A surprising amount of information about you can be gathered as
you surf the Web–including the operating system you use, the sites
you’ve visited recently, your geographic location, and possibly
your company (based on your IP address).
To keep these pieces of information private, try Tor, a free
program that protects your anonymity as you surf. Tor takes all of
your Internet communications, including instant messaging and other
Internet applications, and sends them around a large network of
“onion” routers that are Tor servers, making it impossible for
sites or people to invade your privacy.
The Tor download includes other software that you need for
maintaining your privacy–notably Privoxy, a proxy program. The
programs work well together; and because the software
self-configures, they are simple to use. Tor runs in your system
tray. To become anonymous, right-click the icon and choose Start.
From that point on, you’ll be anonymous. To stop surfing
anonymously, right-click again and choose Stop. You can even change
your Tor identity for maximum cloaking.
Note: This program is donationware. It is free to try,
but the author accepts and encourages donations towards further