Betternet's Free VPN Proxy for Android is quick to set up and offers a secure path through public networks, letting you dodge geoblocking and Internet censorship and filtering.
Useful free version: Betternet is transparent about how it makes money from its free VPN, offering a monthly chart of the costs and revenues associated with the app. Every so often, the free edition of the VPN insists that you watch a video or download an app to help cover costs. And while it's possible to click through these messages, it may be better to just participate in Betternet's funding efforts.
Choose your region: For free accounts, the VPN randomly assigns you to a server with minimum latency. With a paid subscription ($4.99 per month or $29.99 per year), you can select a server in one of seven countries (Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, United Kingdom, or the United States).
Speedy enough: Because of the additional steps a VPN takes to protect connections, data transfer rates can be slow. Betternet's VPN speeds can vary, because the service doesn't cap how many users can simultaneously connect to its free servers. But Betternet does have dedicated servers for subscribers and limits the users on those, so their data transfer can be quicker.
Security: To create its point-to-point private connections, Betternet uses OpenVPN, an open-source, widely used VPN application, and AES-256 encryption.
Logs and user data: The company says it doesn't store users logs or share personal information.
Limited server choices: With a free account, you are are randomly assigned to a server based on traffic. With a paid account, you can pick a server in a specific country to bypass geo restrictions, but the regional choices are fewer than those offered by other VPNs.
Available in free and paid editions, Free VPN Proxy by Betternet is a solid choice for creating a private connection over a public network. While other VPNs may offer more choices for evading geoblocking, Betternet covers the basics and offers a secure way to avoid network filtering.