Block Your ISP from Spying on You | March 2020 Guide

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Block Your ISP from Collecting your Data

With most people being forced to work from home in the past few weeks, having a private and secure home network has become more critical than ever. During this time, it’s essential to understand what data your ISP has access to and what you can do about it. In this week’s Zlog, we’ll talk about some of the most common reasons why ISP’s track their users and share with you some quick tips on how you can block your ISP from spying on your online activities.

Why do ISPs Track Users?

There are many reasons why different ISPs track their users. Here are the most common ones: Read more...

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Can ISPs Sell Your Data?

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Can ISPs Sell your Data and Personal Information?

Have you ever wondered if your internet service provider tracks your internet data and history? Since they provide you with your internet service, it’s to no surprise that every bit of information you are exchanging, receiving or sending on the internet, goes through your ISP. Depending on where you live and your country’s regulations, your ISP can keep and use your information in a number of different ways. But, can ISPs sell your data to advertisers and third parties? Read this week’s Zlog and find out. Read more...

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What You Need to Know About Privacy From ISPs

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ISP Privacy

In recent years, there has been an ongoing debate about ISPs and how they are spying on anyone who uses the Internet through their computers. Since your Internet service provider, also known as your ISP, is your virtual mail carrier, it knows every address and everything that is sent or receives on your computer. This means that everything from your Internet browsing to your streaming services available for your ISP to see. Below you will find out some of the information you need to know about retaining your privacy from ISPs.

Who Retains What?

Below is a short list of some ISPs, what they retain, and how long they retain your information.

  • Comcast has been rumored to hold onto IP addresses that have used Bittorrent for at least 180 days, though they have released no comment to that effect.
  • Verizon retains information about IPs for 18 months.
  • Quest/Century stores addresses for up to one year, maybe longer.
  • Cox is said to keep logs of IP address for six months.
  • Charter is said to keep address for up to a year.

This is a lot of time for an Internet service provider to be holding on to your information and many people and companies are screaming that it is an invasion of privacy.

How it Works

Once again, think of your ISP as a mail carrier that has all of your addresses, which leads you to the need for retaining your privacy from your ISPs. In order to make sure that you get your mail, your ISP has to have your IP, or Internet protocol address. Not only does the provider have your Internet address, it has the address of everyone that you are exchanging data packets with as well. This the minimum that your ISP is required to have in order to play postal worker.

Now, think of every packet as a registered letter that you are sending out through your mail carrier, your ISP in this case. Your ISP has who sent the package, who is receiving the package, and the number of packages sent between the two of you. The problem comes in when the ISP is holding on to your information. It is said that some ISPs are limiting access and types of content that people can use. This is an invasion of privacy and in many people’s and companies eyes, it needs to be stopped.

How Long Should Your Data be Kept?

The biggest question right now, is how long your data should be kept by your Internet service provider. The time that they should be able to keep your data varies according to the company and the country that the company is in. Included in this is usually the following:

  • Text messages
  • Destination
  • Date
  • Time
  • Phone calls
  • And email
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