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Giveaway of the day — Mask Surf Everything 2.3

Mask Surf Everything is an online anonymity solution based on one of the most advanced privacy technologies that allows you to go online through a network of secure tunnels and makes your identification impossible.
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Mask Surf Everything 2.3 was available as a giveaway on February 3, 2015!

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Mask Surf Everything is an online anonymity solution based on one of the most advanced privacy technologies that allows you to go online through a network of secure tunnels and makes your identification simply impossible.

This version of the program supports any application using TCP and enables you to select the location to be used for your IP address substitution.

Please note: Thanksoft will provide 3 years license of Mask Surf Everything for the best suggestion. Please use IdeaInformer widget to supply your ideas!

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#73

Hi
Can you please give me a tutorial or Simple 123 of how to use this product, It just keeps checking the Speed test something.
So how do I use this

Best regards

Reply   |   Comment by Amit  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#72

Not working on my Windows 7 PC, I am happy i got it for free.

Reply   |   Comment by Rogel  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#71

@ Evgeniy Minakov Thanksoft
Please note: Thanksoft will provide 3 years license of Mask Surf Everything for the best suggestion. Please use IdeaInformer widget to supply your ideas!

So which is it? This or That?

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Cox  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#70

Flawless installation and registration, on 2 different platforms (laptop and desktop) and 2 different OS (Win 8.1 and Win 7)! Why can't all the GOTD programs be this easy?!! Thanks ThanksSoft and GOTD!! :)

Reply   |   Comment by Sheila  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#69

I'm having trouble with crashing. If I change settings or options such as turning on automatic IP changing as soon as I close the settings Mask Surf crashes.

Reply   |   Comment by Hector  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#68

Thanks GAOTD for this program and all the valuable comments which have educated me on "anonymity" and TOR, etc. My experience with this software was similar to rogermoor #22. It seems to mask my IP but I got a different IP than rogermoor. I will look forward to updates and a portable version of this software. :)

Reply   |   Comment by freecat  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#67

Did not work with Windows 8.1 Professional 64 bit - lost internet connectivity from router, solved by uninstalling Mask Surf Everything. The funny thing is the normal Tor works, the one downloaded from the Tor website.

Reply   |   Comment by Phillip Cunningham  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#66

installed on 32 bit vista sp2, crashes on retrieving country listing, spins its wheels getting network info.

tor proxy works on IE and if the socks setting in the Firefox browser to what appears in the tor tab i.e. 127.0.0.1:9050 socks 5 protocol then that works just fine too. To prove that point I am in UK on a static IP number and am using a portable Firefox browser connecting to GAOTD server via MSE tor. my current tor IP rdns is tor-relay.vxfki.com isn't it GAOTD admin? I find it a little odd the developer thinks it does not work using Firefox when it clearly does!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#65

Installed and activated on Win7 and chose IE as my browser.When checking my ip address, the browser opened and showed the false ip address of another country.Then when I clicked on "Obtain the list of countries" under Countries tab, the programme disappeared totally from my pc screen. I've tried this many times,sometimes it goes off straight away and sometimes the progress bar showed half way before disappearing. How do I select a specified country to watch certain movies. Please help.

Reply   |   Comment by cathL  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#64

Will this allow me to bypass the great firewall of China?

Reply   |   Comment by deJonge  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#63

To Evgeniy Minakov,
Thanks for participating in the forum at least up to #35 when it appeared as though you got aggravated at some of the questions & stopped. You have to pardon some of the people here because some are real intelligent & some are just occupying space with no worthwhile head on their shoulders.

But I did want to say THANKS for voicing your comments & I for one feel like GAOTD should mandate that their clients participate in this forum from START to FINISH. About a week ago I was not able to get a piece of software because I kept getting an error & NO ONE addressed it at all. At least you are giving us your thoughts.

THANKS AGAIN.

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

i said my thanks before I installed the software, BUT

I installed it (TWICE) both times as "Run as administrator" & I got a browser that said, "Mask Surf Everything 2.3 activated - what next" & also the window that said it was activated but NOTHING ELSE, no window asking me where to install it, just nothing!! Is this a normal installation? I have Vista OS & got NO error messages when "I think" it got installed?? How do I know if it installed or not? It is not in either folder of, "Program Files" or "Program Files (x86).

