Hide my IP address

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by cawe, Jun 29, 2010.

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  1. cawe

    cawe Registered Member

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    Hello
    I am concerned about online security and am looking to hide my IP address. I have looked at a lot of forums and various software applications but none of them do exactly what I want... I currently have 3 machines and ideally want something that would sit on my router and block/hide the IP automatically without me having to load a special browser. ). I also use have P2P so would want hide surfing as well as downloading. Any ideas or suggestions would be very welcome (someone recommended Anonymity 4 proxy).
    all machines are running Windows 7
     
  2. hierophant

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    What you may want is a router that can establish a VPN connection to an anonymity provider. There are many threads on Wilders about anonymity providers and VPN technologies. OpenVPN is good, and there are routers that run it. PPnP is not secure. IPSec is secure, but (from what I've read) much harder to configure.
     
  3. John Bull

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    Anonymous ID methods and Proxy`s cover a variety of means, from the simple to very complex systems, some you pay for. The subject of anonymous ID can become a paranoia and incredibly complicated and costly. Some experts make it a career and it can easily become a case of diminishing returns.

    Stick "anonymous browsing" in Google and have a bumper harvest. There are pages of possibilities.

    ME ? I am just an ordinary sod-surfer, nothing special and certainly nothing complicated. I don`t want to tie up the FBI`s code crackers trying to decipher who I am. So I go for simple but reliable freebies, there are lots of them and I have tried most.
    I never found any that searched and surfed like say Google, they all had disadvantages, but well worth a try.

    I use two for occasional wanders - Anonymouse.org and Hidemyass.com. Other than selective issues, I don`t pay too much attention to the subject.
    I only use them when I enter suspicious/risky sites or sites where I wish to remain hidden.

    You just have to read about them, select a few and try them. Don`t pay a cent, be careful - there are crooks in this game too. These Proxies are third party and I for one am not keen on being in the hands of a third party.
    John Bull
     
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    Hi;

    HotSpotShield and BitBlinder you may wanna take a look at...
     
  5. Longboard

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    "Hot Spot Shield" :
    :doubt:
    Hhmm:
    http://hotspotshield.com/privacy.php
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    http://hotspotshield.com/terms/

    Lots of reviews about...
     
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  7. John Bull

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    Just a point.

    When I visit a very dicey website like "Al Qaeda`s Happy Hour for all American`s". I use Sandboxie + an encrypted proxy (Hide My Ass) + AVG9 + Comodo Firewall Pro.

    Do you reckon that is a good bet for anonymity ?

    John B
     
  8. carlito77

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    I thought that it was technically impossible to hide your ip address. You can hide your phone number by having it unlisted but the authorities can always have access to it.
     
  9. John Bull

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    Dear Carlito,

    Sites do not have the same immense backup as authorities. We are not dealing with the CIA etc. I do not think that any normal Internet site can sniff you out when using an encrypted proxy. I have never found a single record in my cache or cookies that refer to the site I have visited, only to the selected proxy, which means nothing.

    Then on shut down of FF all cookies, cache, history etc. are deleted as per my configuration.

    John B
     
  10. Taliscicero

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    No, ISP will getcha, you know you gotta catch em' all.
     
  11. John Bull

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    Hi 3D,

    ISP may, but the dicey site won`t and that is what matters.

    John B
     
  12. Taliscicero

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    It will if your ISP alerts the police and they take you to guantanamo bay because they think your a terror suspect :)

    User -> RequestPolicy -> Firewall -> VPN -> Proxy "20 min change" -> Website.

    Its the only safe way.
     
  13. John Bull

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    My dear colleague,

    This thread is about ordinary net punters and a myriad of grotty sites.
    My solution explained will keep any John Doe from finding out who I am. After all, that is what proxies are used for. The conglomeration of sites on the net simply have`nt a clue and have no answer to it. They have no access to my ISP or anybody else and my proxy provider is a NO-NO.

    It is like having an ex-directory telephone number. Nobody can get it except official bodies with the necessary authority. My telephone provider will simply not divulge it to all the Joe Soap`s of this world.

    I think that explains it enough.

