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How To Make Anonymous Comments On A Website

by The Drifter on January 2, 2011

Reading time: 3 – 5 minutes

Learning how to make anonymous comments on a website is extremely important to preserving our fundamental human rights and promoting the public good. Anonymous speech is pretty important.  Political critique and commentary, reporting crimes, and many other situations demand the ability to speak anonymously to preserve truth, promote safety, and protect rights.  Anonymity also promotes the spread of the best ideas because the idea is not contaminated with the reputation of the speaker.

Anonymous Comments Are Free Speech

Blog comments are the new public pamphlet.  Instead of publishing a piece of paper, people post articles and comments to the articles.

You might need to make a anonymous comments:

1.  if you are in the military and want to leave a comment in support of Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Private Bradley Manning, or many other important topics deemed not appropriate for the military;

2.  if you want to leave a comment that would be classified as a characteristic of a domestic terrorist such as citing the US Constitution;

3.  if you want to make a comment criticizing Israel, criticizing US foreign policy, or supporting Saudi Arabia, Islam, Muslims, Palestinians, the Qu’ran, or Iran;

4.  when making a comment contrary to the political, religious or scientific beliefs, opinions and policies of friends, family members, co-workers, employers, or others in the community;

5.   when making any comment that might incriminate you in illegal activity.

It is imperative that there be a way to comment anonymously.  So here is  how to leave a comment anonymously.

Step 1: Use A VPN Or Other Proxy Server

When you leave a comment, the website administrator can usually see the IP address of the computer that left the comment.  This can be used to trace the comment back to your computer unless you are using a proxy server.  So anytime you want to make a truly anonymous comment, go through a trusted proxy like Witopia, Cryptohippie or Identity Cloaker.

Step 2: Use A Pseudonym To Make Anonymous Comments

The internet is full of pseudonyms.  You can use the same pseudonym many times to build up a reputation behind the pseudonym, like Thomas Paine or Benjamin Franklin did, or you can choose a new and exciting handle every time you comment.

Step 3: Fake An Email Address

Some websites, like HowToVanish.com, don’t make you register to comment.  On these sites you can put sown any bogus email address with an “@” and a “.com”.  Things like “publius@federalist.com” or “mark@twain.com” will work just fine.

Some sites make you register or log in before commenting.  You can set up an anonymous free email account all over the place.  Do that using the proxy server, use the anonymous email address, and never use it again, except maybe to comment on the same website.

Conclusion

Learning how to make anonymous comments on a website helps protect your privacy, fundamental rights and promotes the public good.  You can find other tips for protecting the privacy of your communications in the book How To Vanish.  Now that you know how to comment anonymously on websites, use your powers for good!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The Drifter is a California attorney. He holds a degree in Accounting from the University of Utah and a law degree from California Western School of Law. He practices civil litigation, domestic and foreign business entity formation and transactions, criminal defense and privacy law. He is a strong advocate of personal and financial freedom and civil liberties. This is merely one article of 129 by .
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