Free Apps – Buyer Beware!

You get what you pay for, FREE Apps could be Phishing your Browsing Habits



Beware of free virtual private network apps proliferating in apps stores.  Many are scams that swipe personal data, such as web browsing habits, to use for profit.  Ironically, users often turn to VPNs to shield their website activity from the eyes of cybercriminals or data-collecting firms via a private tunnel of sorts.

A Facebook-owned app is the latest example of the growing problem.  Onavo, which advertised itself as a VPN, collected data on a person’s mobile app habits.  The app was removed from Apple’s store for breaching privacy and data security rules.



Look to paid services from reputable companies if you are in the market for a personal VPN.  Make sure the company has clear privacy and security policies.

David WB Parker is a principal of Parker Associates of Jacksonville, Florida, marketing consultants to the real estate industry; President of PTC Computer Solutions, IT Specialist, and an active real estate sales professional with PARFAM REALTY based in Jacksonville, FL.  He can be reached at 904-607-8763 or via email

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