#2. "RE: Secure browsing software" In response to MSU (Reply # 1) Fri Jun-29-12 04:17 PM by Allyn
Edit: To clarify, the basic version has a 300kbs cap. Paid users get the full enchilada AFAIK (haven't read all the details).
In testing, my real IP address and location are indeed not visible. But after about thirty minutes per session, I'm kicked out and have normal access at full speed with my real IP address available at the destination. Going with premium eliminates the restrictions.
The premium version is about $80.00 for one year which is why I'm interested in other alternatives.
For anyone interested, my experience with proXPN has been mixed. After the PC is on for a while, the connection drops without warning and will not alert you of the fact. And when it does work, while proXPN obscures your local IP and does not transmit geographical location, the server IP (which is pretty well constant and pointing to one locale in the U.S.) is transmitted. I found that out checking my Google mail accounts.
Really, there is no such thing as complete privacy for anyone. All it takes is enough effort and time and one's physical address can be found.
Meanwhile, I am going to try the Tor Browser Bundle suggested by Steven. There is really good information at the site regarding document handling and other facts about anonymity.
You know, John, I like that: naked. It's so clean and unencumbered. What the hell if someone sees our hairy asses, right?! I think I'll follow your lead and strip all those overcoats and sunglasses from my wardrobe.
(you folks DO understand that we're speaking metaphorically here, don't you?!)
#12. "RE: Secure browsing software" In response to Allyn (Reply # 8) Sat Jul-21-12 03:26 PM by Allyn
I've installed Tor Browser Bundle on my six years old laptop and used it several times. Built around Firefox, Tor Browser comes preconfigured for safety and anonymity. It is slower than using other browsers, but I attribute some of that to the Tor Network routing my data around the planet and back.
For now, Tor Browser looks like a balanced, free option for me.
#15. "RE: Secure browsing software" In response to Allyn (Reply # 12) Sun Jul-22-12 05:04 PM by Allyn
Another update...while there is no doubt that anonymous browsing is as secure as possible, using Tor with Gmail and other secure sites may lead to numerous identity verifications. This is good but a time consuming pain. In my case, it is most likely because many Tor servers seem to be in The Netherlands which also happens to be home to many notorious warez developers and PC hijackers.
I found that some of Tor's U.S. servers are blocked by some forums such as Anandtech. This is a red flag suggesting that the IP has been used in the past inappropriately.
Frankly, I'm beginning to think of another option...cutting back on Internet usage period. That is, just stop exploratory surfing and only go where I truly need to go. Probably better for my healh to get away from the PC.