Did you know that every move you make online might soon be available for sale?

 

 

In case you haven't heard the House of Representatives passed a bill, that was then signed into law by the President, that would allow internet and telecom companies to share (aka sell) customers personal information including web browsing history.

So what can YOU do to protect what you do online from prying eyes besides cut the cord and run into the woods?

The easiest way is for you to get a VPN!

 

1. A VP What?

A VPN (virtual private network) disguises your web traffic by encrypting it as it goes from your device, through your ISP (internet service provider), and to a private server, which then gets you to your ultimate internet destination. It's not as cloak & dagger as it sounds, if you work in the corporate world your company most likely already has these.

 

2. Find a VPN!

Be weary of free VPN services. If it's free it means that they have to make up revenue somehow. And some of these free VPN services...will sell your info per the terms of service you agree to when signing up. Just like those pesky ISP's will be able to do soon, sans your consent. You can expect to pay around $5 a month for an reliable, trustworthy VPN. There is a cost to protecting your privacy, but what do you think your privacy worth?

 

3. Install a VPN!

This usually means downloading software or a mobile app and logging onto a website, signing in, clicking connect, and your done. For some services, ones that I prefer, you’ll be automatically logged into the VPN every time you use your home internet. Set it and forget it seems like the better option for me. But you do you!

 

4. Surf on a VPN!

Remember that your internet traffic is now using a VPN like a secret tunnel that turns all of your googling habits into nonsense to your ISP. Thus, you are now free to surf without the fear that your ISP will make a few bucks off your spare time clicking habits.

 

That wasn't scary at all. Now was it?