by Tom Maxtone20 May 2020
Net neutrality is the principle by which all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) must treat all data transmitted on the network equitably, without discrimination or favoritism. In December 2017, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rescinded net neutrality, which means that from now on, when you try to do some things on the Internet, you may face various pitfalls or prejudices.
Previously, in April of the same year, the FCC took the first step in this direction by overturning a decree requiring ISPs to obtain a customer's consent before sharing or selling his or her personal data. Now, ISPs are free to sell your social security number, geographic location, medical information, browsing history, and any data they collect about you to the highest bidder. Using a VPN ensures your privacy, even from your Internet service provider, so no one can track your movements or see your data.
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Another good reason to use a VPN is the proliferation of modern cafeterias, where you can find as many laptops as you do coffee cups. Any public wi-fi access point is a hacker's paradise. If you like to surf the Internet while enjoying your favourite drink, using a VPN will prevent hackers lurking in the same wi-fi access point from spying on everything you do.
After the recent deregulation of the Internet and the increasing sophistication of cyber crime, the Internet looks a lot like the Wild West. VPNs ensure your protection throughout this maelstrom.
What are the pros and cons of VPNs?
VPNs provide several advantages. Thanks to the anonymity provided by that tinted glass rental car, no one can find out where you really are. You can choose from several IP addresses before setting off on the virtual motorway. If your VPN provider has sufficient resources, it will offer a good selection of IP addresses located in different geographical locations.
For example, if you are visiting Paris and find that access to a site you normally visit in the US is restricted by location, you can simply choose an IP address on the VPN service that is based in the US. Similarly, to access a site that is only available in France, you only need to choose an IP address located in France and voilà, it becomes French.