Please advise.

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

That happened to me to. Because antivirus quarintined the temp setup prog. The the Gaotd installer/wraper autimatically sends you to that completion website even if you canel install. So it doesn't really mean that it did actually activate or install, cuz thats not part of the actual setup prog. Just mini prog, like an envelope Gaotd puts around the actual setup prog so it always goes to the website when setup closes even if setup fails.

Reply   |   Comment by Adam  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#62

Thank you very much for the GREAT present!
Program is a little 'heavy" but is very nice in work and has a lot of functions and comfortable easy understanding setting in it. Blessing to Autor and thanks to dear GODT for their nice present. Have a wish to buy it in some month if it shows its nice work without problems. Thanks again for all!

Reply   |   Comment by Ester Ukraine  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#61

OK - so despite the lengthy discussion I did the download and installed on my Roshiba Satelliite A50 laptop running Win 8.1,64 Bit. The program seemed to start OK, and after the initial display of "stuff" I was left with a screen displaying logos for IE, Firefox, and MS Office Outlook. Hmmmm - no Chrome. So, press the green"plus" button and am told I can add a program - what sort of program. Can I add Chrome this way? Go to "Help" - no on-line or offline user manual available. So, my only option is to send them a ticket.

So, can I use Chrome or not?

Reply   |   Comment by tuiruru  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#60

8 years seem ago I translated the interface of this program into Bulgarian . For this my venture developer honored me with a free license program. I mention this to draw your attention to the fact that I use it quite a long time . The program works pretty darn well for me. To this day, my "enemies" in the net :) remain completely in the dark about the fact who I am, where I do with this world I or just simply being with putostoronnego (deeply hidden) world. I recommend to all !

Reply   |   Comment by KGB  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#59

The program installed fine. After installation, the program window has iExplorer and Firefox as browsers to use that has privacy protection. On the right side of the main program is an IP button that will verify the ip-address and, when i clicked on that, it said i was from Germany (i live in USA)... so works as advertised, although it was kinda slow.

Reply   |   Comment by max  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#58

The very best form of anonymity AND privacy is to just set up a VPN. That is the most secure way. I have used most all these paid anonymity apps and they are just crap and not worth spending money on. However, if you are going to use this or others, PLEASE TEST IT FIRST ON A TEST PC. There are so many great FREE VPN apps out there, start here to look them over:
http://www.freewarefiles.com/search.php?categoryid=&subcategoryid=&action=sort&sort=date&query=vpn&boolean=exact&type=all&currentorder=DESC (sorted by DATE only)

OpenVPN and TunnelBear (service) are the 2 very best VPNs you can use, FOR FREE.

Reply   |   Comment by SoftwareBabe  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#57

I use a high speed VPN service. This program made my internet slower than the second coming of Christ. no matter how I set program to work it gave me a German ip which leads me to believe that the ip test in the program is static. I do not trust this software. And I certainly would not pay for it

Reply   |   Comment by Alan  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#56

Thank you to everyone here for their comments, pro and con. After much reading, I have decided to simply go with the TOR browser. :)

Reply   |   Comment by jbdean  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#55

in reference to #42 above. I located the issue that my IP4 DNS server had been updated to 127.0.0.1. Once updated (I use Google DNS), access to the internet was returned.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#54

Installation on Win 7 64bit went fine. I attemped to start the program twince and both times it hung up during initialization forceing a task manager kill. After second time kill, I could not pull up any internet pages, tho my connection to my network was still in place. I then uninstalled Mask Surf, only to find the same problem. I am connected to my network, network connected to internet (other pc's on network have internet access). Rebooting and bouncing router does not repair the problem. my Pc shows to be connected to the router and the router to the internet, but some proxy change is stopping internet access. I am pretty ticked off this moment attempting to figure out the issue!

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#53

Ask a fundamental question:
Why do you wish to become "anonymous" when surfing the Internet?
When is it important to do so?
What bad things can happen to you if you are not anonymous on the Internet?
Out of the hundreds of millions of Internet users who surf often, what is the percentage of them who use always software that makes them "anonymous" ?
What is the point of surfing "anonymously" when in other websites or social media like Twitter or Facebook, you readily identify yourself to everyone?
If you are forever (even if that is possible)"anonymous" on the Internet, why would you want that?
It means you cannot make any social connection to others on the Internet.
You have no "friends" on the internet.
You become just an "anonymous" loner who enjoys being a voyeur on the Internet.

