Lantern: unblock websites

lantern_compBlocking access to websites is a common practice by governments in different countries. Somehow they fail to realize that there are thousand routes to a website and millions of users are smarter that a handful of government IT department workers. For example, very recently the Indian government decided to invade the personal rights and privacy of individuals (probably based on very vague and misunderstood ethical or cultural considerations) and went ahead to block a number of porn websites. Protests ensued and they revoked it within days. Continue reading Lantern: unblock websites

vpnbook: access from Ubuntu

anonymousWe explored how to use FrootVPN earlier and vpnbook isn’t much difference. You don’t need to create a user account with vpnbook and it’s 100% free. Servers are available in Europe as well as US. To use the service, visit vpnbook and click on the tab openvpn. Note down the username and password. Download any of the bundles. Continue reading vpnbook: access from Ubuntu

tor + privoxy: anonymous browsing on Ubuntu

tor_compWhile the tor-browser (a firefox mod) uses the Tor network for anonymity by default, you can also configure your favourite browser or stock Firefox to use the Tor network. The tor network is a bandwidth sharing network with advanced algorithms to route your data anonymously. Continue reading tor + privoxy: anonymous browsing on Ubuntu

FrootVPN: encrypted anonymous VPN

anonymousUpdate: FrootVPN is no longer free.

FrootVPN is a (The Pirate Bay endorsed) free VPN service that routes all your network traffic anonymously through servers in Stockholm. The mechanism is different from Tor, where network bandwidth is randomly shared among the users. As per the claims on the FrootVPN website, the traffic is fully anonymous, censor free and no user information is saved in the servers. Continue reading FrootVPN: encrypted anonymous VPN

Tor Browser Bundle: online anonymity

tor_compTo ensure an enhanced degree of online anonymity, try the Tor Browser Bundle which uses the Tor network. You do not need to install anything separately as the bundle will take care of that. Using the Tor network may slow down your network speed a little. It is available for the major desktop operating systems. Tor is not completely invincible but it provides high anonymity. Check this cool video on how to find and use Tor bridges and unpublished relays. These are for those situations where your ISP blocks the well-known Tor network IPs. Tor Browser Bundle uses Firefox along with a few security related extensions as the browser. Continue reading Tor Browser Bundle: online anonymity