QuickLook: PrivateInternetAccess

www.privateinternetaccess.com

In their own words :

Private Internet Access is an award-winning VPN service provider that enables its users to browse the web privately and securely, with apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux & Google Chrome. Private Internet Access provides uncensored access to the internet through its robust global network of 3,083+ servers in 52+ locations across 33+ countries. Since its first release in 2010, Private Internet Access has grown to be one of the world’s largest premium VPN service providers with its customer base growing faster every day as more people become aware of online privacy concerns.

Sessions

  • 5

Clients

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows
  • MacOS
  • [DD-WRT, TOMATO & PfSense]
  • Linux:
    • Ubuntu
    • Debian
    • Mint
    • ArchLinux

Based

  • Denver USA

Nodes

  • 33 Countries
  • 3083+ Servers

Price

  • 1 Month = $6.95
  • 1 Year = $39.95
  • 2 Years = $69.95 

Logs

  • No Connection Logs

Other Features

  • Pay With Major Brand Gift Cards
  • SOCK5 Proxy Included
  • Unlimited Bandwidth

Over half the top free VPN apps on iOS and Android are linked to China

Over half the top free VPN apps on iOS and Android are linked to China

A report published by Top10VPN indicated that a great deal of “Free” VPN apps for mobile device (phones & tablets) owned by or are housed in China. Considering China moved to ban all VPN’s being used there by 2018; that statistic might sound curious.

The key findings of the report are :

  • 59% of apps have links to China (17 apps)
  • 86% of apps had unacceptable privacy policies, issues include:
    • Lack of important detail around logging policies that could lull people into false sense of security
    • Generic policies with no VPN-specific terms
    • No policy at all
    • Tracking user activity or sharing with third parties
    • Several privacy policies explicitly stated that they share data with China
  • 55% of privacy policies were hosted in an amateur fashion
    • Free WordPress sites with ads
    • Plain text files on Pastebin
    • Text files on Amazon servers
    • Text files on raw URLs, such as IP addresses
  • 64% of apps had no dedicated website – several had no online presence beyond app store listings.
  • Vast majority of companies make it very difficult to find out where they are based and who is involved – for a minority it was impossible to track down the provider.
  • Over half (52%) of customer support emails were personal accounts, ie Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo etc
  • 83% of app customer support email requests for assistance were ignored

— Read more on www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/3066490/over-half-the-top-free-vpn-apps-on-ios-and-android-are-linked-to-china

Sensitive internal Facebook emails published by UK parliament detail use of its free iOS ‘spyware’ VPN and more

9to5mac reports – Sensitive internal Facebook emails published by UK parliament detail use of its free iOS ‘spyware’ VPN and more.

The full document includes hundreds of pages of emails and data. A summary includes six main “key issues” from the documents.

  • White lists
  • Value of friends data
  • Reciprocity
  • Android
  • Onavo
  • Targeting competitor apps

Onavo was an interesting effort from Facebook. It posed as a free VPN service/app labeled as Facebook’s “Protect” feature, but was more or less spyware designed to collect data from users that Facebook could leverage. Apple pulled the app six months after it landed on the App Store.

Facebook used Onavo to watch which apps users were using on their phones then records and transmit data back to Facebook. The data included what apps were used, how often, where you used them, when you used them, which websites you visited and what data was sent including text messages. Exactly the same details people look to secure from observation when they choose and use VPN’s.

— Read more on 9to5mac.com/2018/12/05/sensitive-internal-facebook-emails/

The VPN Market Will Reach $36 Billion by 2022

The VPN industry grows by billions of dollars each year. New entrants, changes in advertising, and other market factors are turning the space into one of tech’s most hotly competitive markets.

Virtual private networks (VPNs) have become a necessary tool for many internet users around the world. Regardless of the primary reasons consumers use VPNs, whether to access entertainment content or to maintain anonymity and security while browsing, VPN usage has skyrocketed over the past several years and is trending nowhere but up.

— Read on www.pcmag.com/news/364037/the-vpn-market-is-set-to-grow-from-20-billion-to-36-billio