VPNpro is a consumer-focused cybersecurity website, bringing you software reviews, comparisons, guides, and other useful information. Our primary focus is the VPN industry, but we also cover other cybersecurity topics and tools, such as anti-malware, password managers, SmartDNS services, and more. The goal? Empowering consumers to make informed decisions about digital safety in this interconnected world.
Our group of seasoned tech experts is constantly working on tests and experiments, designed to deliver a look beyond the marketing efforts of cybersecurity companies. Since our inception in 2018, VPNpro has written well over 1,000 pieces discussing tools, trends, and practices. These include large industry research pieces that have been featured in many authoritative tech publications around the world.
We have a team of cybersecurity experts specializing in Virtual Private Networks and other online privacy technologies – password managers, encrypted messaging services, secure email, anti-malware, and more. VPNpro has tested hundreds of VPN services, ranging from simple free mobile VPNs to sophisticated global networks containing thousands of servers.
VPNpro in the news
The VPNpro expert team works hard to uncover stories behind the scenes, offering consumers a rare glance at the complex and growing VPN market. We are always at the forefront of everything related to VPN services, and our research and commentary has been featured on a number of respected international news outlets. Here are some highlights.
The latest security warnings about his app came from VPNpro, as I reported in February, and I have been in contact with Google since then, as has the research team, seeking the app’s removal from Play Store.
VPNpro has focused on the most popular free VPNs returned by a Play Store search. The team then “developed a proof of concept for creating a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack.” This all took place last year, and the culpable developers were informed of their vulnerabilities in October. One of the apps, Best Ultimate VPN, responded and patched its software. VPNpro says that the others did not respond to the disclosure or take any action. Google is now investigating.
Latest warning from VPNpro in a new report claiming that a large, government-linked Chinese company is “secretly behind 24 popular apps seeking dangerous permissions.” And while such apps are often dismissed as a nuisance, the team warns that these ones may be involved in “much more malicious behaviour.”
VPNpro’s latest research has exposed six free and “potentially dangerous” antivirus apps which “have a total of 1.66 billion downloads already in the Google Play store” and which have resulted in “users putting themselves and all the precious data on their phones at risk.”
Almost a third (30%) of the world’s top virtual private network (VPN) providers are secretly owned by six Chinese companies, according to a study by privacy and security research firm VPNpro. Six of these companies are based in China and collectively offer 29 VPN services, but in many cases, information on the parent company is hidden to consumers.
VPNPro’s investigation found that the app SuperVPN Free VPN Client, which has over 100m installs, contains critical vulnerabilities that open users of the app up to man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks.
Thousands of readers of a major UK financial news sites may have had their personal data leaked after the site suffered a major data breach, researchers at VPNpro report. As many as 330,000 financial buffs may have had their details revealed after the Investment Week website was found to be failing to protect user details securely.
Security researchers have identified 24 Android applications seeking dangerous and excessive permissions, all of which come from app developers under Chinese company Shenzhen Hawk Internet Co., Ltd., and have a combined total of 382 million downloads.
According to a new report from VPNpro, the Chinese company Shenzhen Hawk appears to have launched 24 different sketchy apps into the Google Play Store that have racked up a total of 382 million downloads.
The report’s bottom line is that the apps in question come via a Chinese company that VPNpro says has a history of malware, rogueware and unethical practices. And that these apps also ask for a large amount of unnecessary and dangerous permissions.
VPNpro researcher Jan Youngren said in a blog post on Monday that when his team analyzed 23 companies behind 100+ VPN products, a developer called Hi Security with three VPN products under its name popped up. As the researchers kept digging into the excessive, unnecessary, dangerous permissions these apps ask for, the name Hi Security popped up again.
VPNpro and Trend Micro made public 24 and four apps, respectively, that are either capable of downloading further malware or conducting ad fraud and in some cases can post fake information to the Play Store to make them appear more desirable.
Additionally, according to VPNpro, 30% of all commercial VPNs have Chinese ownership. If true, that spells problems for privacy on a global scale.
Recent VPNpro research uncovers concern over the common use of malicious apps, including VPN apps, largely due to the fact that Google Play has failed to warn against or restrict download access in its store.
El riesgo que suponen estas plataformas fue dado a conocer por una investigación de VPNpro que señaló que estas apps piden al usuario una “gran cantidad de permisos peligrosos” como la capacidad de hacer llamadas y grabarlas, tomar fotos, grabar videos y más. Incluso, algunas de estas apps están infectadas con “malware” que recopila datos del celular del usuario.
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Investigators at cyber security site VPNpro expressed concerns that the software was involved in “malicious behaviour”. “They’re asking for a huge amount of dangerous permissions, potentially putting users’ private data at risk,” researchers wrote in their report.
