Anonymity

How to hide your identity

Staying anonymous on the internet is a tough challenge – some say, it is impossible nowadays. There are in fact a lot of things journalists and their sources have to take into account if they want to operate “under the radar”. To hide an online identity, a single programme is not enough, but with a bunch of tools and behavioural rules, this can be achieved to an extent. The question is not so much about “being completely anonymous” as it is about “anonymous to whom”?

In this chapter, we provide basic information on how online anonymity is technically provided and what key questions journalists and sources need to answer before using these products. Moreover, we provide information about VPNs and the Tor network.

What anonymisation means – and what it doesn’t mean

The internet only works with data which may be linked to an identity. There will never be absolute anonymity. Nevertheless, there are solutions that can make users practically anonymous.

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Factors that can compromise anonymity

The best use of Tor is probably to browse the internet anonymously. However, Tor can do more.

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Key questions for anonymisation tools

Staying anonymous on the internet is a tough challenge, maybe impossible. But there are questions to check the tools you want to use to stay "unter the radar".

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