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How (and why) to surf the web in secret

Brad Chacos | Nov. 8, 2012
They say no one can hear you scream in space, but if you so much as whisper on the Web, you can be tracked by a dozen different organizations and recorded for posterity. Simply visiting a website can allow its operators to figure out your general physical location, identify details about your device information, and install advertising cookies that can track your movements around the web. (Don't believe me? Check this out.)

The Tor Browser doesn't require installation and can be run from a flash drive if you want to carry a copy with you.

Send email anonymously

Now that you know how to cloak your online activities from prying eyes, here's a bonus tip for sending email anonymously for free. See, most of the anonymizers outlined above only play nice with web browsing, but Anonymouse and Hide My Ass both offer free, basic anonymous email services. The recipient won't know your IP address, actual email address or any other personally identifiable information. With these tips and tools you should be well-equipped to improve your online anonymity; be sure to share your tips with other readers in the comments section and enjoy a safe browsing experience.

 

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