If you are angered and worried that governments and their agencies can see everything you do online, you should be. It is a clear violation of a persons right to privacy but to get around such things has always required money and possibly some IT knowledge but not any more. Hats off to Swiss startup Proton for now providing a free and fully functional VPN service. Needless to say, they have been bombarded with requests and are now victims of their own success. Currently there are only taking email addresses and are providing account access on a first come, first served basis while they get more servers online. (Paying customer of course get instant access).
While we cannot actually review the service (as we are also waiting for a free account to test), we can confirm the usual details of the free service providing less locations (only 3) and lower speeds than the paid for versions but what do you expect. If you are more interested in your privacy and security than the speed at which the internet serves you up advertising, then this is a must have application. (NB: When you do get your free account, pick the nearest server to your location to get the best speeds).
As a footnote, if you are the kind of person who is interested in VPNs, online privacy and security, our friends at Cloudwards have written a very useful article, Cybercrime: 5 Things You Need to Know.