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Verizon offers its own VPN app, because nothing's fishy about that

If you feel like you can trust a telecommunications giant with safeguarding your internet life, the Verizon Safe Wi-Fi app is for you.
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July 27, 2018
TL;DR
  • Verizon Safe Wi-Fi is a new VPN app for Android that will anonymize your internet usage and block ads.
  • The service costs $4-per-month and supports up to ten devices.
  • It seems like a significant conflict of interest for a telecommunications giant to offer a VPN service.

Today, Verizon launched a new VPN app called Verizon Safe Wi-Fi, exclusively for Verizon customers. As you would expect, the service anonymizes your internet browsing on Android and iOS devices. It also is an ad-blocker.

Verizon Safe Wi-Fi is designed to work on public Wi-Fi networks and will set you back $4-per-month, which gets you service on up to ten devices.

It’s a little surprising that Verizon is offering a VPN service and ad blocker, although I guess it’s kind of par-for-the-course now. At this point, are there any companies not involved in the VPN industry? Heck, even PornHub has its own VPN now.

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The real question is whether this service will have many adopters. Since Verizon owns multiple brands that make money off your internet browsing habits — like Oath, Yahoo, AOL, and your frickin’ Verizon Wireless data plan — the company providing a way for you to hide those habits seems like an astounding conflict of interest.

I can only speak for myself here, but I would be worried that Verizon would anonymize my browsing through the VPN, but then remove the anonymization when visiting Verizon-owned properties. I would highly suggest poring through the Verizon Safe Wi-Fi terms of service before handing over any of your cash for this product.

While $4-per-month is not a bad deal for a VPN/ad-blocker combo, there are literally hundreds of companies out there that can provide you with VPN services at a comparable cost while not simultaneously providing you with the internet service you’re going to use it on.

Now, where is my tin foil hat?