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Practical Anonymity - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124104044, 9780124104426

Practical Anonymity

1st Edition

Hiding in Plain Sight Online

Author: Peter Loshin
Paperback ISBN: 9780124104044
eBook ISBN: 9780124104426
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 15th July 2013
Page Count: 128
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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

Key Features

  • 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



Chapter 1. Anonymity and Censorship Circumvention

1.1 What Is Anonymity

1.2 What Is Tor

1.3 Why Use Tor

1.4 What Tor Can’t Do

1.5 How Tor Works

1.6 Who Uses Tor

1.7 How Do I Use Tor

1.8 Using Tor Safely

Chapter 2. Using the Tor Browser Bundle

2.1 What Is Bundled in the Tor Browser Bundle

2.2 Using Tor Browser Bundle

2.3 Settings

2.4 Using Tor Browser

2.5 When Tor Won’t Connect

Chapter 3. Using Tails

3.1 What Is in Tails

3.2 Setting Up for Tails

3.3 Using Tails

Chapter 4. Tor Relays, Bridges, and Obfsproxy

4.1 When Basic Tor Is Not Enough

4.2 Bridge Relays

4.3 Setting Up to Use a Bridge Relay

4.4 Pluggable Transports and Obfsproxy

Chapter 5. Sharing Tor Resources

5.1 How (and Why) I Should Contribute Services

5.2 What Are Your Options

5.3 What Do You Risk

5.4 Configuring as a Tor Relay

5.5 Requirements and Consequences

5.6 Nonexit Relay

5.7 Exit Node

5.8 Bridge Relay

Chapter 6. Tor Hidden Services

6.1 Why? Why People Want to Use Hidden Services

6.2 How Tor Hidden Services Work

6.3 How to Set Up a Tor Hidden Service

Chapter 7. E-mail Security and Anonymity Practices

7.1 One-Time (Throwaway) Accounts

7.2 Anonymous Remailer Services

7.3 Anonymous E-mail Through Tor

7.4 Anonymous E-mail as a Tor Hidden Service

7.5 Anonymity and Pseudonymity

7.6 Tips for E-mailing Anonymously

7.7 Step-by-Step: Setting Up Anonymous E-mail

Appendix A. Validating Tor Software

A.1 Validating Tor Software with Gnu Privacy Guard

A.2 Validating Tails Distribution with GnuPG

A.3 Which PGP Keys Sign Which Packages

Appendix B. When Tor Downloads Are Blocked

B.1 Tor Mirrors

B.2 Tor Via E-mail

B.3 Other Options

Appendix C. Getting Help and Finding Answers

C.1 Tor

C.2 About the Tor Project


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About the Author

Peter Loshin

Pete Loshin writes and consults about Internet protocols and open source network technologies. Formerly on staff at BYTE Magazine, Information Security Magazine and other publications, his work appears regularly in leading trade publications and websites including CPU, Computerworld, PC Magazine, EarthWeb,, and CNN.

Pete Loshin, Independent Consultant

Affiliations and Expertise, Arlington, MA, USA


"Diplomat or investigator, whistleblower or a political refugee fearing for your life; some have cause to use the internet anonymously. Yet privacy is dead - and that’s on the authority of Google, as Peter Loshin reminds us at the beginning of his book Practical Anonymity." --Professional Security, November 2013

"Loshin, a cybersecurity expert, introduces the Tor Project and Tor Browser Bundle, an open-source solution for those with a legitimate reason to maintain anonymity or circumvent censorship on the Internet. He includes diagrams showing how the Tor network works, tips for e-mailing anonymously, and resources." --Reference & Research Book News, October 2013

"…the book is easy to read and reasonably well organized. The coverage of Tor is very complete and far easier to read than the Tor documentation… If you are moderately technical and are looking for a book on the capabilities of Tor, then this is a good book to start with." --Escaped…from a Twisted Mind blog, September 2013

"…[in Practical Anonymity] Loshin does a decent job of presenting the topic, including why Tor is important, and who it could most benefit… the book [Simple Steps to Data Encryption] starts with an overview of how to use GnuPG (Gnu Privacy Guard).", September 2013

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