What would be at risk if your browsing history went public? Most people have nothing to hide aside from embarrassing Google searches. But that's not always the case. We cheered when Elliot Alderson brought illegal activity to light in Mr. Robot. But what about scenarios that aren't as nightmarish as the ones depicted in shows like Black Mirror? Do we deserve privacy online if we aren't dealing in the dark corners of the web?
Back in October, 2016, lawmakers seemed to think so. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set privacy requirements that internet service providers (ISPs) would need to follow before they could share or sell their consumers’ private and sensitive data.
Now, though, everything you've ever put online could become available to your ISP. In a 215-205 vote on Tuesday, March 28, members of the United States House of Representatives passed a Congressional Review Act that overturns the above internet privacy regulation. The White House has confirmed in a statement that President Donald Trump will sign the regulation rollback.
If Trump signs the legislation, ISPs will be able to monitor customers' behavior online and use their personal and financial data to sell targeted ads. They could even sell user information directly to companies that mine personal data. All of this can happen without needing the consumers' consent. In addition, the FCC would be forbidden from issuing similar rules in the future.
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All ExpressVPN apps use a 4096-bit CA, AES-256-CBC encryption, TLSv1.2, SHA512, and strong ciphers. What does that mean exactly? It would take supercomputers trillions of years to brute-force this level of encryption. What's more, ExpressVPN is based in the British Virgin Islands. Competitors based in the U.S. and Europe might be pressured by government officials to reveal user information and forced to comply with data-retention laws, but not ExpressVPN.
People have traditionally used VPNs as a way to get around websites that are blocked in their country or to watch movies that aren’t available in their location. But VPNs are extremely useful for privacy, too. They allow users to access any website or app without geographic restrictions or censorship.
ExpressVPN encrypts your data and protects your online activity, passwords, and sensitive information. When connected to ExpressVPS, your ISP only sees encrypted traffic passing to our VPN servers, but they cannot decipher the data or know the websites you have visited. You can even change your IP address and location to get better deals on flights, rental cars, and more.
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