Apr 30, 2012
Why would you need to conceal your online identity? Are you a fugitive running away from different law enforcements? Or you just simply want to limit or totally block all traces that will later connect the dots to you? For this purpose you might think of specialized software or online service that would cost you a hundred dollars or even more. But think again, the answer might be just lying around. All you have to do is ask Google or someone that you knew that can help you. By reading this post I will impart you some information that can help you anonymously browse the Internet. Read on.
Today many users still didn’t knew that a special network exists that anyone can use freely to hide their online identity. It can be used to anonymously to surf the Web, join online forums, send chat messages etc. You can do almost anything here similar to what you can do using your favorite browser. The only price you have to pay is that your browsing speed will certainly degrade that would sometimes result to your DSL connection to become almost unusable. So it is a must that you have a decent DSL internet connection to avoid problems.
Tor (“The onion router”) network is the name given to this specialized network that aims to provide concealment of Tor users’ identity and their online activity from network surveillance and traffic analysis. Before you can use the Tor network, you must install Tor software clients that will serve as your proxy software that will connect to the Tor network. What will happen is that your traffic will be routed to the different layer of routers found inside the Tor network providing encryption on each layer until it reached the exit node. So if someone will trace your traffic by viewing it from the ‘destination’, what he will see is the IP address of the exit node not the sender’s IP address.
For Windows as well as other desktop and laptop users they can use Vidalia software to tunnel their connection inside the Tor network. For iOS users, you can use the Onion Browser that is available at the App Store for $0.99. It will require that you have iOS 5 and above to make it work. For Android users, you can download and install Tor for Android or also known as Orbot that is already available at the Google Play Store (Android Market).
For BitTorrent users, I will warn you that there’s a study that reduces Tor’s anonymity revealing the sender’s IP address. The attack which consists of two parts that involves application-level exploitation is called the “bad apple attack”. So remember this and avoid using BitTorrent clients if you don’t want to be detected.