Linksys, D-Link and Microsoft.

Changes required to avoid timeout issues: Start->Control Panel->Windows Firewall Under the "General" Options Tab, ensure that the "Don't allow exceptions" is NOT checked). That is, you DO want to allow exceptions ... Next, select the Exceptions Tab ... Select "Add Port" Specify a Name for this exception, in the "Name:" field (call it anything you like. Example: UDP500) Specify 500 as your Port number. Select UDP. Select OK. Select OK again, to close the Windows Firewall window.

Is a reboot required after AnyConnect is installed/upgraded

No. Unlike the IPsec VPN Client, a reboot is not required after the AnyConnect installation/upgrade.

What platforms is Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) supported on?

DTLS is supported on WINXP/Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10/Mac OS and Linux.

Does DTLS support both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms?


What is the difference between the SSL-Tunnel and DTLS-Tunnel? What type of traffic goes through each?

The SSL-Tunnel is the TCP tunnel that is first created to the ASA. When it is fully established, the client will then try to negotiate a UDP DTLS-Tunnel. While the DTLS-Tunnel is being established, data can pass over the SSL-Tunnel. When the DTLS-Tunnel is fully established, all data now moves to the DTLS-tunnel and the SSL-tunnel is only used for occasional control channel traffic. If something should happen to UDP, the DTLS-Tunnel will be torn down and all data will pass through the SSL-Tunnel again.

The decision of how to send the data is very dynamic. As each network bound data packet is processed there is a point in the code where the decision is made to use either the SSL connection or the DTLS connection. If the DTLS connection is heathly at that moment, the packet is sent via the DTLS connection. Otherwise it is sent via the SSL connection.

The SSL connection is established first and data is passed over this connection while attempting to establish a DTLS connection. Once the DTLS connection has been established, the decision point in the code described above just starts sending the packets via the DTLS connection instead of the SSL connection. Control packets, on the other hand, always go over the SSL connection.

The key point is if the connection is considered healthy. If DTLS, an unreliable protocol, is in use and the DTLS connection has gone bad for whatever reason, the client does not know this until Dead Peer Detection (DPD) occurs. Therefore, data will be lost over the DTLS connection during that short period of time because the connection is still considered healthy. Once DPD occurs, data will immediately be set via the SSL connection and a DTLS reconnect will happen.

The ASA will send data over the last connection it received data on. Therefore, if the client has determined that the DTLS connection is not healthy, and starts sending data over the SSL connection, the ASA will reply on the SSL connection. The ASA will resume use of the DTLS connection when data is received on the DTLS connection.

Where are the Windows AnyConnect installation logs stored?

There are two possible locations for the install logs on Windows:

If this is a fresh install, then it will be in the USER's temp directory. This directory can be found by entering %TEMP% from the Start->run menu in Windows XP or 2K (and the search window on Vista) and then clicking ok / enter.

If this is an upgrade, then this file will be located in the SYSTEM's temp directory which is typically %SYSTEMDRIVE%\temp or %SYSTEMROOT%\temp, but might be located elsewhere.

The file has a format of, for example.

Where are the Linux AnyConnect installation logs stored?

These logs are stored in /opt/cisco/vpn.

What is the AnyConnect Reconnect Behavior?

AnyConnect will attempt to reconnect if the connection is disrupted. This is not configurable, but automatic. As long as the session on the ASA is still valid, if AnyConnect can re-establish the physical connection, the session will be resumed.

How do I uninstall Cisco Anyconnect VPN Client on Mac OS X?

If the application is still installed do this:

From the Finder go to the Applications folder. Look for the Cisco folder and open it Then double click on Uninstall Anyconnect to start the uninstall process Follow instructions to uninstall VPN program

Here's the procedure for manually uninstalling the AnyConnect client from a Mac OS X system.

