Without a secure VPN, the IP address you communicate with. Potentially be capable of identifying the services you use for video or music streaming, or that you play video games. Be sure to use a device you control as your Internet gateway, so none of the device’s unique identities can be revealed. Setup your own wireless network and replace any provided hardware if possible.
Switch providers is at all possible, to one that will not sell your data. I’ve touched on this in the “MAC Addresses and Other Device Identifiers” section, that hardware provided by your BIAS is suspect and should be cyberghost free untrusted. However, the FCC specifically claimed that the hardware they provide should be protected.
This can lead to a lot of complications and difficulties, but for those advanced users who want to protect themselves, it is available. If you’re using any service provided equipment (e.g. modem or router), you have two options. The first is to stop using the provided hardware entirely.
This again is another point where our only option is to switch providers to one that protects our data. Some client software include additional privacy, security, and bandwidth saving features such as malware protection, ad & tracker blocking, and compression. A few offer real-time image and video compression to save your even more bandwidth, which can be extremely useful for mobile devices or specific geographic regions.
This means that the model of the devices they provide cannot be sold, as that might reveal the service, package, or capabilities of your service. While your mobile service knows that information, they cannot reveal or sell it to others. The FCC wanted to protect us similarly, even if the hardware was provided by the BIAS. Similar to protecting your Application Headers, any secure connection protects this information from being revealed.
The use of a VPN can help hide more details from your BIAS, but you should always prefer the use of a secure connection over an insecure one, so install HTTPS Everywhere. To truly hide this information, your best chance is to use a VPN with a client that supports good encryption. To protect yourself, you should always use encrypted connections when they are available.
However, your use of an alternative DNS provider does not protect you! Back in the day DNS was first developed, the focus was on getting this little thing known as the Internet working before the focus of privacy and security was even raised. Even using an alternative DNS provider, your BIAS is able to track the domains that you are looking up, thereby revealing the domains you are requesting. This happens even if you are visiting secured web pages using HTTPS. A third option, that doesn’t require buying hardware, would be to use a MAC address spoofer to have your devices lie about their MAC addresses.