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Betternet 5.1.0

A free unlimited multi-platform VPN

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 20 April 2019
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Betternet
A free unlimited VPN

Betternet is a simple, free and unlimited free VPN.

The system works much like any of the competition. Click a "Connect" button, and within a few seconds you're allocated a new IP address, improving anonymity and maybe allowing you access to sites you couldn't otherwise reach.

This worked well for us. We were connected quickly, there were no DNS or other privacy leaks that we could see, and browsing speeds weren't noticeably different.

We also found that torrents weren't blocked, though beware: if you try to download gigabytes of data then we wouldn't be surprised if the company cuts you off part way through, or maybe throttles your connection to help other users.

One very obvious down side is that there's a very limited choice of servers on the mobile apps, and our Windows client gave us no choice at all. We connected many times over two days and always got a Swiss IP.

Betternet needs to pay for this somehow, so of course there are ads. Our Windows client opened a new browser window to display ads whenever we clicked Connect, and the mobile apps offer apps to install, or videos to watch. But you're not forced to do that, and overall the package is much less intrusive than it might have been.

Verdict:

Betternet is easy to use, works as promised and in our tests delivered reasonable connection speeds.

It's also very basic and doesn't offer much (or sometimes any) choice of servers, so may not help you get around any geographically-based blocking.

Overall, we'd say Betternet could cover your basic privacy needs, such as protecting general browsing on public wifi hotspots. But if you need to choose a server, will make heavy use of bandwidth or want the best possible security, look elsewhere.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update ISO (build 1903)

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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