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Sunday, June 3, 2007

How To Surf The Net Anonymously: A Mini-Guide

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Are you looking for tools and services that can help you surf the Net without leaving trails of your personal data around? Do you want to experience the Internet freely but are still concerned with privacy issues? If so, you might be very interested in reading further.

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When we sit alone in front of our computer we have the sensation that our privacy is properly protected. However, every single move we make is constantly recorded by our Internet providers and by the servers that host the websites we visit. All the collected information is stored and often given away to third parties who will use it for their advantage (i.e. to display customized ads, to start targeted marketing campaigns, etc.)

In this mini-guide I showcase a number of web-based and downloadable tools that allow you to safely surf the Internet without having to worry about your privacy. Most of them are useful not only because they put your personal data behind a shield, but also because they allow you to choose whether you want to visualize a site without images and ads.

As always, your comments and suggestions will be much appreciated: feel free to use the comment section at the end of the article to share your thoughts with me.

Web-Based tools



Proxify is a service which allows anyone to surf the Web privately and securely. Unlike other proxies, there is no software to install or complicated instructions to follow. Just enter a URL (website address) in the form above. Through Proxify, you can use websites but they cannot uniquely identify or track you. Proxify hides your IP address and our encrypted connection prevents monitoring of your network traffic. Once using Proxify, you can surf normally and forget that it is there, protecting you.


Shadow Surf


Shadow Surf is a proxy server that lets you surf the web anonymously without having to give away your personal data. The particularity of Shadow Surf is that it allows you not only to surf HTTP URLs but also FTP URLs. This is a feature that is not always easy to find in other proxy servers. Shadow Surf is completely free to use.




Guardster's free proxy service lets you browse the web anonymously. Among its features there are the possibility to hide ads and images and to stop javascripts. Guardster also offers a subscription service for $19.95 per half year which offers even more features including an encrypted SSL connection and high speed connections. Basic version is free to use.




Anonymization is a proxy server that lets you easily surf the web without giving away your personal data. Other than surfing the web anonymously, it also provides a way to find the best rated sites according to your search terms. Anonymization also allows you to download a toolbar that lets you directly from your browser. Anonymization is completely free to use.




MegaProxy is another interesting service that you can use when you want to surf the web anonymously. The basic version is free and lets you access to the main functionalities but you will not be able to stream media files and there is a page views limit. However, an advanced version is available at $9.95 / 90 days.




With PageWash you can surf the web safely and anonymously by entering the site URL into the web address box and click the begin browsing button. The site will not know who you are, won't save any cookies or tracking codes, and you will be free to surf where you want when you want. PageWash is completely free to use.




BeHidden is a powerful service that lets you surf the web while protecting your privacy and security. You can disable scripts and ads on the pages you are surfing the net. URLs can be encrypted and the free service is limited to 50 MB of bandwidth per day, per user. You can try BeHidden for free.



anonservice_logo.gif lets you surf the web while protecting your privacy. Anonymous Web Surfing prevents data from being tracked during your Internet activity. With's Anonymous Web Surfing Service, while browsing the web or downloading files, data will be transferred through the Anonservice server. AnonService is free to use.




SnoopBlock is another interesting service that enables safe web surfing by guaranteeing the protection of your personal data. Users can choose to disable Java, Javascript, ActiveX controls and cookies to speed up their connection and also to avoid malicious websites. SnoopBlock is completely free to use.



Software-Based tools



Tor only protects Internet applications that are configured to send their traffic through Tor - it doesn't magically anonymize all your traffic just because you install it. We recommend you use Firefox with the Torbutton extension. You should consider removing extensions that look up more information about the websites you type in (like Google toolbar), as they may bypass Tor and/or broadcast sensitive information. Free download.




Anonymous Surfing enables anonymous web browsing which hides your IP address so online snoops are unable to track the sites you visit and build profiles on your Internet activities. By redirecting your Web traffic through secure servers, your online identity is protected. Additionally, Anonymous Surfing also protects you from inadvertently visiting Web sites that are known to be phishing, pharming, or spyware sites. Free trial download.




GoTrusted's service creates a protective shield around your laptop or desktop that prevents any users from attacking or scanning your system from the local network that you're using to connect to the Internet. It also encrypts all of your traffic destined for the Internet so that whether you're using wireless or wired connections, you'll always be assured that your traffic isn't being logged or scanned locally. Free trial download.



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Readers' Comments    
2012-06-13 04:10:00


I use to browse and download anonymously with secure, encrypted tunnelled connections.

2012-01-12 07:23:12


I`m using now. It will hide your real IP and encrypt your traffic. Also, I find OpenVPN better than PPTP, e.g. more security.

2011-09-05 00:42:57


So useing this proxy as soon as you type in the address you're ip is automatically hidden?

2009-07-23 20:18:04


You can also surf anonymously with

2009-05-27 20:10:13


anonymous surfing by anonymizer or tor are trusted and secured

2009-04-13 03:02:35


By using these online anonymization services you expose all your secrets to the people behind these web page.Use a payed VPN system instead who dont save the logs on some disc for future use by snooping eyes.Fast speed with invinsibility ... thats a great anonymizatin service.

2008-01-25 05:21:54

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Be aware that those services can spy all traffic coming and going to your browser, including password and usernames! You should only use services you can trust.

2008-01-06 04:51:27


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