Being anonymous: VPN and Chrome extensions

This is not really something new, but new technologies come new dangers and frustration. User Advertisements tailored only for the you can be nice and all, but not only do they slow down your internet experience considerably, they also log every step you take on the internet, leaving you potentially vulnerable to attacks/spoofing/doxxing/whatever …

Preventing this will (in my opinion) never be possible, but you can at least try to contain the damage a bit. Just this week I’ve subscribed to two VPN providers, namely Private Internet Access and Torguard. Both claim to have good protection agains common weaknesses (IPv6Leak, WebRTC, DNSLeak), but my experience was different. While PIA has extremely fast VPN, it did not offer me IPv6Leak protection (even though I enabled it) or protection against DNSLeaks (you can check this yourself here: http://ipv6leak.com/ and https://ipleak.net/). Torguard on the other hand did, but I had severe connection problems (constant disconnects, slow speeds), which I didn’t like (at all!). So I decided to go with PIA anyway and try to fix the leaking problems.

As it turns out, the problem was solved rather easily: IPv6 leaks are caused by (who would have though) using IPv6. As I don’t (currently at least) have any use for IPv6, it’s simply a matter of disabling it in your network connections:

Additionally, to prevent DNS leaks, simply use Google’s DNS (or a DNS-Server from OpenDNS, or any other DNS-provider that is). To use Google’s DNS, simply type the following in your IPv4 configuration:

And voilà, indeed I now have an (hopefully) anonymous connection.

 

Moving on to Chrome extensions: To get rid of the pesty Advertisements and other stuff, I’m using AdBlock, HTTPS Everywhere and Disconnect. Those three together really speed up my internet experience. 🙂

 


Disclaimer: All pictures and links were taken/accessed on the same date that this post was published (05.03.2016)