Archive for the ‘Anonymity’ Category
The “Copyright Alert System,” aka “six strikes,” is here. There is no changing that fact. The cable companies are watching everything you download and every site you browse. Our privacy on the internet is gone. The internet providers are watching torrent sites and bittorrent swarms. Trying to catch any illegal downloaders of mp3, music, movies or anything else they decide is wrong. They are not just watching peer to peer programs, they are watching everything.
We need a way to protect ourselves on the internet. I have found a great service that takes care of everything. It is called Private Internet Access. This company supplies you with an anonymous VPN tunnel to protect your privacy. Private Internet Access does not keep VPN logs, so even if your internet provider requests customer information there is nothing for them to provide.
- IP CLOAKING
- IDENTITY PROTECTION
- UNCENSORED ACCESS
You get all of this for $39.95 for the Whole Year!
Not only that, but they have servers around the world. So if you need to download anything you can route your connections though countries that have more relaxed copyright laws. You can also watch the BBC, or if your outside the united states, you can watch your favorite team at home. They provide access through:
- US – East
- US – Midwest
- US – West
- US – Texas
- US – Denver
- US – California
- US – Seattle
- US – Florida
- Canada (Toronto)
- UK (London)
- UK (Southampton)
You can set up the VPN access on just about anything and they have great how tos on their site. Supported platforms include:
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP/2k3
- Windows NT/2k
- Mac OS X 10.8
- Mac OS X 10.7
- Mac OS X 10.6
- Mac OS X 10.5
- Mac OS X 10.4
- iPad PPTP
- iPad IPSEC/L2TP
- iPhone/iTouch PPTP
- iPhone/iTouch IPSEC/L2TP
- Android PPTP (2.3.4)
- Android IPSEC/L2TP
- Android OpenVPN (root)
- DD-WRT PPTP
- DD-WRT OpenVPN
- Tomato OpenVPN
- PfSense OpenVPN
This can also protect you when doing your banking or private business while on un-trusted networks. Do not trust your internet providers to protect you, this is something you must do for yourself.
Why would you need a SSH Tunnel? You may want to get around a firewall or just encrypt your communications so prying eyes can not see what you are doing online. On Linux/Unix system you can tunnel all of the traffic from your local box to a remote box that you have a shell account on. You can do the same with Android, and here is how:
First you will need to download some software from the Android Market. The following are FREE apps.
SSH Tunnel This will build the tunnel for your browser to use.
Firefox, a good browser with an easy tunneling add on.
Install all three.
Then you will need a SSH account somewhere. There are a lot of free SSH services out there. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to hear my favorite, or run a google search and I am sure you will find a couple. Make sure they support SSH Tunneling. Sign up and get a user name and password. You can also use your own SSH server if you have one.
Now open up your SSH Tunnel program on your Android device. and put in your credentials. Hostname, Username, Passowrd, click on the Use SOCKS Proxy click box and make note of the port. It was 1984 for me. Activate the SSH Tunnel by clicking on the Tunnel Switch Check box (tunnel has to be activated every time you use it).
Next open the Firefox browser and go to the Add Ons in options. Open the options for Proxy Mobile. Set Use Proxy, set SOCKS proxy to 127.0.0.1 and SOCKS port to 1984 (or the port you used on SSH Tunnel).
Your Tunnel should now be working! Enjoy and use wisely.
Anonymous browsing is simply browsing the World Wide Web with most of your identity hidden. Browsing anonymously is easy with Ubuntu or Debian. I have some easy steps to get you going.
You’ll need to set up our package repository before you can fetch Tor. First, you need to figure out the name of your distribution. If you’re using Ubuntu 9.10, it’s “karmic”, while 9.04 is “jaunty”, 8.10 is “intrepid”, and 8.04 is “hardy”. If you’re using Debian Etch, it’s “etch”, and Debian Lenny is “lenny”.
Then add a line to your sources.list file
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org <DISTRIBUTION> main
where you substitute the above word (etch, lenny, sid, karmic, jaunty, intrepid, hardy) in place of <DISTRIBUTION>.
Then add the gpg key used to sign the packages by running
gpg –keyserver keys.gnupg.net –recv 886DDD89
gpg –export A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89 | sudo apt-key add –
Now refresh your sources and install Tor by running
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tor tor-geoipdb
Simply make sure you have universal repositories and then:
sudo apt-get install privoxy
Edit the file “/etc/privoxy/config” doing for example using nano:
sudo gedit /etc/privoxy/config
Add the following line (anywhere in the file is fine):
forward-socks4a / localhost:9050 .
That last . is very important don’t forget it.
Starting Services and Checking Status
sudo /etc/init.d/tor start
sudo /etc/init.d/privoxy start
Check that the service is running on port 9050
netstat -a | grep 9050
You should see the following output:
tcp 0 0 localhost:9050 *:* LISTEN
Now ad the tor button to your browser. Open Firefox, Go to Tools > Add-ons, In the search bar put in TorButton. When it finds it install the add-on. Restart Firefox and click on the Tor button in the lower right hand corner of the browser.
Test your installation:
There you have it, be safe and smart.