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4. The Web > 36. Surf Anonymously Without a Trace

Surf Anonymously Without a Trace

Feel like people are watching you? On the Web, they probably are. Protect your privacy by using anonymous proxy servers.

Whenever you surf the Web, you leave yourself open to being snooped upon by web sites. They can track your online travels, know what operating system and browser you’re running, find out your machine name, peer into your clipboard, uncover the last sites you’ve visited, examine your history list, delve into your cache, examine your IP address and use that to learn basic information about you such as your geographic location, and more. To a great extent, your Internet life is an open book when you visit.

Don’t believe me? Head to http://www.anonymizer.com/privacytest/. This page, run by the Anonymizer.com web service, tells you your IP address and machine name. And that’s just a start. Click the links such as Exposed Clipboard and Geographical Location. You’ll see just a small sampling of what web sites can learn about you. Figure 4-12 shows a web site reporting on my IP address, the contents of my clipboard, my browser information, and my geographic location. It’s close enough; I live in Cambridge rather than Boston, and we generally require that people turn over their passports at the border.


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