The internet’s resounding promise to democratize knowledge is beginning to ring a little hollow. Recent revelations have led to the World Wide Web seeming more like a trap that ensnare us, rather than a springboard to freedom. Increasingly it is the large corporations and government agencies who are the spiders pulling the strings.

Is it possible to use the internet without being the unwitting victim of surveillance and control? Can you stay anonymous online? In this frank assessment we name the three main ways you can protect your privacy, and we assess the pros and cons of each.

When the NSA hit the news for surveillance tactics that went well beyond any national security concern, it came to light that they had surreptitiously installed monitoring software on the computers of citizens who weren’t even suspected of any crime. In fact, 90% of the people they were watching weren’t being monitored for as much as a minor offence.

Such actions have led some big names to go public on the need for internet anonymity. Tim Berners-Lee responded to the growing threat to our privacy by calling for an internet bill of rights, or an online ‘Magna Carta’, to protect us from the very real threat of government and corporate control.

“The power to abuse the open internet has become so tempting both for government and big companies,” warned the British computer scientist who invented the web 25 years ago.

In the face of this many internet users are exploring ways they can protect their anonymity online. In the infographic below we show how the visibility of your IP address leaves you vulnerable to having your online behavior monitored, tracked and recorded by hackers, governments and corporations. Are there any ways that you can stop leaving your digital fingerprints all over the sites you visit?

We review the three most common, identifying how easy they are to use, how effective they are and whether they limit your current online experience in any way. So if you have ever wondered how to use proxy servers, set up a VPN (Virtual Private Network) or encrypt your data with Tor, then you can get the lowdown on each.

Today, your every action online can be monitored, but we’ll show you how to evade this surveillance and maintain an anonymous presence online in this nice infographic by Who Is Hosting This?

Tips and Tricks to Stay Anonymous Online for Privacy and Security

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