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VPN Free - Betternet Hotspot VPN & Private Browser for Android

Editors' Review

by   / April 13, 2018

Betternet's VPN for Android is quick to set up and promises a secure connection through public networks.

Pros

Free version: The free version of Betternet offers unlimited data, and Betternet is transparent about how it makes money from its free VPN, although it no longer displays the chart of monthly revenue and expenses it mentions on the page.

Pay and choose your region: For free accounts, the VPN service randomly assigns you to a server. With a paid subscription ($11.99 per month, $23.94 for six months, or $35.88 per year), you can select a server in one of 10 regions: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, United Kingdom, or the United States. Betternet offers a free seven-day trial to help you decide.

Speedy enough: Betternet's 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 connection rates can be quicker.

Cons

Suspect logging activity: The company says it does not collect, log, store, or share user data logs. Researchers and independent testing sites, however, see problems with Betternet's logging practices. For example, That One Privacy Site, an independent VPN testing site, has concerns about Betternet's logging practices and approach to privacy and security. That One Privacy Site also notes that Betternet does not use the open source OpenVPN to create secure connections. The only information we could find on the company's website about which VPN software and encryption tools it uses dates back to 2015.

CSIRO (short for Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, an independent scientific research agency of the Australian Federal Government) found that Betternet had 14 third-party tracking libraries, the highest number of embedded tracking libraries of the 283 Android VPNs it examined. CSIRO also detected unusually high potential malware activity with Betternet's VPN. Be aware that using a VPN doesn't necessarily guarantee your Internet activities will be secure. Questionable VPN providers overpromise and underprotect. Choose a trustworthy VPN to protect your networking communications, bypass geoblocking, and dodge government filtering and censorship.

Requests access to track your app usage: Betternet requests permission to track which apps you use and how often you use them, which it claims it needs to know to provide optimal performance. While Betternet states it "does not use this data for any other purposes," we are wary of granting this kind of access. You can navigate back out of this window to use Betternet's VPN, but it's not immediately obvious that you have any way to dismiss this window beyond granting permission.

Limited free location: With a free account, you are randomly assigned to a server based on traffic. With a paid account, you can pick a server in a specific country or region. Betternet has fewer regional choices than other VPNs.

Bottom Line

Available in free and paid editions, Betternet offers a way of creating a private connection over a public network. Independent researchers and testers, however, have raised red flags about Betternet's logging and security practices. If you are looking for a trusted way to stay secure and private on the Internet, you may want to look elsewhere for a reputable VPN.

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Editors' Review

by   / April 13, 2018

Betternet's VPN for Android is quick to set up and promises a secure connection through public networks.

Pros

Free version: The free version of Betternet offers unlimited data, and Betternet is transparent about how it makes money from its free VPN, although it no longer displays the chart of monthly revenue and expenses it mentions on the page.

Pay and choose your region: For free accounts, the VPN service randomly assigns you to a server. With a paid subscription ($11.99 per month, $23.94 for six months, or $35.88 per year), you can select a server in one of 10 regions: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, United Kingdom, or the United States. Betternet offers a free seven-day trial to help you decide.

Speedy enough: Betternet's 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 connection rates can be quicker.

Cons

Suspect logging activity: The company says it does not collect, log, store, or share user data logs. Researchers and independent testing sites, however, see problems with Betternet's logging practices. For example, That One Privacy Site, an independent VPN testing site, has concerns about Betternet's logging practices and approach to privacy and security. That One Privacy Site also notes that Betternet does not use the open source OpenVPN to create secure connections. The only information we could find on the company's website about which VPN software and encryption tools it uses dates back to 2015.

CSIRO (short for Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, an independent scientific research agency of the Australian Federal Government) found that Betternet had 14 third-party tracking libraries, the highest number of embedded tracking libraries of the 283 Android VPNs it examined. CSIRO also detected unusually high potential malware activity with Betternet's VPN. Be aware that using a VPN doesn't necessarily guarantee your Internet activities will be secure. Questionable VPN providers overpromise and underprotect. Choose a trustworthy VPN to protect your networking communications, bypass geoblocking, and dodge government filtering and censorship.

Requests access to track your app usage: Betternet requests permission to track which apps you use and how often you use them, which it claims it needs to know to provide optimal performance. While Betternet states it "does not use this data for any other purposes," we are wary of granting this kind of access. You can navigate back out of this window to use Betternet's VPN, but it's not immediately obvious that you have any way to dismiss this window beyond granting permission.

Limited free location: With a free account, you are randomly assigned to a server based on traffic. With a paid account, you can pick a server in a specific country or region. Betternet has fewer regional choices than other VPNs.

Bottom Line

Available in free and paid editions, Betternet offers a way of creating a private connection over a public network. Independent researchers and testers, however, have raised red flags about Betternet's logging and security practices. If you are looking for a trusted way to stay secure and private on the Internet, you may want to look elsewhere for a reputable VPN.

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What's new in version 4.3.3

We're always working to improve Betternet with bug fixes and optimizations. Whenever we add awesome new features, we'll let you know!

General

Publisher Betternet Technologies Inc.
Publisher web site http://betternet.co/hexa
Release Date November 12, 2018
Date Added November 12, 2018
Version 4.3.3

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Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Other

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Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

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