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Snoopers Charter VPN advice needed


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#1 harrylentil

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 03:55 PM

With the Snoopers Charter coming soon in the UK (ISPs will retain at least all browsing history by law), I intend to start using a VPN service. Disregarding issues of the VPN logging user details or leaving my IP address discoverable, what other potential personal information leaks should I be aware of?
 
For instance, websites track me by logging my machine ID. What would using a VPN do to protect against, say Google matching my machine ID when not using the VPN (they have this ID now) with my VPN-enabled sessions? Or would it be the machine ID of the VPN server that is collected?
 
Can I guard against tracking via my browser’s signature?
 
If I don't use the VPN before and during all online activity, can I be matched and identified using browser persistent storage? Would I have to track down and eliminate all persistent storage and cookies before the first time I use the VPN?
 
Is P2P secured? Is Usenet secured?
 
Should I quit the VPN before signing in to webmail or any other subscribed website?
 
I assume I will have to kill my Windows logon and switch to a local-only account. My browsers have Ghostery and Adblock Plus.
 
Currently my ISP uses IPV4 and dynamic IP allocation. I won't use TOR - it is way too slow.


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