How to Surf the Web Anonymously

On May 22, 2012, in Computing, Government, Hacks, Software, by Anthony Lake

If want to go on a site without anyone knowing what you’re doing, the simplest way to do it is by using a web proxy.  A proxy is another computer that is like a mask your computer puts on when it connects to the Internet.  It’s also a private gateway to blocked sites because the site you are actually surfing is hidden behind the proxy, which is unblocked.

If you’re trying to surf a site like Facebook, MySpace, Hotmail or yahoo mail from work or school and its blocked by your school, work or

Web proxies allow  web access from restricted areas

Web proxies allow web access from restricted areas

government – this is how it’s done. I don’t suggest it, I’m merely writing this for informational and educational purposes only.  With a web proxy, for example, if you go to a web proxy in London and surf the Web, every other computer in the world thinks you are from London.

There are plenty of free web proxy sites that you can use.  The problem is that many of the popular ones also get blocked by people at your school, company or government.  However, once you find one that is not blocked, all you do is go to the proxy site, enter the URL you want to browse and click go!  Its that easy.

You can then click on any links in the page you are browsing and you’re still anonymous to the outside world.  Just remember that if you go to a proxy and its blocked or no longer works, its no big deal, there are thousands of them.  Just try another one and eventually you will find a web proxy that lets you browse freely and privately.

You should know that this doesn’t mean that the IT Guy behind the desk doesn’t know what you’re doing, or that the web proxy itself isn’t a red herring. There are always ways you could be being had.  But have you ever noticed all those amateur  news reports getting out in real-time from every violent revolution?

There’s no guarantee… but knowledge of web proxies is another tool that should be in your kit.

-Tony

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