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Feb 20, 2022

Steps to Follow When Setting Up an Anonymous Server

The set-up process is relatively straightforward, and all you'll need is an email address. Thanks to our options for anonymous sign-up and crypto payments, users' identities stay hidden, and connecting hosted content to the owner will become nearly impossible.

If you want your anonymous hosting to be truly anonymous, it’s important to follow specific rules. This article will explain all the necessary steps of setting up an anonymous server, so your true identity will stay hidden all the way to the final server deployment.

Anonymity Through Tails and Tor

We should start from the beginning: being aware of how you access the internet. When using a standard operating system, you can't ensure that the data you access or provide is absolutely safe. If you are setting up an anonymous server, you should access the internet with a secure operating system. For example, Tails and Whonix are some of the most secure and anonymous OS alternatives. Both OS systems can fully anonymize any of your online activity. By encrypting and rerouting all your Internet traffic via the Tor network, these OSs protect your online activity from any potential monitoring. Thanks to thousands of Tor relays (volunteer-run servers), you get to access any URL address undetected.

In some cases, anonymous hosting providers already have an onion URL, a top-level domain accessible only via the anonymous Tor or Brave browser.

Set Up a New Encrypted Email Account

Our anonymous hosting service lets you rent your virtual server with only your email address. By not requiring any personally identifiable information, the risk of your identity exposure is minimized. When setting up an anonymous server, there is no need to verify your identity. All you need is an email address. However, to stay anonymous, don’t sign up with your real email address. The best method is to set up a new email that won't be associated with your true identity. The majority of email services require SMS or email confirmation. Find one that doesn't and create your new anonymous email. You might want to use an encrypted email service or look for a disposable or temporary email provider.

Bitcoin Wallet Set Up

When it comes to payment, only a crypto payment gateway provides some level of anonymity. Traditional fiat payments using credit cards or bank transfers might leave a trail, resulting in the exposure of your identity. The truth is that bitcoin payments are more pseudonymous than fully anonymous. Each bitcoin transaction is recorded in a blockchain, a method known for preserving a secure and decentralized record of all crypto transactions.

You don't need to provide any personal details when setting up your BTC wallet, but to protect your identity, never link your bitcoin wallet with a credit card or bank account. Also, avoid cash withdrawals from bitcoin ATMs. This way, nobody will be able to identify the true wallet holder.

Create an SSH Key

Once you have completed the sign-up process, the next thing you should generate before beginning anonymous server deployment is your SSH key. The cryptographic network protocol known as a Secure Socket Shell (SSH) enables highly secure access to remote servers. Generating an SSH key will provide you with strong authentication through one public and one private key, protecting your communications security and integrity with solid encryption. Setting an SSH will enable you to use one of the most secure forms of online communication. Anyone can quickly generate SSH keys using the command line on Windows OS and terminal window on Mac or Tail operating systems. After setting your public SSH key, you can transfer files securely using SSH File Transfer Protocol (also known as Secure File Transfer Protocol or SFTP).

Choose the Most Suitable Hosting Plan

We offer various hosting plans, varying in price, purpose, and the features they offer. The best anonymous hosting plan for your needs mainly depends on the nature of your project.

One popular choice is our Standard hosting plan, ideal for anonymous video hosting, anonymous image hosting, or anonymous website hosting. It's also well-suited for hosting mid-size applications and databases. The Standard hosting plan is available in various CPU, RAM, and SSD configurations. But if the nature of your project requires more extensive computing power, look for memory-optimized or CPU-optimized hosting plans.

Memory-optimized plans serve you better if your project needs to process extensive data or production databases, relying more on RAM than CPU. The CPU-optimized plan better suits applications requiring fast and consistent performance like various data analyses, video processing, or active frontend web servers.

Once you’ve chosen your hosting plan, don't forget to set Backups and Snapshots for easy data recovery. They both come at a fraction of the price of a server.

An anonymous server is the ideal hosting choice for users who value their privacy and anonymity. Our simple sign-up processes will let you rent a server under your pseudonym through untraceable crypto payments; our anonymous hosting services won't disclose any personal details that might link to your true identity. Setting up an anonymous server requires a certain level of attention and precaution. By following the steps mentioned above, you should be able to deploy your server anonymously in no time. One more piece of advice: in order to keep your server anonymous, it's also important that you know how to detect suspicious activity on your server.