How To Protect Your Online Privacy

According to Motherboard, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) including Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T have “lobbied vigorously” for the FCC to abolish the privacy policy established during the Obama-era.

“Another day, another blow to internet users, struck yet again by the FCC.”

Well, now their wishes may be granted. Congress has pushed a bill that repeals rules meant to provide consumer privacy online. In short, this new law will allow ISPs to monitor you, manipulate what you see, and sell it all for profit.

“Another day, another blow to internet users, struck yet again by the FCC on behalf of the giant media conglomerates that the president’s new chairman is hell-bent on protecting,” said Matt Wood– policy director of Free Press.

We already have Facebook, google, and even Vizio (though illegally) collecting sensitive and personal consumer information. We certainly don’t need more companies making money out of us by basically sellingĀ our identities. Nonetheless, advocates of the bill say they don’t mind their information being sold to advertisement companies because it helps them get what they want faster. But, is it really what you want or is that what they want you to think?

Better yet, what exactly can your ISP do with your data? We’ve highlighted three main invasions of privacy:

  1. Sell Your Browsing History
  2. Build Internet Profiles for Targeted Ads
  3. Deploy Hidden Tracking Cookies On Our Phones

Is there anything we can do to protect ourselves from money-hungry ISPs and Ad companies? A good route to take is to set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This software lets you go incognito. Here are a few popular options:

  • Hotspot Shield (Elite version)
  • NordVPN
  • PrivateInternetAccess
  • IPVanish

For more ways to stay safe online, visit Spyfly.

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