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Risk of Using Free VPN – Hidden Dangerous Facts

Do you use free VPN services? Do you know how they give you their services at free of costs? Is it safe to use a free VPN service? Recent studies say most of the free VPN services are not trustworthy. They are selling your information to third party advertisers. Even some cases, free VPN services may infect you with unwanted programs like malware, adware etc. Today, we will explain you top three reasons not to choose a free VPN service. If you want privacy when you are online, we will suggest you to choose a premium quality VPN service over a free VPN service. Here are the reasons.

1.      You may get infected with unwanted malware: – Most of the free VPN services may contain malware. Those free VPN services will serve you malware like adware, spyware and Trojans etc. If you get infected with malware, then those malware can spy on you; can collect your confidential, personal information which you don’t want to disclose with any other. Even malware affected VPN service can steal your banking and financial data. 

VPNMENTOR report says “A study of 283 VPNs revealed that many free providers contain malware – including Betternet, SuperVPN, and CrossVPN.In fact, 38% of VPNs showed signs of infection.” As per Dzone.com report many android and iOS VPNs are bundled with all kinds of malware like trojans, spyware, riskware, and adware programs.

2.      VPN Service provider may track your online activity: – Study says 72% free VPNs are embed with third-party trackers in their VPN software. So you are using a VPN to protect your privacy and the VPN service provider is tracking your online activity. Sounds ironic? Isn’t it? Sometime VPN service providers say you about their tracking data policies, sometimes they don’t.

Free VPN service providers track your online activity and sell your data to third-parties. Below we collect some privacy policies from various VPN services. See how they are misusing your data.

Psiphon’s privacy policy – what they say to you
 
“We sometimes use advertisements to support our service, which may use technology such as cookies and web beacons. Our advertising partners use of cookies enable them and their partners to serve ads based on your usage data.”
Hoxx’s Privacy Policy – what they say to you
 
“By using the Services, You acknowledge, consent and agree that we may collect, process, and use the information that you provide to us and that such information shall only be used by us or third parties…”
Tuxler’ Privacy Policy – What they say to you
 
“We also share technical data that we collect about your browsing habits and your device (such as data relating to our cookies, tracking pixels and similar technologies) with other advertising companies in the digital advertising ecosystem. This enables them and us to better target ads to you.”
GO VPN’s Privacy Policy – What they say to you
 
“We also cooperate with a third party in various ways to utilize the data collected processed and handled through TalkingData DMP, which include but not limited to cooperate with advertiser, advertising alliance or advertise agency to optimize advertisement launch and improve marketing effect.”

3.      You may be accountable for illegal activity without doing any illegal activity at all: – Very popular Hola VPN builds a VPN network by using volunteer peers and their bandwidth as well as their IP addresses. If you join this network you become an exit node, meaning other people in the network can use your IP address and bandwidth. This is really a dangerous practice by Hola VPN. These types of volunteer network are really a bad practice. Someone may use it for illegal activities, and you may be held accountable for those illegal activities. Pcworld.com article says Hola VPN extension sold our bandwidth for use in a botnet attack.

Article says “Hola uses the idle resources of its users’ PCs to route traffic. This essentially turns a Hola user’s computer into a VPN server, or a small part of one.”

“Hola also sells its free users’ bandwidth in another service called Luminati. Unlike Hola, Luminati is a VPN network offering bandwidth to anyone who needs to move large amounts of traffic across the Internet. It’s that service which was used to create a botnet to attack a site called 8chan, according to the site’s moderator Frederick Brennan.” – The article adds.