Techdirt Podcast Episode 116: The Truth About VPNs
from the not-so-simple dept
For a long time now, “use a VPN” has been the default online privacy advice — but is it really so effective? Following the recent VPN boom that came on the tails of Congress scrapping new ISP privacy rules, a few security experts have stepped forward to explain how VPNs aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, and choosing and using one isn’t as easy as many articles and social media posts suggest. Among them are this week’s guests, Kevin Riggle (who provided a quick and dirty primer with the key suggestion that most people are safer not using a VPN) and Kenn White (who assembled a list of VPNs he deems “terrible” and not without good reason, recommending a roll-your-own solution instead). They join us to dig deeper into the reality of VPNs and hopefully help some people make better choices.