Since the ban of twitter in Nigeria, Nigerians have been rushing online to download VPNs to have access to their social media handles.
In the post I’ll be listing out disadvantages of using a VPN, A virtual private network — better known as a VPN — is a key path for digital anonymity.
Some of the advantages of VPNs is it provide two of the most important services which are encryption and virtual IP addresses.
Encryption locks data in a layer of unbreakable code while virtual IP addresses help one to gain access to virtual, non-local IP addresses.
With VPNs, you can have access to free internet connection via a tunnel. But the question is can you trust the provider? Here are five dangers associated with using un-trusted VPNs;
Choosing the wrong VPN – One of the big and central dangers of using a VPN is when you opt in choosing the wrong one.
Viruses and malware are a big threat – Most VPNs do not protect your computer from viruses or malware. This often leads to attack
Users Data Privacy – If a VPN service isn’t charging its customers, then the company has to bring in revenue from somewhere else. All your data makes a detour via the VPN provider. But do you really know the company and what it’s about? Essentially, you will have to trust your provider to maintain data privacy.
The most common source of revenue for VPN companies is selling user information the VPN promised to protect. when you aren’t paying for the service, you’re not the customer, you’re the product. This holds true for nearly every free VPN service.
Speed issues – Virtual private network aka VPN will slow down your connection speed by 10-25% depending on the service, due to the encryption overhead.
This can be frustrating if you frequently stream YouTube or do a lot of online gaming.
Fake VPN scams – In an ironic twist, many online hackers rely on scamming those who are working the hardest to avoid scams.
This means that consumers should be wary of free anti-virus installers, fake ‘alert’ pop-ups, and, yes, VPN software.
So I encourage you to know the VPN you are using to avoid falling for scams