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AT&T’s plan to watch your Web browsing—and what you can do about it


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 04:55 PM

 

If you have AT&T’s gigabit Internet service and wonder why it seems so affordable, here's the reason—AT&T is boosting profits by rerouting all your Web browsing to an in-house traffic scanning platform, analyzing your Internet habits, then using the results to deliver personalized ads to the websites you visit, e-mail to your inbox, and junk mail to your front door.

In a few select areas including Austin, Texas, and Kansas City, Missouri—places where AT&T competes against the $70-per-month Google Fiber—Ma Bell offers its own $70-per-month "GigaPower" fiber-to-the-home Internet access. But signing up for the deal also opts customers in to AT&T’s “Internet Preferences” program, which gives the company permission to examine each customer’s Web traffic in exchange for a price that matches Google's.

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 08:37 PM

I'll tell you what I am doing about it...cutting the cord.

 

The issue you posted is but one more to add to the lengthy list of why I can't stand AT&T. 

 

The bleeding stops Monday when I make the call and find out where to return their equipment.

 

Google Fiber can't get to me fast enough...I might just move to Austin ;)



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Posted 13 April 2015 - 03:26 PM

Googles Fiber in Austin (I lived there for yrs and live close now), is very interesting thing.  It targets high value areas and businesses which is whatever, but its forced ATT, Verison, etc. etc. heck even Time Warner to compete hard. 

 

In austin they all offer free Wifi city wide, if you have their service.  But, because every one has ATnT getting data on a cellphone is a joke 75% of the time.  I digress.

 

Its weird to see commericals for companies I never heard of )e.g. Grande Internet, that start at 30Mbps and go up.... I live 1.5 hrs away, in a 100K city and have ADSL+2 .... go figure huh.

 

Again, weird as it sound AT&T DOES current restrict contect on its 4G network.

 

Try it yourself, look up porn, or a torrent site, etc and if its a porn video try to play it.  Dont work huh?  I thought that was against the law.... but what do I know.  (they also block certain security open source sites, for items like metasploit etc.

 

nice article though
 


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Posted 30 April 2015 - 10:55 AM

To avoid the snooping you could try using tor, or some other vpn system. As long as they aren't breaking https encryption then the ISP won't be spying on your traffic if you do that, and they'll still get the data they want, the addresses of the sites you connect to, there will be one adrdess, the IP of the VPN or tor relay you connect to. But ofcourse you would then be giving whatever service you use the same data as the ISP would be currently getting.
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Posted 25 June 2015 - 05:49 PM



I'll tell you what I am doing about it...cutting the cord.

 

The issue you posted is but one more to add to the lengthy list of why I can't stand AT&T. 

 

The bleeding stops Monday when I make the call and find out where to return their equipment.

 

Google Fiber can't get to me fast enough...I might just move to Austin ;)

Here are my reasons:

 

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5. Extremely slow download and upload speeds.

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