This Article is About
anonymous web
conspiracy theory
japanese anime
privacy on the internet
internet traffic
perverts
internet privacy
passwords
hackers
real world
Anonymous Web Surfing - Privacy Or Perversion?
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

I'll be the first to admit that when I heard about anonymous web surfing, I thought that it was something just for perverts. I pictured some guy in the basement of his parents home watching porn and worried that someone would find out about his Japanese anime streaming habits. While I'm sure that's part of the story, there are many more normal reasons to be anonymous on the internet. Privacy is one of them.

Most people have never really give a lot of thought to privacy on the internet. Sure, maybe you close the door when you log on, or you don't tell your friends you Facebook passwords, but these example are still IRL (In the Real World). But did you ever think that someone could be watching your internet traffic without you knowing?

Ok, so lets avoid the conspiracy theory stuff, and assume that the government isn't keeping tabs on its citizens. But did you know that 1 in 8 adults in The UK have an internet profile in The SIS? Have you heard about "Carnivore", and (successful) attempts to monitor internet traffic in The US? Sorry, I said I wouldn't get into conspiracy theory stuff.

So practically speaking, all of your traffic goes through your ISP. What they do with that information, I'm sure you're not aware of. I'm sure because I have no idea. Chances are nothing too interesting, but who knows.

Aside from that, websites you visit can track your IP. I know this because I had to track down a guy who owed me money. It was easy to set up a website, insert an IP tracking link, send the guy a few anonymous messages, have him click on the link, and have his IP recorded. Yeah, I know, James Bond stuff right? But the point stands that every link you click, every site you visit, every advertisement you check out could be recording your IP, and while most of the time it's just for harmless (but still annoying) advertising, who knows what "they" are going to do with this information.

Furthermore, anonymous web surfing can keep you safe from hackers. All the previous examples were kind of passive protection against advertising, spam, and other types of privacy invasion. Though you may have never been "hacked", it happens. Identity theft, zombie computers, and computer hijacking are all real things, that happen to real people.

One major security breach that most people don't realize is when you connect to the internet in a public place. This could be your office, dorm, hotel, airport, or local cafe. By connecting to the internet there, you're sharing a network with other users. When you share a network with other people, you're also giving them permission to monitor your traffic. With software called a "packet sniffer", other users can watch, intercept, and then use your private email address, passwords, login credentials, and perhaps even credit card numbers you use while connected to the public network.

Though there are many types of software to make you anonymous on the internet, virtual private networks are the most compete version. While some types of software only hide the IP address of your internet browser, VPNs create a virtual "tunnel" for you entire phone/computer, and all of your data, regardless of whether you're running chat software, downloading files, or just browsing, is hidden in this virtual tunnel.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Anonymous Web Surfing - 2 Sides To The Same Coin
The concept of anonymous web surfing has been under attack in recent years among many different interest groups and governments in different parts of the world. For many people, the thought of others being able to say what they want, without fear of retribution, is something that should not occur.…
By: Roderick B in  Computers and Technology   Jan 15, 2013  
0
  Likes: 1

Croatian Ip Address For Croatian Id Online
The internet is more divided than you might think, and if you're looking for a Croatian IP address for your phone, computer, or TV, then you've probably discovered that there are some websites that are unavailable outside of Croatia. It's also possible that you're looking for some privacy on the…
By:  in  Computers and Technology   Jul 15, 2012  
0
  Likes: 3

Donald Trump Demands to See Osama Bin Laden Death Certificate
Donald Trump Demands to See Osama Bin Laden Death Certificate or There is Nothing Like a Good Conspiracy Theory Conspiracy theorists the world over will never ever be satisfied or that was the gist of President Obama's speech when he made his own announcement about the death of Osama Bin…
By: Roger Brian Shann in  News and Society  >  Pure Opinion   May 05, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

The Pink Ribbon Myth
Another friend has just been diagnosed with cancer. Therefore, another friend is going to be put on the cancer merry-go-round that will use chemicals and knives to 'treat' this horrible disease. But this merry-go-round will not go round the prevention wheel. If prevention is never spoken of, the conditions that…
By: Dr Becky Spacke in  Health and Fitness  >  Womens Issues   Apr 19, 2012  
12
  Likes: 7

