3 Ways You Can Surf Anonymously
Welcome on board!
By the end of this article, I will make you a Hackerman!😁You will be able to surf anonymously without leaving any traces of your network or identity behind. 🐱👤
Don’t worry, we won’t be using the Incognito Mode, it won’t ever make you anonymous.🤣 Bitter truth! But the fact. So let’s get started.
Before we move ahead and talk about surfing anonymously, let’s see WHY do we need this. As they say, “Privacy is a Myth”, today, I will prove it to you.
When you are using the internet, do you know how much sensitive data is getting leaked? When we use the internet, our browser leaks sensitive information such as your IP address, your geological coordinates, your internet service provider, and much more. Shocking isn’t it?😯
To prove my point, just visit Browser Leaks
Oh! I hope you visited this site, and the result would have been hard to believe! But that is all about your privacy, your all data that is getting compromised. Perhaps, Privacy is a Myth... BrowserLeaks is all about browsing privacy and web browser fingerprinting. Here you will find a gallery of web technologies security testing tools that will show you what kind of personal identity data can be leaked.
That said, What’s the solution? Using Incognito Mode?
Try using Incognito Mode, and also check on browser leaks, you might not see any difference.
So, Incognito Mode is not a solution…
Here comes VPN, your Anonymity Hero!
What is a VPN?
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. So, here are two things that come to our notice, Virtual and Private. But what exactly is it? It provides users with a virtual network that is private and helps users to connect to the internet in a way that is safe and secure. The goal of the VPN is to keep your private information private.
So, VPN can help you in achieving the superpower called, Anonymity. It helps you in,
- Hiding your IP
- Change your IP
- Encrypt the data transfers
- Mask your location
- Access blocked websites
- And much more
Sounds amazing! But, how does VPN do all that? How does it work?
How VPN works?
As you can see in the above image, Generally when we access the web(internet), the connection to the internet is done through your internet service provider (ISP) server that is public and less secure. But when we use a VPN, the routing of our device to the internet is done through a private and secure VPN server that is encrypted. The VPN acts as an intermediary of sorts as you connect to the internet, thereby hiding your IP address – the string of numbers your ISP assigns your device – and protecting your identity. But what if some get hands onto the data passing through this network? Don’t worry, it’s highly encrypted and it will be unreadable until it reaches its final destination.
A VPN creates a private “tunnel” from your device to the internet and hides your vital data through something that is known as encryption.
Sounds promising, right? So who can we use VPN? There are various VPN services available out there, we will be using the following three techniques to achieve anonymity.
- By using Opera Browser
- Using Betternet
- Using Psiphon
Let’s see how it is done using the Opera Browser.
1) Opera Browser
Opera is a freeware web browser for Microsoft Windows, Android, iOS, macOS, and Linux operating systems developed by Opera Software.
So, can I use a VPN with the help of Opera? Yes! By default? No! To use a VPN using need to follow the following steps,
- Browse to the browser settings
- Click on Advanced Settings and browser to browser option in it
- Click on the VPN option and Enable it
- Browse to WebRTC option in the same category if settings
- Disable non-proxied UDP
- Next, you need to browse to Privacy and Security
- Enable the option “Send a “Do Not Track” request with your browsing traffic”
- Turn off Location in Content Settings
- Finally, Browse to option - Block ads and surf the web up to 3X faster and turn it ON.
You would now be able to see the VPN option on your Opera as shown below. Just turn it on.
Once done, and VPN is enabled, go to Browser Leaks again. Boom!🎇
You are anonymous! You might see some false details there, these are the masked details, and now your own personal details are not getting leaked and you are safe and anonymous.
Now let’s move ahead and use a tool called Betternet!
2) Using Betternet
Betternet is a free VPN for Android, Chrome, Firefox, iOS, and Windows. It is free and very easy to use.
You can download Betternet from - here
Now, let’s see how to use it,
Using Betternet VPN is a cakewalk, just like turning a switch on and off. Once downloaded, you can access it from the taskbar.
Just click on the Betternet icon in the taskbar, and click on Connect.
Once the logo turns blue, that means it is working and you have got connected.
You know the next step to check it by visiting Browser Leaks.😉
Now, let’s look at the last method to get anonymous and use VPN!
3) Using Psiphon
Psiphon is a free and open-source Internet censorship circumvention tool that uses a combination of secure communication and obfuscation technologies. Psiphon is a centrally managed, and geographically diverse network of thousands of proxy servers, using a performance-oriented, single and multi-hop architecture.
You can download Psiphon from - https://psiphon3.com/en/index.html
Using Psiphon is even simpler than using Betternet!
Just download and execute the.exe file. And you will get the below interface and click on Connect!
There are many more tools available out there that help you use VPN. Some are free, some are freemium. But above mentioned three techniques are the most simple ones….
Feel like a Hackerman now? As I promised it😉