Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are increasingly being used now a days to get around the internet without using quotas.
While VPNs guarantee security, cybersecurity experts warn that there are many VPN applications that expose their users to cyber-surveillance and attacks.
According to experts, many free VPNs use insecure protocols and log user activity.
“In general, a VPN is a service designed to encrypt all traffic on your computer and at the same time hide your identity by routing traffic through one or more anonymous routers,” said check point’s head of cyber research, Yaniv Balmas, quoted by Forbes.
Assuming that the VPN provider uses the latest encryption methods and changes its routing points frequently, this service should provide a secure and robust service.
Balmas added that in many cases, especially free VPNs, leave users open to viruses and potentially violate privacy.
“We tested the top 150 free android vpn apps and found that many had serious security and performance issues,” said VPN expert Callum Tennent.
According to the research conducted in 2020 on 283 VPNs shows that many free VPNs contain malware.
In fact, as many as 38 percent of VPNs showed signals of malware infection. The same study also found that 72 percent of free VPNs embed third-party trackers in their software.
These trackers are used to collect data about online activities so that advertisers can better target ads.