Net Neutrality Update: How Do We Keep Our Internet Safe?

As you may have heard, Net Neutrality has been repealed by the FCC. Essentially, telecom companies can now block content, slow internet speeds, and even charge premium prices for higher-quality services.

What Was Net Neutrality?

In 2015, the Obama administration enacted Net Neutrality rules. These regulations provided strong supervision of broadband companies.

In essence, the goal was to offer high-speed Internet connectivity and make Internet equivalent to other utilities, such as electricity, telephone, or even gas.

However, with the new FCC regulations in place, Internet providers and broadband services can up-charge for their services and access to different content.

What To Do Now About Net Neutrality?

With the use of a VPN, or virtual private network, individuals can get around Net Neutrality regulations set by your ISP.

A VPN is a privacy and security tool that prevents your ISP from seeing your online activity. With a VPN, connections are routed to a VPN server. This disallows your ISP from seeing what you do on the Internet.

Without being able to see your Internet activity, your ISP cannot block your connection or access to content.

Net Neutrality Effects To Look Out For

While a VPN can prevent an ISP from blocking or throttling your Internet traffic, only time will tell how they will respond to these circumvention techniques.

An ISP could theoretically block or throttle all VPN traffic itself, completely nullifying VPNs.

However, this is unlikely to happen because a large number of businesses utilize this technology. This is to secure communications between offices and to allow remote workers access to corporate LAN resources.

Additionally, the biggest danger to VPN services is whitelisting. Instead of blacklisting VPN services, ISPs can start whitelisting selected servers.

VPN – A Net Neutrality Hero?

Since these new regulations set forth by the FCC are still fresh, only time will tell how much the Internet as we know it will change.

The best option for an individual to retain full Internet access is by using a Virtual Private Network. Taking advantage of a VPN allows for users to place all their traffic through a tunnel. This tunnel not only protects your network but allows you to appear as if you are in another location.

Concerned about ISPs potentially throttling your favorite streaming services? A VPN can help prevent this. As all traffic will be encrypted by the VPN tunnel, your ISP will not be able to see your activity. Consequently, they will not be able to throttle your streaming- as they will not be aware you are streaming.

At any rate, recommended VPN providers include NordVPN and IPVanish.

Sadly, most VPN services only allow a few devices to connect to their network.

Luckily, FlashRouters has a solution.

A FlashRouter allows your wireless router to use a VPN, protecting all your connected devices whether it be a computer or a smartphone.

The Netgear Nighthawk R9000 (pictured above) is the latest addition to the FlashRouters family. This router uses next-gen Wireless-AD and a behemoth 1.7 GHz processor. Furthermore, the R9000 is the perfect device for any user looking to take advantage of a VPN on the router level.

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