Surf Anonymously!
Who's Watching You?

Surf anonymously – Do you know who’s watching your every move online?

Surfing anonymously will protect you from cyber identity theft.

Identity theft of any personal information, passwords, user-names, and credit card information, all promote a criminal to commit identity theft online.

In this age of high-tech it has become easy for private businesses, Web sites and the government to track everything you do online.

  • Where you visit, where you build up profiles, your personal habits, and likes and dislikes, are all available to a criminal and anyone else that wants to snoop into your personal life and information.

The government is demanding more and more records that are online from web sites such as Google and endangering your privacy to a much greater degree.

  • Did you know your operating system, and browser when running, online travels, machine name, sites visited, history list, cache, and IP address can all be seen and used as tools for the criminal to learn your basic information, and where you’re live?

Your internet information makes your life an open book leaving you extremely vulnerable to becoming a victim of identity theft and to lose everything you’ve worked so hard for.

This is downright scary and could easily turn into a living nightmare for you!

There are a number of ways to collect information, but two of the more basic ways are placing cookies on your PC and examining your IP address.

The thief can create personal profiles by matching your IP address with your cookies.

We always thought the biggest threat to our privacy would come from spy ware, cookies of Web sites that analyze and track your web surfing habits, but we are now finding it comes from the search engines that store and collect records of all your searches.

You may also learn more information on what to watch for at cyber identity theft.


Surf Anonymously Tips

  • Don’t use your providers search engine. Using your service provider exposes your IP address, which in turn tracks all the sites you visit.

Search engines will also correlate your IP address and build a comprehensive profile on you.

A friend of mine uses ixquick that stops information regarding your searches from being used to build a personal profile about you.

Ixquick also promises that it deletes all your search information within 48 hours.

If your information is subpoenaed for any reason, there is no information to retrieve.

Have you ever Googled yourself? Most of us have.

  • Every time you use a search engine for personal information, such as your name, address, social security number etc, it makes it simple for search engines to know all about you and correlate searches with your information.

This is all that’s needed for identity theft if someone gets access to your personal information.

Avoid using personal information in your searches and protect yourself when you surf anonymously.

Most of us use Google to do our searches.

This leaves you extremely wide open and vulnerable, because Google has a record of all your searches.

Google can track your searches even if you don’t log into Google because it uses cookies to track your every session.

You can delete your cookies, but that is something most people don’t want to do.

  • You can block only Google from placing cookies on your PC. It varies from each browser.

As an example; many people use Internet Explorer 7. Choose Tools – Internet Options, click the Privacy tab, click the Sites button. In the “Address of Web site” box, type in www. Google. Com, click Block. Now when visiting Google, it will not allow cookies to be placed on your hard disk, and it can’t track any of your searches.

  • Surf anonymously - Change your IP address on a regular basis so the search engines can’t correlate your searches by tracking your IP address and then link them together all the searches that are performed on your site.

To get around this regularly change your IP address when you use the internet. To acquire a new IP address – turn your DSL modem, or cable modem off.

Leave the computer off for a few minuets, and then turn it on again. This will clear your old IP address and give you a new one.

You can do sensitive searches from a hot spot that is public. If you absolutely Have to do a search using personal information, do not do it at work, or home.

  • It is safer to use a public hot spot and do your search there.

Using a public place that requires No log in is the best, as this will protect your privacy from being compromised.

  • Do not log onto search engines or use their tools. Again, if you log onto search engines, they can build a very comprehensive profile about you, because as you search, your identity is known.
  • You may not even realize you have logged onto a search engine. Using blogging services, Gmail, and online office software, are all examples of using other services offered by Google.
  • Never do your searches when logged on any of the search engine’s services. This will protect your privacy.

As in the example above, don’t search the internet when logged into Gmail.

If this is too inconvenient for you to do, you can use the Firefox browser for your Gmail, or for Google searches, use Internet Explorer.

This makes it much more difficult for the search engine to relate your searches with your identity.

  • Surf anonymously - You can also use 2 browsers and set up different profiles in your browser – one for services from a search engine, one for the actual searches and one for mail.
  • Internet Explorer doesn’t allow you to create separate profiles, but Firefox does.
  • When in Firefox, go to the Profile Manager to create your separate profiles.

Open the command prompt and navigate to the directory in which Firefox is installed. If you have a different version, it may be in C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox.)

Type firefox.exe – Profile Manager and press enter. The Profile Manager will appear.

Click create profile and follow the wizard to create your profile, or as many profiles as you wish.

Use different profiles for other search engine services, using and searching mail.

Go to How To Manage Profiles in Foxfire for any additional help needed.

To see more, go to identity theft online to learn the ways our identity is so vulnerable to criminals.


Surf Anonymously
Free And Paid Services

  • One of the best free software’s to surf anonymously is called Tor (go to www.TorProject.org).

Tor is not just for Web surfing, instant messaging, and other applications, but all your communications and are scrambled around a giant network of Tor servers they call “onion routers” until it’s impossible for people or sites to track any of your activities.

As an example, you can also pay for anonymity with a service called Anonymizer.

This is an online privacy tool that provides anonymous and secure access to all your online destinations.

In addition, IM, Web browsing, Wi-Fi, email and all the things you do online are secure and protected from dangerous practices of cyber identity theft.

  • A new Nyms service from Anonymizer makes use of email addresses that are disposable, to protect your true email identity.
  • Anonymizer charges around $80.00 a year for their services.

To surf anonymously is a very important way to protect your identity and everything you own. Become knowledgeable about all the different ways a thief can make you a victim.



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