The service in its logs stores IP addresses and browsing data. The FBI was used to track the stalker. VPN, the virtual private network, in theory, provides secure and private connections. As it turns out – it’s just the looks.

PureVPN is a paid program, whose creators claim to provide their users with security and privacy. However, it appears that you do not fully believe the manufacturer’s declaration of the privacy policy. According to a document from The Register, the investigators used the data collected by the PureVPN program to track the offender, who for more than a year harassed and intimidated 24-year-old Jennifer Smith.

PureVPN is not as safe as it might seem (by PureVPN)

From March 2016 to May 2017, Jennifer Smith was persecuted by Ryan Lin, who previously was her roommate. Then he looked at the password on the girl’s MacBook. Lin posted naked pictures of Jennifer, who had stolen his stolen Apple iCloud account. He also got her private diary and used the information contained in it to intimidate and lust.

PureVPN developers ensure that they do not collect their users’ data

Lin was very good at using Tor and VPN and data encryption services.The suspect of Rensselaer Polytechnic, where he has acquired extensive IT knowledge. As evidenced by the FBI agent’s testimony, Lin was aware that VPN providers collect data about their customers. He even criticized companies offering such services.

The FBI agent said in his report that he used data collected by PureVPN 

It turned out that the offender was completely right in his suspicions. It was located by the FBI thanks to records in the PureVPN base. The investigator admitted that PureVPN was associating the home IP that Ryan Lin used with the one he used at home. Stalker did not even help clear data from the computer. Investigators managed to retrieve some of the data that proves his guilt.