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At Least 20 VPN and Ad-Blocking Apps With 35 Million Downloads Actually Monitored Users’ Phones

The primary purpose of using a VPN is to INCREASE one’s online privacy. Sadly, many of the free VPNs do the exact opposite: they spy on you more than ever.

Sensor Tower supplied similar VPN products that all had different names. Examples include Free and Unlimited VPN, Luna VPN, Mobile Data, and Adblock Focus. All told, the 20 or so VPN apps owned by Sensor Tower had 35 million downloads on iPhone and Android phones. You should immediately uninstall any of these apps, reboot the phone, and then install a legitimate VPN product. In most cases, that means a paid VPN product. Sadly, Sensor Tower isn’t the only company ripping off their users with claims of “free” VPNs.

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If you are looking for a reliable, non-fraudulent, VPN, take a look at ProtonVPN at It is available in two versions: FREE and paid. Even the free version of ProtonVPN is spyware-free and is very secure. Upgrading to the paid version allows for faster connections and a choice of more VPN servers around the world to choose from. However, I suspect that many users never upgrade as the free version works well for casual use.


Categories: VPN (Virtual Private Networking)

3 replies

  1. I use Protonmail Plus but am hesitated to use their VPN because they share the same password. I wish there’s a way to separate the two. For now, I’m happy with Mullvad.


  2. The ProtonVPN free version speeds are too slow man.. It was fine at first but after some usage, I couldn’t even browse casually. Contacted them via e-mail, was informed that those are the limitations if I don’t want to opt into the premium instead. Decided to look elsewhere and got Atlas VPN, speeds are 10x better with no limitations so far.


    • —> The ProtonVPN free version speeds are too slow man.

      Yes, that is the way it is supposed to work: the FREE version of Proton VPN is deliberately designed to be slower than the paid version. To obtain higher speeds, you need to upgrade to ProtonVPN Plus.

      Here is a quote from the ProtonVPN web site at

      “Because ProtonVPN is a no-logs VPN service, we do not monitor or track user activity. Therefore, we have no bandwidth limits or bandwidth throttles, even for free users. However, speeds differ between Free, Basic, and Plus plans due to varying server load. Because we offer only a very limited number of free servers, those servers tend to have many more users crowded on them which leads to lower performance.”


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