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Most of you probably use a VPN to get around geo-restrictions, but let’s be real - you expect a certain level of privacy too. Well, VPN logs and privacy don’t really go hand in hand, and we’ll show you why.
Besides that, we’ll also tell you why some VPNs keep logs, and why no VPN logging is the best way to keep your privacy intact.
Let’s start with something you’re probably wondering about – why do VPN services even keep logs in the first place?
Well, not all of them do that, but we’ll get to that part in a bit.
For now, let’s focus on why some providers actually keep VPN logs. To make a long story short, here’s a quick overview of the main reasons they do it:
The simplest way we can explain VPN logs is that they’re data VPN providers store about how you use their service. They fall into two categories – usage logs and connection logs.
Usage logs are pretty intrusive because they actually contain information about your online browsing. We’re talking about data like:
All in all, usage logs kind of defeat the purpose of using a VPN. After all, you’re running a VPN connection to escape surveillance.
Sure, you could say that if you fully trust the VPN provider, you’ve got nothing to worry about. But things that are out of their control can (and likely will) go wrong.
What if an employee gets upset with how the company is treating them, and they decide to go rogue and leak customer data on the deep web?
Or if cybercriminals manage to breach the provider’s VPN servers?
Or if the VPN provider has no choice but to comply with the authorities’ requests, and hand over user data?
Those are just some examples, but they should be enough to show you how risky usage logs can be.
Connection logs mostly contain technical information relating to your connection. Usually, they don’t store any personally identifiable data, just info the VPN provider needs to improve their services, and for troubleshooting.
Here are some examples of the kind of data connection logs contain:
Well, not really.
Let’s get one thing out of the way first. Yes, this type of VPN logging is more “harmless” for your privacy compared to VPN usage logs. If you really trust your VPN provider, and they have a good track record of respecting and protecting user privacy, things aren’t too bad.
However, here’s the problem with connection logs – sometimes, they can include your real IP address too.
Why would that be an issue?
Because your IP address reveals a lot of personal information about you, like:
True, not enough to reveal your real identity. But it’s still enough information for experienced hackers to target your ISP with phishing attacks.
And if cybercriminals were to somehow manage to breach the VPN provider’s servers, your IP address might end up for sale on the dark web. Or, even worse, a hacker might use it to remotely break into your computer.
No logging, basically. A VPN that doesn’t keep any logs is the best way to get guaranteed privacy.
That way, if the authorities were to seize one of the provider’s servers, they wouldn’t be able to find any user data. The same would happen if cybercriminals were to manage to breach the provider’s servers.
Besides that, the provider should also have their HQ in a privacy-friendly country like Switzerland, Moldova, Romania, The British Virgin Islands, or Panama. It’s a nice way to be sure the authorities can’t strong-arm the VPN provider to keep logs.
Also, the VPN service should only use reliable, trustworthy data centers that are 100% transparent about their logging policies.
If you’re looking for a service with zero VPN logs, we’ve got your back. We don’t store any IP addresses, traffic logs, bandwidth usage data, and connection timestamps. We even support cryptocurrency payments for increased privacy.
Besides that, we offer military-grade encryption, DNS leak protection, a Kill Switch, and highly secure protocols like IKEv2, OpenVPN, and SoftEther.
And once you do become a CactusVPN customer, we’ll still have your back with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
VPN logs are data that providers store about the way you use their VPN service. They can either be usage logs which really violate your privacy, or connection logs which might put your privacy at risk if they store your IP address.Overall, it’s best to use a service with no VPN logging. That way, you know for sure there’s no way hackers or law enforcement authorities could get access to any of your data. The VPN provider won’t have any of it to begin with!