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    FWIW why not build your own? My router has that function built in. Most people leave their routers on 24/7 anyway. That way you only have to trust the dynamic DNS service you use.
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    thank you for the various points made

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    The question itself is unusual. "Risks of using a VPN" is an unexpected perspective. Most people don't use VPNs and adding a VPN is generally accepted to add security to your computing environment.

    I don't want to suggest that the question is wrong though. It's just that this is an advanced topic pertaining to, who do you trust and are VPNs automatically trustworthy.

    In the end, trust is established the old-fashioned way. You learn about the company and the product(s) they offer. Does the company act in ways consistent with the ways they talk? Do you like their products, services and messages? Do your friends and neighbors use those products? What do they think of them? Does the company change direction too often or do they seem to offer stability?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beethoven View Post
    how do you really know which VPN provider you can trust?
    The most consistent refrain I see in various security-related articles is not to use a free VPN. Their service is expensive to run and valuable for users, so you can be sure you're paying for it somehow.

    Total guess: another VPN risk is that VPN users are almost definitely higher up on VGAs' "guys to check out" lists than public surfers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trev View Post
    review sites receive financial compensation from the Companies whose products they review
    Quote Originally Posted by Browni View Post
    countless VPN comparison sites ... being paid referral fees by the products they 'review.'
    Exactly. The days of searching for reviews and being able to trust the top results are long gone. Applies to any game where there's decent recurring income to be made by the vendors—web hosting is where I first saw it become prevalent late last century, and of course the stench quickly spread.

    Anecdote: there's one particularly dodgy 'hooverer upper' of small ISPs and hosting companies [grabbed one I was with]. Go to one of the many Top-10 Hosting "review" sites a search will throw up, and what you find is 2-5 of dodgy parent company's properties being recommended—because they offer the highest referral fees.

    The reason they dominate the top of the search results is due to "SEO", an ongoing expensive process of gaming the search engines—which almost all larger commercial companies indulge in if they want an online impact.
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