Late last week The US Congress, both Houses, approved allowing Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) to collect and sell, without your permission, your browsing history.
What this means to you, is that every time you visit the internet, your ISP can collect which websites you visit, what you do while you are there, what you purchase, what you like on facebook, and anything else without your permission. Then they can sell this information to whomever they wish to sell it to without your permission or without paying you.
There may not be anyway to completely stop this, but there are ways to make it more difficult for them to figure out who you are and what sites you visit.
The easiest to use and install is a VPN, a Virtual Private Network. There are many out there, and quite a few are free. I have installed them on all of my electronics that connect to the internet.
As I type this from right here in NC, someone tracking me would think I was in Canada. I can select several other locations to appear to sign in from and can change them any time I want to.
My VPN keeps no logs, so even if the government asked them for a list of the websites I visit, there is no info to give them.
Now, I don’t visit any subversive sites, and I wouldn’t mind anyone knowing every site I visit. But, they should ask me for it, and if they plan to make money from my personal web browsing, they should pay me for it, Not my ISP.
These ISP’s like, AT&T, Comcast, Charter, Verizon, or whomever, already make a fair amount of money from me. They’re not getting any more by stealing my data if I can help it.
Opera VPN, Tor, NordVPN, IPVanish, HIdeMyAss VPN, Windscribe are some I am familiar with. Some are free, some you pay for.
I highly recommend you get one. There is enough Big Brother from the Government without more businesses getting involved.