A free VPN must be awfully tempting, after all who wants to pay for a service they can get without having to spend a bean? But is a free VPN really free? We live in a commercially drenched world and other than the birds and bees and the air we breathe there is little that is actually free.
VPNs are great tools. They encrypt your internet traffic between your computer and a destination computer which is especially important when using an airport, café, or a hotel's open Wi-Fi service. They protect you from other guests, or hackers in disguise, from stealing sensitive info like payment card numbers and passwords.
But consider this; running a VPN service costs money. Lots of it. You need servers and data lines with lots of bandwidth or you're paying a third party provider who provides you with the infrastructure and charges you for every data packet that whizzes across its network. So if you're running a free VPN service, how do you pay for it?
- Some free VPN services inundate your browser with ads and rake in their income from organisations that pay for the ads.
- It’s possible that some free VPNs are run by criminals and cyber crooks. A VPN is a perfect way to capture credentials .In short, you’re virtually handing over sensitive information.
- Universities and socially minded groups offer free VPNs. But they’re not typically backed up with good resources because its too expensive. As a result, you’ll experience slowdowns and even services that grind to a halt.
- Other free VPNs have been known to actually harvest information when you use the services. Why they do this is often hidden, but its certainty that the data will be used at some point in the future, most likely sold to advertisers.
In summary, free VPNs are not free. They will cost you something at some point in time, whether it’s having a browser plastered with ads or in the worst case all your banking information siphoned off to servers run by cyber criminals.
To put it bluntly your identity could be bartered on some hidden dark web forum, where cyber criminals descend on ID credentials like piranhas.
Taking all these points into consideration is a free VPN really worth it? We think not, simply because the risks are too great and the so-called benefits barely worth it.
But of course VPNs are an essential tool for keeping you safe online and this is BullGuard’s mission. As such you can use BullGuard’s VPN service
for a cost that amounts to little more than the price of a cup of coffee each month.
- It guarantees bandwidth, there is no throttling when the VPN network gets busy which is what some vendors do.
- It doesn’t store logs that provide details of customers online movements, as other vendors sometimes do.
All in all, it keeps you safe, ensures privacy and delivers complete anonymity and all for a negligible monthly fee. How good is that?