The Problem with Onavo, the Facebook VPN
Original Via Wired:
THIS WEEK, REPORTS have percolated that Facebook is testing a new menu item, called “Protect,” in its iOS app. The feature sports a blue shield icon, and tapping it redirects you to the App Store listing for Facebook-owned VPN app Onavo Protect. But while Onavo does claim to offer some tools that make the web safer, in practice it falls far short of the privacy protections that VPN users reasonably expect.
Onavo itself isn’t new; Facebook acquired it in 2013, and has nudged users to it through the Protect prompt on Android since 2016. Like all VPNs, it’s a private platform that acts as a portal to connect you to the larger internet, tunneling your data through an encrypted path to reduce the risk of eavesdropping.
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