3 companies control many big-name VPNs: What you need to know

Many of the top VPNs are controlled by just three parent companies. The trend of consolidation in the industry can have implications for your digital privacy.
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Let’s say you’re in the market for a VPN (virtual private network). You’re probably looking for some combination of better privacy (from snooping ISPs, advertisers or governments), increased online security (who knows who else is on that public Wi-Fi node?) or even more flexible video streaming options. Unlike mobile operating systems (two main options) or US mobile providers (three basic choices), you might be impressed with the range of VPN providers …