Best Way to surf anonymously & hide IP Address?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by 12smile, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. I'm getting a little tired of going to websites and seeing target ads for the things I've just googled OR adds for a shopping site on another site showing the items I have in the first sites shopping cart.

    If there were a way to be completely surf anonymously I'd do it.

    I'm using Windows XP.

    I also see my facebook icon on the comments section of news sites....this is annoying.

    What proxy servers do you find effective. I'm looking for a free solution but a paid solution could be welcome as well.

    Wanna kill these ads? We can help!
  2. Start by disabling the "cookies" in your web browser. You may have to delete them after disabling them. Then see the info at the following links for more suggestions.

    Disable third-party cookies in IE, Firefox, and Google Chrome
    How to Delete Cookies
    Browse Anonymously
    How to Browse Anonymously With Tor
    Top Free Anonymous Web Proxy Servers
    Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services
    Ways You Can Hide Your Public IP Address
    Readers Respond: Ways to Hide IP Addresses for Anonymous Web Surfing

    #2 sbhaven, Jan 23, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013
  3. Bullseye.
    Thanks that's exactly what I am looking for.
  4. TOR is all you need.
  5. This.
  6. My TOR on my Mac stopped working after the last FireFox update.
  7. First of all, there are alternative methods of determining your true IP address. The best method of hiding is to use a live CD distribution called "TAILS." You can find it online at

    Just realize there are still methods of finding you.

    If you read and understand the information on the TAILS site, you will see that a live CD with TOR embedded is a better method than using an operating system installed on a hard drive.

    Good luck and stay legal & safe.
  8. If you use Safari, you can select "Private Browsing". Works on their PC version as well as on Macs.
  9. Borrow a computer from someone you don't like?
  10. Google Chrome has a 'New Incognito Window' feature. It is supposed to let you surf anonymously. I am not sure exactly what it hides from the web but anonymous surfing is its purpose.

  11. run a virtual machine, inside of a virtual machine, spoof each machine's mac address, and use a proxy...


  12. Incognito mode (browse in private)

    For times when you want to browse in stealth mode, Google Chrome offers the incognito browsing mode. Here's how the incognito mode works:
    • Webpages that you open and files downloaded while you are incognito aren't recorded in your browsing and download histories.
    • All new cookies are deleted after you close all incognito windows that you've opened.
    • Changes made to your Google Chrome bookmarks and general settings while in incognito mode are always saved.
    looks like it just cleans all traces of internet activity from your computer... I'm sure everything gets stored...somewhere.
  13. This is good....I'm liking the idea of Tails on a flash drive with a TOR browsing package on it...This is a higher level of Geekyness than I'm accustomed to.
  14. Oh Yes....I am liking Tor. Folks it's a separate browser and it tells you what 'spoofed' IP address your computer is displaying.

    Good Stuff.

    Now it appears that Tails is a surrogate OS separate from Windows, that will further mask your presence. I'd like to put that on a flash drive and plug it in and browse on a phantom browser with a phantom OS... I'll report back.

    I'll try running it from a DVD first.

  15. edit...
    #16 Don H, Jan 25, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2013
  16. Adblock Plus + Ghostery should stop the trackers well enough.
  17. VPN. Hotspot shield is not expensive and decent speed.

    Comodo Dragon or IceDragon browsers.
    #18 g29andy, Jan 25, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2013
  18. The plot is thickening.

    I'm seeing 'Online Privacy' as an issue more clearly.

    When I heard the phrase 'Online Privacy' I just assumed it was more 'worry wart' nonsense.

    But I used one of the sites above and it gave me a 'referrer' ? and it was this site and this thread.

    At the same time I saw adds from 2 websites that I have shopping carts saved on...I did open the adds and will buy from them tonight but the deal is.


    so....whatever they paid for those adds they're going to get a return on them.

    Thanks again for the info...
  19. Yep. Sites have the capability (if programmed) to capture the web page you came from when selecting a URL link to reach that web page.

    That is why some times you'll see people here and on other gun sites leave links to sites like Democratic Underground (DU) and some online polls cold. Its so those sites don't see where people are coming from.
    #20 sbhaven, Jan 25, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2013

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