May 22, 2010

How to Stay Anonymous on the Internet...

In a world of information technology, people tend to use and put everything in the web. Personal informations are being provided either on their websites, blogs, or even networking sites. Even the most personal and private informations are being put in the web. Yet, placing all these infos even with the most difficult passwords may not be safe and secure enough for they can still be tracked and monitored by others.
Someone, somewhere, has the ability to track not only our medical, purchasing, employment, credit, etc. information but also watch and track our every move. This led me to wonder: Is this what is happening in our society? Is there something we can do about it? Well, the answer is definitely ‘yes’ and probably ‘no.’ Privacy is a thing of the past. Monitoring is everywhere. If you are looking at this online, I am sure that lots of information has been stored and linked to you about that action. Nevertheless, at least we can try to play with ‘their’ minds and surf the web anonymously.
As we know, web surfing is anything but anonymous. For example, any searches we do (Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.) are catalogued right down to our computer’s IP address. If we drop by another website, the web host will collect a great deal of information about us. However, there are a few ways to try to hide our tracks. One way is to log onto a proxy server. These servers route our web surfing through a series of other servers and computers. This will hide our tracks most of the time.
There are several good proxy servers out there. Some popular free ones include Free Proxy Server (www.freeproxyserver.net), Jap (anon.inf.tu-dresden.de), Privoxy (sourceforce.net), Tor (tor.eff.org), and YouHide (youhide.com). Proxy4free.com lists thousands of free anonymous proxy servers.
Our computer also stores a great deal of information—websites we visited, images, and in some cases even passwords. It is a good idea to clean these out periodically. Some people do this after every time they surf. If you use Apple’s Safari just go to ‘Edit,’ then ‘Reset Safari.’ If you are using Firefox or Internet Explorer you can go to ‘Preferences’ and reset them individually. Users of the newer versions of Firefox can go to ‘Tools’ and ‘Clear Page Data,’ then hit the ‘Clear Private Data Now' button. Another way to clean up your computer and browser is to use software such as the free CCleaner (www.CCleaner.com) application. This handy little application lets you clean up all sorts of things including your surfing history, cookies, Windows temporary files, and file fragments. CloneSpy (CloneSpy.com) is another neat free application. It helps you find duplicate files.

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