When to Be Anonymous

When talk of online privacy and spying comes up, many people default to an argument that they have nothing to hide.

Like everyone poops, even the most straight-edged person you know has broken a few dozen laws this year alone.

You don’t need to actively protect your privacy 100 percent of the time, but there are times you should be on your guard to avoid detection.  When to be Anonymous and to whom is determined ultimately by you, but here’s my general guide:

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 1. Transferring Files

Any time I’m downloading or uploading a file, I do so anonymously. This is accomplished with Peerblock and torrents. I also keep files encrypted to ensure they’re not opened in transit.

2. Browsing Sensitive Subjects

You don’t need to use TOR for all browsing – the web would suck if you did. It should be used whenever you’re searching for anything questionable or illegal, however. For example many government employees can’t access Wikileaks or you may wish to use beastiality porn for a prank.  don’t incriminate yourself – take care of underground business anonymously.

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3. During Personal Time

Your social media profiles contain a lot of collective information about you. The reason  those celebrity nude photos of J Law, et al. leaked is because their information is so easy to find. Although it only protects you from the general public. Making social media accounts anonymous will protect you.

4. Trolling on the River

Anytime you want to stalk or troll someone, it’s best to do it anonymously. Pastebin, bot accounts, and proxies help you remain anonymous while trolling the web. As a general rule of thumb, create at least a dozen email addresses, and use them to create fake accounts anywhere you want to check your security.

5. Sensitive Conversations

When you are talking on the phone, texting, emailing, even chatting or messaging your friends, you want to do it anonymously. This is accomplished with OTR chat, proxies, and PGP encryption.

6. Illicit Purchases

Anytime you’re buying something online, you want to be anonymous. This is to make the illicit purchases less obvious. And if you don’t know where to look for this stuff, learn about the Deep Web.

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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