The US Senate Privacy Resolution has passed. Internet Service Providers will now be able to collect location, financial, browsing, and healthcare data from customers. As a result, our privacy is at stake. What do we do?
US Senate Votes To Share User Private Data: What Do We Do?
On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, the US Senate voted 50-48 to pass Senator Jeff Flake’s Congressional Review Action resolution.
This resolution allows Internet Service Providers like Verizon and AT&T to obtain customer data for advertising and internal marketing on top the fees they already charge users for often subpar Internet service. Furthermore, this customer data includes information on children, health, finances, and web browsing history.
In October, the FCC sought to give Broadband consumers increased choice over their personal information. However, the new FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, is against these regulations.
Make Your Voice Heard Against The US Senate Privacy Resolution
As Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and other ISP providers now have free-range to scoop your data, it is time to start taking precautions. A first step towards solving this issue is to contact your House representative. Make your voice heard and tell your representative Internet security matters to you. However, there are additional measures one can take.
UPDATE (4/4/2017): President Trump has signed this repeal into order. It is official: Internet Service Providers can now take private information and sell it to other companies.
How To Protect Yourself From The US Senate Privacy Resolution
At any rate, if you are like most Americans, you more than likely do not want the government or corporations snooping on you. FlashRouters has already shown our readers how to protect routers from the CIA. Now, we will show you how to protect your router from the latest Congressional Joint Resolution.
Using a Virtual Private Network will allow you to encrypt your traffic. Moreover, when using a VPN, you tunnel your traffic from one location to another. With a VPN, any outside intruder- be it government or anyone else- will not be able to see your data. You can even appear as if you are in another country.
While nothing can be a pure solution, think of your network like you would home security. Would a thief be more likely to steal from a house with no security system, unlocked doors and open windows with no cars in the driveway? Or a gated house with guard dogs, complicated locks, security cameras and motion sensors.
Using VPN or a boosted security router is like the latter. When there is an option, hackers will always default to the path of least resistance so make sure that’s not you and your WiFi network.
Plug and Play Dual Router VPN Setup Solution
Verizon, Comcast supply their users with a combination modem-router. If you are using a modem-router supplied by your ISP, you will have to keep it in place to secure an Internet connection. However, this does not mean you have to use their product and kowtow to data retention.
Incorporating a VPN at the router level will allow you to encrypt all connected devices- regardless of if they have native VPN capability or not. Looking for a VPN router? FlashRouters can help by making this configuration as easy and plug and play as you want it to be while offering hands-on expert US based tech support if you run into any issues.
Using a Dual Router Setup, you will be able to keep your current router in place and use a FlashRouter alongside it. The routers will be on two segmented networks, and with this, they will operate without interference from one another. As a VPN will always slow your network to a degree (due to tunneling), a router with a high-end processor like the Linksys WRT3200ACM DD-WRT (pictured below) will help prevent slow down.
The Extra Security of a VPN Kill Switch
Concerned about the VPN connection failing andexposing your privacy? FlashRouters can pre-install and implement a VPN Connection Fail Safe or VPN Kill Switch.
Using a VPN Kill Switch, if your VPN connection drops, the entire Internet connection will drop. This is a surefire solution for which will sure your connection stays encrypted.
A FlashRouter plug and play configured with a OpenVPN client connection will serve as a barrier to prevent any creeping intruders. Here are some of our most popular VPN service providers:
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