The hidden dangers of free VPNs: Are you at risk?
Blog Article 07.08
July 22, 2024

I’m Lewis, the director of Shepherd IT. I had a passion for technology since I was a young boy, I excelled in IT and computer science at college and started my career as a technology analyst helping people with their businesses IT problems.

Are you aware that the rise in global VPN usage has skyrocketed? The reasons are clear as day: Virtual Private Networks offer increased security, anonymity, and allow access to geo-restricted content online.

But here’s the million-dollar question: Are all VPNs created equal?

The answer is emphatically no. And this could have an impact on your company.

Free VPNs, despite their enticement of zero cost, aren’t always what they claim to be. Why, you might ask? Let’s look more closely at free VPN services.

To begin, it is critical to recognise that running a VPN service incurs significant expenditures. Servers, infrastructure, maintenance, and personnel are not free.

So, how do free VPN providers stay afloat? Some utilise techniques that may jeopardise your privacy and security.

Consider this: you’re enjoying your morning coffee while perusing the web via a free VPN, confident that your online activities are secure. In actuality, your personal information could be gathered and sold to the highest bidder.

Cyber crooks, advertisers, and even government organisations may gain access to your data.

Isn’t it shocking?

Furthermore, free VPNs are known for introducing intrusive advertisements and tracking cookies into your surfing sessions. Have you ever puzzled why you’re suddenly assaulted with astonishingly accurate advertisements? It’s most likely your free VPN provider profiting on your browsing activities.

Consider the potential risk if an employee downloads a free VPN on a company device or a personal device used for work. Data from the company could be compromised, posing a serious business risk. Consider the possibility that your company’s critical data gets into the wrong hands – a terrifying notion, isn’t it?

So, what’s the solution?

It’s crucial to educate your employees about the risks associated with free VPNs. Encourage the use of reliable, paid VPN services that guarantee no logging of data, robust encryption, and superior user privacy.

In fact, you may choose to provide one to them. If we can help you find the safest, most suitable VPN for your business, get in touch.

 

Remember, when it comes to online security, free often comes at a higher cost. Isn’t it worth investing a few ££ a month to protect your company’s valuable information?