As root, run the following shell script from the Terminal:

$ sudo /opt/cisco/vpn/bin/ You will be prompted for your password. Once you enter it, just follow the steps

If you still having trouble and/or the new Cisco Anyconnect installation complains that you have a version installed, follow these steps:

Enter these commands to clean out the old Cisco VPN kernel extension and reboot the system.

sudo -s rm -rf /System/Library/StartupItems/CiscoVPN rm -rf /Library/StartupItems/CiscoVPN rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/CiscoVPN.kext rm -rf /Library/Extensions/CiscoVPN.kext rm -rf /Library/Receipts/vpnclient-kext.pkg rm -rf /Library/Receipts/vpnclient-startup.pkg reboot

If you installed the Cisco VPN for Mac version 4.x.x package, enter these commands to delete the misplaced files. The deletion of these files will not affect your system, since applications do not use these misplaced files in their current location.

sudo -s rm -rf /Cisco\ VPN\ Client.mpkg rm -rf /com.nexUmoja.Shimo.plist rm -rf /Profiles rm -rf / exit

Enter these commands if you no longer need the old Cisco VPN Client or Shimo.

sudo -s rm -rf /Library/Application\ Support/Shimo rm -rf /Library/Frameworks/cisco-vpnclient.framework rm -rf /Library/Extensions/tun.kext rm -rf /Library/Extensions/tap.kext rm -rf /private/opt/cisco-vpnclient rm -rf /Applications/ rm -rf /Applications/Shimo.apprm -rf /private/etc/opt/cisco-vpnclient rm -rf /Library/Receipts/vpnclient-api.pkg rm -rf /Library/Receipts/vpnclient-bin.pkg rm -rf /Library/Receipts/vpnclient-gui.pkg rm -rf /Library/Receipts/vpnclient-profiles.pkg rm -rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.nexUmoja.Shimo.plist rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/Shimo rm -rf ~/Library/Preferences/ rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/SyncServices/Local/TFSM/com. nexumoja.Shimo.Profiles rm -rf ~/Library/Logs/Shimo* rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/Shimo rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/Growl/Tickets/Shimo.growlTicket exit

Finally this.

sudo pkgutil --forget

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SoftEther VPN — продвинутый мультипротокольный VPN-сервер и клиент / Хабрахабр

Как скоро я смогу вас заинтересовать, если скажу, что в этой статье речь пойдет о VPN-сервере, который может поднимать L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN, MS-SSTP, L2TPv3, EtherIP-серверы, а также имеет свой собственный протокол «SSL-VPN», который неотличим от обычного HTTPS-трафика (чего не скажешь про OpenVPN handshake, например), может работать не только через TCP/UDP, но и через ICMP (подобно pingtunnel, hanstunnel) и DNS (подобно iodine), работает быстрее (по заверению разработчиков) текущих имплементаций, строит L2 и L3 туннели, имеет встроенный DHCP-сервер, поддерживает как kernel-mode, так и user-mode NAT, IPv6, шейпинг, QoS, кластеризацию, load balancing и fault tolerance, может быть запущен под Windows, Linux, Mac OS, FreeBSD и Solaris и является Open-Source проектом под GPLv2?

То-то и оно. Такое пропустить нельзя.

