[QUOTE=Mr. Belvedere;2776346]You should not use VPN’s for privacy or security. Read this.
Especially read this article where the VPN provider HideMyAss gave all the information the government asked for.
VPN’s are nice to gain access to services you are used to. You can use a VPN when you are on a public (thus very hostile) network. For that purpose VPN’s are awesome.
And you can make your own free VPN very very easy. Configuring and hardening it will take several days, but it’s worth the time.
I have my own OpenVPN access server at home. I use a free personal official worldwide recognized 4096 bitsStartSSL certificate for the website. My website has a A- score on the famous SSL Labs test website. You should test this at least twice a year.
OpenVPN comes with free client access software for most mobile devices and a lot of operating systems. Therefore i can use my VPN practically anywhere in the world where internet access is available to me.
For free. And as safe as your home connection. (Which may not be very safe, but that’s up to you and your provider).[/QUOTE]
The picture is getting very complicated, true as stated. The same goes for hosting your own server which by far is the cheaper solution when in hostile environments. Then you got Tor which was also compromised by a few bad exit nodes a while back.
Still this is international politics based on what you do from where. I do agree that you should not VPN your network as a whole, you should VPN one computer/node, no more as you are a product of all your activities combined out here.
Then you should also check Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty for a sneak peak of what, where and how to go about it.
There are no shortcuts for knowledge in this game, only forever learning and while I agree to some of the FUD - there are views that trespasses well into paranoia