|Thomas Delrue via plug on 31 Mar 2021 07:33:40 -0700|
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|Re: [PLUG] Yipes! Those Web Ads are KILLING Me!|
On 3/31/21 08:38, LeRoy Cressy via plug wrote: > It might be a good idea to use a VPN. VPN's are not about privacy, VPN's are about ComSec. While they encrypt "the pipe" between your endpoint and the VPN service to prevent prying eyes, a VPN by itself doesn't do anything more than that. It changes where you appear on the internet, and that's (mostly) it. Just turning on a VPN will not make ads magically disappear, unless you explicitly pick a VPN that applies censorship for you. And if they censor that, who knows what else they may censor for you out of the 'goodness of their hearts'. VPN's may actually _decrease_ your privacy (depending on the provider) because now you have to trust your VPN provider as well to not be douche-ey and that field is way more wild-west-like than your ISP. After all, the VPN provider does see everything that you pull through that encrypted pipe and I wouldn't put it past (most of) them to not act on that "unrealized profit". While I have no love for ISPs, those are/can(/should) be regulated; VPN providers... not so much at this point in time. Don't confuse ComSec with privacy. Both are important, but realize they are _different_ things!
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