Private Web Surfing - Privacy Online
Is your privacy important to you? Probably. What you might not know is that your privacy is at risk every time you connect to the internet. Now I don't want this to sound like one of those conspiracy theory 'the government is watching you!' type warnings, but from a technical…
By:  in  Computers and Technology   Dec 12, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Using Software to Hide Your IP You Can Protect Your Privacy Online
Your IP address should be protected - its like your personal identification number for the internet. Even if you connect to the internet at public places, your individual devices can still be identified, traced, and intercepted. But conspiracy theory nerd stuff isn't all your IP address controls, and anyone who…
By:  in  Computers and Technology   Apr 08, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Hulu International
Rumors about Hulu international have been being spread since the launch of the site. Even today, when you type "Hulu international" into the search engines you get blog posts from back in 2008 and 2009 talking about Hulu Australia, Hulu UK, and Hulu Canada. Hulu has had the same message…
By:  in  News and Society  >  International   May 21, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Major Earthquake Hits DC
A couple of minutes ago I decided to pop over to google news to see what was shaking, and turns out the entire east coast was shaking. About an hour ago(from when I wrote this) a 5.8 magnitude earthquake with it's epicenter in virginia hit at 1:51pm according to the…
By: Thomas H in  News and Society  >  Pure Opinion   Aug 23, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Angel Beats Anime Review
If you are looking for a show that is both touching and downright hilarious, look no further. This Japanese anime is a wonderful, short romp through the lives of a handful of students attending a school in the afterlife where you can never die; the call themselves the 'Afterlife Battlefront'.…
By: Jonathan Hoover in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jun 10, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

What is Cryp1 Ransomware And How to Remove it
This is an article about a malicious program, which is called Cryp1. It is a virus that enters the user's computer, encrypts all the files that it can, and requires a ransom for their decryption. Such viruses are called ransomware, and are considered the most dangerous types of viruses. Their…
By: John137 in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Jun 08, 2016  
5
  Likes: 11

New Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 200 - 105 Icnd2 Exam Latest Dumps
Endexam have different 200-105 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2 v3.0) for different candidates. With these Endexam targeted training, the candidates can pass the exam much easier. A lot of people who participate in the IT professional certification exam was to use Endexam Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2…
By: aaron14 in  Computers and Technology  >  Certification Tests   Jun 08, 2016  
0
  Likes: 2

Killtest Offers Huawei Hcie - storage H13 - 629 Practice Questions And Answers For Learning
After you begin to use the H13-629 study materials together with H13-629 real and original exam questions and answers, you should understand the difference. Case for Huawei qualification can apply regarding employment everywhere in the earth. Huawei qualification may be the identity for ensure. An expert could strengthen his/her capacities…
By: Dolton2016 in  Computers and Technology  >  Certification Tests   Jun 08, 2016  
0
  Likes: 2

Fix Your Yahoo Issues Via Calling Certified Yahoo Customer Service Experts
Getting problem while working with Yahoo mail? Not to worry! Fix your Yahoo issues by Yahoo customer service. It is the place where you get solution for all your problems. No matter, whether the issue is big or small. For contact number of Yahoo service team you can refer the…
By: Joshua Beers in  Computers and Technology  >  Personal Tech   Jun 07, 2016  
0
  Likes: 1

App Store Optimization Service | Accumulate New Users for His Apps
Increasing the likelihood of people finding your app through the App Store's organic search all comes down to choosing the right keywords and text for your app's description. Lucky enough, Sensor Tower has great tools to help you app store optimization service here. Use the Keyword Rankings tool to understand…
By: Molly3 in  Computers and Technology  >  Personal Tech   Jun 07, 2016  
0
  Likes: 1

Three Methods to Restore Iphone After Factory Reset
When you have too many duplicates in your iPhone, you may want to erase all the data and reset iPhone to factory settings. After resetting iPhone, you will get all the data swept from iPhone, and you can restore the files from your iPhone, iTunes backup or iCloud backup. And…
By: ClarkW in  Computers and Technology  >  Data Recovery   Jun 07, 2016  
0
  Likes: 1

Article Views: 1782    Report this Article