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Chambliss Deontae ITEC 4205 Spring 2017 VPN Security and laws 1
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VPN’s or Virtual Private Networks, are networks that people go through to keep their internet activity hidden. In detail, a VPN conceals your internet activity from the government or any other form of surveillance, VPNs also can navigate through illegal or blocked sites. The user connects to the internet using it as a middle man in a sense, but the catch is that the use of VPNs cause a slowdown of internet speeds, and slowdowns depends on how heavily encrypted they are. Some argue that VPNs are an issue because they are a tool for illegal drugs, cyberbullying, even terrorism, pedophilia, and other atrocious crimes. The other big problem with them is that not all VPNs are what they say they are, some use malware to track your activity and gain sensitive information and even ask for access to confidential information. VPNs in short are good. The most positive things about VPNs are of course the transparency, one form of VPNs is the tor browser. Tor, or “The Onion Router” according to techopedia, “is an open-source software program that allows users to protect their privacy and security against a common form of Internet surveillance known as traffic analysis.” Tor was originally developed by the U.S. navy for anonymity, but then became a free software open to the public. The major benefit of tor is that it’s free and guaranteed, unlike VPN providers who give anonymity but still can keep track of what information you’re searching. The reasoning behind the use of tor was to make sure that business online was conducted privately, keeping crucial information in secret from competitors and the like, and also to promote the user’s personal privacy from stalkers, thieves, and sometimes government surveillance.
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