Friday, July 27, 2012

Browsing the internet privately

Closely related to the need for fair use is the need for privacy on the internet.  You should be aware that:

1. All your emails can be read by your ISP and any carrier in between you and the recipient.

2. Every web site you surf to can be recorded by your ISP.

One way to get around this is to use a VPN, a Virtual Private Network service.  Many of these promise not to keep logs, but of course how do you really know that?  I was amused to come across an add for these guys--I have no idea if they are any good or not--saying "never trust a VPN provider that doesn't accept Bitcoin", which I found amusing.  But it's funny because it makes sense.

Who cares if your VPN provider keeps logs if they don't know who you are?  And how can you be sure your VPN provider won't grass on you if they do know who you are?

Something to think about if you go this route.  Anonymity starts there.

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