Study finds the majority of Android VPNs do not protect user security and privacy


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  • ciderrules

    But……Google Play Store. If you stick to Google Play and avoid third party stores you’ll be safe from malware or other misbehaving Apps.

    • Igor Bonifacic

      All the apps included in the study were downloaded from Google Play. I sometimes call the official store Google Play store to enhance the flow of a sentence.

    • ciderrules

      I was being sarcastic. Android users always used to brag about their ability to choose their store of choice, unlike Apple which restricts you to their store (walled garden). Once third party stores became filled with malware and other scams those same Android users now tell people to stick to Google Play to avoid these problems.

      Oh how times have changed.

    • Shogun

      Typical nonsense from an Apple fanboy. Fact is that people can use APK’s to download and install their own apps to an Android device and are not FORCED to buy or acquire one through the Play Store. Perhaps that point is what is missing for you given your religious adherence to a brand that doesn’t allow any of this and not only forces you buy content through their App store but also goes on to restrict the ability of the customer to buy additional content within that app. Such as books on Kindle (Apple prefers you buy from their iBooks) or a music subscription through Spotify instead of Apple Music. It’s one of the most restrictive and ridiculous ecosystems out there compared to any notion that Android is the same.

      p.s. Apple’s iOS updates also seem to have the effect of rendering some VPN’s apps useless until the developer is forced to come out with further updates to correct whatever Apple is doing to prevent users from using this feature either.

  • Shogun

    Sounds more like a study aimed at discrediting other VPN’s in favour of promoting another. Not to be taken too seriously.

    • It’s Me

      That would be a convenient excuse to help some people feel better about their lack of security, but the fact is that it was an academic study. There is nothing there that makes it sound like it was meant to promote a specific vendor, other than it recognized that one actually works and didn’t put you further at risk.

      In the end, most people that use VPNs don’t really understand how they work, what protection they are supposed to provide and, importantly, what risks they could introduce. These vulnerabilities and malware/ad-ware trojans could affect iOS apps just as much as Android, just depends on how much work the devs want to put into obfuscating what they are doing. Always on end-to-end encryption is a better protection for communications.

    • Shogun

      Personally I use a VPN for streaming content that is geo-blocked so from that standpoint that’s what I see its uses for. If however people are going to roam around and use public Wi-Fi to conduct sensitive communications and transactions then I wouldn’t necessarily rely on a VPN app anymore than just the basic network for protection.

  • Jason

    That’s why you always have to do research, even for desktop ones. Many of the free and super cheap ones just don’t offer the protection. Even if you have a VPN it can be hard to confirm if you safe because there’s no visual indication other than “connected”