It is a really bad idea to trust a third-party , if you want , roll your own VPN with a VPS and something like . That way you control the server and encryption keys

Using a doesn't mean you have :

1. Most VPNs use outdated encryption

2. Most keep logs and sell your data, but of those that claim not to - you have no way to verify that

3. Most lie about their own geolocation

4. All providers target users interested in privacy b/c it's those users who have the most interesting traffic. VPN = honeypot

5. Providers can see all your traffic. The only encrypted part of the connection is you to the VPN

6. VPN is privacy by policy, not by design

It's the little things that make :mastodon: great: write your own profile metadata, write and use your own bot, set profile pic as .gif perks like: hide app you use, hide followers/following, adjust privacy of each toot, no ads, and each toot you send is not feeding the data monster of some giant corporation :)

If the domain ever suffers a breach, anyone will be able to view the "encrypted" personal info of internet users inc. credit card details and passwords unencrypted, thanks to their government's dangerous attempt at a MITM attack. Luckily, installing the certificate is optional, so do not do it!

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is just like Disroot with an added VPN. Sounds good and it could be a one-stop-shop to get ordinary users into . I'd love to support a platform like this if they contributed back to . *But* forking platforms while giving no credit to the original programmers isn't cool!

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