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VPNs are Using Fake Server Locations
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PostPosted: Mon 07 Aug 2017, 16:21    Post subject:  VPNs are Using Fake Server Locations
Subject description: Your privacy at risk even if you use a VPN
 

Attacks on personal privacy are on the rise. Surveillance by government organizations, corporations, and more, have prompted many internet users to start using VPNs. A virtual private network is an easy way to drastically increase online privacy, allowing a user to browse the internet as if they were situated on the opposite side of the globe.

But what if VPNs didn’t really have all those servers? What if, instead, some of those servers were actually elsewhere? Suddenly, that super private server located in privacy-focused Switzerland is actually in the United Kingdom. Or a server allegedly located in Pakistan is actually in Singapore.

From report by Restore Privacy :
https://restoreprivacy.com/vpn-server-locations/

Why is this important?

First, the performance may suffer if the actual server is significantly further away. Second, it’s bad if you are trying to avoid certain countries (such as the UK or US) where the server may be located. Third, customers aren’t getting the true server locations they paid for. And finally, using fake server locations raises questions about the VPN’s honesty.


The incentives are mainly financial. First, it saves lots of money. Using one server to fake numerous server locations will significantly reduce costs. (Dedicated premium servers are quite expensive.) Second, advertising numerous server locations in a variety of countries may appeal to more people, which will sell more VPN subscriptions.


Read on for more interesting info about fake virtual VPN servers and how to detect them with a few tools.
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