Betternet is a VPN provider for mobile and desktop platforms. While it does offer a free tier, it has a low data cap and actively logs and tracks your activity.
|A free tier is available||Injects affiliate links, ads, and trackers into free accounts.|
|Best available encryption||Logs everything, including IP address and “anonymised” browsing data.|
|P2P is allowed||Paid plans are expensive|
|500MB a day data cap for free users is low.|
|Small server range|
|Streaming is blocked|
Betternet uses the Catapult Hydra VPN protocol from AnchorFree, it supports the best available encryption and is fast, but as it’s a newer protocol than the standard OpenVPN, it may not be as stable or vulnerability-free.
For the encryption algorithm, Betternet uses the best available 256-bit AES. It also uses a feature called PFS or Perfect Forward Secrecy, which regularly changes your encryption keys to make it even more difficult to break the encryption on your connection.
Betternet makes money from free users by injecting adverts, trackers, and affiliate app suggestions.
Small Network Size
Betternet offers a total of 17 servers across 10 countries to paid users, while free users only have access to the 7 US-based servers. The ten countries are the US, France Singapore, the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and Japan.
Most major streaming sites have blocked access from Betternet, including Netflix and the BBC iPlayer.
P2P traffic is allowed, but with the amount of tracking, torrenting is not recommended.
Price and Platforms
Betternet has both a free and paid tier. Free tier users are limited to only 500MB of bandwidth a day, and only have access to the US-based servers.
Paid plans cost $12.99 for a month’s subscription or $95.99 for a year and include a 45-day refund period.
Tip: The yearly fee works out to $8 a month.
Betternet is available on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. A Chrome browser extension is also available.
Betternet doesn’t include any extra options such as a VPN kill switch, double VPN, or dedicated IP.