Trusting your Internet service provider and browsing software with your privacy is like trusting a fox to guard the hen house. ISPs keep a log of every site you visit and browsers store the pages you view in a temporary cache and sites you visit in a history file. Corporations, Internet marketers, government agencies and hackers all have motives for invading your privacy. Here's how you can stop them from doing it.
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IDsecure was "PC Magazine's" editor's choice for best anonymous browser in 2001. According to the magazine, it's "the most effective way to maintain your anonymity when you're browsing." The magazine tested seven proxy browsers and IDzap's premium IDsecure service was more user friendly and faster than the others. IDzap also has a free standard service that took third-place honours. IDzap's premium service works so well because it encrypts all the data your browser sends and receives. It also goes a step further by replacing the names and addresses of sites you visit with unreadable random characters.
In early 2010, technology review site "Idiot Code" reviewed 15 anonymous browsing applications and XeroBank's xB Browser was one of the best. XeroBank's service is similar to IDzap's IDsecure. You can download XeroBank's free xB Browser and use it with the anonymous Tor network (which is also free) or you can subscribe to a premium service and access a much faster virtual private network. xB Browser is completely portable so it even runs from a USB drive. It encrypts all of your browsing activities, doesn't save cookies or history files and keeps all its data in the browser's program folder, not scattered around your computer.
GPass is a totally free anonymous browsing tool that is also one of "Idiot Code's" top picks. Any Internet transmission is possible with the GPass software including e-mail and instant messenger communications and even audio and video streaming. GPass uses the free Skype and Tor networks as its proxies and it encrypts everything it sends and receives. The GPass software also runs without installation and has a built-in firewall.
When Germany's "Project Anonymity in the Internet" created JAP, it broke the mould. Unlike other anonymous browsers that rely on a proxy server and encryption to secure your anonymity, JAP combines encryption with multiple intermediary connections they call "mixes." JAP links the mixes of its users in a sequence called a "mix cascade." and users can choose different mix cascades for their browsing sessions. The result is a totally random and unpredictable Internet connection that's almost impossible to trace since every user is hidden within the connections of other users.
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