Why VPNs still matter
In the spring of 2013, Senetor Wyder questioned then Secretary of Intelligence, Jake Clapper, under oath if the U.S. government was collecting “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.” Clapper, clearly uncomfortable, said: “No, sir. … Not wittingly.” That lie was proven in the following months when Edward Snowden leaked the documents which definitively proved the mass surveillance and data collection on the American people by the NSA. Clapper followed this series of events with an apology to save face.
A lot of that data collection and surveillance came through your internet service provider and your cell phone provider. They log and record all of your browsing, location movements, and more. This is not only unconstitutional, it is morally abhorrent. A VPN puts a wall between you and your internet service provider and cell phone provider by encrypting all of your traffic through a proxy survey and obscuring your location information.
If you care at all about your safety, use a VPN when on public networks: the local coffee shop, library, school, airport, etc… If you care at all about your privacy, using a VPN is still the first and most important step. Beware of VPNs that are sold by companies who keep logs and sell your data. Use an open source, audited and log free VPN by a source you trust. Brem can set you up with Outline VPN today!