The Hitchhiker's Guide to Online Anonymity

How I learned to start worrying and love privacy

Latest Version: v0.7.9. See Changelog.

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Welcome.

This is a maintained technical guide that aims to provide introduction to various online tracking techniques, online id verification techniques and guidance to creating and maintaining (truly) anonymous online identities including social media accounts safely and legally.

This guide is an open-source non-profit initiative, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (cc-by-4.0) and is not sponsored/endorsed by any commercial/governmental entity.

The latest version is 0.7.9, See the CHANGELOG at https://anonymousplanet.github.io/thgtoa/CHANGELOG.html

All PDF files in this guide have been checked by VirusTotal (Note that this guide does not endorse VirusTotal at all and it should be used with extreme caution and never with any sensitive files due to their “privacy policy”.)

In addition, you can always double check them using PDFID which you can download at https://blog.didierstevens.com/programs/pdf-tools/

python pdfid.py file-to-check.pdf

And you should see these at 0:

/JS                    0 #This indicates the presence of Javascript
/JavaScript            0 #This indicates the presence of Javascript
/AA                    0 #This indicates the presence of automatic action on opening
/OpenAction            0 #This indicates the presence of automatic action on opening
/AcroForm              0 #This indicates the presence of AcroForm which could contain JavaScript
/JBIG2Decode           0 #This indicates the PDF uses JBIG2 compression which could be used for obfuscating malicious content
/RichMedia             0 #This indicates the presence rich media within the PDF such as Flash
/Launch                0 #This counts the launch actions
/EmbeddedFile          0 #This indicates there are embedded files within the PDF
/XFA                   0 #This indicates the presence of XML Forms within the PDF

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PDFs, Images and release files are also signed separately using GPG (see the .asc files on the release page and within the repository).

If you don’t know how to verify files with GGP signatures, you should first install gpg on your system:

Import the GPG key using the following command from a command prompt or terminal:

gpg --auto-key-locate nodefault,wkd --locate-keys 0xEB16B6AB4AB7BA61F33E2DFD0051E9A589DAB601

If it doesn’t work, you can also download/view it directly from here: https://github.com/AnonymousPlanet/thgtoa/raw/main/AnonymousPlanet_0x89DAB601_public.asc

And then import it manually by issuing the following command:

gpg --import AnonymousPlanet_0x89DAB601_public.asc

Finally verify the files by issuing the following commands:

gpg --verify guide.pdf.asc guide.pdf"

gpg --verify guide-p.pdf.asc guide-p.pdf"

gpg --verify guide-dark.pdf.asc guide-dark.pdf"

You can also verify the authenticity of this GPG signature using my Keybase.io profile https://keybase.io/anonymousplanet and the PGP key is also published on http://keys.gnupg.net/, https://pgp.mit.edu/ and https://keyserver.ubuntu.com/ using the following PGP fingerprint: 0xEB16B6AB4AB7BA61F33E2DFD0051E9A589DAB601

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