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All kinds of Internet users use private email services and anonymizing tools like Tor together with VPNs. But because some of these people have used these, they have gotten a bad name. Tor VPNs are labeled as thief and hacker tools. They are considered bad because they protect people from the law. But they are just tools. We must remember that it’s the users who committed the crimes. Tor VPNs are perfectly legal and appropriate tools for protection against unlawful spying, tracking and online crime.
Hiding Behind Private Email and Tor VPNs
Hackers, thieves, various malicious elements and general malcontents all use private email services and Tor VPNs. They hide their activities and identities by using these services. One recent incident involved a student who made a bomb threat at Harvard University. He used Tor to send anonymous emails containing the threats. But he did not use a Tor VPN and so he got caught through an end to end timing attack. This type of story is what has some people saying that VPNs are bad. VPNs aid and abet criminals and deny the victims justice. But Tor VPNs are not all bad. Decent companies do not condone unlawful activities.
Every Internet user needs to be serious about online privacy and security. There are a lot of threats out there that no one can protect them from. They need Tor VPNs and other tools. We need to stay focused on the good that these tools can do. We need to separate the tool from the handler. After all, we don’t jail or ban guns because some people use them for bad deeds. We uphold the right of people to protect themselves. And we improve forensics to catch the bad guys.
Blaming private email services and Tor VPNs and other anonymizing privacy tools does not solve the problem of online misbehavior. And it actually can make it worse. Innocent people need Tor VPNs to protect themselves. They don’t need to feel bad about using them. And they should not be denied their use.