Windows is one of the most popular operating systems to host Kodi for obvious reasons. It makes it installing and setting up Kodi and its numerous addons a breeze. Streaming with Kodi is also super-easy on Windows, and you don’t need a remote control.

But privacy and security cannot come as an afterthought now that streaming with Kodi is marginalized into the gray zone of dubious legality, while unofficial addons and repos are ripe with malware.

If you want to avoid pesky copyright trolls, your ISP snooping and bandwidth throttling, while protecting your sensitive data when using Kodi, check out the following VPN services for your Windows devices.


1. ProtonVPN

ProtonVPN has a nifty free plan on offer. It’s limited to VPN servers in three countries only, but it has no bandwidth quota. It’s also ideal for privacy wonks since it comes with a kill switch, DNS leak protection, streaming and torrenting support, and an ability to create custom profiles. If you choose to upgrade, ProtonVPN comes with a generous 60-day money-back guarantee and a selection of wallet-friendly subscriptions. 

Pros:

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    A free plan without bandwidth quota
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    Excellent performance and security features
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    60-day refund
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    Neat Windows client
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    Based in Switzerland
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    P2P is allowed
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    Works with most streaming sites

Cons:

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    Limited to servers in three countries

2. TunnelBear

Canada-based TunnelBear is by far one of the most intuitive VPN clients for beginners. Although its free plan is limited to 500MB per month, it maintains a no-logs policy and runs a network of 900 servers in 20 countries. You can expand your free data allowance up to 5GB by spreading the word about the provider. Its Windows client is easy to use and comes with OpenVPN and 256-bit encryption.

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    The free plan allows up to 5GB/mo
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    No activity logs
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    Sleek client
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    Transparent privacy policy
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    Reasonable speeds

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    Torrenting is not allowed
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    No kill switch
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    Canada-based
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    DNS leak tests are strongly advised

3. Hide.me

Hide.me offers VPN servers in over 30 locations. Its free version is limited to servers in Canada, the Netherlands, and Singapore but comes with a fairly generous 2GB data usage per month. Hide.me offers decent download speeds, and robust privacy and security specs complete with OpenVPN support. It’s ideal for basic content unblocking and occasional use with public WiFi hotspots.

Pros:

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    Robust security, based in Malaysia
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    Free plan comes with 2GB/mo
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    Decent speeds

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    No free servers in the US or UK

4. Windscribe

Excellent privacy and security features, a crisp UI and an intuitive Windows client, come in Windscribe’s free plan complete with a 10GB/month bandwidth quota. This is, by all means, a generous offer. You can connect only one device, but if you want more, its premium plans allow the use of an unlimited number of devices simultaneously. 

Pros:

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    10GB/mo bandwidth quota in a free plan
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    Top-tier privacy and security features
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    Easy to use
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    Cross-platform

Cons:

  • Mediocre speeds for streaming
  • No live support
  • Canada-based



5. Surfeasy

If you don’t mind using a US-Canadian provider, Surfeasy has 1000 servers in 28 countries and provides decent speeds and robust security features. Its free trial allows you to run five connections simultaneously. It is limited to 500MB, but the fun part is you can expand your free allowance by spreading the word about the VPN. It’s also dead-simple in use and allows P2P, bundling a tracker blocker to protect your browsing from malvertisers.

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    500MB free data allowance
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    Intuitive and cross-platform
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    Dead-simple Windows client
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    OpenVPN, AE256 encryption
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    Great speeds
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    Allows P2P

Cons:

  • Headquartered in Canada, owned by US-based Opera
  • Less-than-perfect privacy policy



​Note: there is a reason these free offers are limited – decent providers can’t offer unlimited free service. In fact, the only way you can get a free VPN from a reliable provider is in a limited option designed to give you a sneak peek into what the VPN can do for you. Otherwise, if a free VPN is unlimited, you are most likely paying with your data or are bound to consume malware and ads.