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The hidden dangers of free VPNs: Are you at risk?

The use of global Virtual Private Networks (VPN) has increased dramatically over the past few years, with a reported 15bn users across the world this year. VPNs offer increased security, anonymity and allow access to geo-restricted content online.

Running a VPN service has substantial costs associated with it, such as servers, infrastructure, maintenance, and staff. Some free VPN providers have employed tactics that could compromise your privacy and security.

So while you are enjoying a coffee or browsing the net through a free VPN, your sensitive information could be collected and sold to the highest bidder. Cyber criminals, advertisers, and even government agencies could have access to your data.

Free VPNs are also notorious for injecting unwanted ads and tracking cookies into your browsing sessions.

If one of your employees downloads a free VPN on a company device or their personal device they use for work, your company data could be exposed. This represents a significant business risk.

It is important 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. Better still, provide one to them.

We are happy to advise you on the most suitable options for your business.

When it comes to online security, free often comes at a higher cost. An initial investment will protect your organisation’s valuable information and reduce the risk of a potential data breach.

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James Tilbury
Chief Executive Officer
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Mobile: 07834 850809

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