VPN Companies Are Lying To You
The Internet can be a terrifyingly beautiful place. One wrong click could be the difference between wholesome family-friendly content and absolute horror. So the idea of using a VPN can make some sense. Some sources say it's: a twenty seven billion dollar industry heading towards a thirty six billion dollars over the next two years. What is VPN companies fight for some of the markets share. Their sales tactics are becoming increasingly scummy, they're, often lying to you and using scare tactics to get you to buy their stuff, and, as someone who believes you have a right to privacy, this is starting to really make me upset. It'S almost like these companies are just trying to take advantage of the idea of privacy and make a couple extra bucks and they're not really helping people to understand how they can be more private online and what a VPN actually does for them cut.
If you wouldn't want mom looking through your web history, why would you let hackers AG companies or your internet and cellular provider do the same thing? They can track and record everything you do online, but not if you have expressvpn all kinds of snoopers want to monitor and collect data about what you do online Nord VPN shields you from them, so you can browse in ultimate privacy nope! That'S not true! If you look at the top VPNs you'll notice, they all make these fake claims about 100 % privacy and security browsing anonymously online being able to surf the web without a trace. The one-click solution to all of your privacy needs this stuff, isn't true, or at least it's an oversimplification of it.
Looking at a few dozen of the most popular VPNs that they boast have two major things: privacy and security, but they don't really deliver on either of them. A VPN passes traffic through their server acting kind of like a proxy. So when you try to download something online instead of the server you're downloading that file from seeing your IP address, they see the vpm server's IP address kind of looks like someone else is downloading it. Your online identity is made up of so much more than just your IP address. If you think, I'm crazy tell me this, how is it VPN going to help you when you and your friends are hanging out the local, Mickey D's chomping down some Nuggets and someone snaps a picture and then every single one of you tags your faces, and you Click like when your crush says man of taste, so much information is exposed just by you interacting and doing things online every day the devices you use.
The pictures you upload, the group's you're, active and channels you subscribe to the Internet is very complex. Think about it. This way you connect to the internet on a device. Let'S say it's: your phone, your device likely has a user account and then to connect to the internet. You would use an application such as Chrome. You would type in a search query and then your VPN would talk to the server in this example. There are multiple things that can record information that would compromise your privacy without the VPNs permission. For example, your GPS, location and search query could be stored somewhere. Let'S say one night: you decide to download something that you know you shouldn't but you're, using a VPN, so no one's going to find out except your device logs what you installed and when do you installed it?
How long you used it where you were when you used it, and maybe you even used one of your social media accounts to log in and now they know all that information too. Maybe you didn't download the app though, and you just search for it on the App Store, but even that information is being logged and can later be used to target you - and you know this because you've seen it before when you search for something online or you, You look at a website or a product later, it's targeting you all over the internet and those ad and analytics companies use things like tracking cookies and browser fingerprinting to follow you everywhere.
A VPN doesn't stop them from that. Even if your traffic looks like it's coming from Australia, when you start searching for local car dealerships, phone numbers and inventory, Google knows that you're trying to buy a car and they know where you're trying to buy it and even if you're, not logged into an account. While you do this and you're using a VPN, there's still hundreds of data points that are available to track you things like time zone fonts, you have installed the width of your device battery level. Video formats you can watch even how you render graphics can all be used to uniquely identify you and associate you to use your accounts and information.
Companies already know about you, apart from using something like Amazon or your data, is sold all the time, sometimes even by the government. All of that information, your address your name phone number birth date - gets indexed in cross-referenced online. So if you've been using the same email or username for years, a VPN can stop someone from associating the dozen other websites that you made accounts on over the years. If you're not familiar with this, I highly recommend you check out. Have I been poned comm poor Bob at AOL has been involved in hundreds of data breaches. You can see on sites like Club Penguin. Even the IP address was stored, so if you're using the same email or password, it's not very hard to connect this stuff together, which is super important to understand, because if VPN will not do anything to erase all of the information that you freely gave away.
So think about all of the accounts you've made. Did you use the same email address? Did you use the same phone number? All of them have location history. They might know your address your name, your purchasing habits, your credit card information and, if you keep using those accounts after you use a VPN that doesn't provide any layer of anonymity at all, imagine using a VPN to make it look like you're in Alaska, but you Keep shipping all of your Amazon orders to the house that you've had for the past 10 years, and Google still sees all of those orders in your Gmail account, and they know it's filling up. Saturday and social media obviously knows when you started using it because you took a picture of it and posted it.
