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Sarah Jamie Lewis
A VPN is an ISP, A VPN is an ISP, A VPN is an ISP. If you are lucky, a VPN is an ISP in a better jurisdiction than your existing ISP.
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Sarah Jamie Lewis 5 Jun 17
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VPN's don't magically get rid of privacy issues on the web...if anything they complicate the issue because now you have 2 ISPs.
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Sarah Jamie Lewis 5 Jun 17
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Even if you manage your own VPN you still have to pick a hosting provider in a good jurisdiction. Your hosting provider becomes your ISP.
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Sarah Jamie Lewis 5 Jun 17
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At best a VPN can convert an "unknown network" into a "known network" - sometimes, if you know what you are doing, that works well.
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Sarah Jamie Lewis 5 Jun 17
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VPNs help you decide "who can snoop on my traffic" - most people don't have the mental models to make good decisions there.
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Sarah Jamie Lewis 5 Jun 17
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In short, VPNs protect privacy by giving you more options to choose from. Doesn't mean any/all of the choices are good for you.
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Sarah Jamie Lewis 5 Jun 17
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Tor protects your privacy algorithmically. Your traffic is still potentially going through bad actors but only for short periods & unlinked.
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Sarah Jamie Lewis 5 Jun 17
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That doesn't mean Tor is the right option for you. There are still things that can go wrong.
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Sarah Jamie Lewis 5 Jun 17
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However, it is important to understand that there is a difference in the type of privacy you get when using a VPN verses Tor.
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jillian 5 Jun 17
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+1 to everything except the second half of this tweet.
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Sarah Jamie Lewis 5 Jun 17
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VPNs offer privacy through additional options. Thus enabling consent. Tor offers privacy through obfuscation. Removing the need to consent.
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Sarah Jamie Lewis 5 Jun 17
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Fair, I've seen cases that are easier for some to grasp at a higher level (online banking while abroad). Though ime this fails in practice.
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