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Old 10-26-2011, 7:44 PM
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Default untraceable email account-is there such a thing?

With the political races heating up, I want to start making comments in our local throw-away paper. But I want to remain anonymous for job safety reasons. I'm looking for an untraceable or difficult to trace email I can use to register with our local paper. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-26-2011, 8:17 PM
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Use a web based email and do it from a public wifi.
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hushmail http://www.hushmail.com/

Hushmail recommends using non web-based services such as GnuPG and PGP Desktop for those who need stronger security
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Old 10-26-2011, 8:33 PM
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i dunno how anonymous youre trying to get, but unless you really need to hide. they do have anonymous emails that you can set to terminate after a certain period of time. if you need added protection, proxy servers, run a live cd distro that has TOR builtin along with other encryption and anonymonity features, and then find a disposable connection, ie: net cafe.
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I have used Mailinator for a few things.
http://www.mailinator.com/
The thing is that anyone who knows your Mailinator address can read anything in the inbox. It's great for stuff that spams emails.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:26 PM
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Thanks for all the tips. Now I've got someplace to start. Public wifi is a great tip.
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just don't give away privileged information. and remember that you'll never be completely anonymous. there's only ways to minimize your risk.
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just don't give away privileged information. and remember that you'll never be completely anonymous. there's only ways to minimize your risk.
IP numbers, Time and Date stamps and often machine information is stored. If you can find a loaner machine at a remote WiFi location to a Hush account you paid cash for, you might attain some anonymity.
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you dont need a loaner, you need a live cd distro specifically built for anonyminity. the live cd will not leave a footprint as its run from the ram. the next time you reboot your ram will be flushed. if you run tor it will use different proxy servers to mask your ip and bounce your disposable connection off that. as long as you adhere to that you will be fine. just dont use the same locations. keep your transactions to a minimum because even though you follow these rules, the co ops do log traffic which is unavoidable.
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From: http://sardjoski.net/kiril/Download/...%20Dummies.pdf

I know you were not asking about hacking, but the concepts are the same.

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Smart hackers want to be as low-key as possible. Covering their tracks is a
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often remain anonymous by using one of the following techniques:
 Borrowed or stolen dial-up accounts from friends or previous employers
 Public computers at libraries, schools, or kiosks at the local mall
 Internet proxy servers or anonymizer services
 Anonymous or disposable e-mail accounts from free e-mail services
Open e-mail relays
 Unsecured computers — also called zombies — at other organizations
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https://www.torproject.org/

The Onion Router. IP changing setup that is apparently really a great freeware program. I haven't used it but I've heard a lot about it.
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https://www.torproject.org/

The Onion Router. IP changing setup that is apparently really a great freeware program. I haven't used it but I've heard a lot about it.
TOR + SSH tunneling =
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another vote for TOR with a disposable e-mail account.
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The MAC address can be saved, which is unique to the machine, but you can actually change it with a program. Using a machine at a public library would work, although at times they record who is using the computers. Sometimes you can use a machine at a school, but with a change in the way things are today, they might require an ID to enter. In the past, you could just want into some University libraries and use the computers.

There are a lot of logs which are kept and those could be used to track you down, but generally would not be an issue unless you are doing something illegal.
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backtrack + nearby wifi + any web based mail=anonymous

untraceable? no with enough work depending on how hard they want to find you, you can be found just ask the "Anonymous" group members facing charges right now around the world
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Using a proxy server, or better yet, multiple chained proxies, is an effective technique. Just make sure you test them using some of the available tools out there (google them up), because some proxy servers DO pass along IP or machine information. You can't take it for granted they won't. You need to test them and verify.

And if you're really paranoid, try to use proxy servers that are located in countries unfriendly to the U.S. For example, it's unlikely that the Iranian govt. or an Iranian company would hand over their server logs just because some U.S. company asked for them, or even if the DOJ presented them with a warrant. They'd certainly say "FU!" instead. Which works in your favor, if you're doing stuff online that you probably shouldn't be doing...
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i'd avoid public wifi's and such just because of how many places have video recording devices nowadays.

besides posting anonymously just to flame/troll people is a pansy move.
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I'm kind of surprised people are recommending public wifi rather than prepaid smartphones.
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I'm kind of surprised people are recommending public wifi rather than prepaid smartphones.
this is because you can connect to multiple disposable wifi signals within walking distance. each time you do this, it will refresh using a different proxy server, making your hops none the same except at the original hop point.
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Buy a used laptop with cash off of Craigslist. Connect to a free wifi access point at an establishment with no video cameras. Create your new email & start giving the antis a piece of your mind.
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this is because you can connect to multiple disposable wifi signals within walking distance. each time you do this, it will refresh using a different proxy server, making your hops none the same except at the original hop point.
True, but from OP's inquiry I got the jist that he would be sending occasional emails not batches. So being multi-honed over multiple wifi networks the email would still originate from a single IP (and single associated MAC address) on the route it was sent.

Your point does make more sense for a longer transaction, or if he's going to be repeatedly delivering mail to a single destination, since if they do filter proxy logs, a disposable cell would undoubtedly reveal a single source network and endpoint MAC address.

But the advantage of a prepaid smartphone is they're essentially disposable, and you can use them just about anywhere. On a bus, inside a movie theater, and other places unlikely to have survelliance. Then you wouldn't have to worry about changing the MAC addy on your hardware since it's new hardware in cash every month or expiration of included service rate.
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There are People who do such things..start looking here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_of_Man

just fyi can get expensive
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Doesn't the fact that you just publicly posted on calguns already kinda ruin your strives for anonymity?
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Screw all this e-mail stuff. Just paste some letters/words together on a sheet of paper and mail it to them old school style.
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Screw all this e-mail stuff. Just paste some letters/words together on a sheet of paper and mail it to them old school style.
agreed, that would confuse them. especially the younger ones who never corresponded through mail lol.
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besides posting anonymously just to flame/troll people is a pansy move.
Agreed, that's chicken-****, but there are other reasons for wanting total anonymity on the net:
  • participating in discussions on explosives/drugs/sexual fetish/etc forums
  • saying things online that might pique govt. interest, or brand you as a subversive, or a terrorist *gasp!*
  • saying unflattering things about an employer
  • admitting past crimes where statute of limitations has not passed yet
  • starting a company offering payment services for the gun community, and then ripping many of them off, either willfully or through your incompetence...
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Trained pigeons. Just blame it all on Mike Tyson.
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Lots of options out there - depends how deep you want the cover to go. a web only e-mail service is a good start. The trick is where its acessed from. a laptop and free wifi is good, but the router will know the hardware address. If only using a few times, maybe a handfull of external wifi adapters (that you can toss when complete?) so the hardware address changes every time you log in and using different wifi hotspots will also make it more difficult.

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If you really just want to send some email to the local paper a lot of the above is really overkill. There are a few mail providers that strip the originating IP from their headers (Gmail used to be one but I haven't checked recently). They could get your IP with a court order but is there really any chance of that happening? Even if they got it, they'd need another court order at the service provider to get your address.
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