VPN is an easy and convenient way to connect data and catalogues worldwide without limitations and restrictions. Using VPN has pros and cons, which we wrote about in another article so be sure to check it out, but it seems like using virtual private network might be more danger than you could think of.
Free doesn’t mean free if you are accessing VPN. With such services, malicious third-parties can snoop into all your data, and you’re potentially letting others use your internet connection to conduct illegal activities over the Internet without your knowledge.
The most common solutions to bypass such geo-restrictions are proxies and VPNs, since they reroute your traffic to make it appear as if you’re located somewhere else. If you are watching USA Netflix it might appear like you are in the USA.
When it comes to proxies and VPNs, the ones that don’t charge you money will cost you in other ways, including your privacy and security.
1.When you tunnel your Internet traffic through a free proxy, they can read all your data, since a proxy just forwards your traffic without encrypting it. In other words it means that all your data is visible to the provider. If the provider is dishonest he can steal your information and sell it to third parties. It just turns out that one of the most popular “free VPN” services out there sells your bandwidth and IP address to the highest bidder, potentially to be used for malicious cybercrime. So in other words you can take a part in cybercrime without knowing about it!
2.Many services like for example “Hola” extension for Google Chrome, but if you are using VPNs like this, your actions and connection are not secured at all! First of all, unless your data is tunnelled over HTTPS it can easily be stolen by others since it has NO encryption. It’s very easy for hackers or snoopers to steal your data over such unsecured connections. If you’re fine with your internet connection being used for malicious activities, you have to be aware that you can be framed for any cyber crimes that are conducted through it.
3.Speed is an issue here as well. Lots of free VPNs are slow and using them takes ages. Free VPNs are using low-quality encryptions with the lack of secure. Stronger encryption naturally takes more time and resources and this is the reason why most of VPN are really slow. Of course you can find good and fast VPN providers however, you need to pay for using them.
If you totally don’t give a hoot about your privacy and the dangers that come with using such free proxies and VPNs, you can keep using them. Keep in mind that using free VPNs with low-quality sources might have a bad influence on your future as you might take part in cybercrime!
We do recommend using paid VPNs who are high secure and proper speed.