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cover your tracks on internetI can see you – well, your computer – naked. This statement is true when we are discussing the internet. Ordinary people would be amazed about much information can be retrieved from someone’s computer everytime that computer is connected to the net.

The paranoids have said that this information can and will be abused. Either by some government organization somewhere in their attempt to monitor and control all communications, or by marketers to determine ‘the customer’s profile’ to be able to ‘provide better service’. That’s why the paranoids are crazy about anonymous internet surfing Anonymous Internet Surfing with Tor Anonymous Internet Surfing with Tor Read More and make sure to cover their tracks on internet. It’s crucial to cover your tracks on the internet.

Personally speaking, I haven’t reached the privacy paranoid level yet, but I always could use some anonymity here and there – and I’m sure that everybody else does too.

JAP (JonDo)

Usually I use Toonel Faster Internet & Anonymous Net Surfing Through Toonel Faster Internet & Anonymous Net Surfing Through Toonel Read More to hide my tracks, but I accidentally ran into another application called JAP (JonDo) and decided to give it a try. It’s another “cover your tracks” software which gives users the ability to stay anonymous online.

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Some have said that this one is the best out there. The degree of the featured software anonymization abilities is so good that in 2004 the German police, while investigating cases related to child pornography, insisted on opening a back door to the product allowing them complete access. Even though the required modification was performed, it was subsequently removed as a result of court action by JAP.

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You can download JAP from their download page, and they have one for everybody – Windows, Mac, Linux, and OS/2. They also have Java and (still in alpha) a Firefox version.

How Does It Work?

An ordinary internet connection will use a traceable address that can track which site you were visiting, and who your internet service provider (ISP) is. By knowing this, people can also tell where you come from. If there’s someone with ‘authority’ who wanted to push things a little bit further, they would be able to trace the specific location of your computer.

JAP will re-route your connection via a single static address which is shared by many JAP users. That way you become one among the many similar users. Neither the visited website nor an eavesdropper can determine which user visited which website.

So, instead of connecting directly to a Web Server, JAP uses integrated proxy services that hide the real IP address through a proxy mix cascade that effectively hides the identity of any one single user among the connections of all the other users – making it impossible, even for the proxy provider, to determine which IP belongs to which user.

Configuring Your System

After installing JAP, you need to configure your browser to use the local proxy server (127.0.0.1 – and the installer will tell you which port to use) for web browsing. Windows’ Firefox users can do this by going to Tools –> Options –> Advanced, then select the Network tab and choose Settings. Different browsers will have slightly different menus, but I’m sure everybody can get it right without too many difficulties.

If you want to stay hidden for any other activities besides browsing, you would also need to reconfigure the proxy settings for other applications which are connected to the internet. JAP supports various internet protocols such as: HTTP, HTTPS, FTP (download only), and Gopher; while file sharing, P2P, chat, IM, email and Internet telephony are unsupported.

To use the service, just do your normal internet activity while turning the JAP on. The provided control panel allows you to turn anonymity on or off, and also displays the current level of security. JAP comes pre-configured with several free service providers and also supports pay services. Services run by universities and other public infrastructures are free of charge for the user.

Have you used JAP? Or do you use another anonymity service?  Please share your opinion and/or information regarding this issue using the comment section below.

  1. j4mp3z
    January 2, 2010 at 12:56 am

    anybody had tried packetiX? http://www.packetix.net/en/ its fast n anonymous, server base in Japan-Sukuba University..u can signup as client for a 60 days trial n u get premium user speeds..wuuzzz

  2. Chinedum
    September 23, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Jap is good can anyone help me with manual settings for faster free services?

  3. Serenity1961
    March 24, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you very much. I'll try it.

  4. Baking Chef
    January 30, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    i'm not concerned enough with my anonymity to wait for pages to load that slow

  5. Mike
    January 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Can someone tell me if this allows you to obtain several dynamic public IP addresses each time you access it or will it only provide one static address for all of its users?

  6. Guy McDowell
    January 28, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Holy Cow Hunted...you're not kidding are you? Read your blog. Even if this is a fiction, it's still a really cool blog.

  7. Hunted
    January 27, 2009 at 11:27 am

    I've been on the run from the authorities for more than a year now and the only service I trust for surfing and checking emails at the moment is TOR and to send my emails I use the mixmaster remailers (novo-ordo.com/mmif.php). Any service based in Germany is, for me, a big NO NO! I'm still at large so I guess I'm doing something right :-)

  8. Timothy
    January 26, 2009 at 11:55 am

    thanks for the info. Even though the image at the top of the post is totally creepy

  9. Bored
    January 26, 2009 at 6:12 am

    I reccomend people investigate the history of JAP and the controversy surrounding it.
    I believe that TOR and suchlike are fly-paper.
    In this age, you can be certain that *nothing* will escape the interest of the interested.

  10. krishna
    January 25, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Hi,

    The problem facing using JAP is when I opened a website I am getting the outcome as proxy refused the connection error in firefox. What's the problem with this? and how to solve this ?

  11. Cocox
    January 25, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    CM - Cool avatar! Now we can see you even when you're anonymous :-) DUH!

  12. Mr. X
    January 25, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    How do you know that is really CM's photo? Maybe he downloaded someone else's face from Facebook. Isn't that what facebook is for anyway - creating false identities?

  13. a
    January 25, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    If its not using SSL or stronger its not helping.

  14. ?
    January 25, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    CM - it's not very anonymous of you to have your face as your avatar

    • Nicbot
      January 26, 2009 at 12:14 pm

      hahahahahahaha

  15. CM
    January 25, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    What about anonymizer.com?

  16. mario
    January 25, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    JAP is available in a free and a paid version. Proxy chains are shorter in the free version, and there are only few to chose from. Paid version should be faster, cause you are guaranteed a minimum speed (64 kbit/s).

  17. krishna
    January 25, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Hi,
    Is it free to use?
    The problem with ultrasurf is it can't be used effectively in firefox and it will not allow the websites to open returns error.

  18. ultrasurf
    January 24, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    anybody recommends ultrasurf, freegate, gpass, tunnel??

  19. Mononofu
    January 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Why not recommend TOR?
    It is independent of any larger organization or company (JAP's mixes are run by different universities and companies, and thus prone to supervision), and you can also create your own nodes.

  20. mario
    January 24, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    JAP is a good (but slow) way to show fake-IPs to the websites your visiting. But I would not recommend JAP, if you really want to leave no traces behind, especially for user from Germany or the European Union. German law for Data Retention forces anonymization services to log every users IP. This is done in order to create a database for potential investigations. JAP, a service of a german university, has made clear that they are logging IPs since 01/01/2009. So if you are searching for really strong anonymity, don`t use german (or european) anonymizers.

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