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Oct 24, 2022

Anonymous Hosting and Tor

Running an anonymous hosting includes accessing this anonymous server undetected. One of the most effective options for increasing your privacy is by using Tor. The Tor browser offers an ideal way to log in to your control panel without leaving any trail. Tor browser encrypts and reroutes your traffic through a decentralized Tor network.

But even the Tor network itself has several flaws, primarily at the endpoints, where traffic exits the network. Since Tor cannot block tracking at its network's entrance and exit nodes, your decrypted traffic might be vulnerable here.

Another risk is the human factor or careless unguarded user behavior. Unless you are an experienced user, it is advised that you not tamper with Tor's default settings. Enabling JavaScript and other plugins could result in the leakage of your IP address. There are a few other things to remember that will allow you to remain anonymous online, so let’s get started.

Tor vs. regular browser

Let's start with a simple rule: Never do on a regular browser what you do on Tor.

Even if you only use the Tor browser to check your email accounts, don't log in to these accounts outside of the Tor browser, as doing so might reveal your online identity. Almost every website keeps a trail of information on you, including your IP address, location, and the time you log in and out. Once you log in on a public network, this access might be sufficient enough to expose your IP address and eventually disclose your identity. Additionally, a web server might attempt to link the two connections by varying the speed of your Tor or non-Tor connections to compare them to the other and determine your actual IP address.

The best way to access your anonymous server’s control panel undetected is to access it with Tor. The same applies if you use Tor to access any remote server anonymously. Never access this anonymous server outside the Tor network.

Encrypt your files

Tor only encrypts your connection, not your data, and Tor's exit nodes are the most vulnerable parts of the network. As a result, it is strongly advised against sending unencrypted data through the Tor network because it could be intercepted while it is on the last node.

No personal information

Do not post any personal information when using Tor, including your name, address, birthday, or credit card number. I hope you understand that using Tor will be useless once your identity is out.

Instead, you should use a pseudonym if you want to remain absolutely anonymous. What's that, exactly? This means that while utilizing Tor, you must present yourself as someone with a different identity from your own. The new individual ought to have a variety of likes and dislikes, culinary preferences, hobbies, etc.

Disposable email

Create a new user account with a new email address that has no connection to your true identity for that purpose. We highly advise using an encrypted email service like ProtonMail. Never use your personal or business email account with a connection to any anonymous service. Even if our anonymous hosting sign-up requires email, this email might be disposable since we don't need any email or SMS verification.

Tor vs. VPN

Although both technologies offer encryption and divert your online traffic to a different network, Tor is not the same as a VPN. The Tor network is decentralized and run by volunteers, unlike a VPN, which a single central service provider manages.

The Tor browser gives you some protection, but this only goes so far. The browser itself only offers protection for your traffic (not your whole device). Different methods are used by VPNs and Tor to reroute data. Your web traffic is sent to a server by a VPN, and the server then sends it to the internet, while Tor uses its own network.

If you use only Tor, your IP address is hidden from websites you visit; neither your ISP nor the websites you visit may see it. Even if you aren't engaging in illicit activity, your ISP can still see if you utilize Tor, raising concerns. Furthermore, downloading anything with Tor alone can be risky because you are not malware-protected.

However, using Tor in combination with a reliable VPN safeguards your personal information with strong encryption, and no one can see that you're using Tor.
We strongly advise using a VPN in addition to The Onion Router.

In Conclusion, Anonymous hosting offers a perfect way to host your data anonymously. Once you've decided to use anonymous hosting, you should use only the Tor browser to log in. The ideal method is also to use a reliable VPN like Proton VPN or Nordic VPN. Keeping your server anonymous doesn’t stop there. It's also very important to safeguard your access to this anonymous server by utilizing the Tor network and VPN. To keep your server anonymous, it's also important that you know how to detect suspicious activity on your server.