We don’t collect data from you, other than basic usage statistics. Instead of earning revenue through advertising money, we earn income through “affiliate links”. This means if you purchase a service or product through our website, we will earn a percentage (oftentimes around 2-3% but sometimes as high as 20%). That, unfortunately, leads to a conflict of interest. If a website earns a percentage of a sale, they are encouraged to sell more of it, regardless of its quality.
In fact, this conflict has led to industry corruption: a handful of VPN providers dominate the review websites along with the products being reviewed. There are founded accusations that the best-reviewed VPNs also own the same companies that review them.
Proof Against Manipulation: The Editorial Firewall
At VPN Proof, we use the time-honored method of an “editorial firewall”. In other words, we keep the affiliates separated from the writers. If an author recommends a product or service, it’s something that they would personally use and recommend. If an affiliate of ours wants to change a review score, they’re out of luck. We do not change a reviewer’s final score without their permission.
All affiliate links are added after the article is written.
We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”