Your data is … yours and you should keep it yours! Otherwise, you become the product and, sooner or later, a target for marketers, on one side, and hackers, on the other side. Do you want that?
VPNs should, by definition, protect your data, but sometimes they don’t. Don’t be fooled by marketing headlines and incomplete service descriptions! Take care of your data, do your own research, and avoid services that are too good to be true (e.g., free ones).
Do you remember the story of Pinocchio and the chapter when he meets the Fox and the Cat? Due to his naivety, Pinocchio not only trusts the two, but he even offers them a sum of money from the potential gain. Their answer is well-known:
“We do not work for gain,” answered the Fox. “We work only to enrich others.”
“To enrich others!” repeated the Cat.
“What good people,” thought Pinocchio to himself.
Even small children understand that the Fox and the Cat do not have good intentions. However, Pinocchio is blinded by their sweet words.
When it comes to online privacy, don’t be a Pinocchio. Look around, read between the lines, and assume the worst. Consider the possibility that the service intends to get the most of your private data.
This article explains why privacy is important when it comes to VPN services, how you can do your own research, why you should stay away from free VPNs, and lists several VPNs that may not be your best friend for keeping your private data safe.