Are you ready for Internet Service Providers to access and sell your web browsing history and other actions you perform online without your consent?
The House of Representatives recently voted to reverse regulations that would have stopped the selling of your personal data, including financial information. If you’re one of millions of Americans that don’t want ISP’s and big telecom corporations profiting from your personal information, this is cause for concern.
While you never really had any “privacy” online, you’ll now need to take this privacy into your own hands. For companies and personal internet users, one of the best solutions are VPNs.
A virtual private network can help you retain some of that privacy, but it isn’t 100% going to help you remain completely private.
It’s virtual because your data is traveling through existing wires between you and your destination. It’s private because your data is encrypted before sending, and decrypted at its destination. When using a VPN, it’s extremely difficult for outside parties to eavesdrop on your search and browsing history.
There are multiple forms of VPNs, including free browser-based VPNs. Some browsers offer built-in VPNs (like Opera) and offer free ad blockers to avoid any ads from spying from and tracking your clicks or browsing.
Perhaps the most popular user-based VPN is Tor, which is taking Opera to the next level of privacy, but is slower to use and run. Plus, if you’ve watched Mr. Robot, you have seen just how to infiltrate the data of someone using Tor.
Through companies and services, the best way to get a VPN is through a monthly service. When you’re contemplating a company to work with, it’s important that you trust them not to leak or disclose data that can identify you.
Expand your capabilities and fulfill business obligations while remaining private. While it does stand for virtual private network, you’ll want to make sure your VPN doesn’t then sell your information. Read the terms and conditions to ensure there is no shady language or steps that make you think twice about signing up.
The actions of Congress have sparked new interest in VPNs for when personal users are searching private information about health, family, or wealth issues. If you’re going to be connecting your home or office to the network, you’re going to need a router or small server to act as the VPN endpoint.
You want to pick a provider that offers secure protocols to protect your privacy. For your business, make sure your network has enough capacity so you don’t get cut off due to using too much data. Find your VPN provider, make sure you can trust that company, and keep your browsing experience personal.
The fact that ISPs can sell your data should be troubling. We agree to a certain level of privacy with apps and other mediums that ask for access to our information. The biggest providers are publicly traded companies, and we should hold them accountable to keeping our data safe. If they can’t and this bill is passed, you can turn to a VPN.
However, a study last year found that 90% (nine in ten) SSL VPNs were found to use insecure and outdated encryption, putting data at risk. How do you make sure your data remains safe then? Working with IT technicians that understand the value of privacy in today’s day and age, especially in light of the recent news out of The House of Representatives.
Check with your VPN provider to see if they keep logs of user activity, and where this logging activity is held. There is really no choice for you to turn to find the “best” VPN. Just a scenario where your network works as advertised.
If you’re concerned that the House vote on ISPs data collection is more harmful than helpful in today’s society, establishing a virtual private network for both personal and corporate use is where you need to turn.
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