I Am Anonymous When I Use a VPN 2015 EDITION: WITH 3 NEW MYTHS

29 Jul

Good Information to Remember! **DB

“I Am Anonymous When I Use a VPN

2015 EDITION: WITH 3 NEW MYTHS”

via “GoldenFrog (host of VyprVPN)

I am Anonymous When I Use a VPN

INTRODUCTION

Disturbing trends in the VPN industry

We have noticed a disturbing trend in the VPN industry. More and more VPN providers are promising an “anonymous” or “no logging” VPN service while providing minimal, or zero, transparency about how they actually handle your data. These so called “anonymous” VPN providers fall into two categories:

  1. They advertise an “anonymous service” on their website but the fine print in their privacy policy suggests they log a significant amount of customer data.
  2. They advertise an “anonymous service” on their website, but their privacy policy simply says “we don’t log” without further explanation or detail.

We aren’t the only ones who question the “anonymous” or “no logging” VPN providers:

[i]f someone tells you ‘you will be completely anonymous, [because] you’ll have VPN running all the time’, that’s a lie.

– SpiderOak, VPN, privacy and anonymity

…you have absolutely no way to know for sure how safe a “No logs” claim really is. Trusting your life to a no logs VPN service it is like gambling with your life in the Russian roulette

– Wipe Your Data, “No logs” EarthVPN user arrested after police finds logs

[a]nyone who runs a large enough IT infrastructure knows that running that infrastructure with ZERO logs is impossible.

– Spotflux, Debunking the Myths of VPN Service Providers

The “anonymous” or “no logging” VPN Providers have diverted privacy-conscious VPN users to focus on the false promise of anonymity instead of focusing on what really matters when choosing a VPN provider: transparency, trust, ease of use, performance and reliability. We hope dispelling some of these common myths will lead to a more transparent and frank discussion about privacy in the VPN industry and on the Internet in general. . . . .

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