Private Internet – Don’t sell your data for free
If you ever thought you were safe online then I have to disappoint you. Everything you do is tracked and stored in big server parks around the world. In many cases they are funded by governments in your native country.
By Mike, Planetseeder.com
The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to serve several billion users worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business, and government networks, of local to global scope, that are linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless and optical networking technologies.
The origins of the Internet reach back to research commissioned by the United States government in the 1960s to build robust, fault-tolerant communication via computer networks. While this work, together with work in the United Kingdom and France, led to important precursor networks, they were not the Internet. There is no consensus on the exact date when the modern Internet came into being, but sometime in the early to mid-1980s is considered reasonable.
The initial idea is credited as being Leonard Kleinrock's after he published his first paper entitled "Information Flow in Large Communication Nets" on May 31, 1961.
The success of the internet has became a big surprise to the worlds government, almost too good in their eyes. The way people interact and how fast information travels has a downside and upside. On the surface they applaud the technology but behind closed doors they are worried about the way people use it today. The big topic is of course in warfare and how classified information gets lost into the hands of others. Hackers and spammers is also a big problem, not just for governments but also for the average users of the internet.
No matter what your reason is a private internet connection will protect you online. In my home I'm running a private internet connection also called VPN or proxy, to protect my data online.
A VPN creates a secure environment for everyday web use. Before you log onto the net, you need to establish your VPN connection, which will in turn pass all of your online data (emails, instant messaging, data transfers, online banking and all online browsing) through an encrypted tunnel. Any 3rd parties, including your ISP (Internet Service Provider), no longer have ANY visibility into your traffic. This feature alone makes it a highly recommended Internet add-on.
The hardware setup
Most people use a consumer router to hook up to the internet. In my case I do it a little bit different these days. On the picture you can see my setup. I use and old Macbook with OSX as my router. In the OS I have set it to share the incoming connection to a VPN service. My connection comes in via an Apple USB Ethernet port and then is routed to the build in Ethernet of the Macbook, then to a 5 port switch. From the switch I have hooked up my girlfriends laptop, my desktop, my IP phone and my consumer router that I only use for my Iphone. Whenever the consumer router is running my neighbors only see a connection called “Private Internet”. Everyday I make sure to change my IP address via the VPN software, sometimes several times in one day.
The hardware list
1. You need an old laptop running Linux or Windows. You can also use an old Macbook running OSX like I do.
2. A USB Ethernet connection
3. A switch to hook up to the build in Ethernet
4. A router for secure WIFI connection.
5. A fast Internet connection as possible. I have 100/100 Mbps. Have in mind that the VPN line will "steal" about 10 to 15 Mbps on a 100 Mbps line.
You need to subscripe to some type of VPN service. Many VPN providers also have their own software for a no fuzz install. At the moment I am using IPvanish. The downside with IPvanish is no port forwarding if you have a home server. I hope they will do something about this really soon. There are other VPN providers out there who do offer port forwarding if you need that service.
Top 10 reasons for using a VPN service
Protect your online identity and Data
Control your IPs location
Protect yourself at WIFI hotspots
Protect your Online Gaming
Block snoopers no matter who they are
Works on multiple devices
Several protocols to use (OpenVPN, L2TP, PPTP)
High speed connections and unlimited bandwidth
Shield your home office from cybercrime
Stop the government and money collectors from tracking you
No matter the reason you have for protecting yourself online, a VPN service will help you in that task.