When is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) not really private? Answer: When your VPN provider tracks where you go and sells that information to someone else. Today we’ll talk about a recent study that shows that many of the top free VPN services make their money by collecting and selling your browsing information. That seems to violate the “P” part of “VPN”, but let’s face it: if the product is free, then you are probably the product. I’ll help you find a VPN service that is truly private.

In other news, Amazon’s Echo was recently caught recording a private conversation and sending it to a seemingly random person – should you be worried? Also, I’ll explain why shouting at your hard drives can cause corruption and tell you about a great new feature of the Privacy Badger browser plugin that will stop Facebook from tracking you.

For Further Insight:
Don’t shout at your hard drives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDacjrSCeq4
Choosing a truly private VPN: https://www.privacytools.io/#vpn
Help me to help you! Visit: https://patreon.com/FirewallsDontStopDragons

Carey Parker began programming computers in middle school when personal computers were just starting to become popular. For years, these twin interests percolated until he attended Purdue University and he learned you could get paid to do this stuff – it was called Electrical Engineering! After obtaining a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in EE, Carey wrote software for multiple companies, large and small. In recent years, particularly after the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013, he became deeply concerned about computer security and privacy. In 2014, he combined his passion for computers, cybersecurity and fantasy novels with the long-time desire to write the book: Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons.

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