Introduction:

In the last few years, online privacy has become a real issue. It is pretty much impossible to stay private online. There are even talks about banning the anonymous names. Even the governments of many countries are spying their own citizens every day. With the social media it is even harder to stay anonymous, pretty much everyone that you know will know what are you doing and etc. Even google has some info about you and your preferences. What are you searching online and etc. Privacy as we know it almost died. But can you stay anonymous online? Can you protect your privacy and what can you really do? In this article, we will give you all possible options that can help you to stay anonymous online. So let`s start.

 

1.The Onion router (Tor)

If you are only after the web anonymity, then The Onion Router (Tor) is the simplest solution that you have and need. This system uses a vast network of computers to route all of your web traffic through a number of encrypted layers to obscure the origin of entry. Tor is mostly used by political dissidents and whistleblowers to help them share the information anonymously. And as such, it can help you to stay anonymous online and protect your privacy.

The first step is to download Tor Browser. It is customized for Firefox which automatically connects to the Tor network, and also offers some privacy-enhancing browser extensions that can be used to further improve your anonymity. Tor is the best option if you want a simple solution for your anonymity.

 

2.VPN

But if you are really serious about keeping your online print anonymous, then you should consider some VPN solutions like TorGuard or Private Internet Access. In a nutshell, VPN service allows you to discuss your internet traffic. Your IP address will be hidden from the rest of the world. All of your internet traffic will stay indecipherable to nosy ISP-s or your government. Even if your government actively looks for VPN traffic, then you can benefit from so-called „stealth VPNs. TopGuard will offer your their own stealth VPN without any additional cost. And the best thing is that it will make your nosy government very hard to accomplish their goals to monitor your internet activity.

 

3.DNS leak testing

Even if you use a VPN to hide your IP address, there is still a possibility that you will live some clues about your identity via your DNS traffic. But thankfully, it is very easy to detect if your configuration is leaking your own DNS information.

The whole process is simple, head over to DNSLeak Test.com, and then run the extended test. If the final result shows the third party DNS service that you might be using (like TorGuard) then you are safe and sound. But if your ISP`s DNS shows up, then you have a DNS leak. Then you should follow the steps listed under „How to fix DNS leak“ page. After that do the test again to see if everything works as it should.

 

4.Virtual Machines

Your browser isn`t the only part of internet access that third parties invade. PDFs and other harmless files can serve as homing beacons for the third parties, and they can potentially alert the government when you are viewing planned contraband. So if you want to prevent those kinds of privacy breaches, then you should open the suspected files inside of the virtual machine.

First, you should load up your favorite Linux distribution inside your Virtual box, then configure it to your liking, and then save a snapshot of your VM. Then download your desired file, and then shot off your virtual machine`s access to the internet. When you are completely sure that your VM is cut from network completely, then you can open the file safely.

 

5.Social Media profiles and posting

Privacy can be really hard to accomplish if you are posting pretty much everything that you do every day. Especially if you put your personal info on the social media site. So, if you want to protect your privacy you should first put the minimum of the info on the social media site. That is easiest and very effective solution. Remove all the data that could be compromised. But if you can live without social media, then you should delete all of your social media accounts. That is the most effective solution when you are trying to keep your online print private.

 

6.Blocking third party cookies

Third-party cookies are one of the most common ways that marketers track your browsing habits. If you visit two websites that features same advertising service, then this is the sign that advertiser is keeping the information on your internet browsing habits. The good thing is that pretty much every Web browser service has an option to turn off tracking cookies.

 

 

7.Blocking location data

In recent time, many websites had started to use your location data to offer you specific products and services. Even if mapping applications have some legitimate reasons to gathering location data, the problem is that the same technique can be used to find out your real identity. Any good browser should let you turn off your location data off. We definitely recommend you to keep it off the whole time. That is the best way to keep your browsing private.

 

And there you have it, our tips how to keep your internet browsing private and keep your identity anonymous. It can be really hard to stay private while browsing the net, we know that. But there are the thing that you can do to fix those problems. Many of them are free, you only need to access them inside you browser options or computer options. Some cost you some money, but they are worth it. Keep your browsing safe and private because you never know when and who could use your internet data against you. So stay safe and browse the net safely.