Choosing a virtual private network (VPN) can be difficult. Besides selecting a VPN provider, users must also choose between a paid VPN or a free VPN, among other factors.

Simply picking a seemingly “free” VPN can have consequences ranging from having information logged and sold to advertisers, which may defeat the purpose of using a VPN in the first place, to having the VPN used as a portal to deliver malware to your device.

Just last year, Hola VPN and its sister company Luminati were slammed by the security community after Trend Micro researchers found their services lacked encryption and were leaking user IP addresses ultimately failing to mask users’ digital footprints.

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