On Thursday, February 22, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the Restoring Internet Freedom Order in the Federal Register. The new rules are set to take effect in April 2018.

Net neutrality means internet service providers like Spectrum, Comcast, and Verizon must treat all content being sent over their networks the same. They can’t send certain data via “fast lanes” while blocking, throttling, or otherwise discriminating against other material. To put it simply, net neutrality prevented these companies from blocking your access to services like WebEx or Skype, or slowing down (throttling) Netflix or Hulu, to encourage you to keep your cable package or buy a different video-streaming service.

Your privacy while browsing the internet may also be compromised. The good news…and there is good news…you can protect yourself online using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Think of a VPN as a tunnel — and everything you do stays between you and your mouse inside of that tunnel. A VPN adds a layer of security and encrypts your data from prying eyes.

Your ISP can’t see your data because it is encrypted, they can’t know which websites (etc.) you visit because all internet activity is routed through a VPN service/server. Your ISP can only see that you are connected to the VPN server, not which websites or services you visit. If they can’t see it, they will find it difficult to create data policies to block or discriminate against certain sites. Using a VPN also prevents your ISP from seeing on your personal web browsing history and selling it. Of course, selling your data is something Intermax will NEVER do.

The following articles highlight five options for VPNs and a warning from the FTC advising consumers to practice due diligence before purchasing a VPN app.

Be careful out there.

You’ll Need One of These 5 VPNS Once Net Neutrality Is Gone

The FCC made it official: net neutrality is on its way out. What does that mean for all of us as consumers? Primarily that companies now control the Internet — and potentially our privacy experience while we browse, unless we choose to do something about it.

FTC warning users to do homework before using VPN apps

The consumer protection agency cited a report which studied 300 VPN apps and found that many of the applications didn’t use encryption and requested sensitive information or unexpected

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