To connect to the internet you need to have an Internet Service Provider (ISP).

ISPs allow you surf the internet, but how much does your ISP know about you?

Do they sell your browsing history? or data?

In this article, I’m gonna explain why should you care about how much data your ISP is collecting.

Let’s get started!

An Internet Service Provider is a service that you pay to have, for example, internet in your home.

By paying your ISP, the ISP take care of routers Wi-Fi, Internet cables, and other stuff.

Verizon, for example, is one of the biggest ISP on the U.S.

How much data can collect from my ISP?

Just when you type “google.com” your ISP know that you are going to use Google Search, when you send a photo to your friend, or simply seeing videos on YouTube.

All the data from your device to the Internet is may be collected by your ISP.

In short, your ISP knows everything you do online, your behavior, your friends, your browsing history, all you do.

Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile suspend selling of customer location data

The Washington Post made an article explaining the ISPs: Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile selling customers’ data to third-parties.

But are you really sure that they stopped?

Or they are just blaming?

In my opinion, I don’t really trust them.

Should I really care about my ISP?

Never trust who handles your data, who knows who you are, and what do you do.

Your ISP may sell your data to third-parties like Google, Facebook, Police, NSA, without any warning.

Like Google’s Terms of Service, when they store your data, it’s not anymore your property.

Start using a VPN

To avoid all this, use a good and no-logs VPN, that encrypts all the traffic between your device to the internet, disallowing your ISP from sniffing your data.

Here is a list of good no-logs VPN services.

NordVPN

NordVPN is a no-logs VPN service.

NordVPN is one of the most used VPN service providers.

NordVPN allows you to surf privately online, and sure hide and encrypt your traffic from your ISP.

With NordVPN you can connect your PC, Android/iOS devices, and more.

NordVPN also offers a high-quality password manager that is included in the plan.

You can try NordVPN by using the three-day trial, and if you like it you can buy it.

Never use defaults ISP's DNS servers

DNS also can be used to track your online activity.

Most DNS servers don’t use encryption.

Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 is the best option you can choose.

Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 is a free, encrypted, no-logs, and privacy focussed worldwide DNS server.

By using Cloudflare’s DNS your DNS queries will be fully encrypted and private.

To set up Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 visit Cloudflare DNS, it includes full set up step-by-step instruction for Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and routers.

Start using Tor Browser

Use Tor Browser is also a very good idea to protect your privacy.

Tor Browser is a web browser created by The Tor Project foundation.

Tor Browser uses Tor Proxies that encrypt your connection completely.

And it makes impossible to internet recognize you.

Don’t use Tor Browser for normal browsing.

Tor Browser is perfect when you don’t log in to any account, or things that link to your life.

Tor Browser is also a good option if you are located in a country that restricts internet usage and blocks some services and websites.

There is also a VPN based app for Android called Orbot, that is compatible with Adguard, Tor Browser for Android, and Orbot-enabled apps.

Browsing intrusion

Your ISP also can use cookies, and other tracking technologies, but of course hid and silently.

Because ISP provides you the website you browse, they have full control.

ISP can also route your traffic, change URLs, add cookies and tracking scripts, and more.

Sound a lil bit painfull but it’s like that.

Conclusion

I hope I helped you understand why should you pay attention to your ISP.

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Jonathan

Jonathan is a privacy expert that loves blogging. He's also worried about cyber-surveillance and angry with censorship. So he explains online privacy issues and how to fix and restore privacy online by uploading articles about VPNs, ISPs, and more.

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