F-Secure Freedome review

October 2017
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What it lacks in pricing and server number limits, F-Secure Freedome VPN makes up with strong encryption.
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Overall score
6.6
Highlights
  • 5-day free trial
  • Strong encryption
  • Unlimited data
Best for:
privacy
Gaming
privacy
Sports
privacy
Pandora
privacy
Hiding IP
Supports:
privacy
Roku
privacy
Kodi
privacy
Hulu
privacy
HBO

F-Secure Freedome Ratings

7
privacy
Privacy
6.1
speed-performance
Speed & Performance
6.7
apps
Apps
6.4
server
Servers
6.8
support
Support
6.5
Value for Money
Overall score

6.6

General overview

F-Secure is a company that was established in 1988 and is based in Finland. This company offers a lot of security services - antivirus, VPN, internet security and other. F-Secure’s Freedome VPN has great protection, but the cost goes up if you want to protect a bigger number of devices.

F-Secure Freedome general highlights:

Overall Rank
#34
Money-back guarantee
30
Setup time
6 min.
Device count per license
3-7
Mobile apps
iOS & Android
Best price
$4.99/month
Overview - conclusion
F-Secure Freedome is a neat VPN with advanced features.
Privacy
7

Freedome blocks ads as well as malware and also protects against phishing websites. Phishing websites are the ones that imitate legitimate pages and want the users to share their personal information. While P2P is possible, it may be blocked depending on the region.

Freedome uses OpenVPN with AES-128 encryption for data channel, while the iOS app uses IPsec AES-128. No logs are kept about user online activity and no personal information and data is stored. Freedome uses strong encryption, but there are no alternative protocol options available.

Privacy - highlights
  • Blocks ads and malware
  • Strong encryption
Privacy - Conclusions
F-Secure offers various blockers and allows P2P in certain regions.
Features
6.1

F-Secure Freedome VPN is easily installed and you don’t need to provide any information to download it - no registration, email or credit card number is needed. Its interface is attractive as well as easy to understand and operate. Freedome has 27 global servers, but only three of them are in Asia - South and Central America locations are not included at all. It can be said that most of the servers are located in Europe. Freedome offers browsing as well as tracking protection. You can use this VPN provider without being afraid of exceeding a certain data limit. There is also an ad and a malware blocker.

Tracker Mapper is a neat feature that monitors your traffic and shows you how advertisers can track and get information about your activities online. Tracker Mapper records blocked tracking attempts and lets you see them on an interactive map as well as shows you the malicious sites that have been blocked. However, F-Secure Freedome VPN feels a bit slow and the pages take longer than usual to load. Freedome has quite a few great traits, but some of the users might find that it lacks advanced features.

Features - highlights
  • Unlimited data
  • Traffic monitoring availability
Features - Conclusions
Freedome has an attractive interface and offers no data limit as well.
Apps
6.7

Freedome works on phones, tablets and computers. It is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire OS. Windows Phone or Linux client is not available. According to F-Secure, Freedome on Linux is not planned considering its small market share and fragmentation.

Apps - highlights
  • Not compatible with Windows Phone and Linux
Apps - Conclusions
While Freedome works on all major platforms, it does not and will not support Linux.
Support
6.8

Freedome has a knowledge base, help forums and chat or phone support with specified service hours. The knowledge base has various FAQs and how-to articles that are very helpful. Furthermore, the articles can be read in a number of different languages like Japanese, German, Italian and others. The search bar can help you find articles and needed information all throughout the existing content.

There is also a possibility to post questions on forums and wait for other community members to reply and try to help you out. If there’s a problem you want to solve fast, you can use chat or call the F-Secure expert to get a fast response. The variety of support options is commendable and the fact that the service hours are clearly indicated is great for knowing when it is best to contact the support team.

Support - highlights
  • Various customer support options
Support - Conclusions
There are multiple support options, though customer support hours are limited.
Value for money
6.5

What is unusual about Freedome is that it does not offer a monthly plan. There’s only one plan and its duration is 1 year. The price depends on a number of devices that you’re buying the services for. The cheapest plan licenses only three devices, while the maximum number of devices that can be used with Freedome is seven. There’s a free 5 days trial that does not need registration or email information and has no limitations in terms of data or available server locations.

Payment methods include American Express, JCB, PayPal, MasterCard as well as Visa and the company offers a 30 day money-back guarantee. Besides, you can cancel their services anytime.

Value for money - highlights
  • 5-day free trial
  • No monthly subscription
Value for money - Conclusions
The pricing depends on the device number and Freedome offers only an annual subscription.
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