Using anonymous surfing by hiding your real IP and other credentials is a much safer way to browse the Internet, rather than using your actual credentials. This is because phishing websites and hackers attempt to log IP addresses for malicious purposes. As certain spyware applications and harmful codes require personal IP addresses to initiate attacks. Similarly, hackers try to use IP information in order to obtain house addresses, credit card information, social security numbers and bank account information. For this reason, using an anonymous proxy can trick such malicious sources by providing them with alternative credentials. Surf Anonymous Free is an application, which adds a browser extension (on installed browsers), to provide you with alternative online credentials. Moreover, it also provides a US IP, which enables non US users to access location restricted websites. While another application known as Tunnel Bear provides similar functionality, however, unlike Surf Anonymous Free, it restricted by bandwidth limitations.
To obtain alternative credentials, launch Surf Anonymous Free and click Hide IP, from the system tray menu.
You can also enable or disable browser extension from Options –> browser. Although, the options section does not show Chrome as a supported browser, however, during testing I was able to access location restricted websites using Chrome.
You can also check your alternative credentials by going to Check IP Info from the system tray.
Although Surf Anonymous Free has quite smooth functionality, it does have a down side, i.e. it provides a few prompts during installation and after being launched, to upgrade to the paid version (worth $24.95-$29.95). The free version only allows obtaining US IP credentials, which for many non US users is definitely an advantage, rather than the other way around. However, the paid version allows obtaining an IPs from more than 50 countries.
Surf Anonymous Free works on the following Windows based operating systems:
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7