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We had a users account compromised when he did business from a hotel room (pre-Covid). VPN's that encrypt can help prevent that. Has nothing to with anonymity. For that, just use Tor, it is free.
You are still free to hate VPN's. We still respect you.
If you can keep your head while those about you are losing theirs, perhaps you don't understand the situation.
my entire point of posting this was that I found it interesting how many online accounts simply went haywire when I enabled VPN. Two come to mind:
1) Microsoft - my customer uses 365 and MS validates me all the time.
2) Google - now here is where it gets interesting (Slacker - I'm looking at you). One thing that annoys me to know end is if I search for something, say new rotors for my teen daughter's car, I am forever inundated with ads everywhere, because most sites have sold sections of their pages to advertisers. Even if I've browsed anonymously,, I still see it. Firing up the VPN, I don't see this behavior. Further, with VPN on, google searches are constantly prompting me with Captcha contests . It seems to me google really likes my IP address.
I also like the idea that my ISP cannot really sell any useful data on me. I'm not paranoid, and I really don't care. I have more important things to worry about, but just on the face of it, an ISP selling customer network traffic (I'm sure it's somewhere in the t's and c's that no one ever reads) seems dirty to me.
<italic>Stuck in a dysfunctional matrix from which I must escape...
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charlieg I use Proton Mail and have been tempted to use the FREE VPN
My ISP Frontier is tracking my every move and I have proven they sold my information
That said the ISP service sucks 5 mbps speed
So does the free VPN from Proton Mail affect your down/up load speeds?
For the person who posted that the VPN providers sells your information
Proton Mail after 3 years of use I have never seen one SPAM e-mail
The can of worms the post generated made the question/comment GREAT
What I find of interest here very few people use their real names or disclose their location
When I joined CP so many years ago I was just starting to realize NOT to disclose too much personal information Thanks for the Posted Question
At some point someone decided they wanted to track your IP address. Then they said well this user's IP address changed since last time, that must be a security risk.
Then the security nannies took over and demanded that you re-validate before you can access their service. And it is completely out of hand now.
All this with complete disregard for real life scenarios as to why a user's IP would change from hour to hour.
None of them want you to be anonymous, because that reduces the value of you as a product. They will make an effort to make your life a difficult as possible to get you to comply with how they would like you to behave.
And it is even worse than this VPN situation, install Tor browser and browse to your favorite sites to see what happens.
Here in the US, many places with large logistics centers (warehouses, distribution centers, and the like) also have huge stacks of "orphaned" shipping containers. Goods were shipped into the US in these containers, but were left because the US imports far more than we export. They sit piled up because there "is no profit in moving an empty container."
We need a rule — one container in requires one container out, with exceptions for containers that find a permeant use, such as housing, storage units, machinery rooms, equipment sheds and the like. This will encourage reuse. World-wide, many small ports have a shortage of containers which limits their trade potential.
Not enough to prevent the victim calling for help though, unfortunately.
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