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Anonymity services, what they are, and why you may want them

My readers may have noted a recent drying up of posts – well, that is mainly because I have been very busy. I am still a university student, and that takes up a lot of my time.

Anyhow, I am back. I bring to the board a review of some anonymity services – services that allow you to browse the web, and maybe even download, anonymously.

Do note, that this is written for beginners, so I have not attempted to remain 100% accurate in terms of terminology.

Finally, note that this post is link free. I do not provide the direct links to any services, because in my experience, these links change often. Please Google for them by name.

Why you may want them:

  • Mainly, for privacy
  • For browsing legitimate sites that may be blocked by your internet provider / country
  • For testing
  • For secure transfer of data over the internet

What they are:

These services use renowned third party servers to anonymise you. What happens is that your data is sent over the internet to these special servers, which then forwards your request to the website you wanted to visit.

To the website, and to everyone else in the loop, it seems as if the request is coming from that specific server, not from you. These anonymity servers promise to keep your data transmission private, and whether you trust them enough is entirely up to you.

The kinds:

There are two kinds I classify.

  1. Web based services that allow anonymous browsing from a browser
  2. Server Client services that you have to install on your system, that allow anonymisation of all outgoing internet communication

How the web based kind works:

  1. You open a website. These are often called CGI prock-sy, or PHP prock-sy sites. Try Googling the the two terms.
  2. You enter the address of the website you want to browser anonymously.

How the Server Client kind works:

  1. You install a software on your system
  2. You configure it.
  3. You configure your browser or other internet communicating software to use it. This is often by applying a ‘localhost’ prock-sy to that software.
  4. You can now use the browser etc. as normal, except that all of the communication is now anonymised.

I will not provide here a list of the web based prock-sies, because a single Google search shows up plenty of them.

Other services, include:

  • JAP (JonDo)
  • I2P
  • Your Freedom
  • Tor

Most of these are free, at least, for slow speeds. Once again, Googling these names will bring up the direct links.

I have found JAP to be the best of all these services in terms of speed and convenience. For most flexibility, use Your Freedom. For greatest privacy, use Tor.

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  1. allen taylor
    7 July 2009 at 3:56 AM

    Please we need jap’s localhost ip address

  2. 10 July 2009 at 4:33 PM

    @ allen taylor: JAP’s localhost IP is 127.0.0.1 at port 4001

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