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Betternet Review

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A Canada-based VPN service, Betternet is a free VPN service aimed towards Android and iOS mobile users. Betternet is perfect for those who are new to virtual private networks and are trying to test the waters of VPN services. It has a simple interface and the basic security measures, but aside from that, here are some of Betternet’s features:

 

Security and Protocols. To ensure the full privacy of their users, they offer OpenVPN with AES256 encryption, and 128 bit AES-CBC for IPSec. Betternet makes sure that you will remain in complete anonymity by distributing all user traffic between hundreds of shared IPs. Betternet does not offer a kill-switch and port forwarding feature, but it has a built-in DNS leak protection.

Servers and Server Locations. Betternet is a free VPN service, but upgrading to a Premium subscription will allow you to access its servers in 10 countries, namely United States, Australia, Canada, France, United Kingdom Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan. It has plenty of server locations in the United States, and although users will have only a few options to choose from, most of it will do; it is a free VPN service with a very cheap Premium subscription, after all.

Device Connection and Compatibility. Betternet is available on any platforms for any device, whether you are using Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS, Chrome, and Firefox. Upgrading to their Premium subscription will enable you to connect five devices simultaneously.

Customer Support. They have a Frequently Asked Questions page and a Help Center in their official website in case you are having trouble with their VPN service. You may also submit a ticketed request, but BestVPN says that they received no reply using this method.

 Pricing and Plans. Primarily, Betternet is a free VPN service, but Android and iOS users can upgrade to a Premium subscription for only $5 per month when billed monthly, or $2.50 per month when billed annually.

Overall Review. For mobile users who do not want the fluff of paid VPN services, Betternet is one of the most decent VPN services that are free of charge. However, there are issues of it being full of malware, so it is best to try Betternet with caution.

 

Reminders For Free VPN Services

 

When availing of a free VPN service, always double check before using a certain VPN of your choice. Some free VPNs will sell your data to those who will ask for it in order to cover their operation costs. Others might also contain spywares and malwares, plus most VPNs have the weakest encryptions which makes it quite easy to intercept and steal your data.

Although free VPN seems like a good catch, it’s always best to do a bit of a research and take extra precautions when choosing which one to use. After all, you’re using a VPN to protect your privacy, but it would be ironic if the VPN service itself is compromising it.

 

Differences of Free and Paid VPN

 

Why pay a hefty amount every month for a VPN service when you can get one for free? Free VPN services are great, but paid VPN usually take your privacy more seriously than the former. After all, you get what you pay for, and if you aren’t paying for anything, then you aren’t really sure if your privacy is 100% secure.

There are a lot of VPN services that offer free services and make money through donations from their patrons. Although some of it are actually legitimate (TunnelBear is a free VPN service which has a good reputation), some of these free services could be a hoax – after all, you are not paying them to keep your privacy, so what is stopping them from using your private information and using it to their advantage?

Here are reasons why you should use a paid VPN service as much as possible instead of free ones:

Poor security and lack of strong protocols. Most free VPNs are not equipped with the latest or the strongest protocols, which makes it easier for third parties to be able to see your traffic. With paid VPNs, you can choose from L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN, SSTP, SSH, and IKEv2.

Slow connection. Using a free VPN along with so many other users at the same time makes for a slow connection due to the lack of bandwidth. With a paid VPN, you are paying for a bandwidth and multiple servers, so you will have a lot of options to choose from.

Keeping logs of your activities. These services could keep a record of your browsing history, email, account usernames, and bank account details and use them to steal your identity. Furthermore, they could also sell your bandwidth to the highest bidder.

Customer support. Most free VPNs do not provide round-the-clock support in case you are having difficulties with your connection. Paid VPNs, however, usually gives you options such as live chat, email, or FAQs articles.

Few location options. With free VPNs, there are only a few locations that you can choose from, not to mention the limited server-switching. A paid VPN offers locations from almost anywhere in the world and lets you switch servers whenever you want to.

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