How Net Anonymity Works?

In practice, most of internet anonymous services are only exposing your net identity in a different manner, even more obvious and only in a noisier way!

Long story short, if your are concerned about so-called ‘Privacy‘, do Not rely on popular techniques and tools of net anonymity!

When you connect to a (Anonymous) VPN service to hide your real IP address, either free or paid, you just enter a private smaller, easier to monitor (of course does not necessary mean ‘eavesdropping’), easier to track part of the larger internet.

Do solutions like VPN really hide our net presence, or they only change our internet footprint exposure to an exclusive state?

That simply means, tracing back to you with each single element of your online movement bound and an integral part to your identity, aka ‘your unique online presence’ and your internet footprint or online signature, is much more easier and precise. Even not considering the fact, that no one can stay 100% hidden forever, or being naturally born hidden, which means you already have some (a lot of) footprint on larger public internet, and now with browsing for example via a private IP, you just consciously connect the dots for data brokers. This is not a fiction and it is actually happening practically when dealing with browser cache, cookies and many other server and client-side elements of your online activity.

Net Anonymity services simply change the scope of your identity exposure to a exclusive, limited and restricted environment which leads to a highly precise identification and a better, realistic version of your internet footprint!

The real Net anonymity is not achievable via popular online services. However, there are certain techniques which can be implemented via free simple tools on a paid dedicated hosting, within an small community, for example your family, or your friends. In a nutshell, it is technically possible to have practical and reasonable anonymous internet identity only via a private entity with a limited restricted ownership:

Get a dedicated physical server online, or set it up with dynamic DNS on your current home internet connection, setup a few application to mimic a fast HTTP and SOCK proxy and then route your peers via VPN or P2P protocols to real world. in this case, the footprint would belong to only that small community, and ‘retain’ and accessible only within that P2P network. With certain techniques, you can send and receive communication completely untraceable to individuals. This can be accomplished if you have an IT guru nearby.

Privacy: Does Cyberspace Leave Any For Us?!

What does ‘Privacy’ exactly mean to you, and is there anything left for us in cyberspace?

What does ‘Privacy’ exactly mean to you, and is there anything left for us in cyberspace?

‘Privacy’, ain’t mean anything to you? Actually you are lucky if you are young enough to accept that Cyberspace is an integral part of our living (perhaps you might even believe it is the main part of living!), but imagine one day you wake up and you are part of the Cyberspace with old definition of Privacy”, then you would be shocked and even paranoid about private aspects of your life, I bet you already are!

Privacy does not have the same definition, or expectations of 50 years ago, or even 10 years ago. That type of privacy does not exist within boundary of the Net, it simply does not apply to cyberspace anymore and the main driver for that is the way internet applications are setup and utilized, which force us to forget about privacy otherwise we won’t get the expected experience of the Net Applications.

Today’s Privacy means adversaries shouldn’t be able to get into your private life, otherwise all Net application providers have and supposed to have access to most private part of your life. They require you to disclose as much as possible or either you would be denied completely, or you won’t get particular key services of an online application. Note that you cannot necessary blame software in this case, as applications are where the limitation to privacy natively appears. An example is any web software which takes care of your filing taxes, or credit score… the application requires you to disclose ALL information to software, otherwise there is no value to application when any piece is missing, so you have to trust and maximize disclosure.

How you are going to talk about privacy when they know you more than yourself!

Privacy is simply collective and relative, there is no absolute unless you decide not to have any online presence, which is impossible because at least your bank knows about you and their systems are online. Privacy is collective but not selective, means some people know you better than yourself and some SHOULD NOT (doesn’t mean that they DO NOT!) but you cannot select who is doing what with your data out there, unless totally being departed and detached from society!

Privacy nowadays is the state of being only worried about adversaries, hackers and criminals, but not concerned about how application providers are with our your information. remember, even with regulation like GDPR, we ‘may’ be able to reduce exposure of our data, but we never able to erase information about ourselves, we perhaps can ask a data processor to forget about our data inside a database (assuming data never got into hands of bad guys) but we cannot ask them to forget about intelligence behind our data.

An example is when the intelligence of how you shop and what you shop is created within “cloudy sky of numerous Net applications“, no matter if you personally delete every single record of your shopping transactions within a website. So relax and change your definition of Privacy, you also may want to totally ignore VPN and anonymous web browsing which I will explain later Why you usually do not need them.