Cryptofree.me is a free version of Cryptostorm, an open-source based, activist-run VPN service. You can subscribe to this service using a variety of different cryptocurrencies. It uses a token system rather than a standard payment model, though you can go the more traditional route, as well. The company was launched in Iceland, but has no central location. We tested the free version for this review.
Pricing and Plans
Cryptostorm offers unlimited bandwidth on all its subscriptions. The pricing is as follows.
- One month: $3.86
- Three months: $13.00
- Six months: $23.00
- One year: $47.00
- Two years: $87.00
Note that these prices reflect Bitpay rates. Other payment methods may have different prices attached to them. For instance, PayPal subscriptions are priced at:
- $1 per week
- $4 per month
- $52 per year
You can pay with a staggering array of different cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Darkcoin, Namecoin, Zetacoin and Litecoin. The company advertises that they’ll add new currencies when they become available.
Free Trial / Money Back Guarantee
You can use the Cryptofree.me version of this product by downloading and installing it, nothing else is required. There is no money back guarantee offered.
Privacy & Anonymity
Cryptostorm emphasizes privacy. They oversee their own network, according to their website, and use open source software. They have a token-based network that allows you to pay with hashed tokens, meaning there’s no easy way to attach your name to your payment. The company is decentralized. They do not log.
Torrents are allowed on this service.
There’s a forum where you can get support. You can contact the company via social media, as well.
We tested the free version of this product, which is capped at 256K. The client is bare bones, featuring nothing but a space for your token, connect/disconnect buttons and an options menu. You can watch the state of your connection below the main window, as shown in the screen shots.
Windows, Mac OSX, Android, IPhone, etc.
This VPN connected us over OpenVPN, which can be configured for all of the above devices.
Cryptofree Baseline Speedtest
Cryptofree VPN Speedtest
The speed test needs to come with a qualifier: the free version of this service is capped at 256K, so our expectations were not high in this regard.
As expected, our speed was abysmally slow, but the company makes no claims that it will be fast using the free
service. We tested from Albuquerque on a 50Mbps/5Mbps connection. Cryptostorm connected us to France. Our download speed was less than 0.50Mbps.
IPCheck and DNSLeak
Our IP address checked out as coming from France. Our DNS did leak, but this is easy to remedy by manually configuring your device.
- Free version
- Token-based payment system
- High level of anonymity
- No logging
- Open source
- Activist operated
- Committed to anonymity
Areas for Improvement
The only real support for this product is available via the forums at Cryptostorm.org. The posts are written at a very high technical level and, between that and the constant use of acronyms and slang, they are likely to drive most everyday users away without workable answers. It is not user-friendly where navigating and finding answers to questions is concerned.
Cryptostorm is a product by techies for techies, the more activist the better. It seems almost as concerned with cryptocurrency as it is with providing a VPN, but that’s not at all a bad thing. The decentralized company design is interesting where privacy is concerned. If you want to be on the bleeding edge of privacy protection, this is a good provider to look at. If words like “hash,” “tokens,” and other terms are still confusing to you, you might want to go with a more traditional provider that accepts Bitcoin and that doesn’t log.