Sunday, March 26, 2023

Is your VPN stealing your information?

 If you're a streamer (and of course you are), you've found that some content is restricted in your area.

That can be from Major League Baseball (I can't watch the Braves live on MLB TV, for example) to football (Georgia Tech is often blacked out here) to movies (some content isn't available in the USA) to practically anything.

You'll hear some advocating to use a VPN to get around geolocation restrictions. I don't do that, for two reasons.

First, if content is restricted here, it's restricted here. I'll just deal with it.

Second, is I don't trust most VPNs.

Here's a recent video from Naomi Brockwell about how risky it is to use some VPNs.


How big of a deal is this? I think it's a pretty big deal. I run my own VPN that allows me to connect to my home network. That's free, but takes some setup. I will look at some other VPNs that I can use, in case my home network is down and I need a VPN connection.

Why would I need a VPN? Well, if I get on an unsecure or untrusted network (because my cellular signal is not sufficient) I want to be able to secure my data, and a VPN to my home network does that.

If you are a streamer, and want to use a VPN in your Streaming Life, be careful. Be very very careful.

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