how to visit any website without your isp tracking you.

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how to visit any website without your isp tracking you.

Post by lizamary3223 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:01 am

First things first, you should be using HTTPS. If a site offers HTTPS, just go to https://www.thewebsite.com instead of just plain old http. If you want to make things even easier, you can just install the Firefox and Chrome extension HTTPS Everywhere and it'll take care of the problem for you.
Browse Anonymously With Tor

HTTPS just encrypts data as its transfered, but it doesn't completely anonymize your activity. That's where Tor comes in. Tor was designed to help you browse the web without leaving a trace, as it funnels your traffic through a series of virtual tunnels. Tor offers a great, detailed overview of how it works and what it's used for, but here's the part you'll want to know (if you don't already):

Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. It also enables software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features. Tor provides the foundation for a range of applications that allow organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy.

Individuals use Tor to keep websites from tracking them and their family members, or to connect to news sites, instant messaging services, or the like when these are blocked by their local Internet providers. Tor's hidden services let users publish web sites and other services without needing to reveal the location of the site. Individuals also use Tor for socially sensitive communication: chat rooms and web forums for rape and abuse survivors, or people with illnesses.

To get started with Tor, just follow these steps:

Download the browser bundle and unpack the zip file.
Open up the TorBrowser application.
Wait for the Vidalia application to connect you to the Tor network.
Once you've connected, a special version of Firefox will open and it will be called TorBrowser. It will provide you with a protected IP address (which should not be your actual IP address). You can browse anonymously within that browser.
Just using Tor is not enough to keep you truly anonymous. You need to avoid installing/using browser plug-ins, always use HTTPS (as recommended above), and do not open any documents you download while connected to Tor (or while online, for that matter). Tor also suggests that you use a bridge relay if you don't want anyone on your network to find out that you're using Tor, but that may or may not be a concern in your particular case. If you use Tor and heed these precautions, you shouldn't have to worry too much about anyone tracking your activity.

If Tor's not your thing, you have a few other options. Reader Briareos suggests using an off-shore VPN service that doesn't log your access, like BolehVPN. I'm always a little wary of trusting a company with privacy concerns, but in this specific case I'm probably being a little overly-paranoid. Reader Trolls4Breakfast suggests Cocoon, which is another option in the form of a browser extension for Firefox, Internet Explorer, or your iPhone/iPad.

But what if you're just somewhat paranoid about specific activities? If you're a BitTorrent user you can anonymize your traffic with BTGuard. If you just want to have a private chat, you can download TorChat.

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