VPNpro said: “Our research has uncovered that they’re asking for a huge amount of dangerous permissions, potentially putting users’ private data at risk. “These dangerous permissions include the ability to make calls, take pictures and record video, record audio, and much more.”
El sitio VPNpro denunció 24 aplicaciones que contenían malware y rogueware, las cuales sumaron 382 millones de descargas. Todas estaban asociadas a una compañía china llamada Shenzhen Hawk, que está “secretamente detrás” de cinco desarrolladores de aplicaciones, entre ellos Hi Security.
Los investigadores de VPNpro lograron hackear 10 de las VPN gratuitas más populares de Android, entre ellas SuperVPN Free, que tiene más de 100 millones de descargas en Google Play y es el quinto resultado al buscar “VPN”.
Según un informe de VPNpro, la compañía china Shenzhen Hawk, una filial del gigante TCL, ha lanzado 24 aplicaciones fraudulentas en Google Play que acumulan un total de 382 millones de descargas.
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La firma de ciberseguridad VPN Pro ha alertado, a través de un comunicado, de la proliferación de una veintena de aplicaciones que tienen como objetivo hacerse con el control de tu teléfono móvil.
La compañía VPNpro se encontraba analizando a las 23 compañías que poseen algunas de las 101 aplicaciones de VPN más famosas cuando descubrieron un caso muy curioso. El desarrollador Hi Security, propietario de 3 de estas aplicaciones, destacaba por hacer un uso fraudulento de los permisos de nuestro móvil.
Para ayudarnos a decidir qué proveedores VPN son los más recomendables hemos contado con el análisis realizado por VPNpro, un portal especializado en estudiar y catalogar los VPN del mercado según distintos varemos.
La firma especializada VPNpro realizó un estudio analizando 97 servicios VPN distintos que, curiosamente, se concentran en tan solo 23 empresas distintas.
Les analystes de chez VPNpro ont ainsi découvert que plusieurs des applications VPN les plus populaires du Play Store présentaient de nombreuses failles de sécurité qui, si elles sont exploitées, peuvent avoir de lourdes conséquences pour les propriétaires des smartphones sur lesquels elles sont installées.
La société VPNpro vient de publier un nouveau rapport révélant la présence d’applications particulièrement intrusives sur le Play Store. Ces dernières sont très variées, cela va de l’app de météo à l’application de selfie amélioré, en passant par les jeux mobiles.
Product review process
Before anything else, we want our work to be honest and unbiased. To do so, we test everything ourselves following a set of predetermined guidelines.
Some of the topics we discuss are quite technical, but we aim to make our articles easy enough to understand for regular users. Although the intricacies of the digital aren’t always welcoming for beginners, privacy is a right we all share – thus, everyone should be able to use the necessary tools to achieve it.
Why are VPNs important?
Today’s internet is a far cry from the ideals that drove its creation – the notion of a democratic space, where everyone can share ideas and participate in a borderless, global conversation without the fear of repression. Instead, it’s ever-controlling, observing, and sectioned into country-shaped pieces.
At their best, VPN services go a long way towards fixing these issues. At their worst, however, they are part of the problem, and distinguishing the good from the bad can be difficult. The VPN industry is very competitive and full of actors trying to sway the conversation in their favor – a voice readers can trust is more important now than ever.
We aim to push forward the global understanding of the importance of security and privacy by providing useful, ethical and free of charge research. We share information about VPN vulnerabilities, exploits, unsecured databases and other cybersecurity issues (hereinafter – vulnerabilities) to inform the public and improve quality standards in VPN industry.
At VPNpro, we follow these ethical research guidelines:
1. If we discover any kind of vulnerability that makes users’ data accessible, we never download or use that data in any way. We gather a few screenshots as a proof of vulnerability and depersonalise the information that’s visible on them.
2. Our first aim is to help organisations keep their systems and data safe. Therefore the first step we take is informing the organisation of the vulnerability and giving it a “grace period” (not less than 30 and not more than 120 days) to patch it. We provide all necessary information and assistance.
3. In cases where we have reliable information that the vulnerability is actively exploited by malicious actors or if the organisation patches it quickly, the disclosure term can be shorter. In case an organisation needs more time to patch it, the disclosure term can be longer.
4. If the organisation is not responding, we also contact a local computer emergency response team (CERT) office to report the vulnerability.
5. We never ask, nor we will, for financial compensation or ransom of any kind from any organisation that we assist.
6. As much as our handling of data is concerned – there never is a risk of sharing or making available the confidential or personal data.
7. We publicly disclose the vulnerability in cases when, a) it has been patched, and, b) all means of communication with the organisation have been exhausted, “grace period” was provided and disclosing the information is in the publics best interest.