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Anonymous Surfing and Blogging

A hardened Firefox withJonDoFox profil and TorBrowser are installed on the Live-DVD for anonymous web surfing.

Using JonDoFox

You can use the JonDoFox browser to surf the web anonymous with JonDo or Tor or without IP anonymisation. You can chosse the prefered anonymisation service with a click on the JonDoFox icon in the toolbar.

JonDoFox-Popup

JonDoBrowser is optimized to surf the Web securely and anonymously and therefore configured in a rather restricitve way. Time by time a website does not work like expected because cookies, Javascript or Flash are required.

Please, try the following steps to solve the problems:

  1. Temporarily Allow Cookies You can allow cookies for the website temporarily without risk. It is easy to remove stored cookies later by restart your browser or manage cookies with the add-on CookieMonster.

  2. Enable Javascript If cookies does not solve the problem Javascript is required in most cases. Please keep in mind: using Javascript it is possible for web masters to access many information about your browser, your desktop settings, your hardware and an attacker can e.g. inject malicious JavaScript code. Enable Javascript only for trusted websites!

  3. Enable Javascript for third party sites For large server farms like Facebook, Youtube, Yahoo! and others Javascript is required for some third party domains. For third party CAPTCHA providers you have to enable Javascript too.

  4. You may download Flash videos with VideoDownloadHelper and use the media player Parole to watch it.

Addional JonDoFox enforces secure settings for SSL encryption.

bad error message

Some website are not compatible with secure SSL settings (Facebook, PayPal, EBay...) If you try to open a website which enforces insecure settings, you will get an error message. Depending aon the error code you can disable security settings to visit the website. But keep in mind: the transport encryption is not really secure anymore.

Using TorBrowser

TorBrowser is recommended for anonymous web surfing with Tor. At first you have to start Tor, because the TorBrowser of the live-dvd doesn't start an own instance of Tor (see: anonymisation services).

To avoid fingerprinting by screen size and inner size of browser window TorBrowser will start with defined window size. Don't enlarge the window of TorBrowser. Keep it as it is to blend in with the crowd.

First-party tracking features like cookies are not blocked by default but deleted with the "New Identity" button. If a "New Identity" was requested all browser tab will be closed, all cookies, cache, EverCookies and crypto tokens will be deleted and a new route through the Tor network is used. It is highly recommended to request a "New Identity" after logout of a webservice.

New identity button

By default TorBrowser starts with security level "medium high". You may adapt it after startup if required for you.

Security Level

Blogging anonymously

The Live-DVD contains all necessary tools to run a blog anonymously. Some hints:

  1. For a anonymous blog you need a new and anonymous e-mail address for registering the blog and possibly the communicationi first. In the bookmarks folder "E-Mail" you will find a bunch of trustworthy e-mail providers. Register a new address and use this address only in regard to your blog. Use an anonymisation service while registering your e-mail address!

  2. You may register your blog at different providers anonymously. We recommend Wordpress.com. Keep always the option to pay anonymously (e.g via Paysafecard) in mind if you are using a premium product. Usually you may administrate your blog using a web interface only. Use an anonymisation service (JonDo or Tor) for all activities concerning your blog.

  3. Every blog software offers the option to select the point in time when new postings shall be published. Do not publish a new posting "at once" but rather choose a point in time when you are not online anymore.

  4. You may import pictures from your camera with the program "Shotwell" and fix them in order to fit your needs (color correction, choosing details etc.). Generally, before uploading to the blog pictures and other documents must get anonymized. Usually, pictures contain a unique camera id in the meta tags, which may deanonymize you, and perhaps GPS coordinates.

  5. Stylometry (deanonymisation using your spelling style) is already an inherent part of secret service means. It is possible using (semi) automatic techniques to correlate anonymous postings to an author if the circle of suspects is sufficient small and if there are enough text examples of them. Concentrating and taking one's time while writing a blog post allow to fake one's spelling style though.

 

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