    John B
     
  14. Taliscicero

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    There is also issue of the fact, do you trust your proxy? you have no idea where or why its there, could be a honeypot for all you know :p

    I would rather use the free version of cyber-ghost then a proxy :)
     
  15. John Bull

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    Thanks 3D, very interesting indeed.

    I thought your CyberGhost sounded great so looked it up on the net. The general description is very attractive but the customer comments are a mass of trouble. "Not connected to the Internet" is common and cries of HELP to the vendors. Lots of waffle, fixing of bugs and updates.

    The comments are for IE. Linux is mentioned but seems to pose a problem. Could not see Firefox mentioned at all.

    My conclusion :- Not good enough for general release until it has been thoroughly tested and passed 100% customer friendly on download and install. Any disconnection disruption caused by CyberGhost is not acceptable.

    Looks good, but until they sort their house out and it works trouble free after installation with all the main browsers - IE, Firefox, Linux, Opera etc. Not for me. I`ll keep my eye on it, but that is as far as I will go.

    John B
    See :-
    http://www.how-to-hide-ip.info/2009/04/20/cyberghost-free-vpn-with-german-ip-address/
    http://www.cyberghostvpn.com/?language=en
     
  16. Dundertaker

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    Hi;

    "....do you trust your proxy?"

    Very interesting indeed...A lot really don't. http://www.how-to-hide-ip.info has a lot of valuable views there.

    HotSpotShield gave me a hard time when I decided to uninstall it...

    I hear Real-Hide IP is god but not freeware.

    Cheers!
     
  17. LockBox

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    Try reading about Project Vigilant - the size, the scope, the people and funding behind it and ask yourself if you can EVER trust any kind of proxy and/or paid VPN service again. Their fingers are in everything, everywhere.

    Read about it in this thread:
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=278692

    I can't believe the regulars in this forum aren't all over this. MUST-READ.
     
  18. John Bull

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    Actually, the subject of anonymity had been flogged to death on this Forum. There are many threads gong back a long way and all very well worth reading.

    That is not to say a new conversation is undesirable. It is good to rake over an old subject occasionally.

    Anonymous browsing can obviously develop into an extremely complicated discussion and to the fanatic an expensive and inconvenient prospect making one wonder if the trouble is worth the conclusion.

    So we have two segments of interest - the geeks and the punters. One goes for the ultimate security (if there is such a thing) and the other goes for some moderate solution resulting in a compromise that is the best practical solution and minimum cost, preferably Freeware.

    John B
     
  19. LockBox

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    If you're saying everything that can be said has been said. I disagree. Technology is always changing, governmental policies change, manufacturers change, it's always in flux. I've been reading and writing about privacy here at Wilders in these same forums since 2004 and one thing I have learned is that there's always something new. The story about Project Vigilant, for example, is one of the most disturbing I have read in years.
     
  20. John Bull

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    Of course I am not saying that, it would be a ludicrous statement to make. I am well aware that time marches on and so does development and techniques.

    Although I unfortunately put it rather crudely in my post, the inference of review is inherent in my statement :-
    "That is not to say a new conversation is undesirable. It is good to rake over an old subject occasionally."

    I am simply pointing out that the subject has previously been well discussed and these old threads should be read as subsidiary to this new thread - they are not all outdated.

    John B
     
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    I agree about the old threads. Sorry, I actually went back and read your post again and I had read it completely different the first time.
     
  22. CloneRanger

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    Moved
     
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  23. John Bull

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    HELP please ? CloneRanger is a valuable contributor to any question and rarely gets his bearings mixed up - why the "Moved" - Where to and why ?

    John B
     
  24. CloneRanger

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    Nice of you say so :thumb: though not everyone would always agree :D

    I originally posted it in this thread responding to Lockbox, then realised it would be better placed in here - https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=278692 - so i moved it to there, and deleted it from here ;)
     
  25. Taliscicero

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    There is only one way i know that you can have your privacy without too much hassle, you have to get a VPN and chain it with a Proxy and set your DNS to servers that are in countries without jurisdiction in your own country.

    The beauty to this is that even if they got your data they wont be able to use it for anything and will discard it.
     
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