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    Quote Originally Posted by jkaetz View Post
    I suppose I should be more specific so as not to cause a panic, things you enter into forms and such can be, and most of the times are, secure. Only you and the party you're sending it to can read it. What others (ISP, Facebook, Google, Apple, etc...) can see is more general. Banking is easy to illustrate. The transactions you make on a bank website are perfectly secure just as if you went into a physical bank. What can be collected is that you went to a bank website, spent some time there, and may have clicked some links out from there also very similar to someone who watched you travel to your bank and subsequently leave. The whole process is not unlike the big hoopla about collecting mail information several years ago.

    There are of course always exceptions in the form of rogue networks, malware, and other nastiest but you usually have to be doing something questionable to start with for those to be an issue.

    The ONE place where a VPN of any sort is beneficial is public networks (Starbucks, Airport, Hotel, etc...). Using it will prevent basic hacking and snooping by others connected to the network. You don't have to pay for this though, you can likely setup a VPN to your home for free and accomplish the same results.

    Ok, thought of a second. You can sometimes use a VPN to get around location blocking things. For example a site or service is not available in the US, if your VPN makes it look like you are in the EU, then you can access said site or service. This doesn't always work though as there are other ways to guess your location too.
    VPN limits tracking using an otherwise stable IP, I also spoof my MAC address to frustrate tracking by that and make configuration tracking harder. It's digital Thermopylae, I know I can't stop them but I won't make it easy for them
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    This will keep you up at night.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tn4P7IBqoQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airtevron1 View Post
    This will keep you up at night.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tn4P7IBqoQ
    While it has some valid points, it's pretty extremist. A lot of the things they say are going to happen to society can be applied to society as it exists. There have always been people on autopilot in life, the ones that live every moment, and the others in the middle. It's our choice to be a slave and give our time to the technology (jumping and running for the phone whenever it dings or blinks at you) or to make the technology work for us (Answer questions, keep track of our calendar, turn things on or off for us) freeing up our time for other things.

    Television used to get the blame for most of society's problems. Now its "smart" devices, what will it be in the future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkaetz View Post
    While it has some valid points, it's pretty extremist. A lot of the things they say are going to happen to society can be applied to society as it exists. There have always been people on autopilot in life, the ones that live every moment, and the others in the middle. It's our choice to be a slave and give our time to the technology (jumping and running for the phone whenever it dings or blinks at you) or to make the technology work for us (Answer questions, keep track of our calendar, turn things on or off for us) freeing up our time for other things.

    Television used to get the blame for most of society's problems. Now its "smart" devices, what will it be in the future?
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