Of course on the internet there is a temptation to look for the cheapest version of something, however when you’re talking about VPNs and proxies then this is almost certainly a huge mistake. Whatever the reason you’re looking for one, then VPN speed and security are of paramount importance.
Consider these two thoughts:
- A slow VPN/proxy will make everything you do online happen at a snail’s pace.
- An insecure VPN/proxy could put you at risk from identity theft.
The simple fact is that the moment you connect through a proxy or VPN server, anything you do online is routed through that server. That is everything, every user account, email, password – whatever you do online it will be going through that server.
Which is one the reasons there are so many free hacked proxies and VPN servers around on the internet. You may think that the cost of using one of these servers is speed, after all it’s free so it will be slow but the real cost is you are paying the price with your identity.
First of all the speed – look at the impact a normal fast VPN like this will have on your connection.
The impact that a fast, well configured and maintained VPN has on your connection is negligible – in fact often they can speed up your connection by compressing the data. Of course free services are never going to do that, it takes time and money to host and run fast servers like this and the majority of free proxies are on cheap unmanaged hosting with adverts to support them or are on hacked servers and financed in a more sinister manner.
Imagine you’re a cyber criminal who has just hacked into a network of servers at a community college in the US. How can you make money from these servers before they are discovered? Well one of the easiest options is to set them up as free proxies or VPNs and then let them loose on the internet. Wait until people start using them and then simply log all activity on the servers, sifting through the transactions looking for email addresses, usernames and passwords.
Pretty soon you’ll have a host of account names and passwords to all sorts of sites including home banking, paypal, ebay and hotmail. Any of these can be used to steal money and goods very easily, all from the comfort of the thieves desktop. It’s a pretty good model for cyber crime, relatively safe from getting caught and potentially hugely lucrative if you get access to a few bank and paypal accounts. Some people have had thousands drained from their accounts in this way simply because they are often completely unaware it’s happening until it’s too late.
So remember using free, unregulated proxies and VPNs to do anything online is a huge risk to both your privacy and wealth.