Every time you use the Internet you are leaving a trail of breadcrumbs which anybody can follow. Sometimes this trail can have a use, for instance Google use it to target local searches to you, or weather sites can automatically give you the weather in your area. However equally every other activity you are doing online can be tracked, what sites you visited how long you spent there, what you did while there. If you want to enjoy anonymous browsing on the internet and protect your identity you need to find a way to use the internet without leaving this trail all the way back to your computer. You may think that this data is not important, after all so many people are on the Internet and most of them are running without protection. However why run the risk of Identity theft, and financial problems of having your bank accounts attacked, or even having your boss knowing what you looked at during the lunch hour!
Let us consider though the world outside of your friends and family you will find even greater reasons to use anonymous browsing, as there are thousands of people monitoring what others are doing. Looking for any information they can use, or weaknesses in security systems. Whether it is the ‘IT Geek’ showing off his skills or organised gangs and criminals looking for their next victim it is going on all around us all the time. In many cases we don’t even see it happening, there are thousands of compromised computers around the world whose owners have no idea. In most cases basic virus software it not designed to detect such hacks, your best protection is to employ anonymous browsing, to effectively not exist. At the very worst level it would be possible to find your physical location through your IP address, while not the easiest task in the world it has happened in the past, and will happen again in the future. Imagine a situation where criminals know who you are, what you have and where you live.
On a higher level governments around the world are slowly eroding peoples freedoms by forcing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to store and provide logs of all activities that take place. Recent event in Australia have brought the issue up again, with plans to run a nationwide proxy service to keep track and effectively restricts people’s online freedom. In Europe ISPs are obliged to keep their data on you for 2 years, that’s two years of your life on store ready to be accessed as and when needed. The idea is of course to keep track of terrorists and extremists, however as usual it is the ordinary person who is inconvenienced as no doubt any ‘bad people’ are already hiding their activities.
OK, enough fear how can you enjoy anonymous browsing and protect yourself and your family on the web? The first thing most people consider is a proxy server, which is a server you connect through which hides your IP address and replaces it with its own. So while it is possible to find out the IP address of the proxy server if everything is configured properly that is all that can be found out. The information on what you did still exists, but there is no way to know who actually did it.
However one of the WORST things you can do is rely on a free anonymous proxy server, have you considered the fact that many of these servers are setup just to collect your data? If you are using a server run by dishonest people then they are directly collecting everything you do, you are effectively handing everything to them on a plate!
I worked in IT in Russia for several years and know for a fact many of these proxies are setup with the single intent of capturing useful data. Is that what you want when using an anonymous proxy? I would presume not, however that could very well be exactly what you are doing when running an anonymous proxy you found through Google. There truly is no such thing as a free lunch, sure many people are running their proxies with honesty but how can you know for sure which ones?
There is a much better option; you don’t have to just guess which the safe proxies to use are. A much better option is to subscribe to one of the most respected and unique proxy services available on the Internet today. A service which not only allows you to change your IP but encrypts your, data with the same encryption system used by the US military. Where server logs are deleted almost instantly, so there is no record kept of who you are or what you were doing. Providing you with the most robust and complete anonymous browsing experiences available. No other anonymous proxy software offers anywhere close to the level of security offered by what I use. Software so powerful and unique you can carry it with you on a USB stick and run it wherever you are:
- Visiting a friends house? No problem just plug the USB stick in and run the program
- At the office? No problem, as long as you can access a USB port you can activate the software and enjoy anonymous browsing
- School blocking certain sites? No problem, bypass the restrictions by creating a secure tunnel straight through their security
The uses of anonymous browsing are almost endless.
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