Anonymity is one of the biggest problems that people face when they want to be totally safe when browsing the World Wide Web. If someone keep you IP address and some other clues that you give when you are browsing normally, then he can figure out your Country, your Provider, your Browser, your Operating System and other things that may be used against you. So, if you want to be fully secured during the time you are online, then read the article below.
A first and simple way is to use a proxy server. There is a list of good proxy servers at
Proxies do change your IP address and most of them are reliable. Unfortunately, it is known that some proxies are fake and they doesn’t really change your IP. They only have this fake proxy to get money from advertising. To check if a proxy is fake just open a new tab in your browser window and type
Up left will appear your IP address. Now go to your preferable proxy and browse again to https://www.whatismyip.org and see if the 2 IP addresses are the same. If they are, that means that the proxy is fake, but if they aren’t that means that the proxy is working fine and you can use it without having any problem. This is one of the simplest ways to stay safe. But there is one more way to stay safe online by hiding your IP.
Is the use of TOR. Is an add-on of firefox and is completely free of charge and safe, and the good is that works in Windows and Unix Operating Systems as well. I will analyze the ways you can install TOR for both Operating systems starting from Windows:
This requires Firefox Web Browser
Step 1: Download this file:
Step 2: Install this program. It includes everything you need to have tor successfully installed. After that firefox will ask you to install TOR Button. Let it install it.
Step 3: Open up Vidalia and it will do some works that should be done to be compatible with TOR. Vidalia is the user interface (GUI) program as well. When vidalia finish, it will show up a green onion.
Step 4: Hide Vidalia. Now, as long as Vidalia is in your task bar, open up firefox and right down click on “TOR Disabled” and will turn to “TOR Enabled”. Now you have anonymity!!!
Step 5: If you want to stop this instantly, then click on the “TOR Enabled” to disable it, but if you want to browse the web normally for the rest of your time close Vidalia and turn tor to Disabled mode. Every time you want to use TOR you should open up Vidalia first
Now let’s see how to install TOR in a Unix OS, like Ubuntu:
This requires Firefox Web Browser
Step 1: You’ll need to set up the package repository before you can fetch TOR. First, you need to figure out the name of your distribution. If you’re using Ubuntu 9.10 or 10.04, it’s “karmic”, while 9.04 is “jaunty”, 8.10 is “intrepid”, and 8.04 is “hardy”. If you’re using Debian Etch, it’s “etch”, and Debian Lenny is “lenny”. Then add this line to your /etc/apt/sources.list file (don’t forget to become root before this):
deb https://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org main
Where is the name of your distribution described previously.
Step 2: Give the following 6 commands as root:
gpg –keyserver keys.gnupg.net –recv 886DDD89
gpg –export A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89 | sudo apt-key add –
apt-get install tor tor-geoipdb
apt-get install polipo
Step 3: Copy paste this text to a file with the name polipo.conf and save it to a folder named polipo in /home/user/ path (e.g. the file will be /home/jhon/polipo/polipo.conf):
Step 4: Go to Mozilla’s add-ons and install TOR Button normally
Step 5: open up a terminal and type:
polipo -c path.of.polipo.conf.file
(e.g. polipo -c /home/user/polipo/polipo.conf)
and open up firefox.
Step 6: Click on ‘TOR Disabled’ right down and now you are anonymous! To turn it of just click the ‘TOR Enabled’ to disable TOR and terminate the polipo process.
I hope you liked these 2 ways to stay anonymous while being online. Personally, I think using TOR is safer but you can choose the way you prefer!