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anonymous web browsersAs LastPass recently faced a possible security issue, and other top-notch companies keep falling prey to security breaches, some of us, users, may want to think twice before trusting our personal information. But since it’s usually after some database has been hacked that we realize this, it doesn’t hurt to start effecting changes in our often overlooked surfing habits. Not all our habits are dangerous but some could potentially cost us our credit card information or worse.

A good way to protect our information on the web is to surf the web anonymously, like using Google Chrome’s Incognito mode How To Browse Privately In Chrome Without Going Fully Incognito How To Browse Privately In Chrome Without Going Fully Incognito I am a Google Chrome user and one of the features I especially like about Chrome is its incognito mode. When in incognito mode, webpages you open and files you download won't be recorded in... Read More . To go incognito full-time though, you may want to take a look at the following anonymous web browsers.

Tor Browser Bundle [Cross-Platform]

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Tor or The Onion Router is, according to its own site, “free software and an open network” that basically defends you against network surveillance or traffic analysis. To allow anonymous surfing, this open-source tool re-routes network traffic through Tor nodes, which are Tor-running computers owned by volunteers from all over the world. Not only does Tor bring anonymous internet surfing Anonymous Internet Surfing with Tor Anonymous Internet Surfing with Tor Read More to your browser, it can also hide your country of origin for any application Hide Your Country Of Origin For Any Application Hide Your Country Of Origin For Any Application Read More , prevent websites from tracking users (and their physical location) and help users bypass websites 5 Methods to Bypass Blocked Sites 5 Methods to Bypass Blocked Sites Read More blocked by their Internet service providers (ISPs) or government.

free anonymous web browsersThe Tor Browser Bundle includes Mozilla Firefox, which is usually fairly fast, but with Tor, it will be a little slow as all traffic needs to pass through different Tor nodes before being displayed on your browser. Other than Tor being a bit slow, which is inevitable, Tor also blocks websites with flash content and that require browser plugins, like Java and ActiveX, since these can be manipulated into revealing a user’s IP address. The rewards can totally outweigh these drawbacks though.

If you’re ready to try Tor, like our former WordPress guy, Jorge, said, you should probably use the Tor button to switch Tor on when you actually need to access a website anonymously. Also, note that while the network traffic between you and the Tor network is anonymous, the connection between the last Tor node and your final destination cannot be encrypted by Tor so always proceed with care when communicating sensitive information.

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SRWare Iron [Cross-Platform]

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If you regularly use Google Chrome, but aren’t so comfortable with Google knowing your every move on the Internet, you might want to try SRWare’s Iron web browser. Both Google Chrome and SRWare Iron are based on the open source Chromium project, so you’ll notice few differences. On the internal side, Iron, of course, has disabled Chrome’s information-collecting features, such as URL-tracker, error reporting, etc. which Google needs to improve our favorite search engine. Aside from internal differences, Iron works pretty much the way you’re used to in Chrome. Chrome extensions and themes will also work on Iron. To check it out in Windows (portable version available), head to the website. If you’re on a Mac, you can download Iron here. Linux users can go to this thread.

Abandoned Web Browsers: Ghostzilla & OperaTor

free anonymous web browsers Ghostzilla is a dated web browser program for Windows that doesn’t exactly hide your typed addresses but it does make your web browsing session very inconspicuous as it stations itself inside an active program window. As you type web addresses on Ghostzilla (which uses the Mozilla browsing engine, hence the name), it loads websites in a transparent layer, and shows single images in black and white. Additional images will only surface if you hover your mouse over. Please note that even if you use Ghostzilla, your school or company will still be able to log websites you accessed.
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OperaTor (v. 3.5) is a software bundle that combines the acclaimed and portable Opera How to Manage Tabs in Opera Like a Pro How to Manage Tabs in Opera Like a Pro Read More browser, and Tor. OperaTor is actually no longer maintained, but you can still try it by following the directions in this post to replace OperaTor’s old Opera 10 browser with the new version.

In addition to these somewhat older browsers, there are also other types of software that can help you attain anonymity online: Proxy software. We have discussed a few of these applications, such as Toonel Faster Internet & Anonymous Net Surfing Through Toonel Faster Internet & Anonymous Net Surfing Through Toonel Read More , JAP/JonDo Cover Your Tracks on The Internet & Stay Anonymous with JAP Cover Your Tracks on The Internet & Stay Anonymous with JAP Read More , and UltraSurf, which can help you reach sites like Hulu outside of the US How To Watch Movies and Shows on Hulu & Sling from Abroad How To Watch Movies and Shows on Hulu & Sling from Abroad Read More .

