Ultrasurf is a tiny network security application that sends your web traffic data to Ultrasurf's servers to anonymize.
Ultrasurf is a super lightweight application so there aren't many features to speak of. When launched, the app will show the three status lights with their respective speeds next to them. You can select the one that gives you the best performance.
In the options, you'll find options for manipulating Internet Explorer, which Ultrasurf defaults to, though you can disable this. You can manually specify a port for listening so you can forward that port with your router.
Other than this, Ultrasurf doesn't really have any other features.
While Ultrasurf's interface is easy to use and comprehend, it looks like an app from 1998. The icons are low resolution and have low color depth. These are the stock icons you can find on a machine running Windows 2000.
Ultrasurf is easy to use but that's because there aren't many features. While this is good for beginners, the app really suffers from the lack of options and information. For example, there's no indication of where the proxy server you're accessing is from.
Other apps like Hotspot Shield give users much more control and is more transparent about what the program is doing. Ultrasurf is more like an on and off switch. There's no fancy encryption algorhythm to mask your traffic.
This is what the company has to say about Ultrasurf's encryption:
"Encryption is between your computer and Ultrasurf proxy servers. Normal web traffic (http) is not encrypted between Ultrasurf and web servers, while secure web traffic (https) is encrypted from user’s computer to the web server. Ultrasurf relays https traffic without interception."
While Ultrasurf is lightweight and simple to use, there are simply better alternatives out there that provide a more transparent options with more features.
- Pros +
- No installation required
- Deletes all browsing traces automatically
- Simple interface
- Cons -
- Not enough options
- Not transparent about what the app is doing
- Lacks useful features its competitors have
- File size:
- 1.9 MB
- December 23, 2013
- UltraReach | More programs (2)
- Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
- Network security > VPNs
User rating: 617 User reviews
Awesome free program,it works in all browsers but only in the Opera browser has to make a few adjustments to work with it.I used several other programs that have the same proposals but it was a big waste of time,..Ultrasurf is the best it's simple and powerful!
On July 21, 2011 Steven71 said Ultrasurf works with Firefox. The Ultrasurf site says Internet Explorer is the only one it works with - last time I looked. You can run Firefox through Ultrasurf, but if you go to a site that pegs your I.P. address, it will get your actual I.P. address, not the Ultrasurf server I.P. So it does not work with Firefox for anonymity at all. I really don't like I.E., but it does work with Internet Explorer, and unfortunately, only works for Internet Explorer. Check it on a site that displays your I.P. to you.