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Anonymous surfing: does it work?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by WesNathan, Jan 17, 2013.

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  1. WesNathan

    WesNathan Thread Starter

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    I'm looking for an effective program that provides true anonymous browsing without attaching itself to the computer forever. I've been reading about the various options and, apparently, they all have their good points and bad. I tried Hotspot Shield and it seemed to work OK. But then I started having what seemed like malware problems. During the purging process I discovered Hotspot Shield will not allow itself to be removed from the computer.

    It took a week and a lot of trial and error by some pretty sharp techs before the program was finally deleted. I don't want another program that refuses to uninstall and go away, for the sake of anonymity.

    Suggestions appreciated.
     
  2. DaveA

    DaveA Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    None that I have seen.
    The best thing to do is NOT browse to those places you do not want others to see that you been there.
     
  3. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

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    ... but if you are interested this https://tails.boum.org/ can be run from DVD/USB - the browser will be very slow.
    From that website: "Tails is a live system that aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity. It helps you to use the Internet anonymously almost anywhere you go and on any computer but leave no trace using unless you ask it explicitly.
    It is a complete operating-system designed to be used from a DVD or a USB stick independently of the computer's original operating system."

    and they also say: "Even though we're doing our best to offer you good tools to protect your privacy while using a computer, there is no magic or perfect solution to such a complex problem."
     
  4. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

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    This has always been a sensitive subject on TSG. I can see very few legitimate reasons for requiring anonymity in browsing the Web. Keep in mind that there isn't anything 100% anonymous available, to the general public anyway...
     
  5. WesNathan

    WesNathan Thread Starter

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    OK, that answers my question. Thanks.
     
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