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.
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
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.
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 theprimary 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.