If you are a fan of betting online–be it in an online casino or sports betting–it is not out of the normal for you to think of your online security and privacy. This is where the idea of using a VPN often comes in.
VPNs are everywhere and in fact, you can find a lot of apps and use them for free. You can go browse otherwise restricted sites, and even play on reliable cricket betting sites and other sports betting sites while on a free VPN. However, how “free” is a free VPN?
How does a VPN service work?
For the uninitiated, a VPN is the initialism for a virtual private network. When you use a VPN, your real location and IP addressed are masked from the destination server or the site that you are going to. Instead, your connection gets ported through a proxy provided by your VPN service. In turn, instead of your IP address and location, what your destination site would see is the proxy details of the VPN service that you are using.
VPNs are used for a lot of purposes, and all sorts of people use VPN–from the most basic consumer to corporate and big businesses. Some of the most popular uses of a VPN service can include:
- Data encryptio
- Location spoofing or masking
- Privacy concerns
- Security in public connections (public Wi-Fi, etc.)
- An added layer of protection from prying eyes on the internet
However, while a VPN service may be able to provide those services mentioned above and maybe even more, it is not an all-in-one solution for all the privacy and security concerns you may have when it comes to the internet.
Now, there are two ways you can get a VPN service. One is through free apps and services where you can get a VPN connection for no cost at all–just get the app or sign up for the service and you are good to go. On the other hand, there is a premium VPN service or a paid version. These services often offer a connection that is faster and, allegedly, more secure than a free one.
Of course, if you are a base and an everyday consumer only, the likelihood of you availing corporate packages for a VPN service is very unlikely. Most of the time, you will get the free one. But is it free?
How can they make it “free”?
A VPN service, whether it is advertised and marketed as free or as a premium and paid service, all require cost for maintenance, servers, and in keeping their proxies up and running. In a paid service, you know where they would get all these costs–from the payment that users are giving them. However, how about the free ones?
There are many ways a free VPN service can continue operation–and even earn money–without the need to charge you for the service. One is to include paid ads throughout their app and service. This would mean that you get to see an ad every certain period. Aside from the unwanted and oftentimes annoying interruptions, running ads can sometimes also mean lag on your device and unwanted data and bandwidth consumption.
The other way free VPN services earn money despite not charging you for their service is by selling your data and your information (such as analytics and search behavior) to data brokers fort the sake of ad targeting. Normally, you may not want this but technically, you have agreed to this the moment you “agreed” to the terms and conditions that you never rad in the first place.