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All,

I know there are several ways to make yourself "more" anonymous online (more meaning you are never FULLY) such as a VPN, but I was wondering if this would work:

Connect Tablet / Phone to home Wifi. Use Tablet / Phone as a hotspot. Connect computer to the hotspot.

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What do you mean by anonymous exactly? I'm not exactly sure how specific phones work with tethering, but I assume it just forwards all packets from the device connected to it, which would basically be the same as having your laptop connected to your hotspot. It certainly won't get you any real anonymity.

If you want free anonymity, I suggest you use Tor. https://www.torproject.org
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as little as i know about networking that wont work because youll still be connecting to the internet from your home with the same external ip.
    
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I'm looking to upgrade my internet (currently 20 mbps with 768kbps upload on DSL for $60 a month) to Comcast which is $115 a month for 105 mbps. My issue is with their support of the 6 strikes thing, I'm worried I might trigger that a few times. But VPN's slow the internet, so upgrading internet isn't gonna do anything if I limit myself. So I am looking at alternative options.
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What do you mean by anonymous exactly? I'm not exactly sure how specific phones work with tethering, but I assume it just forwards all packets from the device connected to it, which would basically be the same as having your laptop connected to your hotspot. It certainly won't get you any real anonymity.

If you want free anonymity, I suggest you use Tor. https://www.torproject.org

Can you explain some how this works?

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from what i understand its like a vpn but it makes alot more hops before it gets to the internet, and it will slow you down more than just a standard vpn
    
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if you are trying for anonymity to DL stuff a vpn is a decent place to start, or for whatever reason, but if someone REALLY wants to find you they will. If your isp wants to monitor what's going on they can and will. Best bet is to stay off anybody's radar. Got my first cease and desist outside college from charter and played dumb, got it removed, no throttling, no notices in mail or anything. Granted I probably won the lottery there as it was mentioned to me when I called in to pay my bill and spooked me that the sales rep saw something like that tagged on my acc o.o.

Edit: Tor is also slow as balls and not worth the effort in the majority of cases, I wouldn't even use it to check the news ;-/
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Quote:
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from what i understand its like a vpn but it makes alot more hops before it gets to the internet, and it will slow you down more than just a standard vpn

That's the gist, you can read about it on Wikipeida or Tor's website for a more complete description. Basically though, nobody on the route will know both what the destination is and what the source is. So unless someone controls every hop on the network, you're anonymous. As you said though, it's quite slow.
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If your isp wants to monitor what's going on they can and will

Not really. If you're using Tor or a VPN properly, your ISP cannot monitor your traffic. With a VPN though, of course, the VPN provider could be monitor your traffic.
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That's the gist, you can read about it on Wikipeida or Tor's website for a more complete description. Basically though, nobody on the route will know both what the destination is and what the source is. So unless someone controls every hop on the network, you're anonymous. As you said though, it's quite slow.
Not really. If you're using Tor or a VPN properly, your ISP cannot monitor your traffic. With a VPN though, of course, the VPN provider could be monitor your traffic.

If they want to monitor you, they can and will, a vpn won't stop them. Trust. You should research some of the ways they can monitor you, might surprise you.
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Do any of you guys use a VPN? Which and how is the speed hit?
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