The Truth About VPN Traffic

I hear commercials about public-accessible virtual private networks (VPN) these days.

“Don’t let your Internet provider know what websites you visit.”

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but no matter how you access the Internet, someone will always know what you accessed. There is always a middle-man, and they will have a record.

“But VPN even has the word private!”

Someone has to administer the system. Someone has to have eyes on these things.

“But wait, what about this thing called TOR?”

TOR is GREAT!…if you don’t log in to anything. Yes, TOR is decentralized. But say you go and log in to Twitter or Facebook, you just gave away the breadcrumb needed to track you.

The best way to keep your privacy? Don’t exchange information with a website if it isn’t encrypted. Look for “https” at the beginning of the web address. If it isn’t there, do not fill out any form, enter financial information, or enter user and password credentials.


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