Congress has sold you out to ISP’s, Here’s how to protect yourself?

The United State Congress now preparing to sold you out to Internet service providers, passing a bill that dismantles Internet privacy rules and allows ISPs to sell your web history and other personal information without your permission.

Well, the privacy rules were set to protect against service providers like Comcast and Verizon using customer web-browsing data for marketing purposes. Now that the rules are gone, there’s nothing stopping those providers from using your browsing data for targeted advertising.

Trump is working on reversing all Obama signed bills. Assuming that the change in privacy rules will pass, ISPs may sell your browsing data to third-parties. Since you interact with the ISP directly when you are using the Internet, data that may be included in the package may include your browsing history, general usage information, location information, interests (based on sites), searches, and more.

Actually, ISP are concerned with Facebook and Google making ton of money with their ads but Unlike carriers, Facebook and Google don’t know who you are unless you tell them, and they have little insight into what you do outside of your devices. But carriers know your name, address, and payment info — they need to in order to deliver you service — and combined with data brokers’ vast store of purchase history, that can be used to track nearly everything you’ve done with a credit card. By now, we’re used to a product following us around in ads after we order it online — but carrier tracking means the same thing could happen with products you buy offline, as credit card purchase histories enter the mix.

Since you may not want the data to be sold in first place, one of the best courses of action is to prevent the ISP from knowing much about what you do online in first place.

Use a VPN

Our first recommendation is the best one: pay for a VPN service. Using a virtual private network (VPN) is the only way to ensure that you’re accessing the internet through an encrypted, private channel. You want a VPN that you pay to keep your data private. This should cost somewhere around $40 to $60 per year – not a free one that collects your data and sells it to third parties for analytics, or uses ads to support its free service.

Use HTTPS Everywhere

The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s HTTPS Everywhere browser extension is one of the first things you should install. This extension requires that all website connections to your browser occur using SSL/TLS encryption. That means the content of what you’re viewing will be protected from passive collection by your ISP. The only time the extension won’t force HTTPS is when the site you’re connecting to doesn’t support the protocol.

The HTTPS connection is encrypted. This means that your ISP does not know what you do on the site, only that you connected to it.

Get underneath the Tor

Tor, privacy advocates’ favorite browsing software, tries to anonymize your internet use by routing your traffic through multiple servers around the world. It’s free and, since it’s an open source project tied to no company, at least partially solves the trust problem.

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