Different ways of surfing anonymously

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Many of the file sharing websites like Mediafire, Megaupload, Rapidhshare and torrent websites like torrentz.eu, monova.org, fenopy.eu etc. are blocked now in India in order to stop piracy of software and movies. But music and video lovers are looking for alternate ways to access these blocked websites. There are many alternative and secure ways to access these blocked websites without using proxy.

Using VPN Client

One of the easiest options is to use free VPN (Virtual Private Networks) services which can connect your network to remote servers in other countries and you can access these blocked sites easily. VPN uses a secure VPN tunnel to connect to remote sites through private channel. There are many free VPN services like proxpn, UltraVPN, OpenVPN etc. which can be downloaded free of cost. You can download the VPN client and install it on your desktop or laptop. Once you install and connect to the internet through VPN whatever data traffic and requests come from your machine will be sent in encrypted format through a secure VPN tunnel. Also the request will be anonymous and it won’t be possible to track your source IP address as NAT (Network Address Translation) happens which converts your private IP to public IP address.

Once you have installed the VPN you can automatically access any of the blocked sites as you will be accessing through a VPN server located remotely in some other country. Hence you can enjoy downloading your favorite movies and videos from websites like MegaUpload, Rapidshare, Mediarefire and other popular torrent websites even if you use HTTPS for secure connection. VPN is secure and safe way to access blocked sites and prevents your computer from getting attacked by spyware or malware. Many of modern browsers use VPN for connecting securely over internet.

Another option is use to free DNS services like Open DNS. You can use settings as 4.4.4.4 for preferred DNS and 8.8.8.8 for alternate DNS server. Once you download the VPN client install in your machine and restart it. Then start the VPN client by providing the username and password which is registered while downloading the VPN software. After that select any free server in USA, UK or any other foreign country and click Connect. You will notice the message that data transfer is SSL secure and now you are connected to internet through the VPN client. Now you can access any of blocked torrent websites and file sharing sites like Rapidshare or Megaupload easily.

Using Tor Browser for Anonymous Surfing

Another easy way for accessing blocked websites is by using proxy server. There are internet filters and firewalls which monitor user traffic and block access to such illegitimate sites. But using certain advanced tools you can bypass this filter and enjoy access to such blocked websites. One such tool is the Tor browser which was designed by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory for the purpose of anonymous and secure browsing.

In order to anonymously browse through internet without relying on external proxy server, you can use the Tor browser which can be downloaded freely from Tor website https://www.torproject.org/.

Tor ProjectOnce you download and install the Tor browser, start the application and open Vidalia control panel which automatically opens the Mozilla Firefox browser. Whatever requests come from your machine will get routed through anonymous servers maintained by Tor and will bypass internet filter which block access to specific websites. Hence, you can browse through your favorite file sharing and video sites without using an external proxy server. All, the user data will be erased from cache once you close the browser and is very secure.

EDITOR NOTE: There are many different ways you can access the internet, of which most are safe and legal. That said some methods could damage your computer and may not be legal in the country you are in, so always check beforehand – note by Christopher

8 thoughts on “Different ways of surfing anonymously

  1. Ranveer – Very cool post… I hadn’t heard of Tor, but plan to check it out. I’m guessing it is relatively safe, right (no spamware, etc)? I’ve been looking for a free tool that would protect my privacy online, and this sounds like it may work. Thanks

    • Christopher (admin team)

      I am unsure Buddha, hence my note at the bottom. If you are interested in using the service and do some research, do let us know your findings :-)

      Thanks for the comment, welcome to the community!
      Christopher – Admin Team

  2. Thank you so much Ranveer,

    This is certainly a great article, I know we’re not secure anymore in online world. Everytime anyone is tracing us and viewing our activities. I hope these mentioned tools would work the way you informed. I’m also going to try one of the tool to secure the my privacy.

  3. Frequently I have to go to Beijing & Kunming for my business. Lots of websites are blocked there. That’s why I use the VPN while I stay in China. By using the VPN the browsing becomes anonymous & so easy. I heard about TOR but I have never used it. But to visit the restricted/blocked sites VPN is a great solution.

    • Christopher (admin team)

      If you do try TOR, let us know how you get on. Likewise if you have any tips that aren’t listed above, feel free to share them.

      Thanks for the comment, welcome to the community :-)
      Christopher – Admin Team

  4. I use the “Hide my ass” VPN. It is awesome. There are lots of servers available to choose from different countries. I use in the monthly payment basis & it works smoothly to surf anonymously.

    • Christopher (admin team)

      Sounds like a good one to try out.

      Thanks for the comment Ashley, welcome to the community :-)
      Christopher – Admin Team

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