- IP Address
- Internet provider
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- Your Internet provider can track your Internet activity.
There are some age-old questions among Internet users, especially those concerned about privacy. Basically, “Is my ISP watching me?”, and “Is it sharing data about my online activity, such as search and browsing history, with third parties?” And back in the day, the analogous question was “Is the phone company listening?” Indeed, Bell Labs reportedly suppressed the telephone answering machine for 60 years, because it feared that recording technology would frighten away its customers.
Any service that provides Internet access (ISPs, WiFi hotspots, and telecom providers) can obviously see what resources users are accessing. Unless data is encrypted, providers can also see the content. And even with encryption, traffic patterns provide some information about activity. Finally, all bets are off when the NSA, or another similarly resourceful TLA, is interested.
If you’re living in China, especially in such areas of unrest as Tibet or Xinjiang, online privacy is an fantasy. But what about the US and EU, where privacy is supposedly protected?
Today we’re pleased to release updates for our mac and windows clients. The new clients are available immediately for new and existing customers. To download the latest version, just visit the IVPN for MacOS and IVPN for Windows pages.
The aim of this update it to bring our desktop apps in line with our new android and iOS apps in terms of layout, design and usability, and to build on the feedback we’ve received from our users.
Given that you’re reading this on IVPN’s website, you probably care about online privacy. And you probably use VPN services to hide your online activity from ISPs. That’s prudent, because ISPs clearly spy on their customers. In March 2017, the Trump administration blocked FCC rules that would have protected the privacy of ISP customers. The argument was that ISPs should have the same rights to use customer data “for commercial purposes” that Google et alia do. And there’s arguably more in play than ISP profits, given MPAA’s efforts to fight “piracy” and complaints from the FBI about “going-dark”. That’s even starker in the UK. The Investigatory Powers Bill, which went into effect in November 2016, requires ISPs to retain users’ browsing history “for up to a year”.
After hundreds (if not thousands) of requests, we’re proud to release the IVPN app for mobile devices running iOS. If you’d like to download it immediately simply navigate to the iOS setup page. I’d like to take this opportunity to provide interested customers with more information about the security configuration and design goals of the app.
A few weeks ago, we communicated to affiliates that our affiliate program would be closing. For those interested, this post provides some background on how we reached that decision.
When IVPN launched, we never intended to create an affiliate program. We simply provided a link in our control panel, for customers to refer friends and receive credit. When we realised professional affiliates were signing up as customers to get a link, we created a separate signup page for them. As the VPN industry grew, a dizzying number of 'Best/top VPN' comparison sites popped up. And with the increasing competition, along came increasingly unethical behaviour (which is certainly not unique to the VPN industry).
There is a widely circulated misconception that Gibraltar is a part of the United Kingdom (UK). This misconception is reflected in the apparent classification of Gibraltarian VPN service providers as UK service providers. Such a classification misleads the users of Gibraltarian VPN services (such as IVPN) by giving them the false impression that Gibraltarian VPN services are governed by the UK laws and hence are subject to the signals intelligence sharing of the five eyes or ‘fourteen eyes’ alliances.
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