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Practical Anonymity

Book Description

For those with legitimate reason to use the Internet anonymously--diplomats, military and other government agencies, journalists, political activists, IT professionals, law enforcement personnel, political refugees and others--anonymous networking provides an invaluable tool, and many good reasons that anonymity can serve a very important purpose. Anonymous use of the Internet is made difficult by the many websites that know everything about us, by the cookies and ad networks, IP-logging ISPs, even nosy officials may get involved. It is no longer possible to turn off browser cookies to be left alone in your online life. Practical Anonymity: Hiding in Plain Sight Online shows you how to use the most effective and widely-used anonymity tools--the ones that protect diplomats, military and other government agencies to become invisible online. This practical guide skips the theoretical and technical details and focuses on getting from zero to anonymous as fast as possible.

For many, using any of the open-source, peer-reviewed tools for connecting to the Internet via an anonymous network may be (or seem to be) too difficult because most of the information about these tools is burdened with discussions of how they work and how to maximize security. Even tech-savvy users may find the burden too great--but actually using the tools can be pretty simple.

The primary market for this book consists of IT professionals who need/want tools for anonymity to test/work around corporate firewalls and router filtering as well as provide anonymity tools to their customers.

Simple, step-by-step instructions for configuring and using anonymous networking software

  • Simple, step-by-step instructions for configuring and using anonymous networking software
  • Use of open source, time-proven and peer-reviewed tools for anonymity
  • Plain-language discussion of actual threats and concrete suggestions for appropriate responses
  • Easy-to-follow tips for safer computing


  • Simple, step-by-step instructions for configuring and using anonymous networking software
  • Use of open source, time-proven and peer-reviewed tools for anonymity
  • Plain-language discussion of actual threats, and concrete suggestions for appropriate responses
  • Easy to follow tips for safer computing.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Preface
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Chapter 1. Anonymity and Censorship Circumvention
    1. 1.1 What Is Anonymity
    2. 1.2 What Is Tor
    3. 1.3 Why Use Tor
    4. 1.4 What Tor Can’t Do
    5. 1.5 How Tor Works
    6. 1.6 Who Uses Tor
    7. 1.7 How Do I Use Tor
    8. 1.8 Using Tor Safely
  8. Chapter 2. Using the Tor Browser Bundle
    1. 2.1 What Is Bundled in the Tor Browser Bundle
    2. 2.2 Using Tor Browser Bundle
    3. 2.3 Settings
    4. 2.4 Using Tor Browser
    5. 2.5 When Tor Won’t Connect
  9. Chapter 3. Using Tails
    1. 3.1 What Is in Tails
    2. 3.2 Setting Up for Tails
    3. 3.3 Using Tails
  10. Chapter 4. Tor Relays, Bridges, and Obfsproxy
    1. 4.1 When Basic Tor Is Not Enough
    2. 4.2 Bridge Relays
    3. 4.3 Setting Up to Use a Bridge Relay
    4. 4.4 Pluggable Transports and Obfsproxy
  11. Chapter 5. Sharing Tor Resources
    1. 5.1 How (and Why) I Should Contribute Services
    2. 5.2 What Are Your Options
    3. 5.3 What Do You Risk
    4. 5.4 Configuring as a Tor Relay
    5. 5.5 Requirements and Consequences
    6. 5.6 Nonexit Relay
    7. 5.7 Exit Node
    8. 5.8 Bridge Relay
  12. Chapter 6. Tor Hidden Services
    1. 6.1 Why? Why People Want to Use Hidden Services
    2. 6.2 How Tor Hidden Services Work
    3. 6.3 How to Set Up a Tor Hidden Service
  13. Chapter 7. E-mail Security and Anonymity Practices
    1. 7.1 One-Time (Throwaway) Accounts
    2. 7.2 Anonymous Remailer Services
    3. 7.3 Anonymous E-mail Through Tor
    4. 7.4 Anonymous E-mail as a Tor Hidden Service
    5. 7.5 Anonymity and Pseudonymity
    6. 7.6 Tips for E-mailing Anonymously
    7. 7.7 Step-by-Step: Setting Up Anonymous E-mail
  14. Appendix A. Validating Tor Software
    1. A.1 Validating Tor Software with Gnu Privacy Guard
    2. A.2 Validating Tails Distribution with GnuPG
    3. A.3 Which PGP Keys Sign Which Packages
  15. Appendix B. When Tor Downloads Are Blocked
    1. B.1 Tor Mirrors
    2. B.2 Tor Via E-mail
    3. B.3 Other Options
  16. Appendix C. Getting Help and Finding Answers
    1. C.1 Tor
    2. C.2 About the Tor Project