Understand what you need to know and be aware of before choosing a VPN service.

Episode #9-10 released on October 21, 2018

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Using a VPN is a great tool for those who are security aware, who want to protect themselves from a multitude of dangers online and maintain a sense of privacy while online. It is, however, important to remember a few details before obtaining and using a VPN, and these might be interesting to think about.

A VPN does hide your traffic, and your ISP is not capable of viewing what you are looking at, and mostly unable to detect where you are going to online, unless you DNS servers are being served by your ISP. In fact, any DNS service will continue to be notified of any domain name service request you make, unless the DNS service is fully integrated into the VPN, at which point the VPN itself will know everything you are doing.

While, a VPN does hide your traffic, and may be able to hide your DNS requests by having a fully integrated DNS service, it is possible for an ISP to cut the connection to your VPN, and how the VPN is connected will greatly determine if any information leaks or not. If you integrated the VPN as part of the connection method for the router, or you use a VPN software with a built-in connection kill switch, the ISP will get no information on your connection, however, if failing that, you will be exposed online.

There is a strong monetary benefit and reason to why your ISP may want to kick, disable or block a VPN, and that is your information. It is definitely the case that they collect and sell your information to other third parties to make more money, on top of the already inflated costs they charge. And, if all your information is encrypted and through a VPN they cannot benefit from you, and therefore may want to drop a few packets to the VPN intentionally to try to drop the connection, and that is dangerous for anyone using a VPN for reasons that may escape the greediest thoughts of an ISP.

Now, the issue, also, affects how to choose a VPN. You need to consider what they record as information, why it is recorded, or if they log any traffic information. You need to think about the location of the business, like for example an American VPN is required to record traffic details by law. You need to consider the software they offer, and if it has a connection kill switch in case of disconnection. You need to view their terms of service, the privacy policy, see how they generate revenue. A free VPN is not likely to protect your data because of the need to generate revenue, however a paid service in privacy-oriented countries may offer a better deal in terms of security.

So, just to recap, a VPN can hide all your traffic from your ISP, unless you use their DNS, or if your VPN service fails to terminate the connection immediately when the connection is severed, and can only be considered safe if the service is within a privacy-oriented country with no laws requiring the recording of traffic, and only if the VPN business itself has a viable means of generating revenue that would ensure it would not have to rely on selling traffic logs to third parties. Just make sure you pay attention to all that, and the terms of service, and privacy policy, as well.

Host : Steve Smith | Music : | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Dot Net

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