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A report that revealed vulnerabilities in three virtual private networks — Hotspot Shield, PureVPN and Zenmate — could be used to undermine privacy and identify users, ZDNet reports. While intended to safeguard user data and make it difficult to track internet habits, the researchers discovered a bug that could leak IP addresses and, in some instances, also determine location. The researchers wrote, “We believe that most other VPNs suffer from similar issues, so the fast response of Hotspot Shield is something we think is worth commending. We felt that they worked with our research team in a fast and serious manner and that they care for their users. They took our research as help for improvement rather than criticism.�
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