|LeRoy Cressy via plug on 31 Mar 2021 09:35:04 -0700|
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|Re: [PLUG] Yipes! Those Web Ads are KILLING Me!|
On 3/31/21 10:46 AM, Rich Freeman via plug wrote:
On Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 10:33 AM Thomas Delrue via plug <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: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.I mostly agree, but a few thoughts: First, you probably have little choice in your ISP, but you have a ton of choice in a VPN provider. It is more of a wild west, but since their whole market is around privacy/security and they have no ties to you otherwise, you probably are going to be able to find some better options. Plus, if you get burned you can switch, unlike with an ISP in many cases. The VPN is also more isolated from your real-world identity - they don't need as much info to provide service, so they don't have as much private data to leak. Your ISP ran a cable to your house so they know exactly who you are, and can associate your identity with all the traffic you send. Next, the VPN does protect you against some ISP shenanigans. For example, there are those super-cookies that some ISPs have played with, where they basically inject headers into http traffic you send with a session ID. The website on the other end can pay the ISP to be able to associate that session ID with a unique ID that you can't do anything about, so the website can correlate your identity across sites and sessions as much as they want even if you go clearing your cookies and so on, and there is nothing you can do to block it. https of course is one way to avoid this. A VPN is another. Even with encryption your ISP still can track the connection, and potentially pass data about it to others out-of-band. That is something a VPN gets around. However, I do agree the VPN is going to do nothing about traditional cookies, advertising, and so on. That all gets done by the website, and the VPN doesn't change any of that.
I know that VPN's will not stop the ads, but the original
complaint was about all of the personalized ads the original
poster was receiving. A VPN basically can hide your location from
whoever. You can be anywhere in the world. Thus the personalized
ads are basically gone. Iptables is still good for blocking
spammers and etc.
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