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#1 OFFLINE   sunrat

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Posted 16 August 2018 - 09:00 PM

Probably not.

https://fossbytes.co...-free-vpn-safe/

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In a recent study by The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation(CSIRO), researchers analyzed 283 Android VPN apps to study their impact on user’s privacy and security. They found out that 75% of the tested apps used third-party tracking libraries, and hence, they can’t be trusted. 82% of the apps required permissions to access sensitive resources such as user accounts and text messages. Worst of all, the study published that more than 38% had malware presence such as adware, trojan, malvertising, riskware, and spyware.

Also linked at the end of that article:
Top 10 Best VPN Services for 2018 - https://fossbytes.co...oviders-review/
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Posted 16 August 2018 - 09:34 PM

Like a lot of things, if it is free, then you are the product.
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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:34 AM

Would you really want to run your internet traffic through a free provider? How do you think they are making money? They are selling your browsing data.
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Posted 17 August 2018 - 11:33 AM

Pick a paid one that is verified to not keep logs. Some say no logs but they lie.
Here are two sites with lists
https://www.vpnmento...st-no-log-vpns/
https://www.techrada...e-and-anonymous

I have a list of 26 and when I stumble across the website where I got this from, I'll post it.
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Posted 17 August 2018 - 01:12 PM

Private Internet Access (PIA) has been challenged in federal court twice and they could not give up any logs

Private Internet Access’ “No-Logging” Claims Proven True Again in Court (2018)
VPN Provider’s No-Logging Claims Tested in FBI Case (2016)
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Posted 17 August 2018 - 08:49 PM

I'd probably choose between PIA, NordVPN, or ExpressVPN which are the top 3 recommendations in the second Fossbytes link in my original post.
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Posted 17 August 2018 - 09:36 PM

View Postsunrat, on 17 August 2018 - 08:49 PM, said:

I'd probably choose between PIA, NordVPN, or ExpressVPN which are the top 3 recommendations in the second Fossbytes link in my original post.

AirVPN is another good one as well.
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Posted 18 August 2018 - 10:32 AM

In my view using a "free" VPN is a rather oxy-moronic thing to do. :yes:
After all, if you're concerned about privacy and anonymity and you just know a free provider is going to make some use of your browsing data - you'd be an idiot if you didn't pay for your VPN. I use PIA and it works great if I need to use a public network.
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Posted 18 August 2018 - 10:39 AM

I found the article on testing logging of VPNs.
https://thebestvpn.c...logging-policy/
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Posted 18 August 2018 - 11:16 AM

View Postsunrat, on 17 August 2018 - 08:49 PM, said:

I'd probably choose between PIA, NordVPN, or ExpressVPN which are the top 3 recommendations in the second Fossbytes link in my original post.

I've been using PIA for a couple years now. No complaints at all. Their tech support is OUTSTANDING, actually. :)

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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:58 AM

View Postsecuritybreach, on 17 August 2018 - 06:34 AM, said:

Would you really want to run your internet traffic through a free provider? How do you think they are making money? They are selling your browsing data.

View Postraymac46, on 18 August 2018 - 10:32 AM, said:

In my view using a "free" VPN is a rather oxy-moronic thing to do. :yes: After all, if you're concerned about privacy and anonymity and you just know a free provider is going to make some use of your browsing data - you'd be an idiot if you didn't pay for your VPN. I use PIA and it works great if I need to use a public network.

https://thebestvpn.c...ews/protonvpn/

Not all free offerings want to rip you of. ProtonVPN may be a tad slow on the free offering but they do not want  a pound of flesh for it. :breakfast:
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