Uh-oh, что же это за штука?
Скорее всего, вы раньше не слышали об этом проекте. Дело в том, что Daiyu Nobori (登 大遊) начал его разрабатывать, как только пошел в Тсукубский университет, и PPTP не заработал из сети кампуса. В 2003, когда ему было 18 лет, он выпустил первую версию SoftEther, и на него наехало правительство Японии, которое считало, что этот проект можно расценивать чуть ли ни как вредоносное ПО, т.к. оно позволяет обходить файрволлы (OpenVPN в то время еще только появлялся), а также может «навредить имиджу других VPN-продуктов» и запретило распространять программу. Он попытался объясниться, но т.к. из-за этого его могли, возможно, отчислить из университета, сильно он не настаивал и убрал программу из свободного доступа. Проходит некоторое время, и Mitsubishi Materials Corporation предлагает купить у него SoftEther 1.0 и подписать контракт на 10 лет (апрель 2004-апрель 2014), который дает корпорации право на продажу SoftEther и запрещает Daiyu Nobori продавать программу и/или основанные на ней, но в марте 2013 он начинает распространять SoftEther бесплатно, и вот только совсем недавно (4 января 2014) ее удалось открыть под GPLv2. К большому сожалению, сейчас еще пока остаются некоторые проблемы с копирайтом, поэтому в SoftEther до апреля 2014, вероятно, нельзя будет увидеть некоторые важные функции: аутентификация Radius / Active Directory, аутентификация по RSA-ключам, защита от DoS, Source IP ACL, Syslog transfer и Deep-inspect packet logging.
Чуть более подробно про возможности сервера:
  • Множество виртуальных хабов. Т.е. не каждый экземпляр сервера обслуживает только своих клиентов, а все в пределе одного сервера.
  • Remote-Access (клиент-к-LAN) и Site-to-Site (объединение двух и более LAN в одну) туннелей.
  • Поддержка L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN, MS-SSTP, L2TPv3, EtherIP и своего протокола
  • VPN через ICMP и через DNS (только через свой протокол)
  • Dynamic DNS и NAT Traversal через бесплатный релей (да-да, можно поднять VPN сервер с серым IP!)
  • Логгирование
  • Встроенный firewall
  • Поддержка IPv6 в L3-режиме (ну и в L2, конечно, тоже)
  • Шейпинг трафика по группам пользователей либо по конкретным пользователям
  • SecureNAT (user-space NAT и DHCP-сервер). Удобно на не-серверных Windows
  • Поддержка VLAN
  • Поддержка QoS с автоматической приоритезацией

По заявлению автора, SoftEther работает быстрее эталонных реализаций.

ПО состоит из сервера, бридж-сервера, клиента, GUI (только Windows) и CUI утилит администрирования. Клиент нужен для подключения одного компьютера к LAN (Remote Access VPN), а бридж-сервер для соединения двух или более сетей (Site-to-Site VPN). К сожалению, CUI пока не очень хорошо задокументирован и запустить сервер только из CUI мне не удалось, пришлось воспользоваться Windows-версией сервера и GUI-утилитой. Нужно заметить, что GUI-утилита умеет работать не только с локальным сервером, т.е. можно запустить сам сервер на Linux, а администрировать его через GUI-утилиту под Windows. В GUI есть только основные настройки, для изменения продвинутых настроек придется лезть в конфиг или использовать CUI.

Вот вам несколько скриншотов GUI, чтобы было представление, что умеет сервер и как все легко настраивается.

Окно управления сервером

Окно управления хабом

Редактирование пользователя

ACL c возможностью симулировать packet loss и jitter

Security Policy для пользователя

Настройка SecureNAT

Настройка L2TP/IPSec

Настройка OpenVPN и SSTP

Проект VPNGate был создан для обхода блокировок со стороны администратора, провайдера или правительства. Вы можете запустить у себя SoftEther-сервер, поставить галочку «использовать vpngate», и пользователи, которым нужен бесплатный VPN, смогут найти ваш сервер в каталоге VPNGate и подключиться к нему, причем они не смогут получить доступ к диапазону приватных адресов вроде, а только до интернета. Также, SoftEther пишет логи пользователей, которые используют ваш сервер через VPNGate.
Вот, наверное, и все. Буду с нетерпением ждать апреля, который, надеюсь, привнесет поддержку, как минимум, Radius и сертификатов. На сайте хоть и мало документации по тонкой настройке SoftEther, но очень понятно, подробно и интересно расписано про сети и VPN в общем. Если у вас хорошо с английским и вы хотите узнать побольше про VPN, не поленитесь, почитайте документацию на сайте проекта. Ну, или хотя бы на картинки посмотрите.

