Seven Hong Kong VPN providers accused of exposing private user data

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VPNMentor reports (via The Register) that sensitive user data from seven free Hong Kong VPN services, ostensibly with no-log policies, was exposed online. The leak reportedly included connection logs, addresses, payment info, plain text passwords and website activity.

I have found no reason to trust any VPN provider — paid or otherwise — when it comes to moving sensitive information. I assume I’m being monitored at all times. If a VPN is necessary, I spin up my own on a virtual server somewhere and have it play a relay dance to move data in a difficult — but not impossible — to track manner.

Rarely have I ever needed to do this.