Ok. I am hoping to get some step by step practical how-to help with this.
I want privacy. I think IT IS IRONIC THAT IN THIS TIME OF SUPPOSED INCREASED DANGER FROM CRIMS ONLINE WE'RE BEING ASKED TO GIVE MORE INFO TO PROVIDERS INSTEAD OF LESS. There is no way in hell google or microsoft or yahoo or whoever are getting my phone number.
This evening I installed a new little thing that was advertised on infopackets called surf anonymous free. It integrates into Firefox, opera and I think IE, though I never use IE. Chrome is not mentioned.
So a few problems with this. Please note that I am an intermediate level autodidact. Willing to take any advice that is given in a way that is respectful of the dignity of the recipient.
1. Can't sign on to msn or yahoo messengers. No reason is given. Defaults to US English. Try to change to UK English and it tells me 'troubles downloading UK files'.
2. Chrome is crippled. Chrome uses the same internet connection settings as IE which are also accessible thru the control panel 'internet options' in there, all is as it should be for the IP the app has allocated. So no reason I can see for chrome not to work. Open up chrome settings and find that it's geobubbled me to the country of my native IP. That is indicated by the fact that in the search engine management options it stubbornly keeps changing back to the country of native IP and wouldn't allow setting for google search to be changed to any other, notably the generic US one. So changed default search engine to duckduckgo, which doesn't bubble or track, and now I can access duckduckgo after a few reloads, after a few 'unknown error' no go pages. And can access no other site whatsoever by address directly.
3. Firefox. I also use, for privacy, the following extensions; better privacy set to auto delete flash cookies, noscript, anonymox, flashblock, ghostery. Signed on to hotmail and yahoo to try to fix sign-in probs with msn and yahoo messengers. Signed in ok. But, signing out, yahoo defaulted back to the geobubbled site of my native IP!!!
How the hell are they ascertaining my location???
4. After installing 'surf anonymous free', on accessing email in MS office outlook, there is an error message on the hotmail pop account telling me the account has been disabled. This indicates to me that they liked being able to ID me with my IP and that they don't like the new IP. With this app the IP is different each time you reboot the machine. So even if I could change the settings for outlook, which I can't, I'd have to change them each time.
Ok so someone who reads this who knows a lot more than I do might say 'go and ask 'surfanonymousfree', and yes I could do that if they provided an email address to do so. I'm going to uninstall it, but I do want some similar facility. I do want to mask my IP and location when online. I resent being geobubbled and I resent being ID'd in ways I don't know about and are not informed of, when I try to access my email. I resent the surveillance, resent the tracking that is being done.
I am willing to accept responsibility if I haven't taken adequate precautions and someone gets into my email account. I'm not giving anyone my phone number, real name etc. etc. The advice we used to get for protecting our online security was 'don't give real information' and I'm sticking to that, despite yahoo, microsoft, google and whoever else trying to coerce me.
With gmail, you can't now get a new account without a phone number. I don't know about the others.
Logging in, with gmail I use extension 'remove this permanently' to get rid of that nag screen. With hotmail, the form 'a password isn't enough' looks as if nothing's possible except to fill the form fields with the phone number they ask for. It's not immediately apparent you can 'save and continue' with an empty field.
Yahoo gives two options, to fill the phone number field or 'remind me later'. There's no 'F-off and stop bugging me with this' option.
I have told a dear friend of mine about the outrageous amount of personal info that is gathered and the outrageously covert manner in which this is done. She's in facebook, which I am not, and despite having been a Jewish war baby who was hidden in a cellar for years by a heroic family, her answer to me is 'well I don't mind how much they surveil me; I've got nothing to hide'! Incredible how complacent and stupid we are getting. All this supposedly so that the internets can pay for itself with targeted advertising, and for OUR supposed security. Not a good enough reason to invade my privacy and trample on my civil liberties!
So can anyone help me sort this out? If anyone doesn't agree with my wish for privacy, don't bother saying so. It's all been said before.
Edited by pcusr, 26 March 2013 - 07:22 AM.