Is a Free VPN Worth It?

Mathew Sayer From our Perspective

VPNs are really bloody useful. We’ve covered a similar topic, the types of people who could use them, but using something for the first time can be a hard thing to do. Especially if the service in question doesn’t substantially change anything. A smoothly functioning VPN should be almost indistinguishable from a non-VPN routed internet connection.

Free VPNs require a warning

The answer to this problem for some people is to look for a free service. VPNs are not created equally; however, there are different levels of security and privacy. Even though you aren’t paying anything, someone is, the dominant business model of dataveillance does guarantee that you’ll be the currency substitute. Some free VPNs may prevent others from spying on you, just to keep you all to themselves.

Terms and Conditions should set out the rules of the game, but how many people fully read and understand everything in them? A spyware VPN may collect your IP address, how long you use the service and what types of websites and services you’re using.

Other free VPN services may install applications or add-ons for advertising within your system. Data caps may also be limited, meaning you risk overusing the service too.

As I said earlier VPNs are not created equally, that goes for paid VPNs, which may share all the downsides of a shoddy free VPN, but you pay for the privilege of someone who has an interest beyond money in internet privacy.

Pay for quality

Look into the VPN market and you’ll see many competitively priced providers. What you get for your money is no logging, up to date encryption, a choice of locations, multiple screens including Android VPN clients, and cutting edge technology like modulating IPs;  the best ones have warrant canaries. LiquidVPN offers a seven-day money back guarantee meaning there is no reason not to try.