So what did you just accomplished in terms of privacy? Nothing? Well, let's say your gmail account was associated with a small, suburban home in Kentucky and suddenly it looks like you're in Germany every day, Google still knows where you live, and it's not very hard to filter out proxies or VPNs and actually a lot of websites do That, if you're using a VPN to try to connect to something like Netflix, for example, you've probably seen that they'll try to block you. So I probably should bring up that a VPN doesn't help you at all when it's not running, because I know there's people watching this, who have turned their VPN off to watch Netflix or something like that when you do that all of the applications and Internet traffic Is now using your real location and it renders whatever false sense of privacy you had before completely useless.
Well, let's say you use a VPN on your laptop but later at work you just have to log into that game or email or whatever website, while you're going to the bathroom, and you did that on their Wi-Fi now they know that you've been there. So the idea of actually hiding your location, which is one of the main reasons people would use a VPN for privacy, becomes very overwhelming. I mean you have to always use a VPN forever and for most people that's pretty unrealistic. I mean I have multiple aliases. I pay with cash when I go out in public. My mom doesn't even know the cellphone number that was given to me by my phone provider.
I use VoIP numbers and I don't use the VPN all the time and people think I'm crazy when it comes to privacy. I suppose that's part of why I wanted to talk about this. A VPN is just one part of the puzzle of being private online, but VPN companies act like it's. The only thing that you need being private, online and being anonymous online, which are two completely different. Things require a lot of work, and attention and habits to keep up with a VPN is not a one-click solution, no matter how much the marketing company wants you to think. I suppose I should also talk about logging, because technically, when you're using a VPN that company that server knows everything that you're doing and you're trusting them to keep your information private, there are a handful of VPNs that say they don't log anything.
Some of them have even been in lawsuits with the government and have not turned over any logs. But I highly recommend if you are going to use a VPN, that you stick with the company that you trust, maybe even one outside of the United States or what they call the 14 eyes and if you're really into privacy and security. Some of the VPN apps. That you put on your phone or your device, actually open you up to all kinds of other threats and problems because of the permission that they want you to use on the phone, and so it's sort of like. What'S the point of all this, it's also really frustrating to me that they talk about military-grade, encryption and house to cure.
The VPN is, when you use it, some of them even act like you, should never connect to your bank account unless you're using the VPN and some people might be a little bit afraid at this point, because they're thinking I've been logging into my bank for years. Why what did i do? I got a body this VPN right away. I need to stay safe. I don't want a hack or collecting my banking information, but encryption on the Internet is not anything new and it's not something that this VPN company invented. Most people are aware of this, but at the very top of your browser, there's typically a little lock sign.
It means you're using a secure connection HTTPS. This essentially is encrypting your information between the client and the server. So when you submit a form with your username and password, someone else on the network can't actually see what you typed in plain text. So when VPNs talk about how secure they are using encryption, unless, for some insane reason, your bank doesn't use HTTPS, it doesn't really matter and when they say they're encrypting everything really, there were only encrypting the communication between you and them. After that they can't do anything. They can't stop the website that you go on, or the services that you're using from using unencrypted data or giving all of your information away to be fair in terms of security.
In a situation like this, it is possible that an app or device might be communicating and securely and a VPN might be able to help encrypt that data. I just think it's ridiculous that the VPN company would want you to think your bank has no security without them. So in a base level, when used properly, a VPN could be used to mask your IP address, which can be useful for a variety of things. They also could provide an encrypted tunnel between you and a server and for the record, I do think those two things are valuable and worth money, but in terms of 100 % privacy and security, a VPN can't stop your phone from tracking your location and user data.
Couldn'T erase past history about you, stop data breaches, circumvent browser, fingerprinting, force you to use unique passwords or stop your friends and family from revealing information about you online. They also can't really stop you from downloading malicious programmers. Keep you from fishing and hacking attempts or just giving information to the wrong person like a scammer. In other words, they don't give you privacy or security so well. I think it's useful to use a VPN for your privacy online. It'S like one tiny part of the puzzle. It can help mask where you're actually from in some cases it could even make it look like you're somewhere else and if used correctly, can stop your internet service provider from knowing what you're doing, but at a base level.
You'Re not getting much beyond that you're, not getting 100 % privacy security and anonymity for 4 bucks a month you're. Just not! This video is sponsored by you clicking the like button. If you enjoyed the video cuz, I don't know if a VPN company is going to sponsor me after this, but doesn't matter. I hope you learned a few things. I hope you had fun and I will see you in the next video you