(Ex-Google, International tech speaker)
Born in the USA, Ultrasurf is a service exclusive to Windows PC and Android users. Their program was originally created to help Chinese internet users access the internet more freely. Today they offer a free and fast VPN for internet users that has some great features but a few downsides – depending on your internet needs.
One thing is for sure, you can certainly bypass online censorship securely and unblock content that is restricted in your current location, such as YouTube, Facebook or Twitter. Your IP address remains hidden so you can surf anonymously with no bandwidth restrictions.
Ultrasurf works by configuring a users browser so that only HTTPS traffic will be routed and encrypted to their servers whilst ignoring HTTP which carries on through your normal ISP. When installing on Windows, this program will automatically configure Internet Explorer and is set to automatically clear cookies and history details when a user shuts down their browser. Other browsers, like Firefox, will need to be manually configured. In essence, it’s not so much a VPN but a proxy. Each time you start the program, you will be given a new IP address.
A very simple Android app is also available that includes the same perks as the PC version, with no limits on bandwidth usage or the need to sign-up. Also, you’ll be pleased to know that no ads pop up randomly, like many other free apps on the market. This app will allow you to access other services (Spotify, Skype, Facebook or YouTube) while you’re on the move.
Despite Ultrasurf ‘s philosophy of being pro-privacy and anti-censorship, they have decided to implement their own filter which intends to block pornographic or illicit content. They do emphasize they keep user data logs for up to 30 days and asserts users that their data won’t be sold or disclosed to third-parties (except law enforcement, if required). Privacy conscious users are unlikely to be jumping for joy over this, as data retention practices such as this seriously negates the whole idea of having a VPN or proxy in the first place.
Having said this, many users still find their service works well and is generally hassle-free. You can easily secure your internet connection when surfing on WiFi hotspots which will stifle any attempts from hackers trying to steal your data. If preventing your ISP from monitoring and recording your internet activity is important to you then Ultrasurf is certainly tool to have in your arsenal. They require no registration or sign-ups so you can simply download and start surfing anonymously.
|Does VPN keep logs?||No|
|Does VPN include a kill switch?||No|
|Number of devices per license||1|
- Free for PC and Android devices.
- Totally free
- Unlimited bandwidth for premium users
- Hide your IP address
- Get started with Ultrasurf VPN now