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Tech Tips From
a Recovering Geek:
Privacy? Not on
the Internet

If you are concerned with protecting your privacy, you
may be interested in some steps you can take to prevent
the tracking and ultimate sale of your data. Most effective
is a virtual private network (VPN). Without getting into how
they work, VPNs provide a secure connection between your
device and the VPN provider so that all data transferred
is shielded from your ISP and other sites. This means your
ISP cannot access and track your data and therefore has
nothing to sell to third parties. There are countless VPN
services available to consumers and they vary in effectiveness and reliability. But beware, many of the free and
low cost VPN services will track and sell your data - exactly
what you are trying to avoid in using a VPN. It is important
to research VPN providers before making a selection. A VPN
also adds extra cost to already high ISP bills and can slow
down your internet speed.

- By Jason R. Weiss, Esquire -
In recent weeks, you have
most likely seen, read,
heard or otherwise been
bombarded on social media
about the passage of S.J.
Resolution 34. Specifically, you
have almost certainly been
introduced to the idea that this
Resolution, now public law as
of April 3, 2017, will strip the
public of any semblance of
privacy from their respective Internet Service Provider (ISP).
The law, which passed the Senate and House more or less
on party line votes, repeals privacy rules put in place by the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late 2016
that would have restricted ISPs from sharing your online
history with third parties without your consent. The rules
from the FCC set to take effect this year, required ISPs to
obtain consent from customers before using, sharing, or
selling private consumer data. In short, if an ISP such as
Comcast or Verizon wanted to track your every move on
the Internet (think web browsing history, emails, location,
message contents, financial and health information, etc.)
and sell that data to a third party, the ISP could only do
that with your permission. With the recent law signed by
President Trump, ISPs such as Comcast and Verizon no
longer need your permission to take advantage of your
Internet footprint and can now track, horde, and sell for a
hefty price any or all of your data without your consent.

You can also protect your web browsing history with
a privacy-oriented search engine such as DuckDuckGo or
Ixquick. These sites allow you to search the web as you
would with Google (who probably knows everything about
you already), but do not track or store information about
you. Additionally, Ixquick allows you to load search results
by Proxy, which prevents the linked site from learning
anything about you as well.
While there is certainly more to the backstory of the
passage of this law, you should have an understanding of
how your ISP is able to handle your "private" data. Short
of removing yourself from the virtual world entirely, you will
likely never be able to fully safeguard your data. That said,
you can use the tools above to take control of your privacy,
however limited it may be.
Happy (and safe) computing. 

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Why does this matter? If you are not concerned with
your Internet and digital footprint data being tracked and
sold to the highest bidder, then it doesn't. On the other
hand, if you are like many consumers that believe privacy
is a fundamental right associated with web browsing and
communicating via email, then you need to take proactive
steps to protect your information.

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