How to Stay Anonymous Online

Staying Anonymous on the Internet is crucial in this day and age. With the flamboyant dis concern of our personal privacy with networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, we may can be traced and tracked very, very easily, with nothing more than a name or an address. Even your e-mail address can give you away. Owning a website is almost suicide, because anybody can request a WHOIS query and, unless the webmaster has opted for protection, that anybody can look at the address and name, even the telephone number of the webmaster. This will be a brief introduction on how to keep your guard up and not fall prey to giving yourself to the World Wide Web.

First off. Whenever you're registering for any type of web-forums or really anything online, never use real information unless it's needed to, say, send you a check (IE Google ADSense). You can use a myriad of different ways to disguise who you are, but a personal favorite of mine would have to be FakeNameGenerator.

It randomly selects a new identity for you, no questions asked. If you need an e-mail for the site you're registering to, they have an on-board disposable e-mail system too, but it kind of sucks. I'd go with 10minutemail.

If you're registering to a site that you think you're going to actually want your e-mail for instead of a 10-minute disposable, then definitely make a new e-mail. Actually, stop reading this and go do it right now. You should always have a separate e-mail available to you other than your personal.

If you're ever making a new identity, never use your personal e-mail or any personal information. Any similarities between the old you and the new you can spark suspicion in somebody looking for you. Don't take chances.

Secondly, a proxy. Think of a proxy as an Internet condom. Wear one, and you won't pick up any nasty infections. A proxy will disguise your IP addresses, and can, sometimes, tell a website requesting this information that you're in a complete different country. A simple one would be UltraSurf.

It simply reassigns your IP, and can also bypass webfilters like NetSweeper (the thing that stops you from going on certain sites at work or school). It's not incredible though, and I find it's quite slow. If you really want to do this all the way, download TOR.

TOR is one of the ones I mentioned will have a website read your IP and mislead it into thinking you're in Nevada or something when you're in Libya, or Denmark when you're in Brazil.

Proxies and fake names aren't enough, and they don't even scratch the surface compared to our last tip. If you want to stay Anonymous on the Internet, and believe me, you do, then you have to be afraid. You have to have an incentive to do what you're doing or you simply won't do it. You have to be afraid of what I'm going to do, as a hacker or a police officer, with your information. You have to know that whenever I want to, I can break you, and you handed me the gun. Your information is not something you should be throwing around, especially in such a dark, twisted alley as the Internet, where smart people are anonymous and know you won't get them back. There are very few places you should be inputting your real identity online.

But a step out of the bleak atmosphere that is my method of protecting you. Congratulations; if you can read English, you can now successfully protect and disguise yourself on the Internet.

-Danny, Secure-world.org

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