Is "anonymity" over-rated?

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#52

Use Epic Browser for anonymity & privacy.

Reply   |   Comment by Mick  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#51

This is a good offer grab it while you can free for 1 year. If you want to brows in anonymously then use EPIC browser it has add blocker, its own search engine & VPN built in.Epic stops trackers & does not keep any history or information. I also use OkFreedom there is a free version with adds or paid without adds. https://www.okayfreedom.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Newell  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#50

Although this program sounds interesting and appears to install without issue, I don’t feel its appropriate to advertise on this site, [because], only commercial software comes with a trial period, whereas, freeware does not.

Reply   |   Comment by Maximus  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#49

I heard someone from NSA speak about anonymous browsers such as TOR. He said that the government can find out who you are and the government will track users of anonymous browsing programs forever. They must feel that people who want to browse anonymously could be people who want to hurt the United States. I don't want to be tracked forever, even though I have no intentions to hurt my county.

Reply   |   Comment by Sue  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#48

I have installed the software and the comments are confusing this old man! I was looking for a program to allow me to access my Spanish sites that use location to block out-of-theatre access. This program, once Spain was selected did just that. It allowed me to view my sites in Spain whilst in the UK - is that so bad a program?

Reply   |   Comment by Bob_UK  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

No, that is not bad. However, the point of many of these comments is that this program uses TOR to accomplish what you are describing. TOR is freeware and you can use it to connect to the sites in Spain without using Mask Surf Everything (MSE). Using MSE is like going through a third party when you could go direct. If MSE seems less complicated to you than setting up TOR yourself, and all you want to do is get through to sites that block access from certain countries, then by all means use it. Just be aware that after one year you will not be able to reinstall it if you buy a new computer, or if you have to reinstall programs on your current computer due to a crash. If I understand the developer's comments correctly, you will not get updates after one year, and that could be a problem if TOR makes updates that render it incompatible with MSE code as it is now written. Then you would need to pay for MSE to make it work again. A second point is that MSE does not work with all browsers, especially the very popular Firefox browsers. The last point I will mention is that your browsing may not be as "untraceable" as the author would lead you to believe, but that's okay if all you want to do is go around the roadblock to Spanish sites. I'm an old man, too. Although it's late in the day, I'm sure some of the experts on here will correct me if I'm wrong.

Reply   |   Comment by h3driver  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

You can easily do that with HOLA, without all the fuss and so-called "anonymity".

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#47

After installing in Win XP neither firefox nor Chrome got into the internet.
After uninstall via System restore they worked again properly.

Reply   |   Comment by Pierre Joseph  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#46

I have used other software written by Evgeniy Minakov (unless I'm confusing him with someone else), it usually does what it claims and does it quite well. I'd be hard-pressed to tell you what the other programs are, most are utilities that I use irregularly. I had issues trying the software/IP test, gave me connection errors trying to go to Google. However, my testing should be taken with a huge dose of salt, I also have about 25 browsers open, several spreadsheets, etc. I had to go through Task Manager to unload it, that would be a good suggestion that I will put in the suggestion box. Perhaps I just didn't find where an "unload" option was. Right now I didn't have time to give this a good test.

For Evgeniy, Karl's comments are highly respected in this community and he usually gives products a pretty good run for their money. He tries every product from what I can tell and is almost always the first comment. I have observed, however, that it seems he uninstalls everything he tries. Just an observation, not a criticism in any way, shape or form. Karl, we really do appreciate your tests and comments!

Reply   |   Comment by RRVH  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#45

If you're unfamiliar with TOR etc. here's an article on the darknet from PCWorld http://www.pcworld.com/article/2046227/meet-darknet-the-hidden-anonymous-underbelly-of-the-searchable-web.html

The simplest, easiest way to make use of it is using the TOR Browser -- https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en -- which uses a pre-configured portable version of Firefox. Note: the browser is portable but the shortcut it adds is not, so there's an installation program -- once you move the Tor Browser folder you'll need to edit the shortcut in the folder.

