Friday, 2 April 2010

Hiding from the Stasi

I find it seriously depressing to think that the free and wild internet of my youth has become so spied upon that projects to protect your privacy are now so common.

It's very difficult to surf anonymously any more, with endless cookies and logs being kept by ISPs to allow the state to spy on your surfing habits. If this bothers you, have a look at TOR. It's rough and ready, and it's not a one-stop anonymiser, but because of the way things work, I doubt they'd ever be able to achieve a one-stop anonymiser.

In a nutshell, all you have to do is go to and leech a binary, run it, and config everything for socks A proxy on port 9050, but that wouldn't be much of a article would it?

More here.


View from the Solent said...

There are a number of simple steps you can take.
Use Firefox. It allows you to specify whether allowed cookies are allowed permanently or session-only for a site. I allow few permanent ones.
Use OpenDNS as your domain name server
Set up Ixquick as your home page
Use Jondo in preference to Tor.
The free version is slow, like Tor, but you have the option of buying time on a fast link.

g1lgam3sh said...

permanentexpat said...

.....and all the worried idiots bare their souls on Facebook & Twitter...GuH!

Anonymous said...

They know about all your porn Obo.

Rog said...

If you're using Firefox, how about installing "better privacy" to delete those flash cookies almost no-one knows about, and "ghostery" to prevent you from being tracked so easily.