Murby, that’s the legal way of doing things, we are not living in a legal society anymore, you may want to direct your question to the CIA, NSA, DNI, etc. and see what kind of response you get from them.
There’s no technical way that I am aware of for the government to track my movements going through a VPN without the VPN knowing about it and allowing it. They could track me through my ISP, but all they’d see is a bunch of heavily encrypted data that would require time on a super-computer in order to crack. Good luck with that…
So this would reduce the variables to just two:
A) They serve a warrant on the vpn ordering them to hand over the data for me specifically. As I was saying, they could still track my internet activities if they targeted me specifically but even their warrant would be nearly useless as my VPN and its encryption are external to the USA and thus not subject to any warrants. The NSA, and probably the NSA alone, probably has the computing power to intercept my encrypted traffic through my ISP and decrypt it.. that said, we’re not talking about a geek like me with a good computer doing this.. This type of thing would take a significant amount of resources, as in the kind of resources that tie up expensive super-computers.. And again, they’d have to target me specifically..
B) The VPN service I use is complicit and volunteers the information.. I seriously doubt they would do this as it would put them out of business in a big hurry once word got out. In fact, to my knowledge, no VPN service has ever done this or even been accused of doing it. That would be on par with a gynecologist being accused of taking pictures of patients and posting them on the internet.. Who would visit that doctor after that?.. All of the government spying that has taken place has happened through the telecommunications companies like Verizon, Comcast, etc and all of the surveillance (again to my knowledge), was low level data collection using a big wide fishing net. Anyone with an ounce of technical common sense and concern for their privacy could have easily avoided being swept up in it.. IE: those of us who use heavily encrypted VPN services with IP addresses that change on an hourly basis.
How would you know if a VPN has been served a warrant or not, unless your the top dog? Even a small and secure VPN or any variant crosses the net, so a warrant may be pointless. The recent “cloud’ issues makes it more pointless. I sure don’t have answers, but if you want to keep a secret – you don’t tell anyone. Swamp
My VPN is not subject to the laws of the USA even though they have servers here.. The encryption is still external. I also never do anything with “the cloud”.
The point being, as I was saying earlier, if they want to track ME specifically, they’re going to have to devote considerable resources.. Funny thing is, they wouldn’t find anything anyhow.. Some interest in prepping for the end of the world, a few minor political comments, a bit of lesbian porn, an anti-religious rant here or there, and a few searches to find cheap 22lr ammo.. Not exactly juicy stuff for a law enforcement agency.
So one might ask.. Then why use a VPN at all if you’re not doing anything wrong???? Here are my personal reasons in no important order:
1. ISP’s are known for “throttling” their users bandwidth based on the website they are visiting. If you visit youtube, they might slow your connection down a bit to save themselves money. By going through a VPN, your ISP has no idea of where your data is going or where its coming from.. That means that profiling your data and throttling your connection based on that profile is impossible.
2. I don’t want corporations tracking my movements and then tailoring their services or products based on some psychological profile they have of me based on my internet habits.
3. I search for all kinds of things on the internet.. I even searched for information on how long it takes for a child to die in a hot car because I was curious as to how parents make these mistakes when I see the stories in the news. What if I searched for this information and then a month or two later, it happened to me? A prosecution could use that information against me and claim I planned it all along. (Ya, I just made that up because I saw a similar thing happen in the news a few months back) My point being, “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law”.. and your internet activities are fair game. By using a VPN, and proper computer management and drive encryption, I can avoid all those worries.
4. (and this one is a bit embarrassing but I’m going to be honest about it) Occasionally, usually in the winter months when I’m bored, I find it fun to infiltrate websites that cater to really bad people..and then troll a bit for fun.. You know the types.. the KKK, the White Pride, and the religious wacko websites… Sometimes its fun to poke them with a stick and get a rise.. Of course, this results in being banned pretty quickly but its still fun.. Using a VPN allows me to change my IP address anytime I want and gives me the option of just using a different username.
VPN’s are great! I find it silly that everyone doesn’t use them…
Statistics: Posted by Murby — Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:46 am