What are the best resources for anonymous browsing?

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    #1Hotspot Shield

    Hotspot Shield

    Hotspot Shield is a public virtual private network (VPN) service provider which protects your identity by hiding your IP address from prying eyes. This VPN is suitable for streaming, browsing, gaming and file sharing. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Randy Stevens
    Written on June 24, 2019
    "For me free & effective = best. Glad this is at the top of the list. Hotspot Shield's free plan is helpful with a daily and monthly cap and even if I'm a nethead, it isn't possible to cap your limit, so that's good :D"
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    #2Dragon Internet Browser

    Dragon Internet Browser

    Fast and versatile Internet Browser based on Chromium (Google Chrome), with the highest level of security. Dragon Internet Browser stops cookies and other web spies from invading your browsing history and hacking into your system.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Aarav Malik
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "Things have been chaotic with the current changes in politics. I no longer feel safe doing basic web browsing and I just want the peace of mind I'm not being tracked by a nosey and malicious government. I love this browser and it gives me the best of chrome without even more privacy. This is precisely the thing needed to feel comfortable as I go about doing my daily browsing."
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    #3[TUTORIAL] How to Browse the Web Anonymously

    [TUTORIAL] How to Browse the Web Anonymously
    From turning on your browser's incognito mode, to downloading a plugin to erase your tracks, here are some tips on surfing the web without leaving (too much of) a trail.
    Articles

    Free

    Paul Porter
    Written on February 23, 2017
    "Thank you for posting all these helpful hints! I'm not doing anything secretive online, but I hate the thought of Google or others tracking my online movements. Thank you for showing me how to stop Google from tracking me. Great article!"

WHAT’S THE MEANING?

When a person is browsing the web anonymously, it means that his or her personal information are hidden from the websites they visit. This can be done by hiding or changing their IP address using VPNs, using a proxy server, or by disabling cookies, plug-ins, and anything else that can be used to identify and track down a user.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that websites use cookies to track a user’s activity? Cookies are useful for things like storing information, so users don’t need to re-enter them and gathering statistics about which browsers are visited the most. Over time, cookies can be used to develop a profile that can serve as a digital fingerprint. However, cookies can also be used by servers to provide ads that are based on a person’s browsing activity. Using cookies, advertising companies can show the user ads that are targeted to their interests.

Cookies also help with government surveillance. Against their will or completely unbeknownst to Internet users, government agencies can track and keep information about its citizens. Surveillance can have its pros, as the government can monitor whether or not a citizen is committing or participating in a crime, and they can track any activity that they deem suspicious. However, the data they are using is not always legally obtained, causing a debate to flare up between the government’s invasion of its citizens’ privacy and the government’s responsibilities to maintain national security.

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    #4[TUTORIAL] How to use Tor Browser

    [TUTORIAL] How to use Tor Browser
    Tor offers multiple levels of protection to ensure that your online activities, location and identity are kept entirely private. In this article you will learn how it works.
    Articles

    Free

    Samuel Harper
    Written on March 10, 2017
    "Tor and the tutorial on how to use it was absolutely great. Sometimes it's interesting what you can find underneath the surface of the internet, and sometimes you want to do it anonymously. Tor is great for that; it gives you complete privacy with whatever you're trying to do. It feels good knowing you're anonymous. The directions were really easy to follow as well, and the whole process didn't take long at all."
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    #5Tor Browser

    Tor Browser

    Tor Browser is a free multiplatform web browser developed with privacy in mind. It lets users browse the internet anonymously and privately, reducing the risk of personal data breaches and hacks. It is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Joe Bryant
    Written on February 6, 2017
    "Its a big deal for me to stay anonymous online. I just don't want my previously visited websites turning up again in a different browsing session. This Tor browser is a perfect resource for anonymous browsing because it lets me to use Tor on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux without needing to install any software and is portable. "
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    #6InBrowser

    InBrowser

    InBrowser is a free private web browser that features TOR, Adobe Flash, and video support. I also sport agent cloaking and tabbed browsing. InBrowser is available for Android mobile devices.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Kenneth Harvey
    Written on March 11, 2017
    "I think that this is a decent browsing system. They provide great features that will be significant to the functions of the app. I also really like the in-app video portion because I enjoy watching videos. I enjoy using this app because I constantly check many of my confidential information such as medical sites and this proves this without breeze. This is awesome for people who value their privacy. The only suggestion that I would like is to have options for other languages. Right now, they only allow English and Swedish. Overall, a great app."
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    #7Privoxy

    Privoxy
    Privoxy is a non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for enhancing privacy, modifying web page data and HTTP headers, controlling access, and removing ads and other obnoxious Internet junk.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Roy Ramos
    Written on February 24, 2017
    "This pretty much seems like a one size fits all application. After all, aren't we all craving more privacy on the internet. Thank goodness some creative people have come up with this idea."
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    #8Ghostery

    Ghostery

    Ghostery is a private and security-related browser extension and mobile browser application developed by David Cancel. It aims to help users spot and block advertisements from a webpage.

