Ubuntu – Anonymous Internet browsing


Could you please suggest me a good anonymous internet browsing application for Ubuntu?

Best Answer

Tor is one of the best tools for anonymity on the internet. The most common way today is to use Tor is the Tor browser bundle, see this answer for more. You can use Tor without a proxy server, although the Tor project suggests using a proxy for better performance.

Installing Tor

Using any method, edit your repositories and add the Tor repository. See also detailed instructions for installing Tor from the Tor project.

deb http://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org trusty main
deb-src http://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org trusty main

Replace trusty with the codename for your release (check the output of lsb_release -sc). Make sure Universe and Multiverse Repositories are enabled.

Add the Tor GPG key:

gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89
gpg --export A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89 | sudo apt-key add -

Update repositories and install Tor:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tor deb.torproject.org-keyring

Install Privoxy:

sudo apt-get install privoxy

Some GUI for Tor:

  • Vidalia is a graphical config tool.
  • Tor Browser can run off from a thumb drive without needing to install any software.

Privoxy is optional. It is a proxy and it offers additional features including adblocking. The advantages of privoxy include built in adblock.

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