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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Unless you’ve been under a rock with no WiFi, you’re well aware that Congress and President Trump have opened up your browsing history to the highest bidder. Under changes to FCC rules signed by President Trump last week, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will no longer need your approval to sell information about where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing online.

Alarming, yes…impossible to get around, not so much. The first step to protecting your online data is limiting your browsing to HTTPS-protected sites, as indicated by the green lock in your address bar. Especially when entering passwords or credit card information, you should be extremely cognizant of this. Unfortunately, HTTPS can only go so far in protecting you, and you have little control over which websites employ it.

While your ISP won’t see the ways in which you interact with an HTTPS website, it will see which websites you visit in the first place. By enlisting the services of a Virtual Private Network (VPN), all your actions on the web will stay completely anonymous in the eyes of your ISP thanks to military-grade encryption. It’s never been more important to have the resources of a trusted VPN provider on your side. Thankfully, quality VPNs are neither difficult to set up nor overly pricey. Here are three worthy options:

VPN Unlimited: Lifetime Subscription ($39, 92% off)

One of the most respected names in the VPN game, VPN Unlimited offers full protection while surfing the web, with server locations in 39 countries around the world. With unlimited bandwidth and lightning fast connection speeds, it’s no wonder that VPN Unlimited earns top marks from trusted sites like TechRadar and VPN Service Providers, as well as the Top VPN of 2016 honor from the venerable PC Mag.

Windscribe VPN: Lifetime Pro Subscription ($79, 91% off)

When is a VPN not a VPN? When it’s a heck of a lot more…which definitely describes the package of services available through Windscribe. While Windscribe cloaks your web traffic and secures your personal info from hackers or snoops like the standard VPN, Windscribe also comes with a full suite of computer privacy tools like anti-tracking apps, an ad blocker, secure link generators, firewall protection and more.

VPNSecure: Lifetime Subscription ($39, 91% off)

If you’re as annoyed as the rest of us when you can’t watch a certain video or steam due to geo-blocking restrictions, VPNSecure has you covered in that respect in addition to performing the encryption duties of a solid VPN. Thanks to their Smart DNS feature, you can bypass those regional boundaries and watch your Netflix, Hulu and other favorite services anywhere in the world. VPNSecure is a well-respected choice that will mask your IP address, encrypt your traffic and keep absolutely no logs of anything you do on the web.

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