- Why should I surf, mail or post news anonymously?
Many services in the Internet (www, e-mail and news) collect a lot of personal data without any obvious reason and use this data without informing the users. There are some very good data protection acts in some states. However, not enough attention is paid to them unfortunately. The only possibility to prevent this sort of data acquisition, is to stop this data from generating and that is possible with Anonymouse.
- Where can I download it?
Anonymouse can not be downloaded, it can be only used online under the address http://Anonymouse.org/. You don't have to install anything, a conventional Internet Browser is sufficient.
- How does it work?
Instead of your computer transmitting the data directly to the recipient (web-, news- or e-mail servers), these are transmitted to the Anonymouse server. The Anonymouse server anonymizes the transmitted data and continues to transmit it to the actual recipient then. A possible response (web-server) of the recipient is transmitted back to you via the Anonymouse server.
- Why is it free?
Anonymity is a fundamental right. We at Anonymouse are convinced that such an important fundamental right should be at everyone's disposal without any costs. Beside the free version there is a VIP-Version with more features available.
- Is it absolutely anonymous?
- Why do you not offer encryption?
Anonymouse offers anonymity before the target/recipient, therefore no encryption (e.g. URL-encryption, HTTPS/SSL/TLS, PGP) is necessary.
The VIP-Version of Anonymouse supports encryption (HTTPS/SSL/TLS).
- Am I anonymous to my provider?
No, Anonymouse offers anonymity before the target/recipient. However, the provider is of course bound to the respective data protection acts, secrecy of letters, etc. . The provider is usually only allowed to process the data transmitted by the users if it is necessary for the solution of technical problems.
The VIP-Version of Anonymouse supports encryption (HTTPS/SSL/TLS), where the data is transferred encrypted from your browser to the Anonymouse server and your provider can not decrypt this data.
- How does anonymous surfing with AnonWWW work?
During a page request, Anonymouse filters all personal data and requests the page from the target server again. After the response by the target server is anonymized (the most difficult part), it is sent back to the user.
- How can I enter Anonymouse as proxy in my browser?
Anonymouse is not an "ordinary" proxy, but a web-based proxy. Therefore, it is only possible to use Anonymouse via http://Anonymouse.org/.
- What happens with cookies?
Cookies are filtered the same way as all other personal data while a website is requested. The cookies from the server will be transmitted to the user. But as they are not sent back to the server, the anonymity remains protected.
The VIP-Version of Anonymouse gives you the choice to accept and send cookies if you wish.
- What means "Anonymouse does not support this kind of link!"?
This message appears when an internet-page or a link is requested that is not supported by AnonWWW, as for example https, mailto, news, ...
- Which technique is behind the anonymous sending of e-mails and news?
Similar to AnonWWW the transmitted data is received, anonymized and forwarded. Additionally, remailers are used, to which the e-mail or the news posting is transmitted, in order to increase anonymity.
- Why does only 1 e-mail/news posting arrive, although I have sent X?
The remailer over which your e-mail/news posting is transmitted, has a protective mechanisms in order to ensure your anonymity. With one of these protective mechanisms repeatedly transmitted e-mails/news postings with the same content are only transmitted once!
- Why does my news posting to group X not arrive?
The remailer can not support all newsgroups. Especially local ones (country-specific) are not supported in most cases.
- Why does the subject of the anonymous e-mail/news posting not arrive?
This is not an error of Anonymouse, but the error of the remailer. Although all remailers should support the subject-functionality, it seems that this is not the case with all remailers. If you notice this in an anonymous e-mail, then please let us know over which remailer this e-mail has been transmitted.