Anonymous Surfing Tips
You don’t have to be a secret agent or hacker to care about anonymity. Even regular users like you and me have plenty of good reasons to care about the privacy and security of our online activity. Almost everything we do on the Web will be logged, analyzed, and used for things outside of our control. – but this does not mean there's nothing you can do about it.
Tip 1 : Anonymous Web browsing
The best thing you can do to stay anonymous online is to hide your Real IP Address. Because this is the easiest way to trace your online activity back to you. If someone knows your IP address, they can easily determine the geographic location of the server that hosts that address and get a rough idea of where you’re located. In general, there are two ways to obscure your IP address and hide your location:
- Using a Proxy server: If you want all of your online activity to be anonymized, the best way to do it is to pretend to be someone else. This is basically what our free web proxy server does: it routes your connection through a different server so your IP address isn’t so easy to track down
- Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN): For most intents and purposes, a VPN obscures your IP address even better. They work differently, but same result. VPN is faster and more secure then a proxy. Here’s a of good VPN service to get you started.
Tip 2 : Private Browsing Mode
Private browsing mode is an option so you can surf the web without recording data on your computer. This means that in private browsing mode, your browsers do not store information on your computer, Web pages are not recorded in browsing/download history, cookies are cleared from the session when you close the window. However, the websites still have a record of your visit.
- Chrome - Incognito Mode: To start incognito mode in Chrome Browser click the wrench icon Wrench ,which can be found at the top right corner of your browser, > New incognito window. You can also turn on incognito mode with a shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+N (works with Windows, Linux, Chrome OS) or Shift+N (Mac).
- Mozilla Firefox - Private Browsing Mode: To turn on private browsing mode in Mozilla Firefox go to Tools > Start Browsing Mode > a new modal window will open, click ‘Start Private Browsing’ or you can use a shortcut Ctrl+Shift+P. Follow the same instructions to turn off private browsing mode.
- Internet Explorer - InPrivate Browsing Mode: To turn on inprivate browsing mode in Internet Explorer go to Tools > InPrivate Browsing or you can simply use a shortcut Ctrl+Shift+P.
Tip 3 : Anonymous Email
Using proxies and VPNs, will hide your real IP address from prying eyes, but sending emails presents a different anonymity challenge. Let’s say you want to send somebody an email, but you don’t want them to know your email address. Generally speaking, there are two ways to go about this:
- Using an email alias: An alias is actually a forwarding address. When you send mail through an alias, the recipient will only see your forwarding address, and not your real email. Since all mail is forwarded to your regular inbox, this method will keep your real email address secret, but it will not ptotect you from spam
- Using a disposable email account: You can either just create a new email account with a fake name, or you can use our Disposable Email Service. This temp email service creates you a temporary address that is deleted after a short amount of time, so perfect for signing up for stuff on sites you don’t trust and keeping your inbox spam-free.
Tip 4 : Change privacy settings of social networks
Social Networksites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitte make your information available to different entities for profit, even to ones that you don’t want your information to be given to. So if you privatize your social media settings, you limit the access of other people to your personal information and data.
- Facebook: you can go to the account menu in the upper right corner of the page and click on ‘privacy settings’. Then click on the ‘search’ and un-tick the ‘allow’ box to public search results. By doing this, no one can find your profile by means of external search engines such as yahoo, bing or google. You can also specify whether you will appear in the search results for ‘everyone’ or ‘friends’ including their friends on Facebook.
Additionally, you can check your profile Information to change who sees what – more specifically your videos and photos. Additionally, you can visit your profile and go to the info tab. Then scroll to contact info and click the edit button that appears. Once there, you’ll see info such as phone number, email address, and more. You then can lock the availability of this info to the people you want to see them by picking from the drop-down menu beside each item. Lastly, if you want compete privacy, you can delete all your data on Facebook and deactivate your account.
- LinkedIn: you can go to the settings tab and you’ll be brought to a page with different setting options. This page allows you to customize your privacy from other people. The options include email notifications, groups, personal information, RSS settings, home page settings and privacy settings
- Twitter: you can access Secrettweet in order to shout out your secret tweets and confessions. This would allow you to be anonymous for confessions that you want to voice out but you can’t be identified as the one saying it.
Tip 5 : Anonymous Communication (Skype/WhatsApp/P2P)
In most cases free proxy servers can be used but need to be configured to anonymize your applications, so VPN is a much better option here. Once connected to a VPN service, All applications on your computer, tablet or smartphone that utilize your internet connection will become anonymous without any extra configuration
Tip 6 : Anonymous file transfers and sharing
Getting files from the Internet is easy, but the sender records your IP address for every donwloaded file. In the case of BitTorrent, there are thousands of different peers that can see your IP address at any given moment, which means downloading is one of the least anonymous things you can do on the Web. However, if done correctly, it is possible to download and share files while keeping your IP address and identity hidden.
- If you’re downloading directly form the web or from a file hosting site you can just use a proxy or VPN to obscure your IP.
- If you’re using BitTorrent, a proxy will keep your identity hidden, but we recommend using VPN as it's much faster and more secure
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