Betternet Free VPN Hexatech
Betternet is providing a free VPN service on various platforms, for which in this review, the iPhone version was tested. The iPhone VPN service is called Hexatech VPN. Betternet’s home page is https://www.betternet.co. There is not a lot of information on the company website about the company itself, so I am assuming it is a rather small company, but not necessarily a bad one, or untrustworthy. So their product is worth a try.
Free VPN vs Paid VPN
Betternet is offering a free version with advertising as an income source. They also provide a premium offering that has more features than the free service:
- User specified server locations to connect to
- Faster connection
- No ads
- High Quality Support
- Link up to 5 devices
Connecting to the VPN is simple, just press the big connect button on the App screen. The App will then indicate “CONNECTED” and also there will be a VPN key word on the top of the iPhone screen even when changing to other apps, so that you know you are connected to the VPN. Press the same primary button to disconnect when you are done using the feature.
Testing Hexatech Free VPN
To test the VPN first, I went to google, and it said, location not known. That is a good sign the VPN is working and Google is not aware of my location. Then I went to the search engine DuckDuckGo and searched for Starbucks. DuckDuckGo suggested Starbucks locations in Atlanta so the VPN was hiding my location well. When not connected on the VPN DuckDuckGo had a reasonably close location estimate for my local starbucks and suggested those locations near me. Lastly, I tried whoer.net. Without the VPN, this site could tell my location, ISP name, and my actual DNS server. With the VPN on, this data was hidden.
Hexatech Free VPN Performance Test
I tested internet speed with speedtest.net. The results are below.
|Ping Speed||Download Speed||Upload Speed|
|No VPN||9 Milliseconds||6.54 Mbps||10.98 Mbps|
|With Hexatech VPN||149 Milliseconds||0.62 Mbps||1.6 Mbps|
Conclusion About Hexatech Free VPN
The functionality is quite solid, and having a free version that can be installed and used immediately without a login or personal information is nice. Basic searching and surfing well. However as can be seen with the performance testing, it is not very fast, and heavy internet usage will not be appropriate with this Free VPN, a paid offering is most likely worth your money. One other claim made by the vendor is “Hexa as a protocol which is immune to blocking”. I was not able to prove or disprove that claim, but it sounds interesting if true.
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