Protecting your Privacy from your ISP

Now that there are no limits for ISPs on reselling your personal browsing and other information. What can a person do. Well the easy things are:

  1. Buy a VPN. You need a reputable one. I’ve used Private Internet Access for years and they seem pretty reliable. The main issue is that with iPhones as you traverse networks, the application gets confused and you have to toggle on and off. Also the Mac application can get hung and not allow any connections at all and requires a reboot. Most of the time, though it works fine. Another service we’ve used is ExpressVPN. This one seems to confuse the Mac local networking though, so you can’t see any of your devices. Also beware that on an iPhone it makes it looks like you are always on Wifi, so unless you have an unlimited plan, it is pretty unusable on an iPhone.
  2. Install on all your devices. This is the painful part because it has to be up and going on all your mobile devices.
  3. Install on your router. You should see if this is possible, but some routers allow you to setup a connection from there. The main issue is that if this gets hung, you have to know how to unwedge it.
  4. Install 1Blocker and other Ad Blockers. Not really really related to this, but it is a good idea.
  5. Install opennicproject.org DNS servers, these nasty ISPs track your DNS requests, so you have to spoof that too. If you are on a VPN, this is automatically done, but you have to do this for all your machines as well for those times when you are not on a VPN. DNSCrypt is a tool that you can use for this and it works pretty well although Cisco bought DNSCrypt so who knows how long that will last.
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