Several years ago they were highly criticized when research showed that their free application is among those containing the highest amount of ads and tracking modules.
After that, the company provided several changes including the paid options.
However, can Betternet still be trusted? Is it able to provide secure data transfer and protect your online privacy?
In this review, we are going to test its features and see whether it can be a good competitor to other services.
I have laid out this review in a simple, concise and easy to understand format that even a 10-year old can follow along. I will be discussing this review under the following sub-headings.
- About Betternet (Overview)
- Compatible Devices
- Features of Betternet
- Speed and Performance
- Price (Free or Paid version)
- Privacy and Security
- Pros and Cons
1. About Betternet (Overview)
Betternet is located in the USA and under the USA jurisdiction. Is it good for privacy lovers? We cannot say so, as they are one of the founders of 5/9/14-Eyes Alliance.
What does it mean for you? Theoretically, they can share your data on government requests.
The service offers 17 virtual locations in 11 countries. They do not identify the number of IP addresses and servers, so it is not clear how big their network actually is.
With a free subscription, you will be able to use only one location the US. So, the American servers are the busiest.
All other locations are available only for premium users. Also, free customers can use only one device compared to up to 6 for premium subscribers.
Betternet supports all the most popular platforms including iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows, as well as web browsers such as Chrome and Firefox. Quite strange that it’s not available for Opera.
2. Compatible Devices
Betternet is compatible with all major platforms, including Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
There are also extensions for Chrome and Firefox, which can help you keep your browser safe from prying eyes.
Betternet isn’t compatible with routers and Smart TV, which is one of its main downsides.
The free version of this VPN can be downloaded as many times as you want, for each of your devices separately.
On the other hand, premium membership enables you to install it simultaneously on up to 5 devices.
3. Features of Betternet
Betternet provides hundreds of shared IPs which are used to cover your real IP address and keep you anonymous.
Premium users gain access to Betternet’s dedicated servers located around the world in order to avoid any geo-restrictions.
With Betternet, you can effortlessly stream videos or movies, use social media or access any online content you want.
Torrent users will be happy to hear that this superb free VPN service provider allows P2P sharing.
They do say, however, that in case they receive a valid court order, they are obligated to cooperate with the authorities.
Betternet has recently introduced the superior HexaTech VPN service for additional protection and safety.
It is very reliable and flexible as well. Additionally, the Hexa protocol is almost block-proof.
HexaTech VPN is now available to all Android and iOS users. You can protect your phone for free by simply downloading the app.
4. Speed and Performance
Betternet operates servers in 11 world countries including the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, etc.
Africa and South America aren’t covered yet, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use it in Argentina or Colombia, for example.
Although connecting to a distant server might slow down your Internet speed a bit, chances are that you won’t even notice it.
Generally speaking, its performance is quite good, but it might drain your battery if you use it on your phone.
Betternet is also very reliable. It provides full protection as long as it’s activated, so you don’t have to worry about your online anonymity.
In case one of the servers malfunctions for whatever reason, Betternet automatically connects you to another one that works properly.
It was developed as a free VPN dedicated to improving online anonymity.
However, they must fund themselves somehow, so now you’ll see free sponsored apps and video links every time you open the Betternet app.
This might be a bit annoying, but they do have to earn money somehow.
5. Price (Free or Paid version)
Betternet VPN can be used for free without any limitations, except that you can’t choose or change server location.
You can download it as many times as you want and use it for as long as you want.
They are very transparent about their funding, so you can learn everything about it on their website.
They also offer the Premium version, which gives you certain benefits.
Betternet offers a free 7-day trial for the Premium version and 3 types of subscription.
The monthly subscription costs $11.99, the 6-month membership costs $3.99 per month, and the annual subscription is $2.99 a month.
HexaTech VPN service is free for Android and iOS, but there’s also the paid Pro version which is available for iOS only.
The pro version allows you to access servers in the United States, Japan, The United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany. The monthly subscription costs only $1.
6. Privacy and Security
Besides the brand new Hexa protocol, Betternet offers standard VPN protocols as well.
This VPN provider protects you with OpenVPN and military-grade AES 256-bit encryption, making it almost impossible for hackers to track you down.
It also offers the IPSec protocol with 128-bit AES-CBC encryption.
In addition to first-class protocols, Betternet has a no-logs policy.
You can rest assured that your information is completely safe with Betternet, as they don’t keep any information about your online activity.
It doesn’t save any ports, IPs, personal information or timestamps.
Unfortunately, Betternet doesn’t accept BitCoin payments, so in case you opt for the Premium version, you’ll need to share your credit or debit card info.
7. Pros and Cons
- Unlimited free version
- Military-grade encryption
- Superb Hexa protocol
- Zero-logs policy
- Premium subscription for up to 5 devices
- P2P and torrenting allowed
- No live chat
- No-kill switch
- You can’t use it on Linux
Betternet is a simple, easy-to-use VPN that can effectively mask your IP address and protect your data with secure encryption.
The security and interface of this app are pretty good, especially considering that these are available in a free version.
Overall: It’s unreliable speeds, questionable privacy policies, inability to access popular streaming sites, and lack of an automatic kill switch are some of the reasons why we wouldn’t recommend Betternet over our top-rated premium VPNs.
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