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Hola VPN turns your PC into an exit node and sells your traffic


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#1 Sintharius

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Posted 28 May 2015 - 06:40 PM

Hola uses a sophisticated system to offer its services for free. Instead of routing users solely (or at all) through company servers and raking up huge bandwidth bills in the process, it is utilizing user devices as endpoints.

This means basically that any user device that Hola is running on acts as an endpoint. An endpoint is a node that is communicating directly with a target website or service that Hola users access when the service is enabled.

Beware: Hola VPN turns your PC into an exit node and sells your traffic - GHacks

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Posted 28 May 2015 - 06:53 PM

That program have always been shady, not surprised to hear that. I always considered it malware and so far, it looks like it'll stay malware.

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Posted 29 May 2015 - 05:48 AM

 

Hola...is used by more than 7.1 million Chrome users currently.


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Posted 29 May 2015 - 06:52 AM

How many of them will stop using it after reading that article? Hopefully a lot. And another article:

http://lifehacker.com/hola-better-internet-sells-your-bandwidth-turning-its-1707496872

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Posted 29 May 2015 - 01:32 PM

How many can read let alone read anything newsworthy.
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Posted 29 May 2015 - 08:12 PM

 

The bandwidth of Millions of users of a popular free VPN service is being sold without their knowledge in an attempt to cover the cost of its free service, which could result in a vast botnet-for-sale network.
 
"Hola," a free virtual private network, is designed to help people abroad watch region restricted shows like American Netflix, and other streaming United States media.
 


Hola is selling users' bandwidth:

 
Hola is easy-to-use browser plugin available in the Google Chrome Store with currently more than 6 Million downloads. But, unfortunately, Hola could be used by hackers to maliciously attack websites, potentially putting its users at risk of being involved in illegal or abusive activities.

 

 

http://thehackernews.com/2015/05/hola-widely-popular-free-vpn-service.html

 

I guess nothing is free.



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Posted 29 May 2015 - 08:18 PM

Alexstrasza posted yesterday Hola VPN turns your PC into an exit node and sells your traffic.
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Posted 30 May 2015 - 03:11 AM

I guess nothing is free.

This is a literal case of "When the product is free the real product is YOU".

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 08:52 AM

I guess nothing is free.


When it comes to programs, it looks like there's always a "catch" when something is free. And this was Hola's catch.

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 04:31 PM

As the old saying goes..."If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't"


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