SoftEther VPNРепозиторий на github

11 Free VPN Services List for US, UK, China, Germany Sites

VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a way of secure and reliable communication between some restricted sites and remote users. This is applicable for companies operating in different geographical locations with loads of employees working from home, different offices etc. In that case, employees may use VPN tunnel to access their company’s website or portal to access the data. Now this secure and reliable service or way of communication can be used to access some blocked sites as well.

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For example, If you are not able to open twitter, Hulu, Pendora  or Windows Live or restricted sites on your office desktop or laptop, then you may use a VPN service and open that without any problem. Most of the VPN services are paid but here I will show you the list of 11 Free VPN services which can be used to access restricted sites anytime, anywhere.

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1. UltraVPN

Very simple to use but efficient VPN client. You can access the restricted sites with this service without any issue. UltraVPN is based on OpenVPN which encrypts the network connection. Because of that no one can track your connection. If the access to Internet is restricted in your office or other places, you can use UltraVPN for secure connection and access the restricted sites.

2. AloneWeb

[Update – AloneWeb service is no longer available]

AloneWeb is a completely free VPN service thru which you can access your favorite sites which are blocked by system admin or someone. If you use Internet in unsecured Wi-Fi area, then you can use these VPN services to hide your IP address and access sites securely. This is a free of charge service which is also reliable.

3. FreeVPN

[Update – FreeVPN is no longer free service, It is now a paid VPN service]

With FreeVPN, you can access Sites from USA, UK, Canada, Germany, Italy, Sweden, France, China without any issue. Access blocked sites like,,, and much more even when you are in other country. Blocked sites are accessible without any problem.

4. CyberGhost

[Update – Still 1GB of free access available]

CyberGhost offers 1 GB per month free access of Internet, even for blocked sites. You can try CyberGhost because 1 GB is also good amount of traffic space. You can upgrade to premium version which stats from 14.26 USD.

5. Hotspot

[Update – The best free VPN service, still working perfectly]

Hotspot Shield is a free VPN service which can be used for accessing Internet even by hiding your own IP address. It is available for PC (Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7) as well as Mac. For anonymous use of Internet, you can use Hotspot Shield VPN service.

6. JAP aka JonDo

Jap is a research project which offers free VPN service. You can use this service to connect thru Internet and access your favorite sites. The service is not much reliable but you can use this one in case other doesn’t work.

7. GPass

Another great yet free VPN service. GPass is a really cool VPN where you can stream audio/video, email, instant messaging line Window messenger etc without any problem. Even you can use Download Manager to download stuffs from your favorite place.

8. LogMeIn Hamachi

LogMeIn is a well known remote desktop support provider. They also offer free VPN service under Hamachi name thru which you can access blocked sites from your office area or blocked area. Use this VPN service in Wi-Fi area to access sites securely.

9. Its Hidden

Another free VPN service provider. You don’t need any software to install. Use the secured connection on Its Hidden to access your favorite sites without any issue. They offer

10. Packetix.NET

This VPN technology is developed by SoftEther Corporation. You can use this test server for free access of your favorite sites and blocked sites in different geographic locations. You can access Internet from Unsecured locations like Wi-Fi enabled Hotels, Airports and even on untrustworthy ISPs.

11. HideipVPN

It is a free VPN service for US / UK sites. You can stat browsing anonymously by using this free service. HideipVPN offers limited number of free accounts every month. Currently they are offering 100 free accounts every month starting from 1’st of each month at 10:00AM GMT+2. So get ready to have a free account on 1‘st of this month.

Do you use VPN clients for Internet access or accessing your favorite sites blocked on certain locations? Share your favorite free VPN service which you use frequently.

If you are not satisfied with the free VPN services, then you should try the best Paid VPN services where you get more options and more freedom.

