Browsing the Internet Anonymously
Many of you may be concerned about the unseen tracking that happens when you browse the internet. Much or most of this is fairly innocuous; for example the majority of online tracking is used by marketing and advertising companies for the purpose of serving relevant advertisements to you in allocated banner ad space on websites who are supplementing their income, etc.
Having said that, there are legitimate concerns that when you browse certain websites (or any websites), that your internet address (IP) location may be logged and correlated with the sites that you are visiting… which could potentially be flagging or profiling your behavior in NSA data mining servers located in Bluffdale, Utah for example (the brand new $2 billion spy center), or any other gov’t or 3rd-party entity.
Here’s one way to get around all that…
It’s called the ‘Tor Project Bundle’ for browsing anonymity online, to protect your privacy and defend yourself against network surveillance and traffic analysis.
Tor prevents anyone from learning your location or browsing habits.
Tor is for web browsers, instant messaging clients, remote logins, and more.
Tor is free and open source for Windows, Mac, Linux/Unix, and Android.
By the way, I am in no way affiliated with them (it’s free), and am only presenting this for your information…
Basically the way it works is after you’ve downloaded the software, and when you use its built-in browser to connect to the internet, your internet address (IP) location will be completely hidden as your connection is bounced around the world between various Tor nodes. To the end-user (or the entity that is watching) you are not ‘you’ anymore, but instead become a different IP address at some other random location within the Tor network. You are masked.
Without getting heavy into the technical details which you can read about on their website, https://www.TorProject.org, all you need to do is download the Tor Project Bundle software to your computer and you’re done.
Then, anytime you wish to browse the internet anonymously, simply click on the Tor Browser link located inside the Tor Browser folder (which is located wherever you had downloaded the software).
You can even save a copy of the downloaded Tor Browser folder on a USB thumb drive, which you can then use on any computer anywhere.
The speed of browsing is somewhat slower than your typical connection, but it is a small penalty for anonymity. In addition, not all features may be available that you may be used to with your regular browser while you are on the internet with Tor Browser.
(use the ‘Download Tor’ button)