Use Free Anonymous Browsing to Hide Your Identity!

The basis of free anonymous browsing starts from the fact that every computer is assigned an IP (Internet Protocol) address by our ISP (Internet Service Provider) -- it's our Internet identification number, like our mailing address.

By knowing our IP address, it's possible to determine our country, city, internet provider and even our physical address.

  1. How Do I Become Anonymous?
  2. Precautions to Take with Free Anonymous Browsing
  3. What Do I Recommend?
  4. Consider VPN

1. How Do I Become Anonymous?

This is where our anonymous browser, also known as 'private browsing' or 'anonymous surfing', comes into its own. An anonymous browser uses a special type of proxy server -- an anonymous web proxy -- which is placed between your computer and the website you are visiting. This proxy server replaces your IP address with its own.

So... when connecting to a website, you will connect first to your ISP, then the anonymous proxy server, which then connects you, often by a number of routers, to the website. This way, all data sent and received will go through this proxy server, preventing your computer from being traced or identified.

Anyone examining your ISP records will see when your computer is logged on and the IP address of our proxy. However, that's all that can be seen. There is no record of which website we've been to during our free anonymous browser activity.

Some of these proxy servers will also securely encrypt your transfer of data -- so, not only can you not be identified, but also eavesdroppers cannot monitor the content of your browser session. A web anonymizer, depending on the one you choose, may work on any web service, from simple websites to anonymizing email and chat programs.


2. Precautions to Take with Free Anonymous Browsing

Although when you use anonymous proxy surfing your identity is hidden on the Internet, you still require security protection on your PC. Your PC is still receiving data from the websites you visit and emails or other documents that you download, so you still need to protect against tracking cookies and malware.

Even though your computer becomes anonymous through the use of a proxy server, it does not mean that the information you send and receive is anonymous; messages can still be intercepted by third parties. To ensure that the contents of your uploads and downloads cannot be deciphered if intercepted, I strongly advise you to use free anonymous browsing with encryption, so your traffic cannot be monitored.


3. What Do I Recommend?

Over the years, I have used and tested a number of free anonymous browsing software. There's little point my providing you with a list of products to try when it's obvious there are better performers than others! So, let's cut to the chase and keep it to the two I believe are the best to use and I continue to use (but there is a rider)...

  • Proxify SSL Tunnel... to access the free service, there is no software to install. Just click on the link and enter the website you wish to access. You are able to customize your connection by removing cookies, scripts, ads, referrer information etc. Your IP address is hidden and your connection encrypted.

    You can upgrade for a very small fee to get a whole host of benefits or to access their 290 geographical diverse satellite servers, so that your server location is at your choosing.

  • Hide My Ass Free Anonymous Browsing ... this is available free for Firefox and Google Chrome. Just download the browser extension and it will redirect your web browser traffic through the HMA! secure web proxy nodes with just one click.

    I use their VPN service, which gives total anonymous security. Take a look at The Features and Benefits to You of Hide My Ass! VPN Service for the details.

Both these programs encrypt the data being transferred to and from your computer using Secure Socket Layer (SSL). This is the same technology used for secure pages by online banks and retail outlets.


5. Also Consider VPN

The rider I mentioned above is... these recommendations are fine if you don't mind going to the above websites to operate your free anonymous browsing. However, you've probably heard of VPN? Before making your decision, you should read, What Is VPN?.

VPN is now widely accessible to the home or home office user and is not the sole domain of the corporate world anymore. If you are looking for the pinnacle of security and anonymity, then you should consider VPN software. If not, go with my recommendations above. I use free anonymous browsing for one off look-ups, but I continue to use my VPN service more and more... only you can decide what is right for your safety.


Supporting Articles

  1. VPN Explained and How it Works

  2. What To Look for In a VPN Service
  3. The Features and Benefits to You of Hide My Ass! VPN Service
  4. Who Is Monitoring Us When We're Online?
  5. What Information Is Recorded When We're Online?
  6. What Are Proxy Anonymizers?
  7. The Pros and Cons Of Commercial And Free Proxy Anonymizers
  8. Free Proxy Anonymizers Reviewed
  9. Total Safety With An Encrypted Tunnel Proxy


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