How to surf the web anonymously
Your internet surfing sessions are not just monitored by search engines, social networks and websites but even by web browser, ISP, Government and probably many online tracking companies. You believe that you are doing everything from the privacy of your home conveniently and anonymously. However you will be shocked to learn that your internet browsing habits reveals lots of information.
Examples – Using hacker tools, anyone can track your:
- IP address
- Browser cache
- Kind of computer you use
- Even access your confidential files (connecting to hard drive)
- Banking information
- Passwords and more
Suppose you are surfing through the internet for a specific drug. Your search keywords, time, IP address, etc will possibly be logged and traced by the site that you visit. You will start getting plenty of spam e-mails trying to sell the items related to the drug you searched for. Your browsing information can get in the hands of unscrupulous companies and you start getting junk mails or phone calls at home.
It becomes necessary to consider internet privacy, for which two things matter.
- First is ‘anonymity’ means how to avert people from detecting what websites you visit.
- Second is ‘privacy’ means how to dodge people from retrieving the data you send.
How to surf the Web anonymously?
Hide your IP address
Anonymous proxy server – This special type of proxy is loaded with application that wipes away your IP address from any web page requests and replaces its own. The requested web page is dispatched by web server to the proxy server, who subsequently forwards it to you without any extra software codes that may compromise your identity.
Web-based proxies are the most popular anonymous proxy servers. You just have to visit the proxy server site enter the necessary URL in address box and your request will be communicated anonymously to Web server.
Anonymous proxy servers have its drawbacks. Each outgoing and incoming web pages have to be processed by proxy server, which can slow the page loading time. The proxy server tries to bypass or delete any suspicious elements on the web pages, which can result in loads of errors on the pages.
Open proxies – Proxy servers that are accidentally left open or abandoned for certain reasons must be avoided. Mostly, these are booby traps designed by malevolent hackers, who wish to steal identity data. Some open proxies are really active on the computers of ignorant users in the form of computer virus.
Check web browser settings
Anonymous proxy servers mask your online IP address, but lots of data gets stored on your PC. Fortunately, you can control it easily with your web browsers privacy setting options. You can manually delete browser history to cover online searches.
VPN – for more secure connection
Virtual Private Network generates an encrypted connection with all the traffic between your VPN server and PC. Thus, your IP address gets protected from being exposed to the website you visit. VPN even protects your data, when you use public Wi-Fi network. VPN services charge a small annual fee, and offer you higher bandwidth. Make sure you send data using secure connection, so check for ‘https’ in URL.