VPNs grant anonymity and privacy, also protection from hacking to their user. They can be used to bypass a government’s, ISP’s, company’s or geographic blocking. And of course protect from law suits for illegal activity like downloading torrents. The good ones charge subscription and assure privacy and no log keeping in their terms. So you can thrust them. Or maybe not so much? I’ve done some thinking and personal research on the subject. Firstly, if I were the NSA, FBI, CIA, MI6 etc, I’d set up a cheap VPN and monitor its users. Who’s to say they’re not doing it? Then there are always rumors about such authorities having access to specially made backdoors. And not so imaginary stories of spying apps planted by them. Or the service might get hacked. As an example: Snowden Docs Show UK Spies Attacked Anonymous, Hackers. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/invest...ies-attacked-hackers-snowden-docs-show-n21361 But let’s look what the more honest of anonymising services say. TOR in its FAQs says: “There are plenty of subtle attacks people might try. There might also be accidental bugs in Tor that could affect your anonymity. We periodically find and fix anonymity-related bugs, Tor does not remove personal information from the data the user’s application sends. Note that there are situations where Tor fails to solve privacy problems entirely. If your IP happens to be an illegally used exit node, you can get into legal trouble without doing anything wrong. Exit nodes can eavesdrop on communications. Tor is a work in progress. There is still plenty of work left to do for a strong, secure, and complete solution.” https://www.torproject.org/docs/faq.html.en#Backdoor Also, Tor does not hide the fact that someone is using Tor. An adversary may try to de-anonymize the user by some means. One way is by exploiting vulnerable software on the user's computer. The bulk of the funding for Tor's development has come from the federal government of the United States. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_(anonymity_network) But what about VPNs? Taking the well known – and honest - Windscribe as an example, it says in its FAQs: Q: Will Windscribe make me 100% anonymous? A: Unlikely. Achieving complete anonymity online is extremely difficult if not impossible. Anyone who claims otherwise most likely has a pair of pants that are on fire. Windscribe will get you 90% there. And I’ve seen reports by VPN users who checked their anonymised IP using more sophisticated tests and their true IP showed thru. Finally, I’ve just come across this news story that prompted me to do the research: Facebook promotes a VPN under the Onavo brand that collects even more data on you https://www.techspot.com/news/73267-facebook-promotes-vpn-under-onavo-brand-collects-even.html So whom can you trust? What do you think?