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Sometimes VPN

December 5, 2022

A VPN that only encrypts the traffic that actually needs to be encrypted.

The Background

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It's pretty universally agreed that VPNs provide a useful service. 

They encrypt your traffic so that when you're on a public network you can be certain that your information is secure.

But you know what else is pretty universally agreed about VPNs?

They're suuuper slow. 

That's why I don't use them. It's not worth every page taking 4x longer to load just to alleviate the .001% chance that someone in my local coffee shop is really a malicious hacker.

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The Idea

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The idea is to create a selective VPN.

It would encrypt your traffic just like normal, but only when it's necessary.

Submitting a form with your email in it? Encrypted.

Entering your bank account? Encrypted.Scrolling through reddit? Probably doesn't need to be encrypted.

Messaging my aunt on Facebook? Not encrypted.

You'd be able to get 99% of the benefit of a VPN with only about 1% of the annoyance.

And the other use case is to stop your ISP from spying on you. You could just add the websites that you don't want to be tracked to the blacklist.