If you thought until now that VPN or rather need for VPN is a song of the future for an average Joe, we are sorry to tell you, you are wrong. Just today a story hit the news pages (read more at The Washington Post or Guardian UK) that might be shocking to you. Somehow it just confirms what we have been suspecting for quite some time. We are all spied on! Let’s just cut to the chase. Biggest internet operating companies in US, whose services are used daily by millions of people around the world gave NSA (National Security Agency) and FBI free and direct access to all its customers data. Microsoft, Google, Yahoo,Apple, Skype, Facebook, Dropbox (mentioned by some sources as well), AOL, YouTube (and we suspect true list is much longer) are listed in the document as companies that allowed US government agencies to access data they collected. Companies themselves are denying any knowledge of this situation but existence of PRISM secret program has been (in a way) confirmed by one of US officials: In a statement issue late Thursday, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said “information collected under this program is among the most important and valuable foreign intelligence information we collect, and is used to protect our nation from a wide variety of threats. The unauthorized disclosure of information about this important and entirely legal program is reprehensible and risks important protections for the security of Americans.”
What it reads is: PRISM exists, but we are not spying on US citizens (Want to bet???), we are spying on all others. So, your Skype calls, search queries, surfing history, e-mails, anything that leaves a trace on a server is now easily accessible for US government. And if you think that government in your country is not trying secretly to squeeze out as much data as it can from your ISP – we are afraid you are wrong, again.
How can VPN help in this mess? We need to be honest and clear. Nor we, nor any other VPN provider can prevent 100% of your data being stored and recognized. You have to use e-mail, you have to browse web and sooner or later you will get to page/link/service that is connected to a big server in US. But because VPN encrypts you traffic and hides your real IP address you can at least hide some of your activities in the web. Your search queries via Google or BING will still be visible but with VPN connection on, it will be impossible to tie them to you.
There is no perfect solution but as we always say, it is better to do all you can to insure your internet activities than later being sorry.
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