As concern about internet privacy grows and grows, more and more people are actively seeking to browse the web anonymously. There are various ways to avoid being identified or tracked on the internet, although, in fact, “attempt to avoid” might often be more appropriate. Online anonymity can often feel like a fleeting goal, and a problem as complex as online privacy has no solution that is bulletproof under all circumstances.
Besides rather simple options such as proxy services or virtual private networks (VPNs), there are other services that you can use in order to hide your surfing habits from your Internet Service Provider (ISP), government, or the very websites you’re visiting. Let’s look at the benefits and downsides of three easy-to-use anonymity networks – Tor, I2P, and Freenet.