When you use the TOR Browser your connection is routed through several anonymous proxy servers, without you having much choice in the matter -- the ip address of last server, the exit node, is the one that web sites will see. That can be inconvenient when the exit node is in the same country you're in, if for example you want to view content that's blocked for your country. It can also be inconvenient [i.e. extra slow] when the exit node is 1/2 way around the world & you want to download something.

That's stuff that Mask Surf Everything might help you with, along with providing some other options -- by it's portable nature the TOR Browser is not the most configurable.

AFAIK the main alternative to using the TOR network conventionally is Ultrasurf http://ultrasurf.us/ . One downside of TOR is that you have no protection between you & your ISP, before you enter the 1st TOR proxy -- that's where a VPN might come into play, encrypting traffic. There was an incident recently where some TOR exit nodes where compromised, & nodes have been at least once or twice the target of so-called cyber criminals.

There's also the possibility that the NSA [& maybe agencies in other countries] have managed to circumvent TOR's anonymity [if nothing else they managed to nabe the guy behind the silk road site]. At the very least it may be possible to draw a connection between the input from your actual ip & what's coming out of an exit node -- you can read on the project site how the good folks behind the TOR Browser etc. are trying to mitigate that sort of thing.

And finally, this sort of thing might not matter in the least if the system [PC/laptop], network, router etc. is already compromised.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#44

I install it on a 64bit Windows 7 machine running Norton Security and while I get a "successfully activated" message< I see no application in my list of programs, nor do I see a desktop icon. This has happened before with a GAOTD program since this latest Norton installation. There was no Norton message, when running the set-up program, that it had been blocked. Wonder what gives?

Reply   |   Comment by scottdt21  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#43

Won't install. I get an NSIS Error. Keeps telling me that "Installer integrity check has failed. Common causes include incomplete download and damaged media. Contact the installer's author to obtain a new copy." I've re-downloaded three times - no dice. This is the second time this has happened to me recently on GAOTD. Still haven't received a response to the first one.
There is no problem with my internet connection. An average of 69mbs download and 18mbs upload. And I have managed to install other GAOTD oferings.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#42

I've been working with ZenMate, which has been offering their service for free for the time being. The only problem I've had is with occasional disconnections, especially during busy times, which causes downloads to stall.

There's an article on Torrentfreak (Huge Security Flaw Leaks VPN User's Real IP Address) about a Firefox security weakness in VPNs that can allow someone to see your real IP address, but it's easily fixed by changing a setting. A script blocker also helps. I haven't tested for it with this program but the test is at https://diafygi.github.io/webrtc-ips/

Another problem I can see is that one doesn't seem to have the ability to control the country of the IP address. This can affect region blocked streaming services such as videos on US TV network sites.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Summerset  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#41

I'm getting up to speed an the anonymity/privacy stuff. Cannot offer any valid feedback on product as I only use FF, but I value the fact that the developer has interacted very fully & rapidly to constructive feedback & comments from GAOTD users. Good to see that level of commitment, & the dialogue gives people like me useful education. Many thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Stuart  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)

@ Stuart, post #14: Good for you for taking the trouble to read and digest -- the Internet is currently stuffed full with people wandering around stark naked yet who think they're wearing the armour of total invisibility. Good on GOTD too, for facilitating this comment thread.

The single biggest problem that I see on my travels is the blind faith of the average computer user in the promises of providers of privacy/security software coupled with the entirely inadequate diagnostics which those same average computer users resort to when they think they're playing detective. Amongst the more famous is this one:

http://www.tracemyip.org/

accessed by thousands every day to check that their true IP address has been hidden by the software they're using for that purpose. So what happens is: they (a) start off in "naked" mode and visit "trace my IP" (or similar site) to flag up details of their IP address and then (b) they use anonymizing software (like the much-vaunted anonymox for Firefox users) or one of any number of VPN services, and back they go to tracemyIP (or similar) to check if that IP address has changed. . .

And oh my golly: it has! It has! The user is . . . invisible. Their "real" IP address has vanished. No-one knows where they are. No-one can possibly know anything about them -- and certainly not, what's on their computer.

