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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Be Cautious, Free VPNs are Selling Your Data to 3rd Parties

“You often get what you pay for.” Another accurate saying is that “If you’re not paying for it; you are the product.”

It isn’t unusual to find companies using deceptive practices when trying to market and grow their brands. One niche where this is very rife is in the VPN industry. It was recently revealed that contrary to claims on their websites, 26 of the 117 most popular VPN services log user data despite touting contrary claims in their marketing. That revelation will seem tame compared to findings on how free VPNs operate: many openly and brazenly share/sell user data.

When it comes to data abuse, VPN service providers — particularly free VPN services — are the biggest culprits. Most of the top free VPNs are part of a data selling/sharing program.

If this concerns you (and it should!), you want to read an article by Nathan Resnick in The Next Web at

The more notorious VPN providers include Hotspot Shield, Hola, and Betternet. A long, long list of VPN providers that collect and sell your personal information may be found at:

Categories: Offline Privacy & Security, Online Privacy & Security, VPN (Virtual Private Networking)

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