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As a company, MacAtoZ tends to be studiously apolitical. We happily serve clients across the political spectrum because we believe pluralism is a large part of what makes America great. We don’t have to agree with someone’s  politics to serve him or her to the best of our ability.

The one political stand that we have taken ties into this: We believe that everyone has a right to their own data. In other words, your financial records, photos, communications, and so forth all belong to you and no one else and you alone should decide who gets to see your materials.

Apple believes this as well, and many of their products incorporate features designed to keep others’ from peering at your information. That’s why FaceTime and Messages both feature end-to-end encryption: Apple wants your stuff to be secure.

Unfortunately, the federal government has passed a law that allows Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to capture and use all your data. We consider this an egregious civil rights violation. Your ISP should NOT be able to sell your sensitive information like browsing history or app usage to advertisers, insurance companies, and more without your consent. We’ve advocated for personal privacy for computer users for years, and make no mistake: We lost a very important battle here.

But we’re not done.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a software program that creates a private, encrypted tunnel from your Mac to the internet so that you can send email or browse the web without your ISP spying on you. Given the new law signed by President Trump, we recommend that every Mac, iPhone, and iPad user start using a VPN.

The VPN we recommend is Private Internet Access (PIA), a link to which is available at www.macatoz.com/vpn. (We receive a small commission for any sales through this link.) The cost is $40 a year which supports up to 5 devices simultaneously. If you need help setting up the PIA VPN and you’re willing to use our affiliate link above, you may contact us and we will help you at no charge.