Commercial Or Free Safe Anonymous Web Surfing Prevents Tracking
Unless we use commercial or free safe anonymous web surfing on the Internet, many sources will collect and record information about us. These sources include our Internet Service Provider (ISP), web sites, Web routers, tracking cookies and even the authorities.
Our profiles are bought and sold by marketers and advertisers to assist their businesses. We ultimately suffer with inboxes of unwanted mail and the increased risk that goes with malware attached to this spam.
My take is... as we are paying for our Internet service, we have a right to control what information is shared about us and with whom... and that may also mean not sharing any information.
This is a legitimate concern for Internet users and many fight to preserve their Internet privacy rights. Not because they have something to hide, but because they are forced to protect continual privacy breaches... and/or as a matter of principle.
If you've read Who Is Monitoring Us When We're Online?, you'll already know who is actually recording our online movements.
What we'll be covering here is the information that these third parties can collect about us... but can be prevented by using commercial and free safe anonymous web surfing.
1. Commercial And Free Safe Anonymous Web Surfing...
Our ISP Keeps Everything
When we want to connect to somewhere on the Internet, we type the URL into our browser and our ISP routes us through it's servers to our desired destination.
Our ISP's servers logs and saves in a database all connections that are made. This is the information that is stored on each and everyone of us...
- Our IP address, which is our computer identification
- Every Website we visit, with time and date
- Every movie, audio, document or picture file we have ever downloaded
- A record of every email sent and received
- The name, time, and date of everyone we have chatted with via Instant Messaging, chat rooms, etc
- Forums that we have visited or posted to
So, if anyone wants to know our Internet lives, it's all there on our ISP records. We can stop this recording of personal data at once by using one of the commercial or free safe anonymous web surfing programs.
But it's not just the ISPs that are a threat to our privacy. Particular information is also collected or sought from elsewhere...
2. Commercial And Free Safe Anonymous Web Surfing...
Every computer is assigned an IP (Internet Protocol) address by our ISP. 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.
Here is your current IP address...
Crackers want this information to get into our computers to steal personal information for identity theft and fraud, or to cause damage to our PC.
By using commercial or free safe anonymous web surfing, we can make sure our IP address isn't revealed to crackers, website server administrators, search engines, our IP Service Provider, or other Internet users.
3. Commercial And Free Safe Anonymous Web Surfing...
Our Operating System And Browser
The Web resources we visit can detect our computer operating system (e.g. Windows XP
) and the browser we're using (e.g. Internet Explorer
Sites usually use this information to configure an optimum viewing experience for us. However, crackers scanning our connection can also use it to launch virus or Trojan attacks that use weaknesses in our operating system and browser.
These vulnerabilities can provide access to the content of our hard drive, and to allow spamming or Denial of Service attacks on other computers.
4. Commercial And Free Safe Anonymous Web Surfing...
A very simple way websites track users is by the "referrer" (sometimes spelled "referer") header.
A header is a part of the request our web browser sends to websites detailing information about that request. The "referrer" header states where the browser was looking before it made this request.
As a result, Websites can configure their web pages to display specific content based on this header. It is disturbing to know that every website knows where we came from and can log this activity as part of the surfing history for that IP address.
However, if we use commercial or free safe anonymous web surfing, then we're not providing our actual IP address. This means our referrer history cannot be attributed to us and so our privacy is protected.
5. Commercial And Free Safe Safe Anonymous Web Surfing... The Websites We Visit
Each time we go to our online bank account, financial sites, news or political websites, purchase goods, or go to anywhere we may not want anyone-else to know about, then this information is logged and stored as our personal surfing history
Information about the websites we have visited can be used to map a profile of our browsing habits... valuable to marketers, or even the authorities.
These records are all stored and held by our ISP, Internet routers that send Internet requests around the web, search engines, website hosting servers and our browsers... and it is all bought and sold to interested parties.
By adopting commercial or free safe anonymous web surfing, no records of our surfing can be traced back to our IP address.
Another way marketers can readily get at this information is by using tracking cookies.
A tracking cookie records all our movements on the Web... which websites we have been visiting, purchases (unless the page is encrypted) and personal details, such as our IP address. This enables marketers to gather who we are and what we do when we're on the web.
One of the impacts of our information being collected in this way is an inbox of spam and its accompanying malware.
Look out for commercial and free safe anonymous web surfing software that also prevents these tracking cookies from being loaded on to your computer.
6. Commercial And Free Anonymous Web Surfing... Wi-Fi Evil Twin And MITM Attacks
Wireless devices link to the Internet via "hotspots" - nearby connection points that they lock on to. But these hot spots can act like an open door to thieves.
An "evil twin" is a bogus base station that latches on to someone using Wi-Fi wireless technology.
Anyone with suitable equipment can locate a hot spot and take its place, substituting their own evil twin.
This works by jamming the connection to a legitimate base station by sending a stronger signal within close proximity to the wireless client -- thereby turning itself into an evil twin.
Users think they've logged on to a wireless hot spot connection, such as at the airport of coffee shop, when in fact they've been tricked into connecting to the attacker's unauthorized base station.
Once connected to their wireless network, the evil twins can watch your online activities and steal your confidential information, particularly credit card or banking transactions.
A man-in-the-middle attack (MITM) is when an attacker is able to read, insert and modify, messages between two parties
, without either party knowing they've been compromised.
It appears to the victim as though the net connection was momentarily lost, then reconnected. But during that interruption, the attacker used a device to view the victim's data as it flows to the network server.
This means the attacker can monitor traffic, intercept e-mail, and gain access to our network files... and we'd be completely unaware of it.
The data passing over the wireless net might be encrypted, but Wireless Equivalent Protection (WEP) encryption can be broken.
To protect our data from these two Wi-Fi attacks, we should use SSL or SSH encryption, offered by the better commercial or free safe anonymous web surfing tools. Should an evil twin or MITM attack be successful, our data cannot be decrypted and so is useless to the attacker.
Having seen that our identity and personal information is profiled and the many organizations and individuals who want it, what can we do to protect our data?
Well, below are the articles in this series on commercial and free safe anonymous web surfing that will provide the answers...
5. Commercial And Free Safe Anonymous Web Surfing...
- What Are Commercial And Free Proxy Anonymizers?
How proxy anonymizers work and protect us.
- Commercial And Free Safe Anonymous Web Surfing Stops This Monitoring When We're Online
As soon as we connect to the Internet, organizations, authorities and individuals are after our identity and other personal information.
- The Pros and Cons Of Commercial And Free Proxy Anonymizers
Get to know the distinctive differences between commercial and free anonymizers before choosing your anonymizer.
- The Different Types Of Anonymous Surfing Tools
There are a number of different tools for anonymous surfing, each having different capabilities for anonymity and data security. Here's what to look for in making your choice.
- Free Proxy Anonymizers Reviewed
If you have decided to try out a free anonymizer, here are some of the better products to choose from.
- A Review Of The Best Commercial International Anonymizers
Commercial anonymizers have a number of advantages over their free counterparts. Here's a review of the most effective.
- Anonymizer Versus GhostSurf Review
Two of the best anonymous surfing tools... but how do they stack up against each other?
- Commercial and Free Encrypted Tunnel Proxy... The Role Of SSL And SSH
SSL and SSH are the key to encrypting our connection so no third party can intercept or view what we are doing.
- A Review Of Commercial And Free Encrypted Tunnel Proxy And VPN Programs
How a tunnel proxy and VPN provides more security than a standard proxy anonymizer.
- Anonymous Email Service Free And Commercial
How to anonymize and encrypt your confidential emails.