What is the best way to keep your web access on a network untraceable?
October 4, 2012 6:55 PM Subscribe
What is the best way to keep your web usage on a network hidden from anyone who might be snooping packet traffic?
posted by anonymous to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
If I setup Firefox to use a web proxy, could the owners of a gateway I use track my web usage beyond me having a connection to a web proxy?
Essentially I'm looking for the best way to not get picked up by any sort of analysis software (for instance, router logs or even packet sniffers) running on a network. Or at minimum only have the appearance of being connected to a web proxy address to anyone who may be monitoring traffic.
I have a VPN connection that I've setup on my home network, and currently that is what I use. I think (err..hope) it is a secure tunnel that shields me to some extent... I don't like it though because I don't like the constant connecting/disconnecting. It would be nice if I could just configure a web browser, such as Firefox, to go through a secure web proxy so I know that activity done in that window cannot be seen by whoever might be monitoring traffic.
Are there any particular web proxy services you can recommend? I'm considering setting up one using my home connection but I only have a 3mbps upload stream (but I'm already paying for the connection so why not). I don't really care if a connection to my home IP address is logged. Its a pretty useless number, and I suppose it links to my identity but I don't really care about that because I'm not doing anything illegal (I just want an extra layer of privacy when operating on public networks for instance). This isn't to get around any internal firewall blocks; nothing like that.
Thanks for your advice.