Why Do You Need to Hide Your Identity?
There are several reasons why you need to browse the internet anonymously. First is to protect yourself against hackers or network surveillance that can steal your personal information and gain access to your important accounts such as PayPal, personal emails, web hosting accounts, bank accounts and many more.
Other reasons could be related to business activities, to prevent your competitors from determining or knowing what sites you are visiting, especially if in you are on the SEO business, you don’t want to leave a footprint as these could be used by your competitors against you.
You can also use this browsing anonymously trick to bypass administrator restrictions in your office, school, everywhere as majority of these kind of institutions only limit the access of the users for security reasons and of course for them to focus on what they are doing, i.e., working, studying, etc. It can also hide your browsing hobbits, and
I have used different online tools before to bypass internet securities, but this new 3rd party open-source application called Tor “The Onion Router” Browser is really one of the best and it is really lightweight and fast. I definitely recommend this to anyone if you are looking for a way how you could hide your personal identity securely.
What is Tor Browser
“Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.”
You can download the The Onion Router available in different language for different operating systems 32/64-bit (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux) using this link.
Checking the IP and Country
When you use this browser, your IP will be hidden and will be protected using several layers of network for maximum protection and it will not leak your real IP. I’ve tested a few similar apps before, but several of them leaks your IP, meaning you are not really invisible or hidden.
On the screenshot below, you can see how many layers of different IP are used to protect your identity. If you need new IP or location, you just need to click the “new identity” by clicking the drop down arrow from the onion icon and the browser will automatically restart itself, renewing a new set of IP coming from different countries.
Until now I’ve been using Tor browser for my work, and it is really a good alternative if you can not afford the monthly cost of proxy sites or VPN software such as Hidemyass. I’ve been able to browse the internet smoothly without any problems using this browser, and can even access sites where my original IP was band from access.
Let me know your thoughts or experience about this awesome browser by commenting on this post below. Have a great day!