Anonymity Networks

If you are wanting to gain anonymity while using the internet, you should use a private & secure anonymity network, such as the ones listed below.

Tor Network

Decentralized

Most Popular

Open Source

Tor, short for The Onion Router, enables anonymity. It directs Internet traffic through a worldwide, volunteer overlay network, consisting of more than six thousand relays, for concealing a user's location and information.

Notes:
Do not change your Tor Browser Configuration (outside of security levels), or else you will make yourself stand out from other Tor Users.

All Tor users should keep the default configuration so that everyone has a common fingerprint and cannot be uniquely identified. This also means you should not add any extensions to your Tor Browser.

I2P Network

Decentralized

Open Source

The Invisible Internet Project is an anonymous network layer that allows for censorship-resistant, p2p communication. Anonymous connections are achieved by end-to-end encrypting the user's traffic & sending it through relays.

Notes:
I2P hides the server from the user and the user from the server. All I2P traffic is internal to the I2P network. Traffic inside I2P does not interact with the Internet directly. It is a layer on top of the Internet.

It uses encrypted unidirectional tunnels between you and your peers. No one can see where traffic is coming from, where it is going, or what the contents are. Additionally I2P offers resistance to pattern recognition and blocking by censors. Because the network relies on peers to route traffic, location blocking is also reduced.

Freenet

Decentralized

Open Source

Freenet is a p2p platform for censorship-resistant communication. It uses a decentralized distributed data store to transfer information, and has a suite of free software for publishing and communicating on the Web without fear of censorship.

Notes:
The Freenet network so far is clearly inferior in popularity to I2P and Tor. Essentially, at the moment, we recommend Tor, i2p, and MASQ over Freenet, but if for some reason you cannot use any of those, Freenet is not a bad option.

MASQ

Decentralized

Open Source

Blockchain-based

MASQ combines the benefits VPN & Tor technology, to create a superior next-gen privacy software, where users are rewarded for supporting, and can access, an uncensored, global web.

Notes:
At the time of writing this (December 13th, 2021), the MASQ software is not yet released and is still in development.

If MASQ is successful, it will be the most private, secure, and anonymous way to access the internet. It's very similar to Tor but with countless security improvements & additional very useful features. MASQ is also supposed to be undetectable by ISP's, unlike Tor or i2p.

You cannot use the MASQ network (in what is called consume mode) for free - you must pay in the $MASQ token. To get $MASQ token, you can either indirectly buy it with fiat currency (buy Polygon and swap it for MASQ on an exchange) or you can earn it by running a MASQ node.

About

Anonymize, a Swivro division, is an organization dedicated to helping you restore and retain your online privacy, eliminating prying eyes