itsmedoofer wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:46 am
One question I would ask is what makes you trust a VPN provider any more than your ISP with regards to security ? Covering your tracks, hiding activity yes, added protection with regards to banking and shopping, I'm to be convinced..
Can't speak for the OP but the answer to that is research and careful selection of a VPN provider with a no logs policy. Ultimately though all you're really doing is changing who can log what you're doing. Sure you can hide from your ISP, but don't expect much in the way of enhanced security over the public internet. Whoever has control of the other end of the VPN, as well as any node you end up routed through, can still sniff yopur traffic.
A VPN is not a replacement for https, ssl, etc.
Yeah, you could run both ends of the VPN tunnel (link) your self via different ISPs or by having your own remote server for the VPN but whatever gateway that routes through to the public internet can still log, snoop, and block your data if the operator so desires.
The only added security that a properly configured VPN may give for banking, shopping etc, is that your ISP doesn't know which website you've accessed and the website doesn't know the external IP address of your router.
An insecure website remains insecure even if part of the route to it is via a VPN.
Botton line: unless you want to hide your traffic from your ISP (and/or national firewalls), hide your location or access a private network (e.g. your employer's LAN) over the internet a VPN adds no security to internet usage.