My VPN provider is based in a European country with strong privacy laws. Which offers the best protection against data leakage to my American ISP, going with the default setup on my PC (openDNS) or some other choice of provider -- perhaps one in Europe? Thanks to all who opine.
Alright. I connect to the I'net with a European proxy/VPN. Data leakage is my concern, given all the Big Brother-ish snooping that goes on in this country. Do the DNS settings on my PC affect privacy in this restricted sense?
if you use a proxy then all request to DNS also go through the proxy. Pretty much all someone would see if they captured your data would be traffic to the proxy ip address. If it in encrypted which many are nobody can see anything.
DNS is not really used when you run with a proxy. The browser just sends the urls as is to the proxy they make no attempt to resolve anything.