In connection with the latest revelations of various kinds of intelligence services of foreign countries, many users have developed almost a persecution mania. They are interested in ways to save their personal data, deleting their accounts from social networks in droves.
To some extent, all these actions are justified, but it is much more important for the real preservation of anonymity to learn "not to litter" on the network when visiting sites on a daily basis. An anonymous browser will help you with this. What is it and how does it work? We will try to answer all these questions in this article.
Definition of concept
What kind of Internet browser is this, which ensures the safety of user data? Let's deal with this by looking at the anonymous Tor browser.
Because it is based on the source code of the notorious Firefox, its FoxyProxy extension is widely used to ensure anonymity. In addition, the data is distributed across hundreds of thousands of independent servers, making it almost impossible to intercept it.
This is facilitated by the fact that all transmitted information is encrypted: coupled with breaking it into thousands of fragments that are sent independently, the risk of revealing your identity is minimal.
Because of this layering, this anonymous browser has an onion in its logo. All technologies that developers build into their brainchild are aimed at reducing the effectiveness of traffic analysis mechanisms that operate in many countries of the world.
What is all this for?
Reading all of the above, you may come to the conclusion that only some intruders can take care of hiding the traces of their activities on the Internet. Alas, quite law-abiding citizens have to deal with this more and more every year.
What's the matter here? And the reason lies in the notorious blocking of sites that have spoiled a lot of blood for domestic users. The law on the termination of access to them works very badly: our deputies took the path of least resistance, deciding to limit requests to resources by IP.
As a result, dozens of normal sites that hang on the same hosting, which "live" really unreliable resources, are undeservedly blocked. Any anonymous browser is called upon to fight this injustice.
How to protect your browser?
Since the use of "Thor" is far from suitable for everyone, we will consider the process of turning the usual "Ognelis" or "Chrome" into its analogues. It's not hard to do this:since both of these browsers support the use of extensions, we will use them.
First of all, you should install the FoxyProxy plugin mentioned above. What is its role? The fact is that it allows you to literally switch the browser to use anonymous proxies with just a couple of mouse clicks. Of course, you can use the "Settings-Network" item for this, but every time you go through this menu is rather tedious.
In addition, the plugin allows you to encrypt the data stream. Without this, no anonymous browser can do its job.
Second, to turn your browser into an impenetrable bastion, be sure to install the Ghostery extension. This handy add-on hides your browsing history and removes all social media buttons, tracking cookies, and other things that might reveal your identity when you visit a particular site.
Finally, don't forget to install NoScript. This plugin completely blocks all scripts that not only serve to work some specific site functions, but also to reveal your location.
What other ways to protect your own anonymous Internet browser from outside attacks? First of all, you should use anonymous proxy servers. They guarantee you complete confidentiality when you visit any Internet resource.
They can be found on the corresponding sites that are on any normal search service. Where to insert them? Let's take a look at this process as an example. Firefox. Click on the settings button located in the upper left corner. In the dialog box, you need to find the "Advanced" tab. There is an internal tab "Network", in which you need to click on the "Configure" button.
The Connection Options dialog box will open. In it, you must enter information about the proxy server in the "Manual configuration of proxy services" field.
How to do it in Google Chrome
In this browser, all this is no more difficult to do. In the upper right part of its working window there is a settings button. After clicking it, a drop-down list appears, in which you should select the "Settings" item. It has a button "Change proxy settings". In the window that opens, all settings are entered in the same way.
Please do not consider all of the above in the context of criminal access to truly pirated sites. We have already mentioned that many portals are blocked completely undeservedly, only because of the imperfection of the blocking mechanism.
It often happens that even sites that cover the production process of plastic windows or something like that are in disgrace. What kind of piracy are we talking about here? Of course, users have the right to receive information that was blocked by mistake. And the anonymity of the browser should contribute to this.