If you would rather not download anything, you can make use of websites that facilitate camouflaged web surfing, anonymous search engines that do not record your IP address, such as Yauba and Startpage, and web-based proxy services, like AnonyMouse.

What anonymous web browsers do you use to stay hidden on the Internet?

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  1. bettedavis
    September 19, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    how can i torrent moies, tv without ISP and services finding out

  2. davsmith
    July 25, 2016 at 5:38 am

    I wouldn't trust anyone that suggests using incognito mode lmao.

  3. DavidH
    May 16, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I would recommend you using VPN like Hide My IP from My Privacy Tools Inc. They offer excellent service for a fair price. Forget about Tor, Tor is a thing of the past...

  4. Joe
    March 28, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Epic Privacy Browser is the best...TOR is too slow & SRWare is not very good about privacy.

  5. gerry
    February 15, 2016 at 5:37 am

    There is no privacy in Google. .read their policy. Not even in incognito!

  6. millicent
    January 1, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    what is the best browser apart from tor

  7. Mr.Ri8x
    December 12, 2014 at 2:34 am

    i cannot find any useful proxy or any VPN which will alow me to view https websites because my ISP doesn't allows me to open https websites and most of vpn use this secure protocol to connect to their services :(

    • Beta.Guy
      January 1, 2015 at 12:11 pm


      Stop using your internet now and find a new ISP. If they are truely blocking HTTPS then that is just fishy. Just my 5 cents.

      • AppleMacViking
        July 8, 2016 at 2:30 pm

        I agree this sounds fishy that your ISP does'nt allow https sites...... very fishy!!!

    • davsmith
      July 25, 2016 at 5:40 am

      Throw your computer off a cliff

  8. Ian Lim
    December 10, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I agree. Did you also know by using a VPN Service your ISP wont even know what you are doing online. Find the best ones at

  9. Ian Lim
    December 10, 2014 at 9:07 am

    This info has been awesome. To find the most useful tool to make yourself anonymous then you need to check this out.

  10. Ken_jk67
    June 27, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Ultrasurf is the BEst!

    • Jessica Cam W.
      June 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      I haven't used Ultrasurf, but hmm, there are usersthat say that their antivirus programs flagged UltraSurf.

  11. Lotdn
    May 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

     Can Tor be used to watch Hulu from Canada? 

    • Tina
      May 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm

      Yes, that can work if Tor creates a connection for you that uses a US IP address. That's not guaranteed, though. Besides, the transfer rates might be too slow to watch streaming video.

      I would recommend other means to watch Hulu, for example Hotspot Shield or Ultra Surf. Check out this article.

  12. Baracki Lasshot
    May 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    whoops, sorry about that one folks....posted wrong place, what the heck happened to my browser window just then.........whoaaaaaaaa! 

    • Tina
      May 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm

      I gladly removed that comment for you.

      • Jessica Cam W.
        May 21, 2011 at 3:31 am

        Thank you, Tina. :)

  13. ibemedia
    May 18, 2011 at 9:29 am

     it's slowing down my internet connection...

  14. Jasonked2
    May 18, 2011 at 12:24 am

     Using Incognito mode has nothing to do with surfing the net anonymously...

    All it does is prevent storing your browsing history on the local machine. It's still possible for companies inc. your ISP to see exactly what you're doing unless you take further measures as you do explain, although you do give the wrong impression saying Incognito mode is like a half step towards anonymity.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      May 18, 2011 at 2:02 am

      You got me there. Thanks for noticing the distinction. :)

      When I was writing that portion, what I was trying to say is that using Incognito mode can help protect our information FROM Google's scrutiny, but this would actually require a few more steps, like installing the Google Analytics Opt-Out Addon, and pausing Google Search Web History.

  15. Cell Travis
    May 17, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I prefer the Tor bundle when it comes to anonymity online. It's been actively maintained over the years and has a very credible development base.

    • Guest
      May 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      tor FTW! 

  16. Electronic Cigarette
    May 17, 2011 at 4:27 am

    thanks for this post, only use the firefox and chrome~~~

  17. AZB
    May 16, 2011 at 11:54 pm

     I just started using the MagusNet Public Proxy. It uses Tor with OpenVPN and seems to be pretty good so far.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      May 17, 2011 at 1:30 am

       That's an interesting find! Is it easy to use? I can't seem to find a lot of blog coverage on it on Google.

  18. Chloe Austyn Holley
    May 16, 2011 at 11:37 pm

     Thanks! I'm totally addicted to Chrome, but I've always been a little suspicious of it knowing what I want seemingly before I do.

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