Today I want to talk a little bit about how to stay Anonymous online. For this tutorial, we will use the ParrotSec OS.
The ParrotSec OS comes with a couple of pre-installed Anonymity tools. The one we want to look at today is Anon Surf.
Anon Surf allows you to root all online traffic through the TOR network. You probably have heard of TOR before, you might even use the TOR Browser for surfing the Web anonymous already. The difference in the Anon Surf mode is that all traffic, not only Web Traffic, is routed through the TOR Network.
You can also install Anon Surf on Kali Linux, check out Kody’s Tutorial from Nullbyte for that.
However, I encourage you to try the excellent Kali Alternative ParrotSec. If you want to learn how to install ParrotSec on VirtualBox, check out my easy step-by-step Tutorial for it.
It’s very easy to start the Anon Surf Mode. But first I want to show you that it actually works.
I just made a traceroute to www.google.de by running the command:
The output clearly shows that all traffic is routed via my own router and my ISP’s DNS Servers.
Now we are going to start Anon Surf and try the same traceroute command again.
Step 1 Starting Anon Surf
To start Anon Surf either use the terminal and type:
Or, open the Applications Menu and select Anon Surf > Anonsurf Start.
You will get prompted for your Root Password and you get asked if you want to kill dangerous applications. Confirm with Yes.
Once this is done, you are in Anon Mode. We will verify this by running traceroute www.google.de once more:
As you can see, the output looks way different. It’s a completely different route, not even going over the router.
You can now surf anonymously on your machine.
I put a disclaimer right here: This does not protect you from any unlawful activity. Don’t do stupid shit. You should only use this for looking up information anonymously, not to do any kind of hacking or scanning.
Step 2 Stopping Anon Surf
To stop Anon Surf again, simply click on Applications again and choose Anonsurf Stop.
As you can see from the Menu, you can also check your IP here prior to enabling Anon Mode to confirm that it actually changed. You can also change the Exit Node through this Menu.
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