If you want to be anonymous online, and protect yourself, there are easy to use tools which are freely available to anyone who wants to learn how to use them. As online privacy becomes a commodity, many vendors are making things available for people to use for free, as well as at a premium price. You can use a variety of them to be anonymous online, with little effort on your part.
The only way to be truly anonymous online is to never go online. But you can start learning more anonymous tactics using the first three tools and techniques, and then picking and choosing from the nine techniques and tools below it.
Be anonymous online: 12 tools and techniques
It is no secret that we would look at VPNs here on Best VPN Providers. For those who are visiting our website for the first time, here are the basic things that you need to know about VPNs and how they can help you be anonymous online:
- They encrypt all of your information starting right at your computer, this eliminates ISP tracking.
- They can also protect you from a DMCA notice when you are torrenting.
- VPNs hide your IP address, preventing further tracking and revelations of your exact location.
- Using a no-log VPN provider, which is one that does not log in any of your activity, can protect you against nearly every online threat.
The absolute easiest step that you can take to be anonymous online is to choose a reliable VPN provider. The two most trusted VPNs, which do not log user activity, are IPVanish VPN and Private Internet Access.
2: DNS leak testing
Once you have a VPN provider in place, it is easy to make sure that it is working properly. To be sure you are anonymous online go to DNSLeakTest.com. Run their extended test. There are two possible results:
- The results show the third party DNS service, which you get from your VPN. You are protected and a little bit more anonymous.
- The results show your own DNS, the one that is given to you by your ISP. You have a problem as you are not protecting your anonymity.
If you find yourself with the second issue that same website also has advice on how to fix your DNS leak.
3: Browser leak testing
As you’re going to find out the deeper you go into being a bit more anonymous online, the more you’re going to find that everything leaks if you’re not careful. Another viable website that you can choose to check whether or not your browser is leaking is BrowserLeaks.com.
Here is an image of my browser not leaking anything:
4: Virtual machines
There are a number of files which you can download onto your computer that can be attack vectors for third parties who want to invade your online privacy. If you’re not sure about a file your first step is to not download it at all. If you simply have to open the file you can set up a virtual machine.
This varies from machine to machine, depending on what operating system you have installed. Here are a few different tools that you can try out
The first three tools are free to use, the last one has a small fee.
5: Blocking third party tracker cookies
The most common method that people use to track you online is through third-party cookies. Advertisers use them so that they can track your activities and sell advertisements. People have to make money, I get that, but these trackers can lead to an invasion of your privacy.
Open up your browser’s preferences and look for the security settings. Every major browser will allow you to turn off cookies. While this may not be a major way to gain any sort of anonymity online, it’s better than not doing it.
6: Using Ghostery extension
It’s easy to use DuckDuckGo to do your searches, especially ones that you want to keep to yourself, and increase your chances of staying anonymous online.
12: Using anonymous email
I recently wrote an entire article on anonymous email, please take some time to read it and fully understand this topic. To cut down to the most basic tools, try using these when you send email that you want to be anonymous:
Each of these tools will help protect your main email account. They are especially useful when you’re signing up for a bunch of different things and you do not want to risk getting spammed.