Top Story: Congress and ISP Privacy
On Tuesday, the House approved a Senate resolution to roll back data privacy regulations enacted late last year by the FCC that would block ISPs from selling to advertisers information about where you go and what you do online. Several crowdfunding sites have been created, wrongheadedly, to try to channel this angst. Another response is to bring attention to using VPNs that protect your privacy and browsing activities. Brian Krebs goes into detail about why you should consider a VPN and how you need to think carefully about the various claims made by VPN providers. “However, it’s important to understand the limitations of this technology, and to take the time to research providers before entrusting them with virtually all your browsing data — and possibly even compounding your privacy woes in the process,” Krebs writes in this post. One trusted and very complete VPN evaluation can be found at ThatOnePrivacySite which has a chart of dozens of providers. Only a few of them pass muster, including BolehVPN, Mullvad, NordVPN, oVPM, TrustZone, and VPNSecure.
But you should be doing a lot more to protect your privacy, and my colleague Tom Henderson has a great set of suggestions such as using multiple browsers, cleaning out your cookies regularly, and changing your DNS server to something other than the ISP’s and Google that don’t track your traffic. Both Krebs and Henderson also suggest using Tor as your default browser too.
Finally, keep in mind what Swift on Security says: “The solution to privacy isn’t 0.05% of ISP users trying to opt-out of the net by paying $8/month to someone promising to fix their problems.”