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Old Sep 18, 2012, 12:59 AM   #1
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How can I be anonymous on the Internet?

as the title suggests........ How can I be anonymous on the Internet?

I am concerned about others monitoring my Internet browsing and
being able to track what I download.

Can anybody suggest any free software or pay-for software that will hide my IP address and render me anonymous.

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Old Sep 18, 2012, 01:05 AM   #2
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as the title suggests........ How can I be anonymous on the Internet?

I am concerned about others monitoring my Internet browsing and
being able to track what I download.

Can anybody suggest any free software or pay-for software that will hide my IP address and render me anonymous.

Many Thanks,

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Old Sep 18, 2012, 03:43 AM   #3
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Will tor project work for downloads to?
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Old Sep 18, 2012, 06:01 AM   #4
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Tor works for any internet activity, including downloading.

You may notice a reduction in speed, but that is the trade-off for added privacy.
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Old Sep 18, 2012, 07:37 AM   #5
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Old Sep 18, 2012, 07:38 AM   #6
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VPN is another alternative.
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Old Sep 18, 2012, 10:03 AM   #7
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My vote is for Tor, it's a little slow, but when you follow their advice pretty untraceable.
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Old Sep 18, 2012, 10:42 AM   #9
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If all you are doing is content consumption without logging in to any site and use one of the methods above you should be fine.

If you actually want to participate, like on these forums, or contribute then no. You will always leave an Internet footprint.
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If all you are doing is content consumption without logging in to any site and use one of the methods above you should be fine.

If you actually want to participate, like on these forums, or contribute then no. You will always leave an Internet footprint.
With a VPN the footprint can be anonymous.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_private_network

http://lifehacker.com/5935863/five-b...vice-providers

http://bestvpnreviews.com/
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Old Sep 18, 2012, 12:15 PM   #11
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A VPN is not anonymous. You sign up for a service and they know what IP is connected to you. Using Tor the IP address is not you but an exit Tor server. VPN only encrypts data. A subpoena will make the VPN company reveal your IP Address.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 12:02 PM   #13
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I agree, any VPN service won't do the job. I'm an attorney and we recently prosecuted a case where the VPN company was more than happy to oblige with the subpoena.

If you're so itchy to do something that you need to be anonymous for, maybe you're better off not doing it?

Can't tell you how many people are behind bars right now just for spending a few hours doing something that they shouldn't be doing.
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I agree, any VPN service won't do the job. I'm an attorney and we recently prosecuted a case where the VPN company was more than happy to oblige with the subpoena.

If you're so itchy to do something that you need to be anonymous for, maybe you're better off not doing it?

Can't tell you how many people are behind bars right now just for spending a few hours doing something that they shouldn't be doing.
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I agree, any VPN service won't do the job. I'm an attorney and we recently prosecuted a case where the VPN company was more than happy to oblige with the subpoena.

If you're so itchy to do something that you need to be anonymous for, maybe you're better off not doing it?

Can't tell you how many people are behind bars right now just for spending a few hours doing something that they shouldn't be doing.
http://torrentfreak.com/which-vpn-pr...iously-111007/
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I can tell you that at least one of those companies does, in fact, keep records for at least 180 days.
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I can tell you that at least one of those companies does, in fact, keep records for at least 180 days.
Well the article is old.

I would definitely thoroughly check out whichever VPN I plan to trust before using it.
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