Anonymity on the web is a far-fetched idea if no special measures are taken. Using a fake email or social media identity is not going to mask your true identity.
Anyone online, either browsing a website or using an app, is almost always being tracked for usage and online behaviour. You are being tracked by your IP address, or the numeric identity associated with a device connected with Internet.
That said, you do need to hide your identity online at some occasions. On the web, hiding your IP address might be a necessity also when seeking anonymity.
For instance, you might want to access your website in Google search through a random IP address to get a true picture of your search ranking. Maybe, you want to access a website that is not open for access with your real IP address.
With cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum & Ripple becoming a rage, you might want to conduct some digital currency transactions without anyone being able to track you back.You can hide your IP address for many legitimate reasons such as private access to blocked sites, mask your physical location and access services which are restricted to certain countries/cities.How do you hide your identity and IP address from being tracked?Here are some of the easy ways to get you online without revealing your true identity. Please be warned that there’s no fool-proof method of being anonymous when connecting to the Internet. You can only increase the level of difficulty in tracking your identity. So, use these methods for legitimate reasons only.
- Use a different computer & operating system combination: If you can use a pen-drive based operating system, such as Ubuntu or any Linux installed and run through a USB stick, you save yourself from any cookies and malware tracking your online activities. This is not going to hide your identity if you do not hide your IP address or use an unrelated IP address.
- Hide your IP address: If you are going to use your home computer or work Internet connection, do not expect anonymity. Same goes for your smartphone as well. You need a new IP address that is not linked to your identity. You can use the Tor Browser to re-route your Internet connection across the web, connect to some public WiFi that does not need any identity verification (Internet traffic can still be intercepted, and camera surveillance footage can give your identity), use Internet proxy services (for moderate safety), or use VPN (virtual private network).
- Ensure not to make a routine: Being random help to stay anonymous online. If you are going to the same restaurant or library for using their Internet, you are putting yourself at risk. That’s exactly how the notorious kingpin of the drug marketplace Silk Route was caught by the authorities.
- Encrypt your Internet connections too: Any web traffic or data on the Internet can be intercepted and tracked if it is not encrypted. Make sure to use encryption between web browser and the Internet website to avoid such interception.
That’s all you need to do to keep your identity hidden. Safe browsing!