14 Best Free VPN Software For Windows

Here is a list of best free VPN Software for Windows. These VPN Software let you browse using free VPN services easily. All these VPN or Virtual Private Network Software are completely free and can be downloaded to Windows PC. Some programs can be installed using their installer while others are extensions of Google Chrome and Firefox. All these help you to maintain your privacy against hackers, hide your public IP, unblock websites which are blocked in your country or region, and many more.

My favorite free VPN Software are:

As per my testing “CyberGhost” and “GOMVPN” are the best free VPN Software, as these are lightweight and easy to install. Both are easy to use and understand.

You can also try these best free Internet Booster Software, Remote Access Software, and FTP Software.

Here are the Best Free VPN Software:


CyberGhost is a free VPN service to surf the internet anonymously and privately. You can download and use this software mainly for anonymous browsing. In free mode, it takes time to let you connect to free VPN servers. While using Cyberghost, you can let it choose server of any country, or you can also choose a country of your liking. This VPN software let you choose various countries for browsing, like, Norway, Finland, Poland, Ukraine, Spain, Ireland, USA, UK, Germany, Romania etc. There are many more countries available, but they are in paid option. Similarly, you can also simulate IP address. In its General Settings, you can check "Automatically start during system startup" button to automatically start the program with Windows. It also has Privacy control setting for controlling Anti Fingerprinting and Content Blocker to keep you anonymous and secure. You can save these settings to a .C5S file for future use.

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GOMVPN is a Google Chrome extension which acts as a VPN when browsing websites using Google Chrome web browser. After installing this extension, just click once on its icon near Address Bar for starting it. You can create a free account with it or just use it without logging in on trial basis. It lets you browse restricted or blocked websites without fail. It basically bypasses and unblocks restricted websites in your area.

Apart from being a free VPN extension, there are some other innovative things that GOM provides:

  • VPN software are notorious for slowing down the browsing speed. That's not the case with GOM. On the contrary, it actually speeds up browsing by using technologies like SPDY and QUIC.
  • GOM encrypt all the traffic, even from the sites that do not support HTTPS. This provides inherent security, and safer browsing experience.
  • GOM also comes with a huge Add Ons library to block or unblock specific websites, or class of websites (like, block Porn).

All in all, GOM is one of the simplest VPN service I tried.

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JAP is a Java based free VPN software and is available for almost every operating system. You can surf the internet anonymously by using this free Virtual Private Network software. To use it, first you have to enable Proxy for the web browser you use, and insert the "" in the Proxy and "4001" in the Port field. Now when you run this JAR file, you can choose any VPN service from the list and click Anonymity button in On position to start browsing the internet anonymously. It shows the encrypted data transferred in KByte and Activity on its main interface. This program has various configuration settings and you can modify these settings by clicking Config button at Top Right corner. Some of the settings that you can modify are: User Interface (Language, Font size, Look & Feel, etc.), Network, Anonymity Filter etc. You can even change the above said Port number from the Network configuration. It has servers from Germany, United States, Luxemburg, Canada, Bulgaria, and various other countries to use with this free service.

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proXPN is a user account based VPN client. It is based upon Freemium model. First you have to create a free basic account with them. Then after downloading and installation, you can enter your credential details to start the program. The connection time and data transfer is also unlimited in this free basic account but with a speed of 300kbps and one location in the United States. It sits in the system tray and can be made visible by double clicking on its icon. You can use its basic free account for anonymous and encrypted web browsing. It provides anonymous IP addresses to your system.

Home Page     Download Page VPN VPN is a free VPN client for PC. You have to create and activate your free account with them. You can use this VPN software for anonymous web browsing and for bypassing country specific restrictions for watching global TV services like Hulu, BBC, Netflix etc. After running the program, you can type your credential data in it and choose from the desired server from the available server list and click Connect button. The program has various settings like Launch at startup, Remember selected location, VPN protocol and others. It also keeps the connection log.

