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There is an expectation that whatever we do online, it’s between ourselves and our keyboards. I suspect nobody thinks there’s some digital list of what we get up to online, no record of every website we visit, video we watch or message we send. Unfortunately this expectation of privacy is ill founded simply because of the way the internet works.

The first issue is that the internet is basically enabled through a huge shared network of hardware owned by a myriad of businesses, organisations and governments. Our communication travels over this shared hardware every time we use the internet for pretty much anything. The second salient point is that the vast majority of our communication exists in clear text, HTTP offers no protection of our data at all to interception and snooping. The secure section HTTPS offers some protection but that too is limited if the would be spy has some technical knowledge and access to some intermediate hardware.

So how can we protect ourselves and at least maintain some sort of privacy online, after all I’m sure we all would want some sort of security. As far as using the internet is concerned then the main logical step is to invest in a VPN or proxy server like this England proxy.

So how do these programs work? Well the most secure option is that of a VPN server which basically routes your entire connection through an encrypted tunnel across the internet. This ensures that as your details and browsing travels through the internet none of it is visible and readable. The other benefit of a VPN server is that the site you visit is not able to track your either, your location is normally accessible to the sites you visit.

So is VPN safe to use, well as you can from this video some of the commercial offerings have a huge variety of security options designed to protect your identity and connection. It is crucial that you choose a company who have the experience to run a secure VPN service or you’d be safer not using anything.