Internet Privacy Panic
Truth is Nothing Changed
The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to repeal pending internet privacy protections. Those protections approved last year by the FCC would have gone into effect December 2017. The privacy regulations made ISPs obtain your permission before gathering and selling your data. Typically, Internet Service Providers collect web browsing, app usage, and geo-location data.
The truth is most ISPs already sell your data to advertisers. Oddly enough, the proposed privacy protections would not have applied to Google or Facebook both of whom gather massive amounts of user data to resell. If you are wondering why Google and Facebook were not included, you are not alone.
If all of the headlines screaming about your ISP tracking and selling everything you do has made you concerned about your online privacy here are three simple solutions.
- We did research on VPN providers and with an annual plan priced at $6.49/mo providing unlimited data on 5 devices, we found SurfEasy to a clear winner. Surfeasy works on Windows, OSX, iPhone, iPad, Android, Amazon, Opera, and Chrome. https://www.surfeasy.com/
- Is a free Brower with built-in VPN service. Tor’s Browser works by connecting through a series of virtual tunnels rather than making a direct connection, thus allowing both organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy. https://www.torproject.org/
- Created by Dan Schultz, Internet Noise auto-opens tabs based on random Google searches. This tool makes it almost impossible for ISPs or anyone they’ve sold your data to accurately profile you. https://slifty.github.io/internet_noise/index.html
The big winner in all of this is VPN providers as searches and subscriptions have skyrocketed since Tuesday. When doing research please note most free VPNs often sell your data to advertisers to generate revenue.