reply to post by ErroneousDylan
However, when you use TOR you can browse the internet and you will have a fake address that will pinpoint your location to something like Munich,
Germany. TOR is mainly used for browsing the internet, however. This will make sure that the logs of websites will show your fake address. It does not
block your IP from non-browser related programs though. For this you would need a real proxy program that blocks all internet related usages. The
most safe means of hiding your information is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). These transfer all your data into encryption and go through
multiple protocols to ensure your anonymity. The only catch: you usually have to pay for them - yearly or monthly fees. Very worth it, however.
Just wanted to mention something. TOR is NOT 100% anonymous, and you can and will be tracked via TOR if "they" so decide. As well, under the
wording of SOPA and PIPA, TOR and private VPNS become instantly illegal as they allow you to circumvent the blocking of websites (regional blocks)
But you still aren't safe, once they start de-listing sites from DNS, you will need the direct IP address of any site you want to access, and again,
under SOPA, using the IP address to access a site that has been black listed and removed from DNS entries is illegal.
VPNs are hardly secure, as is evidenced by some of the biggest free and pay VPN hosters admitting they have been handing over their client data
records to the FBI and NSA no questions asked.
See, maybe 10 years ago, when crazy internet tin foil hat wearers like me were shouting these dire warnings, maybe using those services would have
911 changed that, any method of obfuscation has already been infiltrated, any method to get around the blocks becomes illegal.
In fact, under SOPA, the content of your post, and my post elaborating on yours, would be illegal as it's giving advice on how to evade blocking, and
because of SOPA, ATS and the owners would be held liable for this, and the site would disappear instantly.
In fact, if SOPA or PIPA, or any altered versions of it pass, the safest bet for ATS and similar user content driven sites, is to close down. Right
now, if the mods or staff are slow to remove posts against the T&C it really means nothing, maybe an annoyance to users. Under sopa, posting the
right (or wrong) information kills the site, instantly, without question, without a warrant, without even a hearing, ATS goes black, and the owners
will spend most of their cash fighting in court.