An Interview With IPVanish VPN
Somebody May Be Watching Everything You Do on the Internet
Even if you’re not a privacy fanatic, do you want anyone tracking what you do online? There is likely somebody keeping tabs on what you do, from your Internet provider to select websites. We talked to Jeremy Palmer of IPVanish and asked him to shed light on this and share ideas on how to prevent it.
– Chris Parker, CEO
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CHRIS: Most people might think they’re online communications are relatively private, but is that the case?
JEREMY: No. Every website you visit logs how you’re accessing it and from where. In addition to activity tracking, here in the United States, ISPs can legally sell your web data to third parties. Then you have the millions of Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, and the privacy risks that go along with using them.
In fact, the best reason to use a Virtual Private Network, a VPN, is because you’re not alone in your internet connection.
CHRIS: What would you tell someone who isn’t using a VPN?
JEREMY: When you use open Wi-Fi networks, your activity is accessible to every other device on the network. Should an individual with malicious intent also be on the network, your traffic would go right to them.
So, any time you’re on a public Wi-Fi network, you should most definitely connect to a VPN. That’s includes everything from your campus Wi-Fi, to the free Wi-Fi in Starbucks, to the daily-rate Wi-Fi at your hotel, and every open hotspot in-between. Additionally, it is imperative to use a VPN when you travel out of the country so that you can continue to safely access your financial accounts and online shopping services.
CHRIS: Are there are other things a person can do to help protect their privacy?
JEREMY: Yes. A good habit to pick up is to regularly use the private or incognito mode of your web browser. Running Firefox, for example, in private mode prevents the browser from saving cookies, searches, temporary files, and your visited pages. Lastly, it’s imperative to ensure that any website you submit personal data through be encrypted with SSL. If you’re ever unsure, just look for the locked padlock in the search bar of your browser.
CHRIS: What are some misconceptions about VPNs you come across?
JEREMY: A few things come to mind. One thing I hear is, “I have nothing to hide,” That’s a common reply from people who have never considered using a privacy product in a routine way. But if you asked those same people to broadcast their credit card number or remove their bedroom door, personal privacy becomes a clear concern.
Government spying is also a big concern. I hear this: “Even with a VPN, the government can spy on me.” Sure, if you’re under investigation by the FBI, real-time network encryption will offer you very little sanctuary. However, for every other spying entity that should concern you—your ISP, your employer, hackers, and trackers—a VPN is exactly what you need.
CHRIS: Why do some people avoid using a VPN that’s headquartered in the U.S. ?
JEREMY: The idea that a U.S.-based VPN can’t be trusted with privacy has circulated since the Edward Snowden revelations regarding the NSA. To that point, we believe that the U.S. has seen more transparency in regards to government spying than what could be going on in other countries. Using a VPN outside of the U.S. just gives a false sense of security. Furthermore, IPVanish, for example, is not required under any data retention law to store records about how users interact with our service, simply because we are in the United States. That is what makes our zero-logs policy so effective.
CHRIS: Is it true a VPN can help you get around paying for online subscriptions?
JEREMY: One of the less-common uses for a VPN is to bypass article paywalls, like you described. This works well on websites such Wired, The Washington Post and The New York Times, where your first few reads are complimentary. The process is similar to the way you’d bypass any other online block: just connect to your VPN to a location outside of the region. When you go back to the website with a different, VPN-provided IP address, the paywall should disappear.
CHRIS: What does no-logging mean? Why is that important for VPN prospects to know about?
JEREMY: At the forefront of our privacy service is our strict policy against retaining logs, which is why we call ourselves a “zero-logs” VPN. We do not record, track, or store any data about our users connections or activity in regards to our service. In fact, the only data we require from users is an email address and valid payment method to process subscriptions. In addition, we only provide dynamic IP addresses that are shared among all users. That means that traffic recorded from an IP address cannot be pinpointed to any specific user or group of users.
CHRIS: With so many VPN choices, what do you want readers to know about IPVanish?
JEREMY: The security of owning and operating our network is what really sets us apart. We have our own points of presence (POPs) where we control the complete physical server configuration; that lets us remove the middleman for 90% of all our networking. Meanwhile a lot of our competitors still use virtual servers or lease physical servers, and many of them do not have an internet backbone to call their own.