There are a number of excellent resources that you can use to learn how to maintain your anonymity online. The details of these strategies are beyond the scope of this guide, but we provide links to some of them below. Keep in mind that there are two broad categories of techniques for maintaining anonymity online:
First, there are tactics relating to the kind of information that you reveal on your website or blog. These tactics will not disguise your IP address, and this information could be disclosed if someone subpoenas your ISP, web host, or email provider.
Second, there are technical means and other strategies you can use to disguise your IP address or make it difficult for someone to associate a specific IP address with you personally. If you carry these out successfully, then information about your identity will not be available, even if someone subpoenas your ISP, web host, or email provider. Note, however, that successfully disguising your IP address takes a great deal of care and involves some hassles and inconvenience.
Here are some links to useful resources on the topic:
- Electronic Frontier Foundation, How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else) - a useful general resource with many tips to ensure you do not reveal too much personal information when posting or blogging.
- Ethan Zuckerman, A Technical Guide to Anonymous Blogging - a great post outlining several technical strategies for blogging anonymously.
- Anonymous Blogging with Wordpress and Tor - another post from Zuckerman with more detailed technical information and step-by-step guidance on using the anonymizing service Tor.
- Reporters Without Borders, Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents - a guide directed at bloggers in countries where media censorship is routine and pervasive.
- Blog Safer Wiki - a multilingual resource with country-specific guides for Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, Malaysia and Zimbabwe.
- Domains By Proxy - a service that registers a domain name for you without providing your personal information to the domain registrar; note, however, that companies like this may have to reveal your identity if they are subject to a subpoena.
- Tor - a free anonymizing service that helps you disguise your IP address, generally by requesting a page on your behalf through a network of proxy servers.
- Anonymizer - another anonymizing service.
- Privoxy - a program often used in conjunction with Tor that blocks cookies and other tracking software.