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Download Networking - Best Software & Apps

  • Facebook

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows Phone
    iPhone
    Web Apps
    Pocket PC

    Official Facebook app for Android

    8
    10010 votes
    • PROS: Easy to get around, Upload photos from your phone, Real time notifications, Chat, Good integration with Android system
    • CONS: Not optimized for tablets, News feed isn't ordered chronologically
  • Instagram

    varies-by-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Web Apps

    Popular photo-based social network

    9
    3886 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Share to various social networks, Impressive photo editor, Tag friends in images, Geotagging support, Capture and share video
    • CONS: Requires sign-up
  • Facebook Lite

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    A social network for the masses

    8
    1780 votes
    • PROS: Almost as many features as the main Android app, Easy to navigate and carry out common actions, No lag when loading newsfeed data, App is small in size at less than 1MB
    • CONS: Lag when uploading photos, Some layout issues, No video or audio support
  • Hotspot Shield

    7.15.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Advanced VPN software for personal and professional use

    7
    8904 votes
    • PROS: Up to five separate devices can be connected to a single account., It offers more than 2,500 global servers., Hotspot Shield is considered to be one of the best apps for streaming media., A seven-day free trial of Hotspot Premium is available.
    • CONS: Slower speed on free version., Access to only US servers from the Free version.
  • Psiphon

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone

    Free Access for All Internet Users

    9
    1109 votes
    • PROS: Provides unlimited use to the entire internet, Easy to install and use, The identity of users is masked and protected
    • CONS: Using the programme could lead to legal issues, Using the programme could lead to legal issues
  • Hamachi

    2.2.0.614

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Create a safe private network between computers

    7
    29623 votes
    • PROS: Secure virtual network, Encrypted communications, Perfect for network games
    • CONS: None that we can think of!
  • Tor Browser

    7.0.10

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac

    Protect your privacy when you're surfing

    7
    2299 votes
    • PROS: Easy to switch to anonymous mode, Installation takes you clearly step by step, Easy to use and lightweight
    • CONS: Can't guarantee anonymity, Connections may take a while sometimes
  • Free WiFi Hotspot

    3.6.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A Free Tool to Make Your Laptop a WiFi Hotspot

    8
    472 votes
    • PROS: Free – zero trials or limitations, Available for both Windows and Mac
    • CONS: Connection stability could be an issue at times, Not a practical WiFi-extending solution
  • ExpressVPN

    1.0

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Free virtual private network provider for smartphones

    8
    118 votes
    • PROS: There is a free 30-day trial period offered, A massive number of proxy services are available
    • CONS: Users will eventually have to pay to use ExpressVPN, Some feel that their processing speeds are negatively affected
  • My WIFI Router

    3.0.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Turn Your Computer into a Wireless Hotspot For Free

    7
    2004 votes
    • PROS: Whitelist/blacklist, Other useful options, Easy to use
    • CONS: Weak security
  • Facebook Pro

    4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Facebook, without the browser

    7
    2199 votes
    • PROS: Instant access to Facebook without a browser, No installation required, Manage Facebook Pro from your system tray
    • CONS: No options, Nothing new or unique to Facebook Pro, Not essential
  • Connectify Hotspot

    2018.4.1.39098

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Share your internet connection with anyone!

    7
    1862 votes
    • PROS: Easy to set up, WPA2 Encryption, Automatic device detection, Manage shared folders
    • CONS: Must have a compatible wireless card
  • Mars WiFi - Free WiFi HotSpot

    3.0.2.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Turn Your Computer Into a Router

    8
    339 votes
    • PROS: Turn your computer into a router, Safe and secure
    • CONS: Not available through official Windows app store, Not available on Macs
  • Tunngle

    5.8.7

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A new era of VPN solutions for gamers?

    6
    519 votes
    • PROS: Chat function, Very easy to use
    • CONS: Can't create networks - you must join an existing one, Interface can be hard to see, Installation a little complicated
  • Windscribe

    1.56

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Protect your online privacy with Windscribe

    9
    198 votes
    • PROS: High data allowances for free and affordable plans, Good privacy policy with very clear explanation
    • CONS: Download speeds can be variable , Limited number of locations available on some plans
  • Virtual Router Manager

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A free, open source router for PCs running Windows 7 and 8

    7
    376 votes
    • PROS: Very easy to use, Perfect for non-experts, View wifi connections
    • CONS: Not compatible with XP or Vista, Absolutely no options
  • Virtual WiFi Router

    3.0.1.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Turn your PC into a WiFi access point

    7
    3307 votes
    • PROS: Easy to configure, Encrypts data, Compatible with most 3G modems
    • CONS: Occasionally loses your password
  • Wireless Network Watcher

    2.18

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Discover intruders on your Wi-Fi network

    7
    612 votes
    • PROS: Quick and simple scan of your local network, Icons for each device, Export data in various formats, Background scanning
    • CONS: No warning or blocking functions
  • BluetoothView

    1.65

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Detect and connect to any Bluetooth device

    6
    609 votes
    • UltraSurf

      18.05

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Browse the web anonymously

      7
      2007 votes
      • PROS: No installation required, Easy to use, Automatically deletes cookies and history, Disguises IP and location
      • CONS: Not enough options, You can't choose the IP
    Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
    #NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
    1varies-by-device38868.6Windows, Android, iPhone, Windows Phone
    2varies-with-device100108.1Android, Windows Phone, iPhone, Web Apps
    37.15.189047.4Windows
    43.0.1.233076.8Windows
    52.2.0.614296236.6Windows
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