This is probably a dumb question, but where can I download a free VPN?
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If a site recommends that you should have a VPN before downloading, is this fact, or, are they just trying to sell a product?
Using a VPN hides your IP address and exposes the VPN's IP address instead. Many of the VPN providers claim not to keep logs of IP addresses so they can't go back to determine it was you that was downloading. Of course they all also say they don't condone illegal activity and say they may cancel your account if they find you doing so. The protection offered by using a VPN isn't absolute. There have been criminal cases where law enforcement has managed to track down criminals who used VPNs with advanced techniques. Movie studio's probably won't go to those extents.
Last edited by jagabo; 6th Oct 2018 at 20:03.
One legitimate reason for using a VPN is to encrypt your data traffic during transmission for security, though keep in mind that even using a paid VPN you're passing your data through the provider's servers.
Another legitimate reason, though sometimes ethically questionable* is to access content such as video streams that are restricted to a certain country or countries.
*A few months ago, there was a reality elimination show to create a new Kpop group by popular electronic vote. The voting was restricted to South Korea only, because there were complaints that the results of the previous season's winners weren't necessarily the choice of the locals. Some viewers outside South Korea tried to beat the system using VPNs but were discovered and their votes voided.
if it's something that can be done in a browser - opera - still offers a decent free vpn with their pc browser.--
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