‘Should we have a VPN for personal privacy and security?’

June 30, 2019

EYE SPY: Internet privacy firm TurnVPN.com says internet companies are allowed by US law to harvest data on their citizens and those of other countries under the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 to run over any data from those people on court-approved search items. Picture courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

 

FREE virtual private networks (VPNs) will not protect you from invasions of privacy from government spies from accessing data on your search engines, says a firm that specializes in internet privacy.

Chris Jones of TurnVPN.org  says Edward Snowden gained notoriety for his claims that the US National Security Agency and other national intelligence departments across the world were harvesting personal information on US, UK, European and other citizens.

Mr Jones alleges that the NSA intercepted 534 million text and phone messages worth of date in 2017 alone and this was triple what was acquired two years previously despite the agency’s access to telecommunications being limited by the 2015 USA Freedom Act.

PRISM – referred to Mr Jones later on – is a code name for a program which the US National Security Agency collects internet communications from various Silicon Valley and other US-based internet companies.

PRISM collects stored internet communications based on demands to internet companies such as Google LLC under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 to turn over any data that match court-approved search items. PRISM is referred in greater detail in this article by The Guardian on 7 June 2013.

‘Your private data is legally accessible to the State’

Mr Jones says: “Your internet provider is guilty of passing your data on to the NSA. Google, Facebook, Apple, and six more top online companies have admitted to giving their clients’ details to the NSA as they are legally asked of in the “PRISM” program.

“The data shared ranges from messages, documents, and emails. If you find any free VPN, do not at any cost, use it. It leaves you open vulnerabilities, no matter how good the deal is.”

This is what you should do

TurnVPN.com offers the following advice:

  • Use an open source VPN
    An open source VPN is safe in that it has no monetary incentives. The codes are public and open to scrutiny by other programmers and other users can check their authenticity if need be.
  • Create a private VPN
    For assured privacy and security, set up a private VPN in the cloud. What this means for you is that you have full access and control to your data and online pursuits. Always investigate a VPN before using it, especially if it is a strange VPN.

‘Don’t fall for deals on VPNs’

He concludes: “If you do not want the (UK) Government and other agencies to track your on-line activity you should avoid using free VPNs as they could hack into it in an instant.

“Free VPNs are notorious for data mining so avoid them at all costs. Avoid any deals and remember if any deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

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