I think everyone has heard about hacks, data leaks into the network, and the loss of millions due to the illegal actions of hackers. Nobody wants attackers to hack a computer or phone, gain access to a bank account, or leak personal photos and correspondence to the Internet. This article will help you learn the basics of information security, and you will understand how to ensure an adequate level of anonymity.
After reading the article, you will have an understanding of what antidetect browsers and browser fingerprints are. In addition, I will tell you what data is transferred to the server when working with websites or mail.
Why camouflage yourself online at all?
Anonymity on the Internet plays an important role for a number of reasons. Some of them include:
- Freedom of Speech: The Internet has always been a place where people can freely express their views and ideas without fear. On the other hand, anonymity allows people to more openly express their thoughts and communicate on various topics.
- Privacy: Anonymity on the Internet helps protect your personal information and prevent it from being used without your knowledge. First of all, this is especially important in the context of online tracking and personalized advertising.
- Security: Anonymity allows the user to protect themselves from potential cyber attacks, fraud and other criminal activities, prevent leakage of personal information and reduce the risk of extortion or blackmail.
Let’s discuss each of these reasons in more detail.
I think you have heard more than once how some social network user received a fine or a criminal record for a like or comment. And recently, “forbidden” social networks and services have appeared on the Internet. Many crypto exchanges and websites restrict access based on a person’s affiliation with a particular country, because this is very easy to check by IP address.
In addition, you, of course, have noticed more than once that after you “Google” something on the Internet, you begin to receive offers to purchase the product that interests you.
How do Internet resources get information about us?
The fact is that the servers receive data about your device, location, as well as many other parameters by which you can be identified. All this is collected and stored on servers, and this is how your digital identity is gradually formed. As a result, the server assigns a unique identifier to the user based on all the collected data; this is a browser fingerprint.
With the help of this data, corporations can find out your hobbies, desires, social circle and many other data from your real life. It is noteworthy that corporations that have access to big data know what advertising to show you, how to interest you, which means they can shape your desires and thereby quietly influence your life.
The topic of information security is also important. Imagine that you have one password for different services, mail, banks. Thanks to Big Data, you can compare your digital identity data and understand that postal addresses, bank credentials and other services belong to you. And then leaking the password of just one service may very well lead to the risk of hacking the rest of your data.
How can a simple user protect himself from all these risks? Let’s try to solve these problems, because in fact, it is not as difficult as it might seem at first glance.
How to achieve anonymity?
For this we need an anti-detect browser. Its trick is that it can simulate various devices on one computer. You can create profiles for working with mail, marketplaces and other services. Each profile will imitate a different device, making it harder for servers to build your digital identity because they will assume each profile is a different person.
However, it is still important to use VPN services; they mask your IP address and encrypt traffic. They also allow you to access blocked sites and services. You can use ready-made services, for a small fee, you will get the ability to spoof your location and data encryption. You can launch your own VPN, now this is done very simply, you will need to rent a server in the country you are interested in (to replace the geolocation) and configure, for example, https://getoutline.org.
Using anonymous email services. If you need to send an anonymous message, use anonymous email services that do not require registration or providing personal information.
Update your passwords regularly, use data encryption, and protect your devices from malware or hackers.
However, do not forget that anonymity on the Internet is ultimately not guaranteed; surveillance methods are constantly changing and improving. Therefore, it is important to be careful and use an up-to-date antidetect browser to ensure anonymity and security.