When you visit any Internet page, service or messenger, there are digital traces that can be used to identify a person’s identity. Even if the traces are relatively small, it is possible to learn some characteristics. For example, age, social status, income level and interests.

Is anonymity possible online?


Complete anonymity is only possible if you don’t use the Internet at all. But if this option is not suitable, it is possible to reduce the flow of personal information on the Internet to a minimum. The digital footprint can be controlled, but for this you need special tools. They can be divided into organizational and technical.

Organizational methods

Extra accounts

Many users work with only one email account. They use their address to identify themselves on social networks, forums, and messengers. That’s why it’s easy to identify such a user.

We advise you to have an additional e-mail account, or better – two or three. You can use Gmail or any other email service of your choice. And then alternate accounts while registering for new resources and services.

Working from different locations

Potential observers may be confused by the change of places to go online. If you want to remain anonymous, connect to the Internet not only from home but also from cafes, libraries and other public places. You can also try to work in nature, using your cell phone as a router.

Software methods

Proxy servers

In detail, we have already written about what a proxy server is. In brief, it is a technology that allows you to change your unique network address to another. For example, you can use IP of the Netherlands or India if you are physically in Samara.

We recommend when working with proxy servers to choose a service tested by time and users. The list of such servers you can find on our website.

VPN

We have a detailed article about the technology VPN and its difference from proxies. VPN is a virtual private network, it is a communication channel, which is laid as if on top of the Internet. The channel is encrypted, so all the data is reliably protected – it’s impossible to steal.

To work with a VPN, you should use a desktop or mobile application or browser extension. Windows, Linux, Android and iOS have built-in VPN clients that work fine.

In general, a VPN is more reliable than a proxy – the virtual private network encrypts the information it transmits. As with proxies, VPNs should be chosen that have been tested and approved by other users.

TOR

This is the name of a decentralized network that is designed to allow users to work anonymously on the Internet. The request that comes from the user goes through a complex chain of servers. So complex that it is impossible to trace the origin of the request.

There is a special browser, designed to go online via TOR. It is called the TOR Browser. There are other browsers designed for the same purpose, but TOR is currently the most reliable and tested. It is available for Windows PCs, MAC and mobile devices.

Conclusions

The protection methods listed above are uncomplicated and can be used by almost anyone, even those not very technically savvy. It will allow you to remain almost completely anonymous online. And remember the “network hygiene”. Its basic principle – think before you leave any information about yourself. For example, photos from a holiday at the club, a business trip, correspondence or something else.

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