What rubbish. If they really want to confirm that they're invisible and that the software they're using or VPN service they've bought into is functioning as was promised, then they should be using THIS and ONLY this diagnostic:

http://ipleak.net/

It would be funny if it weren't so sad, the number of times I've watched folks move from happy certainty into sudden discomfort when they see that key descriptors of their computer are available for all to view and that their "real" IP address is out there, too, the result of their own failures to understand arcane stuff like WebRTC leaks and DNS Leaks.

Moral of the story: NEVER rely on what anyone tells you about your "invisibility" -- and that includes the much-vaunted anonymox -- and NEVER rely on an the results of a simple what's-my-IP-address look-up, either. It's all a darn sight more complicated than the average punter thinks -- which is why the average punter continues to roam around the Internet stark naked, whilst believing they're fully clothed . . .

Keep on reading, Stuart. That way you really will be all right.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

Thank you everyone for this great info and comments today!
@ MikeR--your comments helped so much! Ignorance is not bliss! Education in the constant changing tech world is how we can begin to help protect ourselves. I read GOTD comments every day and appreciate so much the input by the respected techies (Karl, Giovanni, MikeR-- to name only a few. I have confidence I can keep my computer running smoothly, but VPN, proxy, privacy is like trying to speak a foreign language to me. It's greatly appreciated the help you have offered today (and every day) so we can become more enlightened in our computer literacy, and privacy is where i need to improve my computer skills. I will check out TOR and continue reading as you recommend MikeR... "wandering around stark naked" and giving my privacy away is not where i want to be!
Thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by linda  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

@ Stuart, ok so you want to get some education, maybe I can give you some advise:
http://browserspy.dk/
https://panopticlick.eff.org/
@ MikeR, boy you're one of the Geeks around here, how about using THESE and NOT ONLY THESE diagnostics:
http://www.toolsvoid.com/proxy-test
http://proxyipchecker.com/check-my-proxy-ip.html
http://proxyipchecker.com/proxy-headers-checker.html
http://whatsmyuseragent.com/
http://dnsleak.com/
(and, thoroughly scrutinize this one)
http://ip-check.info/?lang=en

Thanks for the link you gave us, I'll add it up to my collection!

just feelin' kinda 'geeky' tonight...

P.S.
here's NSA's -pardon- KGB's translation (Google, of course)
8 years seem ago I translated the interface of this program into Bulgarian. For this my venture developer honored me with a free license program. I mention this to draw your attention to the fact that I use it quite a long time. The program works pretty darn well for me. To this day, my "enemies" in the net :) remain completely in the dark about the fact who I am, where I do with this world I or just simply being with putostoronnego world. I recommend to all!

Reply   |   Comment by Geeky's Apprentice  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#40

Does this program only work with browsers or will it work with programs like Vuze Bittorent Client? And if I want an American IP Address, Can I pick just an American Address?

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#39

Will this program run side by side with hotspot shield?

I'd like to install today, if possible. I hope someone can answer these questions.

Reply   |   Comment by teri  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#38

I never use substitutes. (I even refuse to watch youtube movies in others thieves sites, where I even tend to comment with the original link!)
TOR works poorly. (this kind of stuff tends to die very fast when they reach 'popularity')
The best way I've found so far is a mix of chrome applications (zenmate, location guard)
Best site to test it, hardest to foul, is mylocation.com.

Reply   |   Comment by GPC  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

TOR's been around for over a decade, so it's kinda doubtful it's some flash in the pan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_%28anonymity_network%29

Using a proxy is less efficient -- all traffic has to detour through the proxy -- so it's slower. Add a bunch of proxies & it gets slower still. OTOH the only way to mask your ip is by using a proxy -- if you could fake your original ip, all return traffic would go to the fake ip, so you'd never see it. You could enter giveawayoftheday.com in the address bar of your browser, the site would receive your request to serve the page for viewing, but that would never reach your browser to display anything.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#37

Personally I didn't like the product....Installed it on my Windows 8 system and found it of no use....Wish the next GAOTD is of my use...

Reply   |   Comment by Henry Wilson  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-16)
#36

I would avoid any program that you have to pay for to access the TOR network as you can easily get software without any lame limitations for free.

