VPNs may not protect your information as well as you think

VPNs (virtual private networks) are a popular choice for sidestepping censorship and geographic restrictions on services like Netflix with more than 20 percent of Europeans using them. However, researchers at the Queen Mary, University of London recently examined 14 of the region’s most popular VPN providers and found nearly all of them leaked information about their users to some degree. These leaks ranged from minor, ie what site you visited, to major infractions including the actual content of your communications.The researchers believe this vulnerability is due to network operators updating to the new IPV6 protocol while the 11 leaking VPNs still only support IPV4 traffic. It should be noted, however, that sites using HTTPS were immune to the team’s hacking attempts — both passive traffic sniffing and active DNS hijacks. Additionally, the team found that VPNs running on iOS devices leaked far less info than their counterparts on Android.
http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/30/vpns-leak-your-information/Also see:Virtual Private Networks leak users’ data, study finds
Virtual Private Networks used to encrypt users’ information against surveillance and hacking could actually leak private data due to a newly discovered vulnerability.The vulnerability, called IPv6 leakage, was found to affect systems of 11 out of 14 popular VPN providers studied by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) researchers.
http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2015/jun/virtual-private-networks-leak-data.cfmVPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign
A team of five researchers from universities in London and Rome have identified that 14 of the top commercial virtual private networks in the world leak IP data.Vasile C. Perta, Marco V. Barbera, and Alessandro Mei of Sapienza University of Rome, together with Gareth Tyson, and Hamed Haddadi of the Queen Mary University of London say vendor promises of user privacy and security are often lies that put users at risk.

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