Many of us are concerned about our online privacy and security and we want to stay anonymous. Using just a VPN or Proxy doesn’t always guarantee anonymity. Who knows if that proxy site might leak their data somewhere?
Along with a VPN or Proxy server, there are other certain things which we need to keep in mind if we want to stay hidden on the internet. Here we’re going to discuss eleven such methods to stay anonymous and safe online. I’m already assuming that you already have a good Internet Security Software installed for the protection against Malware and Viruses.
11) Always use HTTPS
It’s also known as HTTP Secure. It uses 128-bit encryption. Using a 128-bit key will mean it can have a combination of 2^128 keys. Or in other words, it’s far from possible to crack a 128-bit key by today’s computers. There are many extensions available which force the use of HTTPS or SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) everywhere on the web. One such extension is HTTPS everywhere, (Website: eff.org). It is available for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. It is also available for the Android version of Firefox.
10) Use Privacy Badger
It is a browser add-on or extension that blocks spying advertisements and hidden trackers. It is also developed by Electronic Frontier Foundation. Site:https://www.eff.org/privacybadger
Currently, it only supports Google Chrome and Firefox. It’s one of the best tools to protect your privacy.
9) Use Virtual Credit Cards or other Virtual currencies for Payments
Virtual Credit cards have many benefits; one of those benefits is that we can mask our original details. Secondly, they reduce fraud as their illegal use is much easier to track. Virtual Currencies like Dark Coins, Bitcoin, and Doge Coins can also be used as lately many popular sites have started accepting them for payments. Using Virtual Currencies is just another way to keep your privacy safe.
8) Test for DNS leak
Even after using a VPN, there are chances that your identity could be revealed using your DNS traffic. To check for DNS leak simply go to DNSLeakTest.com and see the results. For better security and browsing speed don’t you the default DNS of your ISP; instead, use Google DNS or OpenDNS. OpenDNS provides excellent security while Google DNS provides blazing speed.
7) Block Tracking by using Ghostery
6) Hide your Browser Geolocation
Some browsers can detect our location using our Wi-Fi or Cellular Data and using a VPN or proxy has no effect whatsoever on it. Moreover, this type of location detection is highly accurate. But again we have the way to prevent it. Location Guard for Chrome is once such extension that can do it for you by faking your browser Geolocation to other websites.
5) Delete Cookies and Temporary files
Cookies are stored by websites on your system usually for the purpose of keeping a note of your activities and pattern on that particular site and to give a more personalized view the next time you visit it. Every time after using, it’s best to delete all the cookies as they might contain some sensitive information which could be used to reveal our identity. Temporary files are created for temporary use but still many of them remain on the system forever. It’s best to get rid of them as you never know what they might contain. To delete temporary files on Windows, open Run, and type %temp% and then press enter. Then a window will open showing all the temporary files in your system. Select them all and delete!
4) Disable/Remove all the untrustable extensions
Sometimes we install any random extension or some of them get installed without our knowledge. These could be adware or other malicious software. It is always the best option to only use those browser extensions and software which we trust. In Google Chrome, some extensions also have the ability to stay hidden. To detect such extensions, go to the More Tools options and Open the Task manager of Google chrome, if you find any unknown extension, then try to locate it on your PC or use a good Antivirus software to get rid of it.
3) Go incognito!
Use the incognito or private browsing mode in your browser. After closing the incognito window, your browser will automatically delete your browsing history, cookies, cache, saved passwords, etc. But this will not prevent websites or your ISP to track what all we did. For that purpose, we’ll require a VPN. Now a day almost every popular browser has the incognito feature.
2) Use Proxy loop
Most of you might be hearing the term ‘Proxy Loop’ for the first time. As the name says, we use one proxy in another and so on. The bigger the loop, the higher are your chances of staying anonymous. Kproxy is a good site which you can consider!
1) Use a VPN
Using a VPN or a Virtual Private Network is the simplest and most effective way of staying anonymous. Paid VPNs provide excellent security and keep your identity secure. A VPN is always the first step towards staying anonymous. Some of the Best Free VPNs are UltraSurf, Psiphon and Hotspot Shield.
All the information in the article is just for educational purpose. We will not be responsible for any harm done by you. Without taking any step, ask yourself these two questions:
1) Am I doing the right thing?
2) Is it legal?
Only proceed if you’re staying anonymous for your own online security and you don’t have any wrong intentions.