A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a tool that protects your privacy by making you appear “anonymous” whenever you use the Internet.
Have you heard of the NSA (National Security Agency) “spying scandal”? The following report says the US government actively monitors and records all telephone calls and all Internet use by its citizens.
According to the above report, Verizon (a phone company with 98.9 million customers) was ordered to turn over all its call records to the NSA. That order was “untargeted”, meaning the NSA can spy on all calls without even suspecting anyone of wrongdoing.
It appears the US govt can now spy on all its citizens by monitoring and recording every phone call they make and everything they do on the net. Worse that that, it seems they are now making full use of that power. The above link contains the details.
Is there anything you can do to protect yourself against this kind of invasion of privacy? Yes. Recently, there’s been a sharp increase in the use of VPNs. Do you use one? A VPN is a tool that protects you against hackers and other agencies that try to invade your privacy. It does that by making you appear anonymous when you use the net. Here’s a link that explains what VPNs are and why people use them:
The following is my attempt to summarize what VPNs are and how they work:
A VPN provides you with protection from identity theft, invasion of privacy awa any site to which you connect. It does this by making you appear anonymous. No one can spy on you because no one can determine your true identity or what you send and receive when using the net. VPNs have been around for a while. But there has been a recent increase in their use because governments are now recording what people do on the net. This includes all emails, all instant messages and everything else you do when you use the Internet.
A VPN is a tool you can license for about $35 yearly or $6 monthly. It acts as an intermediary between your PC and any website to which you connect. It encodes all traffic flowing between your PC and that site. It replaces your IP address with one of its own. This provides two big benefits. First, no one can determine your true identity. Second, no one can tell what you do while using the net. I bought one and it was very simple to install and use. It works all the time. Whenever I restart my PC, my VPN also restarts automatically. After a while, you forget it’s even running. It never nags you to do anything or buy anything.
Personally, I now feel very much safer using the net. The rules of this forum don’t allow me to recommend any specific VPN to you. But, you can always search for “best VPN providers” and choose your own.
IMO, it has now become pretty much essential for anyone using the net to also use a VPN. Recently, more and more agencies have been hacking and spying on people when they use the net. The first major incident I know of was the NSA spying scandal and the above report claims the US govt now actively monitors and records all phone calls and all net usage by its citizens. The USA is not the only govt doing this. Many others also do it and many arrest its citizens for breaking laws that Americans would likely consider very harsh.
No one may ever be able to control the Internet. But what does that matter if govts can spy on everyone using it? For that reason, I think it’s essential for anyone who uses the net to protect their privacy by appearing anonymous to anyone who would watch. It costs about $35 yearly to buy a VPN license and IMO, it’s one of the best and most important tools you can use when using the net - one of the very best things you can do to protect yourself.
I love my VPN. Every time I start my PC, I feel like I’m telling “Big Brother” to “stuff it”. You don’t have to take my word for any of this. You can check the above links for yourself.
I want to tell you the reason I’m writing this is because I believe it’s something with the potential to save you huge problems and if only one you decides to protect yourself with a VPN, I will be happy.
FYI, the movie Citizenfour (2014) is about the NSA spying scandal. It won the Academy Award for best documentary in 2015 and it’s a great way to understand these issues. It is rated at 8.1 on IMDB - extremely high rating.