The Tool That Could Keep ISPs From Spying on You
There are different schools of thought on virtual private networks, or VPNs
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2017 5:09 PM CDT
VPNs: a good idea to protect your privacy?   (Getty Images/sasha85ru)

(Newser) – The country now waits for President Trump to put his signature on a bill blocking enforcement of FCC rules meant to keep internet service providers from selling and sharing user data. What people aren't waiting to do, however: freak out about the official loss of much of their privacy online once the bill bucking the Obama-promoted regulations is signed. Vox explains what this decision will mean to the typical American internet user, while Gizmodo takes a more proactive privacy stance, discussing in depth how users can hide their browsing history from ISPs, including via a virtual private network, or VPN. More on this technology from around the web:

  • Lifehacker dives into the ins and outs of what a VPN is, the encryption technology behind it, and how it works as a "middleman between you and the internet"; further advantages and drawbacks are explored by Fortune.
  • Who's not so sure VPNs are a sure bet to protect your digital privacy: Wired, which notes resorting to using such a system effectively puts "the burden of privacy entirely on consumers."
  • If you do decide to spring for your own private network, don't cheap out, TNW advises. Otherwise, you may get exceedingly sluggish service. As a matter of course, those inexpensive versions "suck."
  • Interest in VPNs is definitely on the upswing. TorrentFreak looks at the numbers regarding web searches for the term.

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