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Anonymous IP: Techniques and Tools for Browsing Incognito

We explore techniques to alter IP addresses to disguise our digital presence, hiding our internet activities from governments , by hackers and by internet service providers.



Changing IP


We have previously discussed in our cybersecurity guides that complete anonymity on the web is a utopia. However, there are effective methods to mask digital identity, making it extremely difficult for entities like the CIA or more skilled hackers to trace the actual origin of the online user.


Several strategies can be used to disguise yourself on the network, all based on changing the IP, which represents the unique identifier of a device connected to the network.


Anonymity online is not exclusively a weapon for illicit activities or incorrect behavior; becomes a necessity in an era where entities like the CIA and NSA, along with nearly every government and global investigative agency, seek to monitor everyone's online communications, regardless of our identity or activity.


It is crucial to understand that using modified IP addresses to avoid being tracked online is not illegal. It is a simple and free process, although with a minimal investment you can achieve more effective and stable results.


Who can see our IP address and how can they use it?


In reality, it is not possible to "falsify" an IP in the literal sense of the term. The practice consists in hiding your IP address behind that of another already existing host.

The device, be it a computer or a smartphone, is detected on the network with the IP address of another host, potentially located on the other side of the world.


Theoretically, to trace the real origin, we should contact the host and search for our real IP within it, an extremely complex operation depending on the technology used.


Anonymity online is not exclusively a weapon for illicit activities or incorrect behavior

VPN: The Favorite Method for Masking Yourself Online


The VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is the most effective system in terms of performance for masquerading online. It works as a parallel encrypted connection, through which internet traffic is diverted.


Basically, you mask your IP with that of the VPN provider, browsing as if you were on their computer. Encryption prevents anyone, including the connection provider and the VPN company, from monitoring the sites you visit and your online activities.



For optimal online security, there are two types of VPN services


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Free VPNs


These are limited in use, may be slower and may collect data about our internet connection. A convenient example is the Opera VPN, integrated into the browser.


Paid premium VPN


These services are safe, reliable and fast, without limitations. With an affordable monthly subscription, you are guaranteed complete anonymity, making it impossible to leave traces online.


The only way to be tracked would be through a direct request to the VPN manager, a rare occurrence limited to cases of serious crimes. VPN services do not store data on online activities and, thanks to encryption, maintain absolute privacy.


TOR: The Advanced Anonymity System


TOR represents the most advanced level for maintaining anonymity online. Unlike VPN, where traffic is masked by a carrier server, in TOR each user acts as a connection node.


Each TOR participant connects by disguising their identity behind that of another user, making tracking almost impossible. To access TOR, you use the TOR browser, although browsing speed may be reduced.


Web Proxy: An Alternative for Changing the IP


Web proxies act as intermediaries between your PC and websites, making sites believe that the visit comes from the proxy server. However, proxies are not encrypted like VPNs, making traffic vulnerable to eavesdropping by internet service providers or government entities.


Some sites can also detect the real IP address through plugins such as Flash Player. A proxy must be configured for each application or browser, not covering your entire computer traffic like a VPN.


Public Wi-Fi: A Practical but Not Secure Method


Using public Wi-Fi networks, such as those at coffee shops or chains like McDonald's, can be a way to mask your IP. However, these networks can be monitored by their operators, who may intercept and store online activities. Again, a VPN may be necessary to protect traffic.


Conclusions


In conclusion, masking, modifying or protecting IP is no longer the exclusive domain of hackers or cyber criminals, but a practice accessible to anyone to protect your privacy, ensure the security of your messages and keep your online activities confidential.



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