A VPN allows you to hide your location and IP address via VPN servers. By connecting to VPN servers in different places, your IP address and location appears to be as that of the server. What that means is that it virtually places you in a different country.
Do ISP logs your IP address?
ISPs (internet service provider) is responsible for providing you internet connection. They can regulate the flow of Internet traffic and monitor your internet history and emails. But do they? Probably NOT. Unfortunately, it depends on where you live and who do you pay for internet bills, your ISP may actually be required by law enforcements to log your data and pass it to them on request.
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IP monitoring by country
Here are some countries in which ISPs are required to monitor IP addresses and keep logs, and how you can protect yourself and your sensitive data.
IP logging in the United States
Currently, no data retention law in the U.S. requires ISPs to log internet traffic. However, the Stored Communications Act states that if an ISP records its customer’s data, then it must allow the government to access it. Unfortunately, most ISPs do keep logs of IP addresses and web history.
Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Qwest/Century, and Comcast all keeps logs of IP addresses for up to 6 months. Similarly, the U.S. telecom carriers revealed a similar logging policy for cellular data services and text messages. To know whether your ISP logs your data or not, you would have to contact your ISP directly because most of the companies do not describe this matter clearly on their websites.
IP logging in Canada
Similar to the U.S, Canada does not have specific data retention law, but they do it regardless. For instance, Bell publicly states that they store logs of IP addresses for one year.
Under Bill C-11 (the Copyright Modernization Act), if you become a suspect of copyright violations, all ISPs are legally required to keep logs of such customers for at least 6 months.
IP logging in Europe
The European Union, in 2014, revoked the EU Data Retention Directive (DRD). But, individual European countries still take measures to keep a check on telecommunication service providers including ISPs to keep records of their customer’s internet and cellular data.
IP logging in Australia
In 2015, Australia’s controversial metadata retention law came into effect. The law dictates all Australian ISPs to log two years worth of internet traffic, including date, time, recipients, and size of attachments.
How can you defeat IP address monitoring and logging?
There’s nothing much that you can do to stop ISPs and governments from logging your data. It takes years to bring changes, and ISPs will still be responsible for your internet connection.
VPN is the best step towards protecting your web traffic, which encrypts it before sending it to the ISPs.
IP Masking: lets you access everything
By masking your IP address and location, VPN allows you to access sites censored by certain governments:
Facebook Twitter Gmail Netflix Hulu Torrenting
Some of the benefits of IP masking are:
- Stay connected with friends and family by unblocking social networking sites and apps
- Access the blocked contents of streaming TV channels and media platforms in different regions
- Prevents third-parties from charging you higher prices based on different geographies
Protects your Identity
The more information you share online, it gets easier for the governments, hackers, and organizations to access your information. A VPN is secure, simple, and easy way to protect your personal information from a compromised internet connection.