Surfing the Web Anonymously

Whenever you surf the web it is possible to find out information about you even when you do not want to publicize who you are. This is a fact, even if your computer contains no virus or malware software. The information that can be tracked easily include IP address, country, computer system being using, browser, browser history, and other related information. It gets even worse. People can get your computer's name and even find out your name. Also, cookies can track your habits as you move from one computer to another.

How do people get this basic information about you?

When you visit one website to another web site, information about you can be recovered. Basically, information is intercepted and used by others to follow your Internet activities.

How do you stop this from happening?

First of all, it is possible to surf the web anonymously and thereby stop leaving a trail for others to find. Note that this is not fool-proof, but it makes it much harder for people to know who you are. There are some sophisticated products called anonymous proxy servers that help in protecting you. These anonymous proxy servers replace user’s Internet address for its own. This has the effect of hiding your IP address and making it much harder for people to track you.

How do I get an anonymous proxy server?

There are many vendors who sell anonymous proxy servers. There are also free proxy servers available to you. Two such products are ShadowSurf and Guardster. They provide various services for anonymous and secure access to the web, some are paid and some are free as well. They provide anonymous surfing at their site for free. Go to it and you will find a box to enter a URL that you want no one to track. There are many others, but here are two that are frequently used.

Another wonderful product, given the recent news about the Google search engine filtering its findings for the Chinese government, is Anonymizer. This company pressed that it is developing a new anti-censorship solution that will enable Chinese citizens to safely access the entire Internet filter-free

Does an anonymous proxy server make you 100% safe?

No. Still, you are much better off if you use such technology.

What other things should I be concerned about when trying to keep my private information private?

Three other items come to mind when trying to keep your information private. First, you can use an encrypted connection to hide your surfing. Secondly, delete cookies after each session. Third, you can configure your browser to remove JavaScript, Java, and active content. This actually leads to limitations, so you need to think about the cost/benefit of this course of action.
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