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Is Privacy a Myth in the Digital Age?

Is Privacy a Myth?

For anyone who chooses to use the Facebook Home application they are essentially agreeing to give up any last remaining shred of privacy, given that the app is always on in the background.

If we think back to the days before Facebook, back to AOL’s famous “you’ve got mail” tagline, online privacy was much simpler.  The usernames that were created to simply chat with others via the Internet, most likely did not reveal the individual’s legal name or anything else that would be considered “private” but instead served as “aliases.”

But then came Myspace, and Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn and the list goes on and on of social media websites that allow users to be searched by factors such as name, email address, age, height and even relationship status.

We are always on, always connected and no longer private. The thin line that separated public from private has disappeared and what privacy we think there still is online is an illusion. 

We all leave a bright footprint online, resulting in everything anyone does being tracked.

Today, governments can learn more about a person through a virtual search than they can through a physical search of that person’s home.

Read Why VPN to find out how using IPVanish VPN can change online privacy from myth to truth.

Source:  fiusm.com

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FBI is Winning the Right to Invade Your Internet Privacy

Your Internet Privacy Is Being Invaded

“We’re reaching the end sum of a long trend: in the US, privacy is now a myth, unless you’re working with the government,” Motherboard writer Derek Mead states in a recent article regarding the FBI and online privacy.

Leaked documents from the IRS, the Department of Justice and the FBI show that they don’t believe warrants are necessary for monitoring the public’s online communication.  It’s also been reported that the Obama administration plans to back the FBI’s plan of forcing internet providers, social media platforms, email hosts and others to install backdoors to allow the FBI easier access.

Authorities are successfully pushing to make American’s online communication far easier to monitor and with fewer legal barriers than traditional modes of communication. This is due to their proclamation that the internet is the realm of criminals.

The FBI argues that the law states citizens have no expectation of privacy on transmitted information, and that old emails only require a subpoena—an order signed by a district attorney, not an independent judge like a warrant does—to force providers to hand over data.

However by using a VPN such as IPVanish, all or your online communications become encrypted making them only readable to the source they were intended for.  You choose your IP location and can browse the internet securely with a high-speed connection.  For as low as $6.49/month you can choose from 3500+IPs on 100+ servers in 43 countries, guaranteeing that you always have high-speed access no matter where you are located, and you can use it on multiple devices!  Check out IPVanish today to prevent your online privacy from being invaded.  Read more at Why VPN?

 

Source: Motherboard: The FBI Is Winning the Fight to Invade Your Online Privacy

 

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Your Internet Service Provider is Spying on You

Protect Yourself From Internet Service Provider Spies

The “Six Strikes” anti-piracy scheme also known as a “Copyright Alert System,” launched last week, making it apparent that our ISPs are spying on us.  Although the ISP might not be sitting back and watching in real time everything we do online, what they do is too close for comfort.

An Internet service provider can read anything sent over the Internet that isn’t encrypted (by a VPN) and tracks all IP addresses contacted, meaning they know all of the websites everyone visits.

Staff Technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Dan Auerbach told PC World that your ISP is tracking “who you’re sending email to but not the content.” What ISP’s collect mostly is metadata (IP addresses and port numbers) and that information tells who you’re communicating with.

So they might not be tracking the content but it’s available to them. ISPs can see what pages on a website you’ve visited and what you wrote in an email if they want to.  There is a legal limit, for example in the United States, ISPs are only allowed to share content with the government.  However they can share your metadata with whomever they please.

Auerbach says there’s “a lot of opacity surrounding what they actually do. It’s difficult to know what a given ISP is doing with the data.”  If you’ve ever tried to read a privacy policy (which very few people do) they are rarely clear and easy to understand.  When you stop to think about the amount of time you spend online in a given day or week – that is a lot of information your ISP is collecting and retaining for about six months to two years.

Protect Yourself From Prying Eyes

The easiest and most cost effective way to protect your IP address and online data is by using a VPN. IPVanish VPN allows you to connect securely to 3500+ IPs on 90+ servers in 41 countries. When you use IPVanish   you choose an anonymous IP address from the 3500+ we offer and your real IP address is hidden so it cannot be tracked.

Once you are connected to IPVanish, all of the content that you send across the Internet will be encrypted. This means that it will only be readable by the source it is intended for.

IPVanish VPN is as low as $6.49/month for an annual program and comes with free software, step-by-step instructions, visual guides and 24-7 support. You don’t have to be a computer whiz to use IPVanish it’s simple and easy enough for anyone. Sign up today to be safe from prying eyes.

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