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What the Zuck!
Evangelizing About the Erosion of Privacy


What the Zuck!
Evangelizing About the Erosion of Privacy

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VPN

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the number one defensive tool against Man-in-the-Middle attacks, HTTPS spoofing (by employers), and location tracking. This is the most important item in your toolkit.

My preferred VPN is Private Internet Access (PIA). It has provided very good speed for a very reasonable price of $39.95 a year. It is one of the least expensive VPN providers. They are in 25 countries and allow 5 simultaneous devices (including mobile). They have been transparent with their logging policies and have strongly stuck to their guns on not providing logs even to law enforcement.

Private Internet Access

When used while you're not at home, it will prevent your ISP from seeing your traffic since all they will see is encrypted traffic to the VPN. Your VPN as well will see your IP address as some roaming IP address on the Internet either from Cell Data or from some hotspot. Since the IP addresses are public, it will not give enough information to either the VPN or ISP to indepdently profile you.

However, when you are home and using a DSL connection to your ISP, I would be circumspect in trusting a VPN implicitly. I'd rather have the ability to limit the traffic the VPN can see of my home traffic. So I recommend that home use of a VPN should be balanced with the use of a TOR Router (see that section separately).

Also, be careful of use of some VPN's. Historically some have released logs and thus revealed all the parties using VPN's. Those should be quickly taken of the list of options for VPN's (example: hidemyass).
VPN

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the number one defensive tool against Man-in-the-Middle attacks, HTTPS spoofing (by employers), and location tracking. This is the most important item in your toolkit.

My preferred VPN is Private Internet Access (PIA). It has provided very good speed for a very reasonable price of $39.95 a year. It is one of the least expensive VPN providers. They are in 25 countries and allow 5 simultaneous devices (including mobile). They have been transparent with their logging policies and have strongly stuck to their guns on not providing logs even to law enforcement.

Private Internet Access

When used while you're not at home, it will prevent your ISP from seeing your traffic since all they will see is encrypted traffic to the VPN. Your VPN as well will see your IP address as some roaming IP address on the Internet either from Cell Data or from some hotspot. Since the IP addresses are public, it will not give enough information to either the VPN or ISP to indepdently profile you.

However, when you are home and using a DSL connection to your ISP, I would be circumspect in trusting a VPN implicitly. I'd rather have the ability to limit the traffic the VPN can see of my home traffic. So I recommend that home use of a VPN should be balanced with the use of a TOR Router (see that section separately).

Also, be careful of use of some VPN's. Historically some have released logs and thus revealed all the parties using VPN's. Those should be quickly taken of the list of options for VPN's (example: hidemyass).
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