Anyone accessing the Internet via mobile device such as the iPad can be identified by their IP address according to location and Internet provider. This personal data can be misused. Data theft and unwanted spamming, as well as unwanted warnings, become possible. Misuse of data can be prevented by browsing anonymously when using the iPad. There are various methods available to do this.
In this article, we will explain everything you need to know to browse safely and anonymously on your iPad.
Why is it recommended to browse anonymously on iPad?
Anonymous browsing is safe browsing. Mobile devices such as the iPad in particular are proving to be more susceptible to attacks by malicious third parties. This is especially true if using a public WLAN to browse. New techniques of abuse are constantly emerging. Once your own data has gotten into the hands of third parties, it is difficult to limit the damage.
For this reason, it makes sense to take a look at how anonymous browsing works on the iPad and to take the necessary precautions to use the iPad to brows the internet in a relaxed and secure way.
How does one browse anonymously on iPad?
In order to browse anonymously with the iPad, one can rely on different possibilities and combinations thereof. These options, which include using a VPN client, iOS Private Browsing, proxy servers, and even the Tor network, if applicable, are explained in more detail in the following sections.
iOS Private Browsing on iPad
The iOS version of the Safari browser allows you to surf the web on your iPad without leaving any traces. To do this, open Safari on iPad and tap the bottom right to open a new window. At the bottom left is a “Private” button, which activates private browsing. The web pages you are now viewing will not appear in your history or cache.
Although the iPad’s Private Browsing option is an important component to browsing anonymously online, you still leave some traces of your activities via your IP address.
In order to keep your real IP address hidden from anyone, we recommend using a VPN clients without log files, in addition to the Private Browsing option on iPad. Our Shellfire VPN is just such an example.
In another article we published some time ago, you can find a general overview of the main advantages and disadvantes of using a VPN.
Currently, Shellfire VPN is available for the following operating systems:
With iPad, all you have to do is download our iOS app from the App Store, follow the onscreen instructions and you’re ready to go. Our Shellfire VPN is available in both a free version, as well as a premium version that goes for about 5 E per month.
In a network, a proxy server works kind of like a switchboard. It receives requests and forwards a substitute—which is what the term proxy stands for. When browsing on iPad, this means that when a proxy server is used, the respective request is redirected in the network via this server. If a webpage is accessed via the iPad, the request is sent to the proxy server, which then forwards it to the web page. The operators of the website do not see the personal IP address. They only see the IP address of the proxy server.
Thus, the iPad user’s location and Internet provider can no longer be identified. For this purpose, certain apps are offered that can be downloaded free of charge. After a short installation and registration, the proxy server can be used for browsing.
However, nowadays a VPN client is generally preferred over a proxy server. Firstly, because the use of VPN software tends to be more convenient. Secondly, because proxy servers do not encrypt your whole connection, but only your browser connection. Therefore, it’s possible that you still leave traces in the network despite using a proxy server.
The Tor network can also be helpful when browsing anonymously on iPAd. The acronym Tor stands for The Onion Ring, or The Onion Routing—a network of about 2000 private servers. Similar to a proxy server, a user’s request when browsing via Tor is not routed directly to the website but is first routed through 3 randomly selected servers.
This means that—like the layers of the onion to which the name refers—the iPad user’s own IP address and associated location and provider information are not visible. To use Tor, the Tor client software must be installed first. The Onion browser can be downloaded from the App Store. When you open the software for the first time, it will download a list of all currently available Tor servers. The apps then randomly calculate a route through the Tor network to redirect the traffic.
Under certain circumstances, it may be useful to use Tor in conjunction with a VPN client. At this point, however, using Tor doesn’t make much sense for the average iPad user, and you should instead rely on a combination of iPad Private Browsing and VPN software like Shellfire.
Various methods can be used to browse anonymously online with the iPad—generally, these are even free of charge. But if you don’t want to do without maximum convenience, you can’t go without a premium VPN client.
Used in conjunction with the iPad’s Private Browsing, a very high degree of security and anonymity can be guaranteed without any loss of convenience.