Anonymous Surfing – A Way to Navigate the Internet Danger Zone

You may have heard the horror stories concerning identity theft, virus infections, and homepage hijackings that other unfortunate website surfers have experienced. In many cases, these surfers haven’t downloaded a single file. The truth is you don’t have to download anything to have information stolen or your computer infected. A simple point and click can be your undoing.

Online crimes are at an all-time high and the methods of stealing information, implanting spyware and installing hidden executable files on your system are improving daily. The danger of becoming a victim of online theft is very real, no matter how cautious a person is concerning his computer. Even opening a webpage can be risky. Virus protection programs can’t always catch the scripts and codes hidden within these sites. What’s a surfer to do?

The best way a person can protect himself and his computer is to engage in an activity known as “anonymous surfing.”, which protects his IP address and computer location by securing the data sent over the Internet and routing it through a secure anonymous proxy server which never reveals exactly who or where the user is.

Anonymous surfing protects you from inadvertently opening up your computer to malicious codes and other technologies designed to infiltrate your privacy. Many people have virus software installed on their systems, but anonymous surfing lets you surf the net in complete security. If a warning does pop up, your system is in no danger. This is because anonymous surfing removes the risk of unknown cookies, java codes and scripts being installed on your computer. There is no direct connection when a person utilizes anonymous surfing. It leaves no tracks, no leads and a user is virtually invisible online.

The web is full of stories concerning individuals who didn’t realize web pages collected information or put little programs in hidden files that amount to an electronic version of the AIDS virus. These executable files adapt and rewrite themselves as owners desperately try one virus program after another in an attempt to extricate the infection before their computers shut down for good. They sit for hours, hoping that the virus definitions that they download daily have been updated enough to catch whatever program is ruining their systems. It could have all been avoided if they had simply used anonymous surfing to access the Internet.

If you haven’t considered the dangers that lurk in cyberspace, consider this article as a red flag. But, you may be lucky. You may never experience the horror of a sudden blue screen, or having your registry and task manager disabled, or your administrator rights removed. You may never turn on your computer to discover a skull and crossbones plastered where your background should be, the word “INFECTED” splashed across your monitor. Yes, you might be one of the lucky ones.

But, are you willing to take the chance that your computer system could be ruined, or information vital to your lifestyle could fall into the wrong hands?

The internet zone can indeed be a danger zone.Protect yourself and your family. Utilize anonymous surfing to navigate that zone wisely and safely.The computer and quality of life you save may be your own.

Martin Greif is president of Privacy Partners, a company dedicated to protecting Internet Privacy and who provide Anonymous Surfing tools.

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