services VPN doubtful are unfortunately a reality. The good news is that there are ways to spot them fairly easily to avoid disappointment. Is the tariff too good to be true? Did the provider get pinned for keeping connection logs? What are the advertised speeds? These points, and a few more, will help you quickly find out if you are dealing with a VPN worthy of the name.
Nothing is ever really free. The cost of hardware and the expertise needed to run a large VPN network is not cheap. As a customer, you either pay for a premium subscription or you benefit from a free service in exchange for the exploitation of your personal data which is resold to advertisers, or even malicious actors.
According to the Top10VPN ranking of August 2019, 90% of
Free VPN still posed a risk to user privacy. Free VPNs can also expose you to stealth installation of malware, pop-up ads, and drastic drops in your Internet connection speed.
NordVPN remains on our list of the best VPNs for a number of reasons, including its excellent value for money. We recommend this virtual private network service for its constantly improving security without compromising on speed.
If you are aware of a VPN that is caught keeping or sharing user activity logs, it should be avoided. Although most services assure that they do not dabble in this kind of practice, it can sometimes be impossible to verify. In some cases, the perpetrators unmask themselves when they pass this information on to law enforcement.
In 2017, EarthVPN, Hide My Ass VPN, and PureVPN were all exposed by privacy advocates for handing over logs to authorities, as was IPVanish. Since then PureVPN and IPVanish have changed their policy and have passed security audits to certify it.
To be clear, we have nothing against a VPN service helping police catch a pedophile through usage logs, but we find it unacceptable to lie to customers about it. Ideally, the VPN you choose should have conducted, and made public, an independent audit of its operation, including its practice with regard to activity logs.
We recommend ExpressVPN for novices and professionals alike. It ranks among the best virtual private network (VPN) services around today thanks to its stable speeds and a reputation for reliability and security. Its easy-to-learn interface makes it a good choice for novices and its cross-platform compatibility opens it up to a large user base.
Poor encryption standards are another deal breaker to watch out for when choosing a VPN. The minimum acceptable is AES-256 encryption. Almost all browsers and web applications already use AES, often touted as military-grade encryption following its adoption by the US government in 2002. If the VPN you’re considering only offers PPTP and L2TP encryption, skip ahead. your way.
Another guarantee of a level of security worthy of the name is what is called persistent confidentiality (Perfect Forward Secrecy in English). This is an encryption feature that uses one of two established key exchanges to create an additional level of security. A good VPN uses persistent privacy to ensure that stolen encryption keys cannot be used to decrypt past or future internet sessions.
In the field of VPNs, Surfshark manages to couple a very low price, as long as one subscribes for a certain time, with an absence of restriction on the number of simultaneous connections. It also offers some welcome services, such as an ad blocker, or the possibility of going through two places rather than one (multi-hop) to add a little protection.
Extremely slow connection speeds
With even a little effort, any moderately skilled internet user can create a service that looks like a VPN but is little more than a proxy service selling your bandwidth. Not only can this slow down your internet speed, but it can also put you in a legal situation with regard to the use that is made of your bandwidth.
The Hola case is the most famous. In 2015, this company was caught in the act of stealing bandwidth and reselling it to any group wishing to create a botnet. Hola CEO Ofer Vilenski admitted the facts, but argued that this practice was typical for this type of technology.
“We assumed that by stating that Hola is a (peer-to-peer) network, it was clear that people were sharing their bandwidth with the community network in exchange for their free service,” he explained.
CyberGhost is a VPN service that offers very well designed applications compatible with most systems, it offers an attractive price to connect up to 7 devices. We also appreciate the possibility of easily choosing the country of connection and their servers, some of which are dedicated to particular uses such as streaming.
Almost all VPNs slow down browsing speed, some by half. But a sharp drop can be a sign of something worse than just a lack of servers. So if you want to avoid finding yourself in a botnet without your knowledge, check out these weirdly slow speeds and the reputation of the VPN. Along with this vigilant review, you can also follow our
tips for recognizing a good VPN provider.
Article from CNET.com adapted by CNETFrance / Image : Stefan Coders/Pixabay