News Blog & Press
Virtual Private Network VPN vs. The Cloud Browser
“Don’t make the same browsing mistake again” – Trace Free
News | Back to all news
Trace Free Team | Source Article
Virtual Private Network vs. The Cloud Browser
They told you to use Incognito mode to browse privately. For over 10 years, unbeknownst to you, your most personal browsing was shared with the largest data gatherer of them all. Now those “experts” are telling you that you can be secure and private using a virtual private network (VPN). They are wrong again, only this time the stakes are much higher because there are many more entities that can profit from your data.
Rather than bore you with how a VPN works, we are just going to educate you on what it DOESN’T do.
A network is defined as “a group or system of interconnected people or things”. That doesn’t sound very private, does it? It isn’t.
Remember when products started to use words like fat free, sugar free, and all natural to make you focus on one feature in order to make their product sound healthy? When the consumer was educated to read the nutrition label they discovered just how misinformed they were. This same type of misleading advertising is happening when it comes to private browsing solutions.
The top VPN sites are using phrases like “complete privacy”, “protect your device”, “military grade encryption”, “secure and anonymous”, and “no log policy”. Wow, those sound really good, where do I sign up?
If UPS, Fedex or the USPS delivers a package to your house from an unknown sender completely wrapped in duct tape (encrypted) and has a lock around it, does that make it any SAFER for you to open?
If you take your car (your PC) down every side road and “tunnel” to get to your girlfriend’s house, will she still be able to identify you when you get there?
Does that sound “secure and completely private” to you? It’s not. This is essentially what happens when you use a VPN to surf the Web.
The virtual private network was launched when the browser and Internet provider were the same service and the song “you got mail” was a hit. It was designed before the big data gatherers like Google, Facebook and Amazon came on the scene.
The Pitfalls of a VPN
- A VPN only conceals data (credit card info, passwords, websites etc) that you pass between your device and a website. It does not conceal or secure your device from the website. (please see our video that compares the highest rated VPN to TraceFree)
- A website can see, and leave cookies on your device. It can track you after you leave their site.
- A VPN does not block viruses and malware.
- The major browsers can see (and save) what you type in the browser.
- Browsing history can still be left on your device.
- You DO NOT hide your browsing from government agencies.
- Your browsing is automatically slowed down due to the encryption going out and coming back.
- The VPN provider can see your true location and what sites you visited. Some will sell or share this data.
Don’t just take our word for it. You can prove that you’re not completely private or secure when using a virtual private network by simply going to the website whatismybrowser.com If a website can “touch” your device it can not only identify and track you online, but it can install things without you knowing.
In addition, whether you are using a brand new device or your existing device, Google and Facebook are still able to track your browsing when using a VPN.
This 20 year old technology is now being heavily promoted in the U.S. after the Facebook Cambridge Analytic scandal. You are seeing email services, browsers and even adult sites starting to offer VPN services.
You will notice many VPN companies are offering “lifetime subscriptions” or 3 year subscription plans. Usually this is a sign that the technology is about to be phased out and the existing players are trying to get the last dime out of it
In fact, some companies have sold their VPN business in order to solely focus on the next generation of private browsing, the cloud browser.
Cloud Browser – What happens in the cloud stays in the cloud..NOT on your device
The cloud browser, sometimes called an isolation browser or a remote browser, offers a way for a user to be completely secure while browsing the Web. TraceFree is a cloud browser, but in addition, is the only one to offer complete anonymity. It is the first and only virtual private browser.
The future of computing is in the cloud, and that includes browsing. Rather than use your device and browser to surf the Web, you are using a browser on a server in the cloud. Websites interact with the server and NEVER your device. All cookies, viruses and browsing history stay on the server, they NEVER touch your device. Websites see the location of the server, not your device.
Doesn’t that sound more like “secure and completely private”?
What makes the TraceFree browser so special is that the user starts EVERY session with a brand new cookie free browser. Websites like Google cannot correctly identify or profile the user. ALL browsing evidence stays on the server and is deleted on logout. The Internet provider only sees that the user is connected to a cloud provider. The Internet provider cannot block access to restricted sites and they cannot share or sell your browsing history because they cannot see it.
Major financial institutions and the Department of Defense, which PREVIOUSLY relied on the virtual private network, are now adopting the cloud browser as the way to protect their network.
While there are a few cloud browsing services, their main focus is on enterprise security. TraceFree, gives you the security enterprises expect but also the privacy consumers need.
The world’s only virtual private browser is easy to use and it is available today!