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 accessible to government agencies, applications designed to track and monitor Web activity, and much more.
Why Should You Browse Anonymously?
Some people might wonder why they need to hide their Web activity if they’re not doing anything illegal: What do you really have to hide? But the fact of the matter is that you shouldn’t accept that someone tracked your Web activity in the first place. It’s not about hiding information: It’s about the preservation of your privacy. You have the right to surf the Web anonymously without others taking notes on what you’re doing. What you do online is nobody’s business but yours.
How Is Your Privacy Threatened Online?
Every time you go online, your device uses a unique identifier called an IP (Internet protocol) address. An IP address is like a home address: If someone sends mail to your house, they use your address, and if a server sends information from a website to your browser, it uses your IP address.
However, when you go from site to site using the Internet, your IP address interacts with each one, leaving a trail of all of your online activity. Your IP address can be used to see which pages you’ve visited and even who you’ve sent email to. It can also be used to find where you’re physically located, since IP addresses are assigned by local Internet service providers.
While many have turned to private Web browsers, clearing their cache, and placing “do not track” requests into their settings in an effort to figure out how to surf the Web anonymously, none of these methods truly keep your activity private. But there is one solution that can help: a virtual private network.
What Else Can VPNs Do?
VPNs allow you to surf the Internet anonymously by hiding your IP address. But since you’ll be using an IP address from one of our servers to surf the Web anonymously, you can also take advantage of this by choosing a server in a specific country to connect to. This will let you access online content that’s blocked by institutional filters, government censorship, or regional copyright restrictions. Want to watch American Netflix shows from abroad or the latest from the BBC in the U.S.? You can do it with Hotspot Shield VPN.
You’ll also be able to protect the security of your data with our VPN, even on insecure networks like public Wi-Fi hotspots. All of your data will be encrypted and sent through one of our secure VPN tunnels, protecting it from hackers and snoops.
Surf the Internet Anonymously With Us for Free
With Hotspot Shield, learning how to surf the Web anonymously is as simple as a few clicks. Just download our VPN client for free, install it, and you’ll be ready to connect to the Internet privately and securely. You can use Hotspot Shield VPN for free or get a free trial of our Elite-level service, which allows you to connect up to five devices at once. Either way, you’ll get to experience our top-rated speed and performance and protect your data and your privacy. Try it now to see for yourself!