Will 𝙎𝙋𝙊𝙊𝙁𝙄𝙉𝙂 my MAC Address enhance the protection I receive from F-Secure's Freedome VPN?
Some users prefer to hide the identity of their device behind a false MAC address in order to protect their privacy. One of the reasons some prefer a spoofed MAC address is because MAC addresses sent over public LAN or WLAN networks are usually unencrypted. So consequently, anyone on the network can then track which devices are registered in the network, read out their respective hardware addresses, and use them for illegal activities.
This is a controversy and a conversation I have run into from time to time. I do not believe spoofing my MAC Address will, in any way, enhance the protection I receive from F-Secure's Freedome VPN.
REQUEST AND QUESTION:
If I am wrong and spoofing or masking my MAC Address 𝙒𝙄𝙇𝙇 enhance the protection I receive from F-Secure's Freedome VPN on my laptop, please let me know.
If I am right and and spoofing or masking my MAC Address 𝙒𝙄𝙇𝙇 𝙉𝙊𝙏 enhance the protection I receive from F-Secure's Freedome VPN on my laptop, please let me know. please let me know.
I'd like to know F-Secure's official position regarding the spoofing of MAC addresses and by giving me your answer here in writing, I can easily I share it with others.
Sethu Posts: 724 Moderator
Typically, if someone else knowing your MAC address shouldn’t be much of a security threat. It’s far less dangerous than someone knowing your public IP address, for instance.
If someone were to have your public IP address, you could be targeted by a wide variety of attacks. The most common attack would be a DDOS since it doesn’t take much to achieve. Or, if you’re unfortunate enough, you could be targeted by a more severe attack, which could escalate in the perpetrator gaining full remote access to your device and handle it in a broad variety of ways.
However, an attacker can’t do much by simply knowing your MAC address. Let’s say that it has the same level of threat as someone knowing your real name online. Masking your MAC address would only make sense if you want to protect yourself from other users on the same network.
When you use FREEDOME, it establishes a VPN connection between your device and F-Secure's servers. This means that, instead of using a direct connection between your device and the internet, all data traffic is routed through those servers. Please refer this help page to know more about What happens when you use VPN11 1Like