CrazyHowTo: How to Browse the Web Anonymously

Do you want to be able to search the web without seeing a related ad? Or you may want to browse the web without leaving a trace and maintaining your privacy. There are several ways to do it depending on your needs.

Searchers offering privacy

Browse and search the web privately with common products: Searchers and browsers. The frequently used search engine, Google, also offers ads as part of its service. If you have ever looked for something, for example half-used cars, have you noticed how mysteriously suddenly and half-used car ads? This is because Google uses the personalization of ads.

DuckDuckGo protects your privacy

The most popular search engine to protect your privacy is DuckDuckGo. DuckDuckGo search results come from a variety of sources. As explained by DuckDuckGo, search engine features by category, but without submitting your information to the search engine. This means that over time the results available on DuckDuckGo have been improving.

StartPage: Google Private

Unlike DuckDuckGo that integrates many sources, StartPage offers you a Google search, but anonymously. Without much going for the computer details, the goal of StartPage is useful for the same functionality of Google, using the same Google search, but without sending your information to Google during the process. Since it depends on the Google API, sometimes StartPage does not give the same variety of results as DuckDuckGo.

YaCy: Your Own Finder

YaC is a unique search engine and is installed on your own computer. It is an open source search engine that is part of a worldwide network on the web. If you wish, each user of YaCy can share the results of your private search anonymously. This means that there is no central server with all the information, which is an advantage. As a search engine running on your computer, no one is storing your information. The results are not censored, nor is there room to ask that a result is eliminated. It is a fairly lightweight program that is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. In fact as it has been written in Java, it runs on most platforms.

Browsers that protect your privacy

There are plugins and modifications for common browsers with more privacy. But in many cases it may be easier to install a browser designed to protect your privacy. The other option to make your favorite browser sea more private are the mentioned functions, incognito mode or private window, depending on your browser.

Let’s start with an explanation of private windows. All browsers and offers a private way. This mode does not use cookies, it uses to record your information on your computer. Cookies have their use, when they enter your email on the web for example, a cookie is used to give you access after entering your username and password. But cookies are also used to personalize your ads and record where you surf the web.

That is why private mode will not work and enter into Google and Facebook after opening your private window. Cookies created during your session are not saved, but in any case leave the crawl after entering your preferred page. If you want to go beyond private mode, there is a browser that offers more privacy.

Tor Browser: Browsing privately

Tor Browser offers you private mode automatically and privacy even from your internet service provider. He does it through the Tor red. Tor is a global network that allows you to access the Internet anonymously. For example, if you visit DuckDuckGo in a normal browser, your internet service provider and all the networks between you and DuckDuckGo you will see that you visited a DuckDuckGo.

In contrast, if you do the same in Tor Browser, the browser first makes a connection to the Tor network, and directs your visit privately to DuckDuckGo. Tor Browser is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

There are many more options to browse and search privately. Share your favorite browser or search engine in comments.