I’m sure that many of you have already heard that the House has voted to eliminate the FCC ISP privacy rules. If not, they did a fantastic write-up at Ars Technica. I personally am very upset about this whole turn of events. I very much don’t like the idea of having my personal privacy infringed on.
All of that being said, there is really only one option for us as customers. It’s to rent and use a VPN, or setup a VPN of our own. This solution doesn’t work for me, and I’m writing this post to tell you why.
1. VPNs are hard to configure.
To the standard computer user, the thought of configuring a VPN is inconceivable. Even if the average user did learn enough just to configure a VPN, there’s a good chance that it would be configured poorly making it a security risk or potentially pointless (if good encryption wasn’t implemented).
It isn’t just us hackers that want privacy, my mom that can barely work her new (and first) smartphone also wants privacy.
2. You have to trust your VPN/VPS provider
No matter if you decide to roll your own VPN, or use a VPS service you have to trust the company that you contract. You have to trust that they aren’t going to sell your data, that their ISP isn’t going to sell it, and that they won’t sell it themselves.
That One Privacy site did an awesome job putting together a table of VPN services here if you do decide to use a VPN service (which I recommend). I personally decided to go with NordVPN (That is an affiliate link).
3. It’s a performance hit.
I live in a really small community, and I pay quite a bit for my internet connection because of it. The price I pay could easily get me 5 times more bandwidth in an urban area. When I have to route my traffic through a VPN, it is a dramatic hit to my internet speed. What’s more, it isn’t consistent. Even with NordVPN, my internet speed is directly affected by the number of other people using the VPN server during the same time.
To wrap things up.
Overall I think it’s complete and utter bullshit that I even have to worry about this. My privacy is a human right. I don’t think that it should be infringed on, especially when it’s to put extra money in the pockets of the big corporations.