Yes and no. It is very difficult (almost impossible) to decrypt or intercept your VPN traffic, but it is quite easy to embed a virus into software / application (especially for Android and Windows). It is also possible that when you bought a VPN, you entered your card details, or your paypal account when paying for the VPN itself, but in the end this data will go “to the left”.
Now in more detail why a paid VPN is not better than a free one.
- Chrome , FireFox , Opera , Brave … these are free browsers for you. And you use them.
- Telegram , WhatsAPP , Viber are also free products.
- VK , TikTok , Gmail, Mail.ru, Yandex Mail, Yandex search, Google search are also all free products and there are thousands of them.
- The excellent Keepass password manager is free.
- A lot of people use Android smartphones , and Android is a free OS.
- The most secure operating system for PCs or laptops is Linux, which is free. It is also used on most servers. MacOS is also based on Linux
- Free antiviruses Avira and Avast in the ratings are not inferior to paid counterparts.
And now let’s look at paid products:
- Slack is a paid product .
- Strava is a paid product (The social network for athletes Strava has suspended work in Russia https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/5252129 )
- Sony – Unavailability for paid subscriptions Sony Playstation https://vc.ru/claim/377904-nedostupnost-oplachennyh-podpisok-sony-playstation
- Megogo – Megogo ceases operations in Russia https://www.vedomosti.ru/media/articles/2022/03/02/911742-megogo-prekraschaet-deyatelnost
Yes, sanctions and so on … but some services leave “beautifully” allowing the user to use the paid period, while others not only leave the market, but also delete the data.
There are more scandalous stories of paid products, and not just products, but products that “guarantee” security.
- ProtonMail – ProtonMail disclosed to the Swiss authorities the IP addresses of some of its French users
- NordVPN Https://sea.pcmag.com/vpn-1/48518/nordvpn-actually-we-do-comply-with-law-enforcement-data-requests
- PureVPN – claimed to be “zero logs” but was caught logging customer data for the FBI. https://restoreprivacy.com/vpn/no-logs/
- IPVanish – also claimed to be “no logs” but then collected logs and provided the data to the FBI. https://restoreprivacy.com/vpn/no-logs/
- HideMyAss – provided logs to US authorities for an alleged hacking case. https://restoreprivacy.com/vpn/no-logs/
- 1Password – Password manager 1Password disappeared from the Russian App Store https://vc.ru/services/379381-manager-paroley-1password-propal-iz-rossiyskogo-app-store
- Lastpass – they have had leaks more than once: 2021 , 2019
Not everything that is paid gives a guarantee of security, and that they will not want to “fuck” you twice: you paid, and your data was transferred somewhere.
Now about the VPN itself:
As of the middle of 2020, 87% of sites worked using a secure protocol (https). Now, of course, there are more.
What does it mean?
When you access such a site, your traffic (the information you exchange between your browser and the site) is encrypted.
If you connect a VPN, then your traffic enters the VPN tunnel already encrypted
The VPN provider cannot see your traffic.
Why then is everyone saying that a free VPN is dangerous?
The danger of a free VPN is that such an application is easy to download in the AppStore or Google Play, but it is easy to embed a virus / trojan into the application that such developers make.
Do not trust free VPNs that use their apps.
We at FineVPN do not have our own software. We enable our users to connect to our servers through the settings of the operating system itself or applications from other developers, including open source ones.
WireGuard https://www.wireguard.com : is a communication protocol and free and open source software that implements encrypted virtual private networks and was designed with ease of use, high performance and low attack surface in mind.
OpenVPN https://openvpn.net is a free open source implementation of virtual private network technology for creating encrypted point-to-point or server-client channels between computers.
You can download this software only from manufacturers’ websites. So that the VPN provider cannot embed a virus in the code.
L2TP – configured in the operating system itself.
Why do we give VPN for free?
Good question and common. Please note that we have a paid VPN, but it is for business ( here it is ). Ordinary users for us are an advertisement for our paid product.
+ there is hope for donation🙂, but so far, to be honest, not really anyone helped, but it’s not scary. VPN for businesses pays for everything.
Why do all bloggers say that free VPN is bad and not safe?
What do these bloggers say that then? They offer you a paid VPN right? Below, under the video or in the article, or in the post there will be a referral link, by clicking on which and buying a VPN, the same blogger will receive part of the money/ commission.
It didn’t make sense for him to advertise us, we don’t pay them🙂
Important!!! Moments with payments.
When entering your data when you pay for a VPN, be careful where you enter this data, it may happen that after paying $5 for a VPN, then another $100 or $1000 will be deducted from you just like that🙂 because you left someone your payment information.
In a free VPN, this is a plus at this point, since only an email is asked from you.
Ultimately, it is up to you to decide whether to pay for a VPN or not, but do not think that paying $ 5-10 will insure you against all dangers.