How to Surf the Web Anonymously
Too many people are under the false impression that they are already browsing the web anonymously. The general belief is that you are all alone when you are on your social media accounts, when you browse websites, and when you look up information. In fact, every time you open your browser your information is open access to government agencies, applications designed to track and monitor web activity, and much more.
Your Online Behavior
When it comes to “hiding” web activity, it is sometimes looked at as something forbidden. After all, what do you have to hide?
The fact of the matter is; you shouldn’t accept that your web activity is being tracked in the first place. It’s not about hiding information, it’s about the preservation of privacy and the freedom to protect your right to enjoy a basic level of privacy.
Surfing the Web Anonymously
Every time you go online, you are marked with a unique identifier. This is done through an IP (Internet Protocol) address. Whether it is static or revolving – you are still tagged.
Think of an IP address like a home address. You can’t receive mail to your house without an address. It’s the same with informational content from the web: It has nowhere to send it to without an address. And this is how you are tracked, as well.
While many have turned to private web browsers, clearing their cache, and placing “do not track” requests into their settings – nothing truly keeps your activity anonymous like virtual private networks, or VPNs.
VPNs do much more than provide anonymity for web browsing; they provide a high level of security. The reason is because the IP address is hidden from your ISP (internet service provider), and the data sent and received is fully encrypted. This encryption is known as a VPN tunnel. This “tunnel” creates a streamlined effect that only allows you to see the data unencrypted.
VPNs further keep your web browsing anonymous even while you are connected to a public WiFi hotspot. This is because even though the internet connection is unsecure, data sent and received cannot be deciphered. The infrastructure and platform of your data connection can be compromised by governments or hackers, but the data is encrypted and only becomes unencrypted once it reaches its final destination.
Through the use of VPNs, you can access information, geo-restricted websites and social platforms otherwise impossible to access.
You can access websites in virtually any country, with the IP address seeming to originate from that very country through Geolocation masking. This is done through the use of global servers which create IPs in the country you are accessing data from.
Upholding Your Right to Privacy
Through the use of VPNs, your data will be secure, your web browsing will be completely anonymous, and you will retain your right to privacy.