    Apps

    Web, Chrome Browser Extension, Firefox Browser Extension, Opera Browser Extension, Android, iOS

    Free

    Zheng Hao
    Written on June 24, 2019
    "App's a pretty good resource to browse the internet anonymousely since it has anti-tracking tools. Forgot what it was called lol It's useful especially now when almost everyone's on a phone rather than a PC/laptop"
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    #9Orfox

    Orfox

    Orfox is a free web browser based on Tor Browser's source code with a few adjustments in terms of privacy. It has built-in NoScript and HTTPSEverywhere add-on. Orfox is available for Android mobile devices.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Tiffany Lee
    Written on November 9, 2017
    "If you're looking for a different Android browser, this one is good. It's similar to Firefox, which is my favorite desktop browser, but it offers more privacy. It does have some issues, such as not being able to screenshot, but it's alright."
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    #10Anonymous on the Web: The Basics

    Anonymous on the Web: The Basics
    Are you worried about privacy on the Web? This post talks about anonymous browsing on the Web, the ability to browse the Web without being tracked.
    Websites

    Free

    Jose Soto
    Written on March 12, 2017
    "Checking out this page is a must if you are worried about your privacy on the web. I was so sick of surfing a website, and then getting tons of spam about every topic I looked up. Plus, with all the things people can do on the web today there is no privacy anymore. Very informational, and it is kind of scary the way companies can get so much information about you, so it's worth a look at how to surf the web anonymously."
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    #11Red Onion

    Red Onion

    Red Onion is a full-fledged Tor-powered browser that offers you a real solution, with multiple tabs, customizable start screen, built in ad-blocker, history, bookmarks, and much much more.

    Apps

    iOS

    $1.99

    Carolyn Salazar
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Tired of companies being able to track what you are doing online? This is a solid solution for browsing without leaving your fingerprints everywhere. No more "suggestions" from companies for something you have previously viewed coming back to you. "
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    #12Epic

    Epic

    Epic is a private browser that immediately disables lots of the most common ways your privacy is comprised when you are surfing the web as it doesn't save your history, no autofill feature and more. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Amit Subramanium
    Written on February 27, 2017
    "Epic Privacy Browser seems to be a great resource for blocking anyone or thing that maybe tracking you online. While many, if not most of us, are regular ordinary internet users we still hate the thought that someone is following our every move to figure out how and what to sell us. You also have the websites that are, well, embarrassing to be caught viewing if your mom happens along. On this website it offers solutions as well as programs to prevent this type of thing happening. There is plenty of information about who and what they are as well as how they have been reviewed."
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    #13NewIPnow

    NewIPnow
    With NewIPNow.com, you can use our IP addresses to manage your web identity: browse the web anonymously, change your location, secure your browsing history and start fresh with a new IP any time.
    Websites

    Free

    Justin Wagner
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "A little complicated and maybe overkill when it comes to VPN style things, but it's passable. Honestly I'd just suggest Tunnel Bear for its ease of use and support."
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    #14Iron Browser

    Iron Browser

    SRWare Iron is a real alternative to Chrome. The browser is based on the Chromium-source and offers the same features as Chrome but without the critical points that the privacy concern.

    Apps

    Android, Windows

    Free

    Chan Wang
    Written on February 7, 2017
    "Fast and smooth, this browser works way better than Chrome does and it is also available for Linux Mint it's about the best browser I have seen. It is a very fast and quick, unlike Firefox. Regarding anonymous browsing, it still does have you sign in to all the sites so I'm not too sure how effective this really is."
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    #15Filterbypass

    Filterbypass
    FilterBypass is a free anonymous web proxy which allows people all over the world to bypass internet filters and enjoy unrestricted browsing.
    Websites

    Free

    Ricardo Andrade
    Written on April 17, 2017
    "The solution explains what a "free anonymous proxy" is to the layman. It also explains that many of the major streaming portals, as well as the major social networks, are accessible through this."
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    #16Brave Browser

    Brave Browser
    Brave Web Browser is a free web browser focused on ad blocking, security protection, data optimization and an enhanced battery experience for the user. It is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android devices.
    Software

    Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux

    Free

    Ajay Kapur
    Written on November 20, 2018
    "Built in anonimity and it lets me browse without fear of hackers and spies"
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    #17Use DuckDuckGo and Brave for total privacy

    Use DuckDuckGo and Brave for total privacy

    Use DuckDuckGo and Brave for total privacy is an article on the Softonic website which teaches users how to simultaneously use 2 different software in order to browse the internet safe and privately.

    Articles

    Free

    Adrián Vega
    Written on January 7, 2019
    "Didn't know this was possible. Yhyh, it's a simple trick but I'm really not that techi lmao. It works and I feel kinda safe-ish when I did it. I also didn't get any ads while browsing :D"

Summary

Best What are the best resources for anonymous browsing
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Hotspot ShieldSoftware 122 Free
2Dragon Internet BrowserSoftware 83 Free
3[TUTORIAL] How to Browse the Web AnonymouslyArticles 58 Free
4[TUTORIAL] How to use Tor BrowserArticles 52 Free
5Tor BrowserSoftware 29 Free
6InBrowserApps 27 Free
7PrivoxySoftware 26 Free
8GhosteryApps 25 Free
9OrfoxApps 25 Free
10Anonymous on the Web: The BasicsWebsites 24 Free
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