You’ve been conned. You’re paying monthly for the illusion of privacy/security.
Third-party VPN providers, those that act as fancy proxies, prey on your privacy fears to sell you a neatly packaged subscription service.
Ads shilling VPNs that claim to protect your privacy from tracking and secure you from hackers is silly marketing at best and harmful misinformation at worst. They simply do not make you more secure or private in the way they are being sold to you. They are another needless subscription service. VPN providers are laughing to the bank right now with big bags of your money. See for yourself:
I’m the guy that fully encrypts all my hard-drives, locks up my computers in Faraday cages when not in use and wears a tin foil hat to stop the Feds from reading my thoughts. I’m fascinated by OPSEC practices and surveillance capitalism. I know a bit about the ins and outs of what it takes to actually cover your tracks on the internet. I write this with no sense of superiority as I routinely use social media and disclose plenty of personal info online. Hell, the name of this blog is my full name.
Why do VPNs not help privacy?
A main selling point of VPN’s is offering a layer of encryption to protect against spooky hackers or something to that effect. You’re browser already protects you, by default. You’re internet usage is encrypted whether you have your VPN flicked on or not. Almost all websites encrypt your traffic via HTTPS. If you want to be real careful, you can force your browser to use HTTPS sites only. All that military grade, end-to-end, super secret encryption advertisement buzz words is you’re VPN provider selling you something you already have. They create a fake problem, then sell the solution.
The other selling point is hiding your IP address. This is true. Now the websites you browse to you can’t see your IP. Yet, once you log into your Google account or other tech company service, you privacy goes out the window anyway. Even without logging in to their services, big tech companies have far more ways to track you than merely your IP or location. This is like…