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Free VPN Service - The Lion Guarding Your Sheep

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The public is naturally inclined to look at anything free in a glass-half-full kind of way – as you can't be picky about flaws when something is free. This attitude is especially true where the free VPN service is concerned. Flaws is one thing, though – doing the opposite to what it should is another. The very reason we use a VPN is to safeguard our internet data security and privacy, but nobody wants to accept that a free VPN service provider is the last type of organization we should entrust with that task.

PC World published an article in 2010 on the subject of laptop security using WiFi, and in that article it (rightly) recommended users to protect themselves on public wireless connections with encryption. It suggested that users with corporate VPNs (provided by their company) should access public internet hotspots only through the VPN connection. If you don't have a corporate VPN, the magazine then (wrongly) suggested that you use the free VPN service published by Anchorfree. This error of judgment caused immediate outcry from internet data security and privacy experts across the blogosphere.


Part II: So What is the Problem with Using a Free VPN?

Part III: So What is the Problem with Using a Free VPN?(Continued)

Written by: 
Robin Welles; expats team, internet security team