Reply   |   Comment by Rebeldawg  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#35

States spy their own (and other, lol) citizens, and/or restrict Internet usage/access. Media firms promote fatuous laws. Advertising is the cause of many evils. Etc. We are victim and suspect (not necessarily in this order).

Let's drop the marketing crap and do some reasoning.

You have to distinguish anonymity from privacy. They are two different things and must not be confused. Privacy can be managed easily, anonymity much less because it relies on your IP, given by your ISP. ISP's are pressured to reveal your identity. There aren't many solutions to protect your IP. Not talking about smartphones users whose anonymity does not exist yet (soon?).

Disconnecting the PC from all networks is the sole reliable way to be anonymous. Which activities are potentially problematic? Running a browser, a bittorrent agent or any other software. Let's get rid of the latter, those relying on IE, those that sends data behind the scenes: remove them from the computer (including Microsoft Windows ---okay, I know you won't do it). Other than that, only encryption protects the data sent/received (an email identifies the sender (and the recipient), that's why Google insists you should give out your phone number).

We are left with browser, bittorrent agent. Most anonymous bittorrent use VPN. Then, do I need to spend $60 and 72 MB for a limited time, for a product that won't be updated when Tor is ---and will have the very same limitations? No, I already have Tor Browser Portable, anonymoX (a Firefox extension)...

But it is not just about the IP. Anonymity is owed to the people. A lost cause?

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Ok, giveawayoftheday users don't spend a cent. Because it is free. It is meaning of the word "giveaway" - something that you can get for free.

Mask Surf Everything was updated every time when important Tor update had been released. As other option you can subscribe to VPN with less anonymity and monthly payment.

Reply   |   Comment by Evgeniy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Thanks for your reply, always nice to have the authors participating in this forum.

"Mask Surf Everything was updated every time when important Tor update had been released."

Right. But the past is gone. GOTD's terms and conditions: "[...] no free upgrades to future versions [...]"

"Ok, giveawayoftheday users don’t spend a cent."

Right. But many here buy a license because after testing a fully functional commercial product they consider purchasing makes sense.

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

A couple of definitions of privacy:
http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/privacy.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privacy
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Privacy = free from secret surveillance and to determine whether, when, how, and to whom, one's personal or organizational information is to be revealed. Since you cannot control who can/can't attempt to surveil you, the only option is to make it impossible to see what you're doing, e.g. you make sure the blinds are closed when you undress in front of a window.

Granted, making sure no one can watch you is sometimes impossible -- someone could have planted a camera like in the movies -- but you do what you can, as in closing those blinds. Unfortunately when it comes to electronic communications, there are really no blinds you can close.

You can use encryption, which hopefully protects the content, but encryption does nothing to mask the fact of the communication itself. The US gov maintained [may still maintain] a database of auto license numbers with locations & times. The same gov has databases with info on phone calls [allegedly not content, but which number called which other numbers]. ISPs can maintain databases of every site visited from your ip -- the gov probably has access to that. The gov maintains those sorts of databases because that data can paint a pretty good picture of an individual's habits, interests, activities etc.

TOR was developed to protect your on-line data from being collected, with the notable exception of traffic to/from your ISP [where you might use a VPN]. It does that by making you anonymous, with no records for any gov to request. You'd have to check if the company providing your VPN service keeps records.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#34

EDIT "Seems you have to end process via task manager for country settings to be applied" Had to end process manually first time, but now working fine.

Reply   |   Comment by Gordie  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#33

my observations:
1>this app requires dot-net framework
2>does not change ip address on clicking 'change false ip' button
3>does not seem to work with portable chrome as when i click on the ip test button, only IE is opened.

summary:
better learn about tor network first and use tor browser before trying this frontend as i have no idea about tor itself.
don't download this for watching free hulu movies from outside the US use HOLA UNBLOCKER instead!
hola.org/

Reply   |   Comment by the mask  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#32

Seems you have to end process via task manager for country settings to be applied, or am i mistaken ? Otherwise seems good and fast as long as you choose => 1M/b servers.

Reply   |   Comment by Gordie  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#31

I have installed Mask Surf Everything and successfully activated it on my virtual machines, but whenever I run it on my home laptop I am getting an error - The application has stopped working.

http://i.imgur.com/a8QRiyN.jpg

Win7 Ultimate Sp1 32 x86

Had to kill tor in the task manager to reinstall it, but no luck as the error continues to show up.

