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ISP and Private Internet Access

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#1 vincerulzall


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Posted 19 October 2014 - 10:01 PM

So I searched for an appropriate site to ask a stupid tech question that would be answered by smart tech people so here goes.


What does all of my internet traffic look like to my ISP? The data I'm downloading still goes through their servers? How does this work? 


Thank you guys for your time.



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#2 Kilroy


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Posted 20 October 2014 - 06:08 AM

It depends.  HTTP sites are clear text.  HTTPS sites are encrypted text.  If you're using a VPN your ISP only sees encrypted data.  Basically if you're accessing secure information your ISP can see where the data is coming from, but not what the data is.

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 03:08 PM

Yes, all your traffic goes through your ISP's systems: can be servers, but it's also network devices.


It's not only what you are downloading, but also what you are uploading.


They can view all the content of your unencrypted traffic.

And they have metadata of your encrypted traffic.


Are you just wondering, or do you have a specific issue?

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