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SoftEther VPN Client

SoftEther VPN client is an easy to use free VPN software. It lets you connect to various free VPN servers for free. You don’t need to create any account for using this free application. After installation, it creates a Virtual Network Adapter in your PC. The program has various settings to use and you can apply the required one as per your need. You can add multiple virtual adapters to the list. Various countries available to connect to VPN servers are: Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, United Kingdom, United States, France, Poland, India and many more. Overall the program is easy to understand and use.

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TOR Browser

Tor Browser helps you in protecting your privacy as well as security. You can surf the internet anonymously and without the country limit. For e.g. you can watch shows over the internet which are blocked in your country or region. It also prevents the websites to get your physical location, like VPN does. It automatically creates a suitable route for you to access the content of region based websites. The program is lightweight and is easy to understand.

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ZPN Connect

ZPN Connect is very simple and easy to use VPN Client for Windows. You have to create a free account with them to use this free service. After successful login, you can connect to a limited number of servers in different countries in its free version mode. Your PC will be assigned a new IP for the country you choose. Now you can browse even blocked websites in your area. You can easily maintain your online privacy and anonymity with the help of this free VPN software. The maximum data transfer limit is 10 GB. Various types of general as well as connection related settings can be applied or changed by clicking Settings icon on its interface.

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Globus VPN Browser

Globus VPN Browser is a Chromium based web browser which combines the functionality of web browser and VPN in one. After installation, run the program and choose the country for VPN connection and start browsing anonymously. You can watch global TV in this browser even if it is blocked in your country. The program has various useful settings for privacy, like: Block third party sites from setting cookies, Send do not track me requests, Disable offering to save passwords, disable spell check service and many more.

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DotVPN — better than VPN

DotVPN-better than VPN is an easy to use Google Chrome extension which lets you browse websites blocked in your country or region. The extension is easy to install and configure. After installing this Chrome extension, you can create a free account from its interface. After logging in, it lets you choose the server from different locations. It has various useful settings like: Bandwidth Saver, AdBlock, Tracking Protection, Block Analytics, Firewall, Crash Reporting and many more. If you want it to start automatically, you can enable "Connect on Start" option from settings. Overall the extension is pretty easy to use and understand.

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Unlimited Free VPN - betternet

Unlimited Free VPN - Betternet is a free VPN extension for Google Chrome. It lets you access websites safely and also protect your privacy against hackers. It can unblock any website which is not available in your country or region. The extension is easy to install and use. With just one click you can start it and no user credentials are required to use this free Google Chrome VPN extension.

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SurfEasy VPN

SurfEasy VPN is a simple and easy to use VPN client which lets you browse internet anonymously from any location. You can create a free account with it and after successful login you can start browsing the internet. The program sits in the system tray and can be started with Windows. It gives you 500 MB data limit in the free account mode. You can change the region by clicking "Settings" icon. There are various pre-defined countries given in the list and you can choose any of these. Some of the free VPN Servers countries are: United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Singapore etc. You don’t need any further setting for your web browser. After starting the service you can watch and surf websites which are country specific, from any location.

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Private Tunnel

Private Tunnel is a free VPN software for Windows. It is also available for various other operating systems and devices. You can protect your online identity by using this program. You have to register a free account with them and after verifying your account you can use up to 500 MB of data transfer. Now after downloading and installation, login to the program. Now you can choose from different servers from the drop down list and click Connect to start using it. Also if you need to use this software on iPhone/iPad, Android, Linux, and other OpenVPN compatible clients, you must download a user profile to use on those clients. It has a bookmark feature and you can add more bookmarks to it. If you want to change your account password, then you can use Settings tab.

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TunnelBear is simple and easy to use VPN software. You can use this secure AES-256 encrypted service for browsing the internet safely and anonymously. First create a free 500 MB account with them and download the installer. After installation and login to your account, you can surf the internet securely and anonymously. You can try the different servers from the drop down list on its interface. Now you can visit those websites also which are county specific.

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