Why Are Free VPNs Bad For Privacy?

By Brad Smith

When it comes to privacy protection, one of the most popular tools is a VPN. Over the years, the interest in VPNs has increased, especially post-Snowden. A VPN encrypts traffic data so that not even the NSA can see through the jumble. Additionally, VPNs are great for circumventing censorship. Even The Great Firewall in China is penetrable with a good VPN.

Unfortunately, VPNs’ increasing popularity has also created an opportunity for questionable free VPNs to take advantage of users. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Ordinarily when an app or a program is free, you (and your data) are most likely the product that the company is really selling. In the case of free VPNs, expect to have your data collected, analyzed, and sold. Users’ bandwidth and real IP addresses are equally endangered. Here’s what can go wrong with free VPNs.

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