Since the repeal of the Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules, VPN use and traffic is rather predictably spiking, according to many VPN providers. VPNs are not the b-all and end-all of privacy though, and indeed the usual cretins have stepped in to provide shady VPN services that may actually sell on user data.
Also remember: ISPs still track your location data and DNS records, even if you're
using a VPN. Similarly, a VPN doesn't stop a company from using
on-device snoopware to track you (remember Carrier IQ?). Neither will it
stop ISPs from charging you a premium for privacy (something both AT&T and Comcast
have already experimented with). Nor will a VPN stop a company from
using your credit score to provide worse customer service (something CableONE has crowed about). DSL Reports
Windows XP and Windows Vista are not truly dead, they continue to linger on in older computers, yet they are both obsolete, unsupported operating systems. What options are available to users of older desktops and laptops "Designed for Windows XP"?
Most reasonably-informed people might suggest installing a lightweight Linux distro, since this older hardware would be rendered pretty much unusable by Windows 10 (if it would even load properly). But which distro?
A "new" one came to my attention the other day from Techsupport Alert (aka Gizmo's Freeware) in the form of Q4OS, a Debian-based distro that looks a lot like Windows XP and runs on older hardware.
Google now offers a "Do It Yourself Artificial Intelligence" kit for the Raspberry Pi under their "AIY" banner. The kit features a cardboard container (a'la Google Cardboard), a couple of hardware boards, a speaker, and so on - everything you need to make a Pi-powered Google Assistant interface.
As you can see from the video below, assembly is very straightforward and should be easy enough for younger teens - which is to be expected since the Raspberry Pi was conceived as teaching aid.