From the time you connect to the Internet till the time you go offline, every single move of your is constantly being tracked by somebody or the other. For the average Internet user, it has become almost impossible to do anything on the Internet without being tracked either by the government or tech companies like Google, Facebook, Apple and others. Edward Snowden has famously shown the amount of data that governments around the world are collecting about the internet activity about users through simple network sniffers and traffic analyses tools. Even if you are not doing anything illegal, it is important to protect your privacy on the Internet. If you want to keep your Internet browsing activity anonymous and hide it from the prying eyes of the government, then you should consider using the Tor browser.
- The Tor browser is a free tool that allows bouncing your internet activity off a network of anonymous relay servers. Tor has a few thousand relay servers located in different parts of the world run by volunteers who supports Internet privacy and anonymity. Each time you run the Tor browser, your internet connection is routed via three randomly chosen Tor servers located in different parts of the world. The Tor browser will secure your online activity from not only the government but also from websites that are trying to spy on you. The best part about Tor is that you can use it without installing it on your computer, which makes it easy for you to use the Tor browser not only at home but also at work.
- Each time you visit a website on the Internet, you are automatically revealing a lot of private and confidential information about yourself to it including your IP address, your location, your service provider and others. To get a sense of the amount of information that you are reliving to each and every websites you visit on the Internet, simply open your browser to whatismyipaddress.com.
- If you are doing something that you want to keep anonymous, then by launches the Tor Browser. Click on the Connect button and the Tor Browser will automatically download the relay server information, establish an anonymous connection and open a secure browser window for you. Make sure that you use this browser window to visit websites anonymously.
- To verify that the Tor browser has successfully hidden your identity, open your browser to whatismyipaddress.com and make sure that your IP address and location has been successfully changed.
- At any point of time if you want to change your identity and get a new IP address for yourself, click on the Tor button in left top corner of your browser and then choose the New Identity option from the drop down menu. Within a few second, Tor will route your connection, bounce your off another set of randomly chosen Tor servers and give you a new identity, IP address and location. To verify that your identity has changed you can once again open your browser to whatismyipaddress.com.