in The Digital Public Square

You’re less incognito than you think.

Malicious apps, theft, spam, cyber stalking, censorship, surveillance.
There are no foolproof answers to risk online.
But there is advice to help.

I want to be anonymous when browsing the web

I want to be anonymous when browsing the web

There are multiple guides to help you stay anonymous when browsing the Internet. Anonymity, which is not inherent in the Internet, is useful when you want to hide your destination address from the local Internet Service Provider or your identity from the visited website. It can also help protect your social graph, obscuring the network of your actual online (and offline) relationships. If you need anonymity to send an email, please refer to the I want to send an anonymous email section.

  • The Tor Browser hides your destination address and shields your identity from the visited website. It is completely open source and free with an active developer and volunteer community. To learn how to use it, read the guides from the Security in-a-box project for Windows users and from the Surveillance Self Defense guide for Mac users, as well as some tips for using Tor.
  • JonDonym offers several options for anonymising your origin and destination whilst browsing websites.
  • The CeNo is a new project that utilises the Freenet anonymous communications and publishing platform for browsing websites and media news feeds.

Deciding whether you need to use an anonymity or a VPN will depend on your circumstances and is best explained in the Surveillance Self Defense guide as well as here. Be aware of Tor limitations as well.

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