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It's Time to Stop Paying for a VPN

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Illustration showing blue locks to denote secure data/internet/networks, but one red lock showing a breach.

Many of the most popular VPN services are now also less trustworthy than in the past because they have been bought by larger companies with shady track records.

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For more than a decade, security experts have recommended using a virtual private network (VPN) to shield your Internet traffic from bad actors who are trying to snoop on you. But just as tech gadgets become outdated over time, so does some tech advice.

The reality is that Web security has improved so much in the last few years that VPN services, which charge monthly subscription fees that cost as much Netflix, offer superfluous protection or can even be dangerous for most people concerned about privacy.

From The New York Times
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