Privacy

What is a no-log VPN?


Authored by a Symantec employee

 

Virtual private networks, or VPNs, allow people to use public Wi-Fi hotspots safely by encrypting the data sent or received during the user’s online session. This shields users’ online privacy and anonymity and helps protect the personal information they transmit while on public Wi-Fi.

Many VPN providers also safeguard their customers’ anonymity by offering a no-log network, or logless VPN.

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What does a VPN without logs mean? 

A no-log VPN means that the virtual private network provider does not collect, or “log,” any information transmitted through the network. They don’t save information about your personal details, where you go online, what you download, or what you search for. Therefore, your online privacy and anonymity are protected from everybody — even your VPN provider.

What’s so great about no-log VPNs?

Why do VPN service providers do this? If you’re entrusting a company to encrypt and protect what you do online, shouldn’t you fundamentally trust that business to follow the same practices? Most VPN companies believe the answer is yes. They don’t log any of your information because they don’t want it. These no-log VPN service providers won’t build databases of your personal information to sell to third parties.

Does the Norton VPN keep logs?

No, Norton Secure VPN does not keep logs.

Some VPN providers do collect a minimal amount of user information, such as your email, but these exceptions to the rule should be available in their privacy policy.

As stated in the Norton Privacy Notice, Norton Secure VPN collects subscriber information for communication purposes, mobile device data, and aggregate bandwidth usage. Norton Secure VPN does not log information about where you go on the internet.

Remember: All VPN services are different. Not all VPN providers operate logless networks, so you should choose your VPN service carefully if this is important to you.

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