l VPN Leaks: A list of VPN services that do NOT protect privacy

VPN Leaks

VPN providers claim to carry no logs of user activities. Some providers have been proven to hand over logs including users IP addresses.

VPN service Leaked data Source Date
PureVPN
  • source IP address
  • time stamp logs (users’ connection time)
FBI affidavit [7] October 2017 [8]
Hotspot Shield
  • intercepting and redirecting web traffic to advertising companies
FTC complaint on VPNs [5] August 2017 [6]
Betternet VPN
  • tracking users’ activities by various tracking libraries
  • gives third parties access to users’ computers
  • contains malware and adware
academic paper [3] January 2017 [4]
Hola VPN
  • selling users' bandwidth for commercial purposes
Torrentfreak [2] May 2015 [2]
Hide My Ass
  • source IP address
  • IP address of the individual VPN server used by HMA customer
  • time stamp when user connects and disconnects to HMA
  • amount of data transmitted
  • HMA username
HMA blog [1] September 2011 [1]