NordVPN app sends sensitive data to various trackers

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by summerheat, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. summerheat

    summerheat Registered Member

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    The German security researcher Mike Kuketz examined the NordVPN app for Android. He found that the app doesn't only contain several wide-spread trackers (which is confirmed by Exodus) but also sends your email address plus several identification tokens (like the Google Advertising ID) to the third party Iterable Inc. during the registration process.

    This data transfer is not mentioned at all in the NordVPN Privacy Policy.

    When Kuketz contacted NordVPN about his findings he got the following answer:
    Kuketz rightly wonders how this answer fits with sending the customer's email address to a third party.

    For me this suggests that NordVPN is not trustworthy. A reputable VPN vendor should not do this.

    I wonder if other VPN vendors are equally untrustworthy.
     
  2. guest

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    Mullvad VPN , no email, just a number, pay per cash, most anonymous (for those obsessed by it)
     
  3. imdb

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    that (nord being not trustworthy)'s old news. for my money, if you're in search of a trustworthy vendor, you should defly go with either one of the following: insorg, ivpn, mullvad.
     
  4. Floyd 57

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    Tor is where the real deal's at
     
  5. guest

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    If you know private exit points, it is. Tor is spammed with botnets and get real slow.
     
  6. mirimir

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    Damn, NordVPN :(
     
  7. guest

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    yep... yesterday, almost bought 3 years deal but my credit card didn't have enough cash, so i renewed my Mullvad subscription, guess destiny warned me before i read this article LOL
     
  8. Mr.X

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    :argh: Now you made me have an anxiety crisis...
     
  9. guest

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    Nord has supposedly 5k bare metal servers (expensive) with cheap deals like 3$ a months for 3 years, how they pay them? not saying their parent company is Tessonet , data mining company...
    if we go the paranoid road, it is enough to avoid it...
    if we play the fanboy road, it is a cheapshot made to discredit Nord...

    pick your version.
     
  10. Soft Life

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    I was always suspicious of these highly advertised VPN services. The ones you see consumer websites promote and you see ads all over mobile phones for these, in google play.

    I would think if a VPN was going to be secure it wouldn't be so 'in your face' but more of an underground thing where the people in the know knew.

    I chose AirVPN. Yes I still have to trust but really what a VPN is for is so your ISP provider doesn't have you ** *** ***** cause they sell that stuff like candy - your whereabouts.
     
  11. mirimir

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    The distinction, I think, is between VPN services that actually care about privacy, and those that are just in that business. The problem, though, is that they all need to sound like they actually care about privacy. So really, you can only tell by what they do, and not by what they say.

    In this case, I can see NordVPN's argument that they're just tracking who bought the app, how they heard about it, how it installed, etc. And that they're not tracking usage, traffic logs, etc. After all, every VPN service knows who bought, and who connects. But the difference here is that NordVPN was sending that data to a third party. And that's a red flag.
     
  12. JDB010

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    Thank you for this heads up. I send a message to the NordVPN setup, to change my username asap. My subscription is almost overdue and then I will switch to Mullvad I think.
     
  13. imdb

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    that's the primary reason to not use closed source or 3rd party sw. a vpn user should always bear in mind that they should stick with the stock ovpn sw.
     
  14. NSG001

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    NordVPN have been advertising on mainstream UK satellite tv channels for months.
    Price of these adverts is unthinkable.
    My paranoid meter goes in to overload when i see this kind of thing happening :eek:
     
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