Hi @Bespoke I saw this topic presented on the day you pushed it but I was still coming to terms of the affects of such a problem and realized that the scale of the problem needs to be universally attended to. I was also surprised that this issue wasn’t reported on a wider scale considering the severity of it and why VPN services didn’t disclose and speak about the issue the their customers/users.
In relation to the articles, I’d be curious to know whether this affects both types of VPN services such as full force VPNs that are deployed as desktop solutions across the platforms or just browser based VPN solutions. I mention this because they wrote
and I can’t understand how that can be true considering encryption of the connection of most browser based solutions are incredibly fast from start-up and it doesn’t mention if the problem is persistent even when you’ve got extensions disabled and or when you’ve got ‘continue running apps in the background’ enabled.
I very briefly spoke to Alex about this issue and he sort of indicated these are actually the things that they’re trying avoid as developing or introducing built-in/proprietary solutions seems better rather deploying of the shelf versions from Chrome at users requests. It was mentioned that, ‘In enabling a particular extension, there is some checking to make sure it doesn’t compromise user security or privacy.
There’s some more details than this, but @sampson or @brian would be able to dive into specifics.’ So it would be brilliant to find out how the team can counteract this as they only have a few extensions available for the time being but may be a cause for concern when all users requests are made.
After you reply to Bespoke’s four question present at the bottom could you also answer whether think newer technologies would have to be implemented to fix this problem or just improving on obfuscation practices by both the browser and VPN providers?
Believe it or not, some of the issues pertaining to the article is the reason reason as to why I created the topic below a couple of months ago which has since gathered a significant amount of attention as it seems like such solution when it come to the internet is practically paramount and really a necessity.
I’ll post a link of this topic in the interest that any of the providers respond to the articles also respond here regarding this issue.
Thanks for reporting it here, otherwise it would have been overlooked.