Is a Free VPN Safe? 5 Scary Reasons to Pay for Your VPN Service

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Is a free VPN safe or should you pay for your VPN services? Hint: the truth about free VPNs is so scary you’ll never want to use one again! Internet privacy is a growing concern following scandals like Cambridge Analytica. 25 percent of users access the internet through a virtual private network (VPN) every month.

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A VPN gives you an alternative IP address. This keeps you anonymous while you’re browsing. It also means hackers can’t access your data if you use public Wi-Fi.

As with anything online, you get what you pay for. Free VPNs still need to create revenue. They have to find ways to make users ‘pay’ for the service.

So is a free VPN safe? Read on to find out more.

1. Free VPNs Can Be Based Anywhere
VPN providers aren’t regulated the way ISPs are. It’s not always easy to know where they’re based.

Would you want to sign up for services based in Russia or China?

By signing up for a free VPN, you could hand your data to cyber-criminals. At best, they’ll sell it to advertisers.

The worst doesn’t bear thinking about.

2. They Track You Online
When you use a VPN, you send your data through the provider’s servers. Think of these servers as being a secret passageway through the ISP’s space.

The ISP can’t see what data you send or receive. But the VPN servers can still track your activity.

Free VPNs can contain built-in activity trackers. They sell this data to advertisers. Such data is a goldmine for advertisers so they can better target their ads.

That’s not giving you the privacy you’re looking for, is it?

3. They Limit Your Data
Free VPNs may only give you 500MB of data per month. The only way to get unlimited data is to pay for it.

That doesn’t make them less safe to use. But it does mean they’re essentially holding you to ransom so you’ll sign up.

Go back to our first point. Do you want to sign up for a VPN service that contains malware?

Check out these tips on choosing a VPN instead.

4. Free VPNs Limit Your Speed
Many free VPNs also limit your browsing speeds. The only way to get faster connections is to upgrade to a paid subscription.

The frequent pop-up ads also slow down your connection. Free VPNs pay for their service through advertising. So the ads always get priority.

5. They Can Sell Your Bandwidth
Free VPN providers can even hijack your device’s processing power and sell it to paying customers.

But these networks of ‘free’ devices aren’t monitored. Which means they’re susceptible to attack by hackers.

In 2015, Hola users discovered their devices had been enlisted into a botnet army. A hacker used the processing power of the devices on the Hola network to spam the 8chan image site.

If you use a free VPN, you could be offering up your device as a potential bot.

Is a Free VPN Safe?
The short answer is ‘no’. They may save you a few dollars but they’ll cost you more in the long run.

You could lose speed, privacy, or even control of your device.

If you’re in the app store and wondering ‘Is a free VPN safe?’ you now know to pay for one instead.

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Is a Free VPN Safe? 5 Scary Reasons to Pay for Your VPN Service
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Is a free VPN safe or should you pay for your VPN services? Hint: the truth about free VPNs is so scary you'll never want to use one again! Internet privacy is a growing concern following scandals like Cambridge Analytica.

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