|We all love things that are free, but if you take the security of
your personal data on the Internet seriously at all, then you should be
thinking twice before making use of a free VPN service. A Virtual Private Network service is more than sharing your WiFi with your next door neighbor.
How do you recognize a suspicious free VPN service?
First and foremost you need to ask yourself why a certain service is
free. Especially when there are costs involved for the provider. What is
there to gain for the provider by offering a certain service for free?
You can consider a VPN service to be suspicious when the website looks
fake or if the website has fake or no contact details at all. If the
website does not clearly show how it makes money, such as with paid
upgrades, then you should definitely wonder about the legitimacy of the
service. If no paid features are offered, how do they get the money to
keep their head above water? A third suspicious thing that you can
notice when dealing with fraudulent services is when you are asked to
install certain software. In most cases you will then be dealing with
spyware of adware. If it is the first time you hear about this ‘free
virtual private network service’ through a suspicious website or through
spam, it is best to ignore it.
What free VPN services can be trusted?
Of course not all free Virtual Private Networks are the same. For
example, they are often offered for free by activist organizations.
Certain companies also dare offering a virtual private network for free.
This is then often a paid virtual private network that is offered for
free by the company. This business strategy is often applied to
introduce new users to this service but upgrades are offered to those
who want quicker or more Internet access.
Despite the fact that some of these free VPNs are legal, it is not
always advisable to make use of them. After all, they are often very
slow and unreliable due to the high number of users on the network and
do not outweigh the low cost of a paid virtual private network.