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The Great Global VPN Swindle

In my VPN section of this website, I talk alot about PRivacy as a Service (PRaaS). In this article, I'm going to explain why VPNs are a mixed-bag. Even though I am a big proponent of them, yet at the same time I see they have become one of the biggest modern shams in IT Security.

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Who Watches the Watchers? Reviewing VPN Reviewers

How does someone who is not a VPN subject-matter expert choose a VPN provider? Often by reading reviews of various service providers. Yet, how can one tell the difference between a real review and a thinly veiled sham designed to funnel new customers to specific providers? At a glance, it's often difficult to disseminate the real gold from the pyrite websites (a.k.a., "Fool's gold").

There are literally hundreds of VPN service providers. Some have existed for decades, while some are recent upstarts that have arisen in recent years as the public's interest in VPNs has skyrocketed. Fanning this fad are dozens of organizations purporting to offer advice and "reviews" of those VPN service providers, but are these "reviews" truly reviewing anything? Are they analyzing, comparing, and discussing? Or are they simply reiterating a well worn script from someone else's playbook?

Many marketing firms specializing in online "reviews" don't actually review anything. Rather, they regurgitate canned marketing messages while attempting to portray the source as an expert, trustworthy independent party. Their tone normally takes one of two forms: 1) excitement; in a rush; hurry-up and buy. Or 2) the academic expert who can't stop extolling how amazing the company and their product are. It's the best thing since sliced bread.

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Who is the IETF and Why Should I Care?

Is that another term for the illuminati?

It's one of the most powerful organizations in the world that you've probably never heard of and writes lots of documents no one reads, such as RFC's. Yet, we have CAT-5 and CAT-6 network cables, WiFi, and a host of other technological goodies to thank for them.

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Is Your VPN Helping or Hurting You?

If you could sum up the purpose of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) in one word, what would it be? My choice: Integrity.

Of course, I'm talking about data integrity. But, what about the integrity of the VPN itself? Not all VPN methodologies are equal. There is no operating standard; no governing body of VPN certification. None exists. In spite of ample marketing hype found in various forums, VPNs remain firmly in the Wild West of the Internet.

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What is a "Data Hacker?"

There's no simple answer. I think of a hacker as someone who rejects conventional ways of doing things, and is simultaneously driven by an insatiable desire to understand how things work. Someone who thrives on deconstruction, and seeks to understand the inner workings of whatever they choose to focus on.

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