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Should I worry about free VPN services?


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#1 aj777

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 07:28 AM

Here's the thing. I'm not planning on doing anything even remotely illegal. All I do is watch German television that is geo restricted.

 

I really don't care who sees that, whether it be government, law enforcement, or advertisers. So with that in mind, do I really run any security risks by using a free VPN?



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Posted 04 June 2017 - 01:04 AM

What kind of security risk? From whom? Are you asking if you can trust the VPN service? What's your worry?

 

Besides, I'm not sure a free VPN will be stable enough to watch an entire movie.



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Posted 04 June 2017 - 08:26 AM

What kind of security risk? From whom? Are you asking if you can trust the VPN service? What's your worry?

 

Besides, I'm not sure a free VPN will be stable enough to watch an entire movie.

 

I'm not sure. I've just been told not to use a free VPN, but it mostly seems to be in reference to activities that are either embarrassing or illegal. For my purposes, I don't care if the pope himself sees what I'm doing, so long as it fools the geo restricting system on the German television network sites. My only concern would be someone hacking into my computer or something, whereas people who say not to use a free VPN seem more concerned about the log keeping activities of the service. I really don't care. They're more than welcome to keep logs and sell the information. As far as I can tell, the worst that could happen is that I start seeing ads in German.



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Posted 27 June 2017 - 06:15 AM

In my opinion, it's better safe than sorry. At least, I know that some of free VPN leak logs and info to whoever is willing to pay. I use Tunnel Bear for everything; you may want to check this list I've gathered by myself; however, always think twice before embarking on free VPN. You may be completely innocent but you for sure don't want your data to leak. 



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Posted 28 June 2017 - 05:24 PM

Check this site for some excellent unbiased information on VPN's in general. Loads of useful info here for a informed decision:

 

https://thatoneprivacysite.net/vpn-section/


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Posted 28 June 2017 - 08:16 PM

I know of private VPN setup consisting of: NBN ISP 100/40 Mbps connection to Router, with 4 Raspberry Pi units connected to the router by ether cable. The VPN Server software is http://www.pivpn.io/
 

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 05:36 AM

Free VPNs and proxies could be used as honeypots by hackers and government agencies
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Posted 01 July 2017 - 05:06 PM

Tunnelbear did allow me to watch region-restricted programming....

 

The free version will run out of allowable bandwidth quite quickly, however....


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Posted 22 July 2017 - 06:08 AM

A good paid Vpn service is worth the cash(like EkspressVpn) :notme:



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Posted 22 July 2017 - 12:34 PM

I suspect more and more websites that VPN's are used to bypass using an IP from the country the site is located in will go the way of the BBC and a few others and require you to register with your broad band provider details as well as other details making it near impossible to watch foreign TV. 



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 10:22 PM

I don't agree with free VPNs, for how can they make income with free software? Maybe they keep logs and you are the product.

Urge you use a paid VPN service. just as isccasi say, a good paid VPN service is worth the cash. but I recommend X-VPN. kkkkkk~



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Posted 25 August 2017 - 10:01 PM

Free VPN's are not something I suggest.

 

Give a trial for any of the paid VPN's available then buy the one you like.

 

You might even get good deals on our deals page for the VPN you liked.

 

I liked and bought VPN Unlimited, so I suggest a trial of the program first.

 

And remember a general rule of thumb, "If you are not paying for the product; you, yourself, are the product".






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