Three Steps to Complete Anonymity
- Anonymous accounts
- Encryption protocols
- Falsification of IP address
If you don’t know how to use virtual private networks or have the money for a good one, you are out of luck. Moreover, if you don’t know how to fake your IP address, you are also in a pickle.
The Real Strategy is making this information free. Also, the entire process below achieves complete privacy – for free.
The information you provide to applications, programs, operating systems, websites, companies and communities may all jeopardize your anonymity. For example, learn How to Stop Google from Spying on You here. Ultimately, you will need to maintain complete control over all of these things. Proxy services may provide IP masking but the options out there are severely limited without paying a fee. Some proxy services also mask your user-agent (which exposes the device type, operating system and browser you use). Privoxy is one option for this. Proxy networks do not encrypt your data. Most people use VPN’s (virtual private networks) to encrypt their data. There are some free services like HotSpot Shield but most have limits on data and may have ads.
How do I falsify my IP address and encrypt my data easily?
The best solution is Tor. You can falsify your IP address by using a browser that connects your computer to another computer before accessing any webpages. Essentially, this will mask the location of your originating query or connection to the internet.
Beware, your computer may have settings or applications that still connect to the internet without using Tor.
How do I stop Windows 10 or any operating system (OS) from sharing my data?
The full proof way to avoid any data from being exposed is to use Tails. Tails is a full operating system designed for anonymity and specifically engineered with Tor optimization and compatibility. Download the Tails Operating System to get started.
Although Windows, Mac, and Linux offer methods of turning off these settings, it is widely known that it is not a solid nor accurate method of ensuring your data is locked down and completely private.
Some ISP’s or web hosts will not allow Tor users to access sites.
To get around this use obfsproxy which is built into the full Tor package. You will need bridges to avoid censorship and take advantage of obfsproxy. Bridges are Tor relays that help you circumvent censorship. This will send the data connection from your computer in an encrypted format that looks innocent. Access your own bridges here on BridgeDB.
Before you install the full Tor bundle, follow this link and read through the series of blogs. Navigate the topics at the footer of the page.
Can I use Tor on my mobile?
Well…Yes. Everything mobile is now being managed by The Guardian Project.
In recent years, users have been using Orbot, Orwall and Orweb created by the developers of Tor and other contributors. There have been many issues with these applications. Developers have decided to create a new application called Orfox. Orfox is a browser, but it is not the only necessary addition to your mobile device to keep you anonymous.
The Apps you use can be compromised from the host end and this is why you should only use trusted websites and apps with good reviews and high security protocols (https is one of these).
The Guardian Project is a small community of developers who are creating a diverse selection of “secure” apps for many different mobile utilities. Visit The Guardian Project database once you have finished reading this article. You may find more secure Apps than the current installs on your device.
Also, here is a private repository where all of the current projects are being worked on hosted by The Guardian Project.
Some other projects are still hosted on Github here.
Anonymous mobile usage requires more than one App.
First, download the F-Droid Client. F-Droid is a free app store for open source, free, apps.
Then, start your app downloads.
First, download and install Orbot created by the developers of Tor or a similar proxy app. This will allow your apps on your phone to access the web privately by proxy.
Some apps may try to access the web without using Orbot, exposing your data. To avoid this, you must install Orwall. Orwall is a firewall configuration app that forces your apps to use Orbot. This keeps any background Apps you may have from exposing your data.
Finally, download your new private mobile browser. You can access the most recent browser release by installing the F-Droid App known as OrFox and then subscribing to the developers F-Droid Alpha Channel by clicking on the following link on your phone: https://dev.guardianproject.info/debug/info.guardianproject.orfox/fdroid/repo
Other Anonymity Apps to Consider.
★ PRIVATE CHAT MESSAGING: Use ChatSecure with Orbot to chat confidentially with anyone, anywhere for free. Get ChatSecure
★ PRIVACY ON TWITTER: It works with the official Twitter app. To Tweet anonymously, just change the proxy settings to the following:
Proxy Host: localhost
Proxy Port: 8118
★ PRIVATE WEB SEARCH with DuckDuckGo: https://goo.gl/lgh1p
★ PRIVACY FOR APPS: Any installed app can use Tor if it has a proxy feature.
★ MANY MORE APPS BASED ON PRIVACY: @ The Guardian Project
All of these solutions for mobile devices seem to have more bugs and problems ensuring privacy than the desktop privacy set up. There are several reasons for this. The only surefire method of avoiding exposure on a mobile device or any device that I know of – is to unplug. Developers are working on solutions as bugs are reported.
Use a pen and paper sometimes…there’s nothing wrong with a filing cabinet.
The entire Tor mobile project is still debugging some core issues which is why there is no release in the app stores yet. Though, they are still functional. To stay current with the changes and updates or to report a bug or suggest a change follow the developer’s Twitter account.
You can communicate with The Guardian Project here: https://twitter.com/guardianproject/with_replies
PS. Computers will always be vulnerable #AnonOut
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