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Anonymous Web Surfing

Living in the western world, we have been programmed to believe that we are completely free with our rights and freedoms protected to varying degrees by our respective constitutions. But a closer look at the world would lead one to believe that this is not necessarily the case. No where else is it more blatant than online - on the Internet. The Internet was looked as an open arena where people from across the world would be able to express and exchange ideas freely. It did not take long for unscrupulous individuals, organizations and eventually governemnts to either take undue advantage of these freedoms or try to impose their will with respect to the freedoms on the people.

We all know of the great firewall built in China - one that does not let dissident voices get in or out of the country. Or the high tech data centers in the Middle East that are acutally arms of the religious police, ensuring that dessenting opinion and 'questionable' content is denied to its citizens. And then there are the various companies and individuals in the rest of the world who are trying to exploit the millions of new users that come online every year. Whether it be for illegal purposes like fraud, kidnapping, and stalking; or to monitor a user's every step on the Internet to be used to sell them a product or service in the future. These are some of the ways in which we have lost privacy on the Internet.

Sometimes you want to send something without having your real name attached to it. For example, you are an official spokesperson for a company, and now you want to say something "off the record". Or maybe you want to discuss something that is going on in your company, without identifying yourself as the sender of the message. Could be that you want to express your disappointment with a political party or system and live in a totalitarian environment and fear backlash. In these cases it makes sense to pursue an anonymous email strategy. The use of anonymous remailers can help one gain some sense of email anonymity.

Similarly you might not want to be tracked across a website as you read certain articles or opinions. Maybe you don't want the website to know how you found out about them? Or you wish to keep your operating system and other version inforamtion about your computer private. Again, annoymity though this time applied to the application of web surfing makes perfect sense. There are a few ways of accomplishing this; using proxies on the Internet or dedicated annonymous services. The only latter service - Freedom Internet by Zero Knowledge has recently been discontinued leading to only one practical choice for web users and that being annonymous proxies.

Here is a look at some of the personal information you are currently telling the whole world.

Anonymous Surfing Resources

Anonymizer Private Surfing - One of the original anonymous web browsing services. Low fees.

Privacy, Encryption and Security Resources

Privacy Power - Keep updated on what is going on in the online privacy arena.

Encryption and Privacy - Information on privacy, encryption and security in the digital age.

Electronic Frontier Foundation - An online privacy watchdog.