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:~ Are you tired of getting emails from your ISP about the movies and tv that you are downloading?
Do you want want to watch Netflix, but see what is available in the UK or US?
Do you not want the porn sites to know who you are, or your ISP to snoop on your fetishes?

It's getting to the point that Mashable will copy info from Reddit to talk about a VPN as a saving grace.
https://mashable.com/2018/05/23/best-vpns-on-reddit-pia-purevpn-expressvpn/#YYEFwNxbCPqf

But, is it?

In the simplest of terms a Virtual Private Network is a network that is silo-ed from the rest of the network your machine may be on.

For the sake of this rant, let's just say there is no split tunneling and all is secure, just like the VPN I and many others use for work. This keeps all data on the network and away from prying eyes. That is good. It's great really. It protects the data so people can work from anywhere.

The thing is, the VPN protects the data, not the user.

Like private browsing mode, the server on the end can see where you are coming from, who you are, and keep tabs on you.

Yes. Your significant other may not see what you are looking at. Your ISP may not be able to coorelate it was you when Sony sends a Copyright notice, but really, they can, because the VPN protects the data, not the user.

Simple, benign example:
I turn on my VPN to say I am connecting from London.
I open my browser and go shopping for something cool for my wife on Amazon.
I click on a few things I know she likes.
Oh, look it's in my Amazon history, because I am signed into Amazon.

So, the VPN says I am in London. Amazon thinks I am in London. Comcast can't see what I was looking at, but Comcast is not who I am trying to hide my data from at this point. My history shows the truth.

More complex example:
I turn on my VPN to say I am in NY.
I go to a website to download the lastest The Voice episode.
While it's downloading, I go to check my Comcast email. (Don't worry, I don't really use my ISPs email)
Comcast now - because I checked my email, and all sites collect the info on where you come from, even if just for security sake to keep you safe.
So, Sony sends Comcast a Copyright Notice with your NY IP.
Ha! Fooled them!
Really, did you?
If Comast happens to own the network that your NY ip was on, they can coorelate you to using that IP at the same time that downloaded The Voice because you were checking your email at the same time.
Did the VPN protect you or the data?

Yes, one can use the VPN for a different country, so you can't be so easily correlate.

Just remembed, Google, Facebook, Twitter, AOL all use embeds on websites, so they too know where you have been and can help to prove you are lying.

Are VPNs bad? No. They can be a great tool.

Do VPNs give off a false sense of security of what a person can do online? They sure do, and they make a good penny off it to.

Are VPNs for everybody? As long as you know what you are doing and trying to keep private. Remember, VPNs protect the data, not the user.
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5/24/2018

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