VyprVPN from Golden Frog is one of our preferred Internet providers. In a recent press release, Ron Yokubaitis, the co-founder of the company, confirmed that the company builds its own servers and runs 100% of their own infrastructure. More importantly, he confirmed that the company does not participate in the PRISM program recently revealed in several medial sources, most notably the Guardian from the UK. This is big news for VPN users.
PRISM is a program that is run by the National Security Agency (NSA). The program allows the NSA to grab information from ISPs and to use it however they see fit. This program, because of its secrecy, is still largely not understood, but what has been revealed is that the major ISPs and telephone companies are actively cooperating with the NSA to provide user information without a warrant, without probable cause and without any other justification other than “national security”. In short, we are all being spied upon, whether or not we’ve ever given any indication that such spying is merited or appropriate.
Golden Frog Doesn’t Participate
Golden Frog maintains its own infrastructure, so here are no third party hosts that may be participating in the program and allowing the NSA access to Golden Frog customer data. The co-founder of the company states quite clearly that he believes that the Internet should be open and free and the company actually issued a white paper on the topic. The company actively encourages everyone to protect their online privacy.
In his statement, Yokubaitis goes on to quote Franklin’s famous line about people trading liberty for security and deserving neither. The company does, at least judging by his statements, seem to believe strongly that privacy should be protected online.
What Can You Do?
If you’re reading this, or anything else, on the Internet without a VPN, the traffic is being collected. At this point, it’s a given that everyone is being spied upon in this way. VPN services, such as that offered by Golden Frog in their VyprVPN program, encrypt your traffic so that it cannot be read. This encryption, according to every reputable and credible source, cannot be broken by modern technology. If you’re using a VPN, use OpenVPN or L2TP for protection. PPTP can be hacked.
With a good VPN provider, and a good company and good people behind it, privacy can be preserved, even in the age of ubiquitous government eavesdropping.