[NetBehaviour] Surfing anonymously has its drawbacks.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Sep 14 12:16:28 CEST 2006

Surfing anonymously has its drawbacks.

The Wall Street Journal.

AP) - It makes some of us nervous that Google and other Web companies 
are building huge collections of data about our surfing habits. But 
doing something about it means dealing with a lot more inconvenience 
than most of us are willing to abide by. That is what I learned in my 
week of trying to be invisible, at least online.

There are several ways of surfing anonymously; the most common involves 
going "stealth." The idea is to surf as you normally would, but mask the 
information that could be used to discern your identity. This means 
cloaking your Internet protocol address, a unique number identifying a 
computer on the Web. That way, companies can't tell your PC searched on 
"avoiding taxes."

Last month, after AOL leaked Web-search data from 650,000 customers, 
infuriating privacy advocates, I decided to go anonymous via a program 
called Anonymous Surfing. There are other anonymizing programs, such as 
Tor. Their users include, besides privacy-conscious surfers, undercover 
detectives and corporate whistleblowers.


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