Gabe Grinstead wrote:As a <insert tech position title here>, I think VPN's on a consumer level are used primary to hide illegal activity when it comes to copyright infringement. Business has legitimate uses for them, we use them constantly. But for personal use? I suppose if you are paranoid that your activities are tracked, then sure, but then one has to ask: What are you hiding that you don't want others to know? Again, I believe most consumers uses them for illegal activities. Things that VPNs are used for the common level are:
Child Porn Rings
Regular Pirated Porn Rings
Region Locking Software
Peer 2 Peer Sharing of copyright infringed data such as TV shows, Movies, Video Games, Music, Books, etc...
Most people I ever met who are technical enough to use a VPN are typically doing illegal activities with them. All of them? No... But I have been a techie for 25+ years and a professional with it for 18+ years... No way can you convince me that the majority use it for legitimate reasons. Some do, yes, but by and far that is not the reason most use a VPN.
Well, Gabe. I have to disagree. Most people use a VPN, for what they are designed for. Either:
Protect their devices in public WiFi situations.
Use it as part of work. Which is required for telecommuting
Sure, I have shared stuff here - via articles. And they tell you how to use a VPN and TOR, to view the Deep Web and even the Dark Web. And a nerd like me, might be curious. But I can neither confirm nor deny, whether I ever used TOR, or visited the Deep Web, Dark Web or the Deep blue Sea. Remember that the Dark Net, is only about 4%, of the Deep Web.
As far as the logs go. If a VPN company says they don't keep logs - but do. And nerds and geeks, later find out they do. Guess what? They just committed business suicide.
And VPNs are easy to set up and use. Just download software and turn a button on or off. It automatically connects to the nearest server. or you can pick a server, from a list of recommended ones.
And what do the vast majority of folks, doing illegal activities - do? Probably streaming stuff like Netflix.
And if folks don't like the government spying on them...or big business collecting data on them...and selling it to other, interested business parties - guess what?? I'll tell friends, family and those on social media and forums, all about VPNs.
Anyway, as a treat, here is the latest from Suni Bali at http://www.sunilbali.com/2017/04/the-cult-of-being-average/
At the age of 12, Todd Rose was a high-school dropout struggling to support his wife and two small children. He was on state benefits and had worked his way through ten minimum wage jobs in two years.
Todd remembers his report cards at school which had a common thread and read, "He’s a little hyperactive and finds it difficult to fit in."
One day when he was at a very low ebb, blaming his school and teachers for his misfortune, Todd’s father – who had worked his way up from tea boy and floor cleaner to mechanical engineer – gave him some life changing advice: "I’ve lived with you for 21 years Todd. You’re not lazy or stupid. You just need to find something that really interests you and someone to teach it to you."
His dad’s words hit home so he enrolled in a series of human biology classes at his local college.
Todd found the psychology classes gripping, not least because he realized that school had not worked out because he was outside the range of the average, normal student and as such, not catered for.
The reality is that no one is actually completely average and has at least one skill or talent, be that as yet undeveloped, which is well above average.
In a world that has perpetuated the cult of the average and valued sameness, conformity is losing its grip on the reins as authenticity and exceptions rule.
There’s one thing that you’re a world champion at. No one does it better than you. You’re the best at being you. And when you’re being your best self, your world will transform from a round hole to the shape of your square peg.
Ps. Todd is now 41 years old and Professor of Education at Harvard.
Why did the old man fall in the well?
Because he couldn’t see that well.
My friend’s a sheep farmer. He asked me to help him round up his 137 sheep.
I said, "140".
What do we want?
Low flying airplane noises!
When do we want them?
What do you call a Frenchman wearing sandals?
Whoever invented knock-knock jokes should get a Nobell prize.
Live big & love deep.