The Lightning Pitch: Meet Betternet, helping you beat geo-restrictions all over the world
Headquarters: Vancouver (the new place to be)
Founding team: COO, Ramin Behzadi
Why we like it: Because censorship is terrible, and the internet was born to be free. Yeah, you know who you are, suppressers of free speech and information. Platforms like Betternet are here to rectify all that dodgy stuff you do and free up the internet for everyone.
Privacy and censorship concerns certainly continue to persist amongst internet users. In fact according to Global Web Index, almost one quarter of internet users say they have used a VPN. Even more, almost one third of VPN users say they use them to stay anonymous while online.
The Betterspot VPN router from Betternet enables users to access geo-restricted content and blocked websites, giving the ability to watch movies or listen to music without regional restrictions, among other things
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The Betternet router protects privacy online by enabling users to virtually change their geographical locations and surf the web anonymously from any device.
Similarly, let’s face it, browsing the web isn’t always the safest activity. There’s potential for data to be stolen by hackers, or for activity to be tracked and censored. This VPN router encrypts users’ ingoing and outgoing internet activity to ensure no one is secretly watching them browse.
The device is portable and works with any WiFi or Ethernet connection. Betterspot provides VPN functions to various WiFi devices – such as tablets, smartphones or laptops. There’s no need for manual configuration, as all devices connect simultaneously to the Betterspot router.
Additionally, Betterspot provides users with an intuitive app to more easily control the device. With the app, users simply tap to change the geographical location they appear in, or switch from VPN mode to a Tor anonymity network in order to protect data from marketers or identity thieves.