Opinions on Algo VPN vs paid VPN providers?

I read this piece over the weekend, and am just curious what people in here would think about it.

In theory, the idea of running my own self-hosted VPN on a cloud service seems attractive, but I’m still skeptical that it would be more effective than using a paid VPN or even just self-hosting a VPN server on hardware in my house.

Also, reading through the Github readme, issue list, pull requests for Algo VPN didn’t really make me any more confident. I have more to learn in this niche, but the project seemed more like an opinionated Ansible config than a tested, hardened deployment.

I suppose a lot of it depends on use case. There are many different VPN scenarios. Anyway, I’m interested in what professionals would think.

The payouts for content creators to make VPN videos are really really good which is why VPN’s are oversold. Unless you are torrenting or need to get around IP geofencing I don’t really see a need for them.

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Not sure I’m a professional but have been using a paid VPN for a while.

That article isn’t that insightful however I think it’s aimed at people who are not familiar with networking.

Mostly these paid for VPNS allow you to use another IP address instead of your own, after that you ought to assume they can see your traffic. Recently Proton gave up details when compelled to do so.

However, what I will say these dodgy VPN providers provide a means with which non-techy people can setup a VPN, to give them whatever they think it gives them.

When you know how it’s possible to setup your own OpenVPN server, most people will struggle with that.

Privacy isn’t that much of an issue for an average issue, they just want to get online. Understanding all this networking, security, cryptography, ciphers etc. is beyond the average user.

Google / Facebook / ISPs make money from your surfing, if the VPNs do so too then I don’t think the majority will care.