Re: VPN providers
"I can't speak for the VPN provider, I personally won't use them because unless they are in the Maldives"
You could do a little research such as:
(a bit advertorial, but they do cover country-of-origin in the pros & cons)
It is true that ultimately you are placing your trust in a VPN company instead of your ISP & government, but the flip-side of that is VPN providers depend on trust so they are more likely to honour that than ISPs that are (a) open to whoring you to advertisers, and (b) generally under the thumb of the government.
Which is another reason to ALWAYS get a VPN from another country - even if they do log your activity (against any stated policy) they are virtually guaranteed to demand a proper court order in their own country, and not answering some back-door surveillance law of your government. Oh, and don't forget to test your VPN with one of the many leak-detecting sites out there...