A 21st Century approach to live online

Living in a society of constant surveillance one has to know what drives a good approach in maximising online privacy. An answer to this could only be; VPN. There are more credible ways of hiding your browsing activity and more competent ways of achieving anonymity. The most clear option is to use the Tor browser. But attempting to use Tor for all browsing would prove to be rather complicated. So how VPNs can protect you? First of all, VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. Virtual because it is not establishing a new physical connection with the receiver and private because it encrypts all of the activity before being sent, then it would be decrypted once it is received.

In this way VPNs help to control online communication and mask any online activity away from unwanted attention. Since the connection with your VPN’s server is encrypted, and if you browse the wider internet through this smaller, secure network, it’s difficult for anyone outside the communication channel to snoop on what you’re doing. A VPN keeps your location confidential and allows you to shift effortlessly between large numbers of VPN server locations across the world. Originally, people used VPNs as a way to get around websites that where blocked in their country or to watch movies that weren’t available in certain countries. But VPNs are extremely useful for privacy as well. There are all sorts of benefits when using a VPN.

Your IP address is protected with a VPN . Usually an IP address would point directly towards its engaged user, and certain websites can actually use your IP address in order to identify who you are and where you are located. When you use a VPN, the only thing the website will know is that they are actually communicating with the VPN servers. VPNs also shutdown any monitoring done by your ISP with regards your browsing habits, because they just see endless logs of you connecting to the respective VPN server.

VPNs can shield you from your awful internet companies, but they are also in a position to potentially do things that you worried about in the first place, they can access and track all of your activities online. So for a VPN to be any more private than an ISP, the company that offers the VPN needs to be trustworthy and that’s a very tricky thing to confirm.

One main factor to check, is whether the VPN keeps logs of user activity. Most of the privacy-focused VPN companies are very up front about their no-log policies, because they want to make it clear to law enforcement groups around the world that even if they are served with a warrant, they won’t have the ability to produce customer records. It’s vital to specifically analyse a company’s Terms of Service to see what it declares about logging and scenarios where it would disclose user information.

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