Any suggestions Thanksoft?

Reply   |   Comment by Mr All Rounder  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Unfortunately, no. I can't see any error message so no ideas. Sorry.

Reply   |   Comment by Evgeniy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Make sure .NET Framework 4 is installed/updated aswell as Visual++ 2012 redistributable. An error like this is mostly due to missing dependencies!

Reply   |   Comment by kin0seC  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

@kin0sec : thanks for the suggestion but I already have them installed,I am still getting an error and in the end I will stick to TOR free version only, along with spdyproxy extension for chrome.

Reply   |   Comment by Mr All Rounder  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#30

TOR is no longer anonymous, has not been for years.

http://www.hacksurfer.com/posts/ahh-tor-no-longer-anonymous-the-feds-dot-dot-dot-the-feds-are-coming

Reply   |   Comment by Bitmaster  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Article's author misses the main point of Tor design. The Tor network was designed in smart way. You can set up exit node and monitor it's traffic. You can set up 10 exit nodes and monitor them. But the whole network has more than thousand exit nodes which every second get traffic from random Tor users. It is impossible to catch data of some specified users even if you own or monitor some exit nodes.

Reply   |   Comment by Evgeniy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)
#29

Whoa!!!..Three(3)yrs license sounds like a great challenge,but needing more time.....Many ThKs!!!

Reply   |   Comment by goons Kafe'  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-18)
#28

I agree with rogermoor that doing a test on Gibson research does indeed bring up true i.p address at first but after masking with today's program it brings up a masked address. To the guys that are having problems , have you actually added countries to the program as without this simple step the program will not work, second setting at the top of the main window and make sure you add them from left window to right window and also tick Use this countries. Also on same window underneath hit apply list of countries, doing all this works for me on Windows 7 computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Alec  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#27

Hello and greetings,

@ Evgeniy:
1 "The “As is” principle is using for every software nowadays.
2 Even Microsoft uses it.
3 Do you trust to software from Microsoft?"

Should we apply the same rule to every merdias?

Allright

A) Wanna be anonymous? go in a cybercafé &/or surf from a public wifi, after lauching Onion / Vidalia

B) you dont want to be tracked ? OPERA (started from external USB) instead of those MIE or FF

C) you dont want to leave trace or give hints ? Turn main keywords into something else (i.e. "appointment" into "takaleak" or "revolution" into "billstopay"

No ukie on my pc,
Sorry thanksoft.

Reply   |   Comment by unpeudepolitessesvp  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)
#26

Hi Evgeniy and Thanksoft,
I want to say thank you for bringing this to peoples attention. Helping people to realize how easy it is to steal data is good, no matter what they think of the program.
A paid for VPN that allows a subscriber to use it on their phone is worth mentioning. If people disagree, just read about FaceNiff and FireSheep. Public wifi, and unprotected? You can be hacked.

Reply   |   Comment by brs  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Thanks.
Anonymity question becomes more and more important. New IP-based restriction appears. New laws developed by governments. David Cameron suggest to block encrypted messaging. And so on. We believe that people need to start to care about their anonymity.

Reply   |   Comment by Evgeniy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+29)
#25

I Installed this, WIN 7 X64 but when you try www.whatsmyip.org via Chrome, Bingo all my IP info is show, this is falsely misleading, Uninstalled, I'll just keep on using PEERBLOCK for now :(

Reply   |   Comment by Isa  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

My guess is that you didn't start the browser from within Mark Surf Everything ?
Because if You do You'll get a "foreign" IP-address !

Reply   |   Comment by rogermoor  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#24

What are the good websites for testing whether my actual IP and location are still showing - Shields Up and speedtest are mentioned here, but anything else in particular? Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by glnz  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

http://ip-check.info/?lang=en

http://www.gulli.com/hard-und-software/tools/gullitools/anonymitaetscheck

Also concerning anonymity in the Internet, take a look at this article:

http://blog.emsisoft.com/2008/05/05/tec080505/

Reply   |   Comment by Edu  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

My current favorite IP checking tool is

www.ipchicken.com

Silly name, but absolutely reliable.

Reply   |   Comment by Neil from Ohio  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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