In a recent development, some Virtual Private Network (VPN) services have emerged in Kashmir that are providing free internet access to users on Jio and Airtel SIMs, even if they have exhausted their daily data limit or do not have an active recharge. While this may seem like a great deal for users, experts have pointed out the security risks involved in using such VPNs.
According to cybersecurity analysts, VPNs could potentially steal users’ personal information and browsing history. The VPN providers could access users’ internet activity and sensitive information, and the data could be intercepted by hackers. Moreover, some VPN services embed ads in their apps to generate revenue, which could potentially be malicious, they said.
The way these VPNs work is by bypassing government firewalls and exploiting loopholes in gateway servers. Essentially, they act as private servers that offer services that allow users to access the internet without any restrictions. However, it should be noted that using these VPNs does come with its own set of security risks.
While VPNs can offer users privacy and anonymity online, they also come with their own set of risks. VPNs can track user data and browsing history, and in some cases, sell this data to third-party advertisers. In addition, VPNs can be used for illegal activities such as accessing banned content or downloading copyrighted material.
In addition, the constant changing of location by VPNs can result in users’ social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp being blocked, as it appears that users are accessing these accounts from different locations.
In the world of VPNs, the old adage “if everything is free, then you are the product” holds true. While the promise of free internet may seem tempting, it is important for users to be aware of the potential risks and weigh the benefits against the potential drawbacks before using such services. As always, users should exercise caution and do their research before downloading and using any VPN service.