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<p><strong>a short overview of some anonymisation & co tools.</strong><br><br>
Here os some information that can be found on you :<br><a href="http://whatismyipaddress.com/" target="_blank">Where are you?</a><br><a href="http://www.elfqrin.com/binfo.shtml" target="_blank">Generic info</a><br><br>
I like to be discrete on the internet.<br>
I will avoid the "i don't have anything to hide" stuff, "why" is your problem.<br><br>
So here is a few tools that i use on some of my computers. All free.<br><br>
1) Proxy<br>
you computer has an adress, just like your home. It's called a ip adress. It allows anyone to know where you are. Your internet service provider knows exactly where you are, and if someone wants a better precision they have to ask the ISP. I don't want to give my real adress. So i use a fake one.<br><br>
To be more clear, my internet connection is not going directly to the webpage, but is first going throuht another place and then to the webpage, therefore this webpage will not see my adress but the adress of this place between us. It's called a proxy.<br><br>
Proxies allows you to hide your real adress. But of course they are not perfect. Some take your information and sell it. So never use them when you are buying something online. And they slow you down. More or less depending on the one you use.<br><br>
There is a lot of different proxies, from the simplest and clear ones, to the complicated ones like TOR, where you go trhought multiple proxies in an aleatory and encrypted way. A simple proxy can be traced back by hand, a complicated one like TOR can't ( TOR Is now compromised )<br><br>
Some proxies need just a change in your browser configuration, other ask you to install a software, like hotspot shield.<br><br>
you can also use a separate browser like OperaTor, wich will disable things like flash since flash can still reveal your true adress despite a proxy, and anyway flash is just a big security hole.</p>
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<p>2)VPNs</p>
<p>Or Virtual Private Network, same as proxy, but fully encrypted, you need to pay for the good ones. I recommend AirVPN.<br><br>
3) Ip blacklist<br>
just as you have an adress, other on internet have one too. Hackers, corporations, spammers, advertisment companies...<br><br>
You can use a software like <a href="http://www.peerblock.com/" target="_blank">peerblock</a> to manage and block some of those known adresses. Lists of ip adresses can be found <a href="http://www.iblocklist.com/lists.php" target="_blank">here</a>.<br><br>
A small and short list, like blocking all the major online advertisment companies, requieres almost no ram, and is much more efficient than a firefox add on like adblock plus. If you begin to block billions of ip adresses, expect a severe ram consumption.<br><br>
The advantage of using a software is that you can see the connections live, therefore you can unblock something if you wish, wich is very probable at the beginning.<br><br>
Alternatively you can use a whiteliste rather than a blacklist, wich means that rather than blocking someone, you will allow someone. Obviously for paranoiacs.<br><br>
A software will block an ongoing connection.<br><br>
If you know what you are doing, you can put the list directly into your host file, but you won't be able to see what's going on live and therefore to allow something you need. The advantage is that the connection is blocked entirely.<br><br>
4) Mail encryption<br>
You can encrypt your mail. For this the best is to use a program like thunderbird, and add a plugin like enigmail. Thunderbird downloads all your mails on your computer, so you can read and write from it, <a href="http://enigmail.mozdev.org/" target="_blank">enigmai</a>l allow you to encrypt/decrypt it.<br><br>
It will create a pair of secret keys, one secret for you, one public. When you receive a mail, it will be signed with a string of letters and numbers. This signature allows you to send them a mail, encrypted with this key, that can only be decrypted with their secret personal key. The best encryption method is presently <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Good_Privacy" target="_blank">PGP</a>, and the longer the signature the more secure it is, i recommend 4096 bits with a passphrase.<br><br>
4) i often use fake email adresses, like <a href="http://www.guerrillamail.com/" target="_blank">guerillamail</a>, to register myself on some forums & co, those email adresses are destroyed after a given choosen time.<br><br>
5) firefox extensions https finder and https everywhere force https when possible, it's just a more secure connexion. The extension refcontrol allows to change information like the website i'm coming from. So that bigbrother.com will think that you come from ilovepokemons.com rather than from anarchy.com<br><br>
5) automatically delete cookies, navigation history etc from your browser when you close it, there should be an option for this in your browser. <br><br>
6) ad aware and spybot search and destroy are both interesting tools to find and delete some crap from your computer, mostly ad spywares wich slow your computer down.</p>
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<p>7)DNS</p>
<p>you use a DNS when you use internet, use one that does not censor or logs your connections, for example <a href="http://www.opennicproject.org/" target="_blank">OpenNIC</a></p>
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<p>8)Email</p>
<p>Gmail and the like scan your mail for keywords, build profiles of you used for commercial purposes, use an email that respects your privacy, like <a href="http://www.autistici.org/" target="_blank">autistici</a> or <a href="https://riseup.net/en" target="_blank">riseup</a></p>
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There are other things, but that's some base, if you're interested.<br>
You can search by yourself for more.<br><br>
It should allow you to be more discrete on the internet, and less prone to be tracked down by some ad company wich will use your private information as a way to make more money. Even universities track you down.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.unc.edu/depts/jomc/academics/dri/idog.jpg" style=""> </p>
 

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Thank you for these great tips! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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When I go to China I also use a proxy to get around the "Great Firewall of China" so I can get onto Facebook and stuff like that. Pretty common practice among students there that either want to visit blocked websites or simply don't want the government to see everything they're doing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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