Trusted by millions of freedom seekers across the globe, VPN services strive to offer their users the utmost in privacy but also, maximum security. On that basis you should rightly hope that your chosen VPN provider would be able to pass muster via some kind of information systems audit. Indeed it seems that more and more VPN providers are announcing the results of such audits to prove to the world that they have nothing to hide and that everything is above board.Within the VPN industry, audits are certainly becoming a trend as providers look to legitimise their claims and market a holier-than-thou existence. In the last couple of years, independent auditing has proved to be an efficient way for VPN service providers to test their security features, as well as provide their customers with more than just promises. With organisations such as the likes of ISACA, through to global professional services companies like PricewaterhouseCoopers offering their expertise, this type of auditing is certainly picking up speed and gaining awareness in the wider world.
What your VPN provider shouldn’t be recording
So what kind of information can a VPN provider potentially have on you if you decide to sign up for such a service? It might be easier here to highlight what they shouldn’t be doing; specifically, VPNs should NOT be keeping any record of the following activities;
Your browsing activitiesYour connection logsRecords of the VPN IPs assigned to youYour original IPs Your connection timeThe history of your browsingThe sites that you visited Your outgoing trafficThe content or data you accessedThe DNS queries generated by youAny VPN should be committed to the online privacy and security of its users and as part of that commitment, it should be reasonable for users to expect that any VPN perform a security audit of both its systems and its no-log policy. There have been a few announcements by VPNs outlining revisions to their privacy policies to proudly wear their, “we are a zero-log VPN company now”. VPN providers including Tunnelbear, NordVPN and ExpressVPN have all announced the results of such audits and now claim zero-log policies and no recording of their users’ activity online. We actually had our audit done nearly 4 years ago which does beg the question: why has it taken others companies so long to catch up?Using a no log VPN service should mean that your provider does not collect or log any of your activity online. That is, it doesn’t collect or hold any information transmitted through the VPN. That means browsing 100% anonymously, just as you should be if you’re using a VPN. But there are plenty of well-known VPNs that do keep logs of your browsing sessions – meaning that you’re not entirely secure or private. For peace of mind (and maximum privacy) it is sensible to choose a no log VPN provider.
Find the best business VPN providers hereIndependent audits as a feature
We’ve also highlighted the best VPN services of 2019