Hi, didn't see a compiled thread yet.
Strategies I am familiar with:
- Use someone else’s network. This is self-explanatory(coffee shops, hotels, neighbors)
- Proxy sites. I’m weary of using these for anything involving login information because any Joe can set one up for mischief. Great for a quick fix in public places(school, library, friend’s house). I don't have a particular favorite- usually just google one when there is a need.
- Tor network (http://www.torproject.org
Basically a bunch of encrypted proxy nodes with an ever changing route between them. Set up involves installing a client and configuring applications to use the network. Firefox has a plugin that makes it pretty easy to use.
For more information on how it works, http://www.torproject.org/overview.html.en#thesolution
Realizing what Tor doesn’t do:http://www.torproject.org/download.html.en#Warning
Different apps have plugins or options for encrypting traffic. (pidgin otr has been mentioned)
These are the strategies I am aware of for anonymizing web traffic.
What do you do to stay anonymous?