5 reasons why you should never trust a free VPN

CNET | 9/6/2019 | Rae Hodge
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When it comes to free VPNs, there's always a price to pay.

Think of a good virtual private network (VPN) like a bodyguard for your bank account. When you go for a stroll through the bustling lanes of public Wi-Fi, your VPN shields you from password pickpockets and keeps you out of unsafe areas. You trust your VPN -- a set of technologies that link computers together, then encrypt your data as you browse online -- with your most precious information, and maybe even your family's. So when a VPN provider offers to guard your digital life for free, the first question you should ask yourself is: What's in it for them?

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With password-stealing malware on the rise, it's no surprise that the VPN market is booming, as consumers seek to protect their online information. The Global Web Index reports that 25% of internet users accessed a VPN within the past month, while VPN apps account for hundreds of millions of installs across mobile operating systems. Meanwhile, the VPN global market value's growth is projected to hit $35 billion in revenues by 2022.

Finding a VPN you can trust isn't easy in this market. But there are some VPNs you should never, ever choose: The free ones.

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As our sister site Download.com previously reported, free VPNs can be very dangerous. Why? Because to maintain the hardware and expertise needed for large networks and secure users, VPN services have expensive bills to pay. As a VPN customer, you either pay for a premium service with your dollars or you pay for free services with your data. If you aren't ordering at the table, you're on the menu.

Some 86% of free VPN apps on both Android and iOS -- accounting for millions of installs -- have unacceptable privacy policies, ranging from a simple lack...
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