Have You Been Thinking About a VPN Service?
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It’s not a secret that the government is letting ISPs and big telecom wrest control of the Internet from government agencies and take control of it themselves. There are scary rumors that ISPs may soon sell you personal info, including your medical records to the highest bidder. Well, we’re not so sure that’s going to happen, but allowing ISPs and big telecom to police themselves is like letting a skulk of foxes guard the hen house.
ISPs (know and have always known) everything you do online – and we mean EVERYTHING – until recently they were very limited with regard to what they were were allowed to do with that data. Recent actions by the federal government and FCC boss Ajit Pai seem to suggest that ISPs can pretty much do anything with your data they want to do – including sell it to third parties.
If you don’t want your ISP to know what you do online, the best way to “hide” from them is to use a good VPN. [ If you don’t know what a VPN is, read this.] However, choosing a VPN is not easy. There are dozens and dozens of VPNs, and now that the government is allowing ISPs more latitude with your data, VPNs are springing up all over. Be careful when choosing a VPN.
- Make sure the VPN you choose does not keep logs.
- Make sure the VPN you choose has a wide selection of VPN servers and you can switch between them quickly.
- Do your homework. A VPN does you no good if it logs your activity. Even if it promises not to log your activity and sell you data – remember promises are cheap. Verify.
- Make sure the VPN you choose does not keep logs (and make them prove it). Yes, we mentioned this three times now – because it’s important. If you choose a VPN that keeps logs, you may as well use your ISP. VPNs who log your activity collect everything you do on the Internet. And they can sell your personal data just like your ISP. So, it’s important – verify that the VPN you choose does not keep logs.
- Make sure your VPN is not going to substantially slow down your Internet speed. Many do. Do your homework – find out what others are saying about the VPN you’re considering.
- Make sure the VPN you choose uses 256-bit encryption.
We have been on the prowl for a good VPN service we can stand behind and recommend. But it will take more testing and then more testing before we make a choice of a VPN or VPNs to recommend.
And finally remember, that it doesn’t matter if you have something to hide or not – that’s not the discussion. The discussion is whether you want your ISP to collect and sell your personal data to the highest bidder without your permission and without your knowledge. Only you can decide that.
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