Originally published at: https://www.whonix.org/blog/the-hard-cold-truth-behind-vpns
The “Virtual” in Virtual Private Networks is just that: “Existing in the mind, especially as a product of the imagination.”
There is an entire market of scam artists playing on people’s fears of mass surveillance, and trying to sell them VPNs as a privacy/anonymity solution. They spout illusory promises, unbackable claims and outright lies to part with people’s cash while giving them a false sense of security.
For a brief list on why a VPN’s are a failure by design, look here. They can never provide the anonymity guarantees of Tor and no one serious about their safety online should ever consider them as a solution.
The money wasted on these services is better donated to projects like Tor and Whonix where resilient and well-tested Libre Software is being developed transparently and made accessible to everyone without cost in freedom or price.
Edit by Patrick:
Second link broken due to forum bug. Here it is…