8 steps to becoming pretty much anonymous online:
There was a time when the internet was a safe and welcoming place. A time when you could browse the web without fear of being tracked or monitored. But those days are gone.
Now, every time you browse the web, you’re being watched. Your every move is being tracked and recorded. And it’s not just the NSA that’s watching.
Enterprises, marketers, and even criminals are all watching and tracking your online activity. And they’re doing it for one reason – to sell you something.
But there is a way to protect yourself. There is a way to browse the web anonymously and keep your privacy intact.
In this article, I will show you how to become practically anonymous online.
1. Remember 8 Different Ways to Be Anonymous Online
Ever heard of something called VAST or identity?
Ever heard of it?
Well, its technical term is viewing/scripting as.
Once enabled, it turns on something we all have called the ‘view’ or ‘browser’, and man will it reveal a lot more than you could hope your ISP could keep tabs on you with.
View as is the online equivalent of trawling through your details, credit card numbers, and email address, or even more than that!
In my life, it would include every bank account I have and every email, IP, server location, cookie, etc.
This means that the identity of a site will show you who owns and operates it.
It will require a cookie. You can however disable this feature in the settings.
Admittedly, this information isn’t all that sensitive – but for the likes of websites that snoop on their users, it can mean clues as to the identities behind online ventures. Most people, for example, recognize the identity of their ISP.
2. So yes there is a tracking loophole in identity.
Disabling caches in your web browsers won’t help.
EasyPunk will still show you your user details – even if you use anonymizing extensions – since their version of cookies and caches will still enable the tracking they’re designed to do.
2. Using Email Encryption for Specific Purposes
Exploring the world of emails has never been much of a fun experience.
The inbox hierarchy is so misbalanced in modern email clients.
Direct messages take time to reply to; they appear to always be prioritized above mail from contacts, and boxers might often suspect they’ve missed out on something at all the other ones with an invitation in the inbox.
In other words, email clients either do not help you realize the myriad of uses you can have out of a single email address, or they mistake a generic email for a contact one.
To counteract these practices, you can use either a mailinator account or a private AIM account to ensure that your real emails are delivered to your inbox, while the rest of them stay in the email drafts folder.
However, the difference between these two variants is that an originator increases the risk of being spammed by more aggressive spammers.
And creative spammers will take advantage of the methods, making the use of an originator while using a private AIM account less attractive.
3. Keeping Email Private on Tor
So, you’re still using Gmail, right?
Don’t worry, it’s not that big of a deal.
You may think that your email provider collects all your browsing data and uses it to improve their products and even sell that data to third parties, but that’s not true.
At least it’s not true 99% of the time.
So, to keep your email private from third parties all they have is a very technical understanding of your email.
Your email provider sees your email as much as you see the physical mail.
You don’t like to read when you get mail in your physical mailbox.
But if the mail gets on your desk, you want to read it right?
So how does that apply to your electronic mailbox?
If a third party wants to know what’s in your email, they’ll have to first understand the service and exploit any bugs that they find in it.
Once they find where the service leaks their information, they’ll try to go beyond the mailbox and disrupt your connections to other sites that prevent them from reading your mail.
So, I recommend that you consider using an anonymous email service.
This isn’t separate or discrete from using the internet;
this is just using the internet in a way that wasn’t intended.
A great example of this is Tor.
4. Google Blogger’s Secret Password
Secret passwords are harder to get than you might imagine.
Google has a list of unlisted gems.
These tips will help you figure out how to decode whois-google com.
Right now, it’s still private.
So, before I share my Google Page password with you, please don’t use it.
If you do any of my suggestions, it would be great if you shared them with my friends. So that they would also benefit from this info.
You can follow me anywhere – on my Facebook Page, Twitter, at work, and on Instagram.
5. Disadvantages of GPG and Tor
Cryptography is some of the most important aspects of our online lives.
Among the key use cases of cryptography that we are building these days are email encryption, financial transaction security, and information transfer privacy. Interestingly, these have their pros and cons.
In most cases, GPG is better than Tor.
Greg’s biggest advantage over Tor in terms of security and anonymity is that it does not constitute free software. This makes it very convenient to use, while Tor requires the user to build it himself.
The biggest disadvantage of GPG, and most importantly, the reason why most software makers say that GPG is not secure, is that it does not use Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).
This means that all forms of internet encryption rely on straightforward data encryption and only a very small part of the security story belongs to PKI. Without a PKI system, even some of the widely used public encryption does not assure complete security. Because of this, not all applications and website owners encrypt their communications with other parties.
A typical user does not encrypt tools such as HTTP (“webpage”) requests and images, unencrypted file sharing such as Bit Torrent, and email messages that happen between or within organizations.
It is even common for many applications to encrypt your data at a higher level, such as drag and drop interfaces, databases, and image formats.
6. Using Alternate Email Accounts for Different Purposes
Using a different email address, or “Email account”, can be a great way of maintaining privacy online. With this form of anonymity, you have the added advantage of being able to use all the online services and apps unhindered.
Different email addresses can help protect your safety, and the safety of your privacy and senses – if you’re an illegal drug addict, you can purchase anonymized drugs in the dark web or simply use Tor which is a Web browser specifically engineered to provide Internet anonymity. Even if you’re using Tor for legal purposes like banking or shopping anonymously, it’s a good idea to use a different email than your main one because it will provide a layer of privacy.
Setting up a new email to use is simple, but a fake one can be harder to set up. Making a fake email is easier with Gmail but difficult with others.
For a Gmail account, simply change your primary email address to use another location. First, set up google accounts where you want to receive, on the Privacy settings page, click more, and select Email Address. Clicking this will open Google account settings, where you will need to go to the benefits section of the privacy. Choose another email address and add an alias to the alias field.
Now that your main email is changed, you may want to set up a secondary, however, sometimes you’ll just need to edit your secondary email setting.
7. Use Windows Live.
So, you’ve heard of the NSA. Heard about their massive data-collecting operation hacking your machine, and they can even access it remotely which you never even knew about.
Well, believe it or not, it’s not the NSA that’s watching all your online activities.
It’s the men and women of AdTech (advertising technology) companies and marketers, and even non-US-based criminals.
Luckily, though, there’s a way to make sure they don’t know. We here at Monitorama will show you how.
It’s what we’ve dubbed The Windows 10 Privacy Guide below. It’s here to protect your privacy online and protect you online.
8. Changing Your ISP
Changing your ISP is a great way to protect your privacy. Convenience is the primary reason I recommend changing ISPs. Your relationship with your ISP doesn’t matter much anymore, because they’re not the big corporations they once were. You can pretty much just use their services without even knowing it.
It honestly, is less complicated than you think to change your ISP. You don’t have to worry about endless manual steps and complicated website requirements.
There is nothing more frustrating than sitting and waiting to get your computer fixed – only to find out that the ISP drops off the internet when they’re done, meaning you’re lost and reliant on doing all the setup yourself. To avoid that, I suggest using any one of these services.
Every one of these services allows you to easily change your ISP without having the same frustrations.
No one wants to give personal details to a site they do not trust. Especially not your email address.
Having an email address is a major privacy and security risk. Simply signing up to a website or filling in info on a form and hoping for the best will not help you much in the long term.
As long as people know that your email address is attached to your online activities, even if they aren’t, security experts say, it could be enough to let people know how dangerous it is to give out your information.