So, you want to stay anonymous on the net without dropping any Nuyen chummer? Well then TOR is what you’re looking for. What is TOR exactly? TOR or The Onion Router is a network of computers used to obfuscate the destination IP of a user on that network. It essentially sends your web requests through multiple node computers. At each node it encrypts and decrypts data in a way that hides the information about where the request came from, while retaining the ability to send the request to the desired destination. This is some serious code-fu chummers. The software was developed by the US Naval Research Laboratory and then further implemented on by DARPA. The project has been open sourced and is available for free. One noteworthy feature of using TOR, besides the ability to brows the normal web anonymously is .onion sites. Since Tor operates on a series of networked computers connected to the web we can imagine the tor network as an internet running within the internet. It’s not exactly like this, but what we can do is visit sites that are not indexed on a search engine or even visible when disconnected from TOR. These sites can contain anything you can imagine and it’s not very hard to imagine what you might find. The hard part is actually figuring out how to obtain a .onion URL. There are some resources online that have .onion links for you to try out but nothing that wouldn’t normally be accessible to you while browsing the internet normally.