Virtual Private Networks: Not What They Seem

November 17, 2020

Virtual private networks are supposed to provide a user with additional security. There are reports about Apple surfing on this assumption in its Big Sur operating system. For more information, check out “Apple Apps on Big Sur Bypass Firewalls and VPNs — This Is Terrible.” Apple appears to making privacy a key facet of its marketing and may be experiencing one of those slips betwixt cup and lip with regard to this tasty sales Twinkie?

Almost as interesting is the information in “40% of Free VPN Apps Found to Leak Data.” Note that the assertion involves no-charge virtual private networks. The write up reports:

ProPrivacy has researched the top 250 free VPN apps available on Google Play Store and found that 40% failed to adequately protect users privacy.

Okay, security conscious Google and its curated apps on its bulletproof Play store are under the Microscope. The write up points out:

… A study by CSIRO discovered that more than 75% of free VPNs have at least one third-party tracker rooted in their software. These trackers collect information on customers online presence and forward that data to advertising agencies to optimize their ads.

Who is involved in the study? Possible the provider of for fee VPN services like NordVPN.

Marketing and privacy. Like peanut butter and honey.

Stephen E Arnold, November 17, 2020


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