When writing an article about anonymous internet surfing, it’s tough to know what the reader is looking for. There are a lot of different kinds of people that need to be anonymous online. Of course, as soon as ‘anonymity’ comes up, you might think of some guy huddled in the basement of his parents house watching fetish-porn worried about his mom finding out.
It’s none of my business.
But chances are, you’re not that guy. You probably fit into one of these other categories. These are common reason to use an anonymous IP when connecting to the internet.
- You have an online business and want to keep you data private
- You work for a company and need to access company servers from remote locations
- You want to unblock websites/bypass firewalls on networks you don’t control (work, school, public)
- You want to access foreign movie/music/TV/download sites, but they block your IP
- You worry about your government spying on you, or private organizations tracking your IP
- You got kicked out of a forum/website unfairly and want to access it under a different name
- You want to create multiple accounts, but need multiple IP addresses to do this.
- You download movies and music (P2P/Torrents), but don’t want to get in trouble
There are of course other reasons, but I think these 8 categories hit most of them. Whatever the reasons, anonymous internet surfing is TOTALLY LEGAL. It may sound kind of creepy if you’ve never heard of it before, but don’t think about it as “hiding”, but more as “protecting” your privacy.
For example, when you browse the net, all of your information goes through your ISP. Every website you visit, ever link you lick, every song you download, and ever video you stream. That information is stored, and can be accessed later.
How would you feel if the mailman could read every letter you wrote and then made a copy to store at the post office for later reference.
How would you feel if every time you went shopping, the store made a record of your name, address, phone number, and what you bought so that next time they knew what items to advertise to you?
How would you feel if the guy at your local DVD rental place followed you home and watched a movie with you?
Yeah. When you take the situation off the internet and into ‘real life’, it sounds pretty invasive.
So protect your privacy with anonymous surfing software.
It’s called a VPN (virtual private network).
It’s fast to download, easy to install, you can choose an IP from your home country or a foreign country. It can be installed on your phone and laptop, or you can route your laptop to change the IP on your Xbox 360 or PS3.
I could go into details, but that would be boring. It’s best to download it and play around with it to see for yourself. I’ve reviewed some services below (that I’ve personally used). They all have money back guarantees, so try it out, and if you don’t like it or want to try another service, you can just get your money back.
Best VPN Services
This is a great service because they have something for everyone. It can be a bit of a challenge for a noob to find what they want – there’s just so much of everything, and too many options. But it’s worth it to take a look if you know what you need. You can also ask live support, and they can direct you to a product. You can also choose a product based on location. The most confusing thing for new users is deciding which VPN protocols to get. IF security/anonymity online is your goal, you should be using a L2TP VPN for your smart phone or OpenVPN for your computer. IT’s as simple as that.
This is actually the service I use on a regular basis. Their customer service team makes all the difference, and if I run into any issues, they’re always fast and ready to help. I’ve communicated with plenty of VPN services over the years, and many support (live/ticket) guys are very short in their response, unhelpful, and sometimes just rude. Perhaps the worst experience was with a VPN live support person who told me, “That doesn’t concern me. Submit a ticket”, an signed out without saying bye. 12VPn also has a great prices and simple installation, which makes it a great VPN for noobs. Data encryption options available as well.
Hide My Ass
This is one of the most popular VPN services in the world. They boast over 23,000 IP addresses in 38 countries and they’re still growing. Over the past year they’ve added several thousand IP addresses and 5 or more countries. Six dollars a month is an excellent price for full access to all servers and unlimited bandwidth. The 30 day money back guarantee pretty much seals the deal.