29 April 2007

Anonymity on the Web

(Yes, anonymity is a word)
As an addition to my recent post about bypassing college filters, I wanted to talk about some other methods of not getting noticed.
There is an internet browser called Tor (The Onion Router), which is special because unlike Internet Explorer, it leaves no traces of your internet history. Plus, it uses a new proxy server for every link you click. That massively increases your anonymity on the web - which means you almost act like a 'ghost' when surfing the internet.
And Mozilla fans will be pleased to hear that Tor is based on Firefox :) If you want to try it out, you have two options: You can go for the original Tor client, or the new Torpark.
I've tried it - and it's not bad. It's not exceptionally fast at loading up - neither is it really fast at getting pages - but nonetheless, it is very useful if you don't want to be traced. Just make sure that if you are trying to run it, that you are allowed to run EXEs (programs/applications/software/executeables) and that the firewall will accept connections to/from Tor.
See you later... or maybe not!