You opened a Google account as you were checking out a product on Amazon, but then you started seeing ads for that product everywhere you went on the internet. You get super annoyed because you never asked to be signed up for that product’s mailing list, and now you’re bombarded with ads every time you go online.
This scenario isn’t as far-fetched as it seems. Sometimes a product you’ve tried could have a sort of “gray area” when it comes to online tracking. In these instances, the tracking can still happen but it’s more difficult to pin down. Think of it like this: if you’re driving down a highway and a fire hydrant suddenly sprays you in the face, you’re going to be pissed. Even if you weren’t expecting it and didn’t ask for it, that’s kind of what digital hydrant sprinklers do. They alert you to products that might be interested in tracking your activity, and oftentimes, you’re going to end up annoyed and suspicious because the product doesn’t seem to behave like you’d expect a VPN to behave. Especially if you use a reputable VPN service.
Signs Of Trouble
If you connect to the internet via a VPN, all your internet-related activities, including browsing, email, and searches, are encrypted. This means that anyone snooping on your network connection will only see scrambled numbers and letters. If you connect to the internet via a VPN, all your internet-related activities, including browsing, email, and searches, are encrypted. This means that anyone snooping on your network connection will only see scrambled numbers and letters. If you’re using a VPN to unblock websites in China, for example, you might notice that some sites will just never load. This is usually because the sites are blocked via your country’s firewall, and VPNs are somewhat notorious for failing to work around these types of barriers.
An Example Of A VPN That Wouldn’t Seem To Seem To Work Right
Take ExpressVPN for example. This is one of the most popular VPNs out there because it’s super easy to use. You can connect to the app via a few taps on your phone, and with the push of a button, you’re set to browse the web privately, securely, and anonymously. Let’s say you’ve tried out this app and have been using it for a while, but have started to see ads for products you’ve searched for or purchased from Amazon. You might start to wonder if something’s wrong.
To try and solve this issue, you could delete your Amazon account and the app would no longer have access to this information. But now you’re stuck with no way to get your porn fix. You could also try installing the app on a different device but this also starts a whole new set of problems. If this device gets stolen or lost, you’ll have a bigger mess on your hands. Finally, you could always try a different VPN app, but that can get tricky because you might end up in the same situation all over again. Unless, of course, you try another solution first.
How To Deal With This
So you’ve decided to keep using ExpressVPN, but you’ve been having lots of issues with ads popping up during your online activities. You try disconnecting from WiFi and reconnecting but this rarely works. Every time you use the VPN, you get a different error message about a system library, leading you to believe that this is some kind of a conflict between the app and your device. You’ve had enough and decide to take a break from using the app because you’re starting to see a pattern of unreliable service. Even though you’re using a reputable VPN service, it’s still not worth the headaches if the service is just going to keep giving you problems.
One Last Try
After using several other VPNs and still having issues, you decide to give the one called ProtonVPN a try. This is particularly interesting because it was developed by NordVPN, one of the largest and most popular VPN services in the world. ProtonVPN is based on the assumption that users will have compatibility problems with the large number of devices they use, but since there’s a considerable amount of overlap between the devices that can run ProtonVPN and those that can run NordVPN, this might not be the case. You find the perfect fit and decide to give it a go.
To start, you download and install the app on one of your devices. Because this is a relatively new app, you don’t have any sort of track record with it yet, so you decide to create a new account just to test it out. After you log in for the first time, you get a notification that your internet traffic is now being monitored and that you should use the app wisely. This is just a single warning but after you read it and click Agree, you’re brought to a screen where you can enter your email address and create a password. You can also choose whether or not you want to be tracked for marketing purposes. When you tap the Agree button, the email and password you entered is shown in the top right corner of the screen. Now you’re ready to use the VPN to browse the internet privately, securely, and anonymously.
Your Activity Still Tracked
Even though you’re using a VPN, your activity is still being tracked. This means that the companies that produce the products you’re looking at buying know exactly what you’re doing. If you search for a product on Amazon, they’ll know where you are and what you’re looking at. This information, along with your general browsing history, is what makes up your “digital footprint,” and it can be used to target you with ads or track your movements across the internet with a VPN.
In a worst-case scenario, you can ask yourself all the questions you want about whether or not you’re seeing ads for a product you tried out and had issues with, but there’s no actual answer. Your online activity is being monitored and counted, and you’re going to keep getting bombarded with ads even if you have a VPN.
The answer to this particular question is going to depend on how you use the internet. If you connect to the internet via WiFi hotspots, which is quite common, your activity is still being tracked. If you have a VPN, your activity is still being tracked. It’s quite a conundrum and, as the saying goes, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. You have to pay for everything in some way, and when it comes to keeping your personal information private and secure online, you might have to pay a few dollars extra. But at least you’ll be able to enjoy the occasional ad free experience without worry.