In 21st century anonymity it’s not about staying at home alone and no one will know what are you doing, it’s all about your privacy on the Internet.
1. Use app which called Signal
Signal is really the best private encrypted messenger (yes, it’s not telegram). It is a simple messenger, the main thing about it — privacy and cryptography. His encryption is incredible, better than anything you can find. Of course, a powerful organization will know that you are using signal, but anyway, there is nothing better and more useful for private communication than it.
2. Use Tor (pretty easy to predict)
Tor is the most popular and most dominant browser in the world, which have really amazing resist to metadata. Anyway, for some reason, Tor does not give you 100% anonymity as some people think, but still, it’s the best. The browser works only through TCP, and you can’t sign all the sites from Tor, because some sites blocks access. As it does not give 100% performance, it always has dual or trial using, such as VPN tunnels, but it is perfect for mobile.
3. Don’t wait anonymity from VPNs
VPN is not anonymous. Yes, it’s true. It provides some good seasonal things, such as access to sites that blocked in your country or any other related things, when your access blocked, but you still need to go there. It just changes your IP address. For example, Tor spreads your traffic through tor nodes, located in different parts of the internet, VPN retranslates your traffic to their server, so your internet provider still can see what are you doing, you do not change anything on your side. And remember if VPN servers hacked, hackers, will have all your traffic.
4. Only use zero-knowledge services, if possible
Maybe you did not know, but all internet giants like Dropbox, Google, Office 365 can read everything you save and write, and they do that, we know that from Snowden reports, so they strongly cooperate with FBI. Zero privacy with these services. You can encrypt everything before using these services but is easier to use zero-knowledge sites. Examples are SpiderOak(as Dropbox replacement) and Protonmail(private mails), this is no panacea, but much better.
5. Think first — post next
This is really simple, but super important step. Everything that you ever posted can be founded and used against you. It starts from just text posts to photos, address, mobile phones, videos, date of birth, full name and more and more. Want to be anonymous? — Do not post, do not use the real name, do not use real information, always control what you are while surfing on the internet.
6. Always check app permissions
Usually apps asks for really needed permissions, which are needed to normal work of app, but sometimes they use really strange things. They are always collecting information about you, to create big data collections — mostly for advertisers, but this FBI easily will get this information and any other skilled persons can get it too. It’s funny when simple app (from first look) asks for microphone or your geolocation or your address book, better just do not use these apps, it hard to stop all of these on IOS, so better use android.
7. Use an ad blocker
You should use any of ad blockers. Whenever you click on ads, they collect data about you, about your PC, browser and other information which can be used against you, better do not give them that chance. Just download extension, there are a lot of them.
8. Dump your home assistant
Home assistants became really popular in last few years, but main problem about them – they hear and collect everything you say and sends to their servers, perfect crime, isn’t it? Nothing to discuss, just never use it.