Betternet Free VPN

Free VPN that allows users to hide their location

6.8

263 Votes

  • Category Network security
  • License Free
  • Version 3.6.0
  • Size 8.88 MB
  • Works under Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7
  • Language English
  • Program by Anchorfree, Inc.

Betternet Free VPN is a great way to surf the Web securely and anonymously.

Betternet Free VPN is a Windows tool that lets you establish a virtual private network with a remote server. The connection is authenticated and encrypted, so it’s secure. In this scenario, the value of a VPN is that you connect to a remote server, and that server accesses websites and other services on your behalf. You make a request, the remote server handles that request and returns the response to you. The advantage here is that you never expose your IP address or other information.

The most common reason web surfers want to hide their information is due to geographic restrictions. For instance, a service like YouTube doesn’t feed certain videos to users in Europe. Therefore, a user in Europe could connect to YouTube using Betternet and have unfettered access to the desired videos.

A potential downside to this approach is decreased performance. After all, you’re adding an extra layer to the process of web surfing, which means that there’s added latency. Loading webpages can be a slower, but Betternet is pretty good in this regard, particularly considering it’s a free service. Your experience may vary from one session to the next, but the speeds provided by Betternet are generally very good.

The one issue you may run into is server location. Betternet is presumably using a list of free servers. At any given time, these servers may or may not be available or may be at capacity. If it’s important to connect from a specific country or region, then Betternet may be too unreliable for your purposes. However, U.S. serves are usually available.

Pros

  • Establishes secure VPNs
  • Connect to websites anonymously
  • No registration or credit card needed

Cons

  • Server location is unreliable
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