Anonymous web browsing : What you need to know to stay anonymous online!
Recently, several readers have expressed concerns regarding the vulnerability of their identities while online, and how that they can be identified by their IP address. Folks, this is a valid concern, but one that can be minimized with a few precautions and easy steps.
There are lots of reasons preppers and folks in general could have for wanting to surf anonymously, ranging from simple paranoia to the real possibly of being spied on by government snoops. It does not have to be anything immoral or illegal – some folks just prefer not to broadcast their lives to anyone interested….
The first thing that I suggest that you do is visit this site - it will show you in detail what information that you are providing for the world to see through your internet connection. Did your name and address pop up, no. Mine neither.
To get detailed information like your name and address someone will have to go through your internet service provider to track the IP address used to the individual person using it. If you’re on a dial-up connection you’ll be using a dynamic IP addresses, that will change every time that you log onto the internet.
Okay, if you want to stay anonymous on-line you should start with a good firewall ZoneAlarm offers a good one and it’s free. I use Webroot SecureAnywhere™ AntiVirus for my anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall. I’ve used the Webroot product for about a year and I’ve not had problems and best of all no viruses.
Next, I suggest that you download and install TOR – the program will reroute your IP and data through several encrypted relays on the network. For example you might be in TN but to anyone looking at your IP address it would appear that you’re in Britain or some other location or country.
Click here for a complete explanation of how TOR works and why you need it. By the way it is a FREE service. Another great service is available from unspyable, it’s not free but offers many services including anonymous web surfing, secure offshore email and more .
The next thing on your list should be to dump internet explorer. Experts think Internet Explorer is full of security risks and should not be used in any shape or form by anyone interested in web security or surfing the web anonymously.
Download the latest version of Firefox. You can import all your Internet Explorer Favorites, etc. so you can start exactly as you were before you switched, but with a lot more safely.
Also instead of using Google as your search engine (google tracks your every move online) you should switch to DuckDuckGo - start by setting this page as your homepage / search portal and using it every time that you go online.
Remember nothing online is 100% secure, but by following the above steps you can increase your security level greatly and make it much more difficult for prying eyes to spy on you. 8-)
What have you done to keep your computer and information safe while online? Please let us know in the comments.