There are various reasons why you could want to make a website anonymously. You don’t even have to be doing anything illegal or immoral to wish to remain anonymous on the internet, it should be a basic right. This guide will teach you how exactly that can be achieved.
As a sidenote, this article will not be about the deep web, but just the regular corners of the internet.
Oh and also, this guide is for informational purposes only and shouldn’t be used to do anything illegal! Then why am I posting it? Because on the internet, laws are not universal across every country, for one, so it can be good to take these measures if you’re thinking about making a site about something that is legal in your home country, but illegal somewhere else. Especially if that somewhere else is the USA.
Other reasons could include;
- if you want to leak some sensitive information that could endanger you.
- If you simply want to stop the annoying “Hey domain owner, here’s a similar domain to yours only for $11,000 and btw you can’t unsubscribe!” type of email spam that every website owner gets.
- If you want to start a 18+ website without revealing your identity.
There are countless reasons!
Step 1; Determine how hidden you want to be
Who are you hiding from? If it’s just normal people, or even regular authorities, then it should be fairly easy to remain anonymous. However, if it’s the NSA, or any 3 letter agency, you better do this like paranoid ninja. A paranoid ninja reads more than 1 article on the subject, never edits the website from their personal computer, hides their IPs even in the library, and makes sure that he doesn’t get recognized on surveillance cameras in public places where he goes to work on the website. He never uses gmail, hotmail, or any other NSA honeypot.
But for most people, there’s no need to be a paranoid ninja. Just disregard the above and follow the steps from your home, with no mask necessary.
Step 2; Hide your IP
Now would be a good time to hide your IP, before we even begin. There are several ways to do this, TOR browser, using public wifi, proxies, or a VPN. There have been countless articles written on this topic, so I will not cover all of it here. Just remember these things;
- If you’re using a proxy, make sure it is not transparent (Best practice would be to get a private proxy anonymously)
- The TOR Browser is not bulletproof anonymous and shouldn’t be relied on alone
- Do not use a popular VPN like HideMyAss for this purpose, they will rat you out to anyone who asks. A VPN like this is not anonymous, and should only be used to bypass country geo-restrictions and the like, not to hide your identity. Get a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs.
After you have found a way to hide your IP, come back and read the next step.
Step 3; Purchase, or get your hands on some bitcoin
If you want to exchange your money for bitcoins online, you will most likely have reveal your identity one way or another. It will either be revealed with the bank account you use, or the credit card ID checks. Paypal doesn’t allow bitcoin related transaction anymore, either. But it doesn’t matter if you reveal your identity at this phase; see next step, “Laundering”.
For those of you who have never used bitcoin, or don’t know any ways to get them, we have an article coming up titled “Where to get bitcoin quickly with a credit card”
Paranoid ninjas will want to purchase their bitcoin with cash from another person. If you live in a small city, this may be difficult, but in any large city, there are apps to find other bitcoin traders near you. You may have to pay a premium, but will remain anonymous trough the whole process.
Step 4; Launder the bitcoins
Bitcoin, by nature, is anonymous. However, it is also transparent, meaning that if your identity was revealed at any point, the trail of bitcoin can be traced back to you by looking at the blockchain. This is why it’s essential to launder your bitcoins before spending them!
You could do it manually, but the easiest way to do it is by using a service like BitLaunder.
Note: “Laundering” your coins is only necessary if you revealed your true identity while obtaining your coins. E.g. you used a credit card, bank account, real paypal account, or anything else when obtaining your coins. If you stayed anonymous, no laundering is needed.
Step 5; Choose a domain + host
The trickiest part of this whole ordeal is getting a domain name anonymously. The provider of all domain names, ICANN, requires everyone to have up-to-date contact info, and no registrar will grant you a domain without asking for your details. Here, you have 3 options:
- Fake the info
- Use a relatives or a friend’s details (not recommended)
- Use your real info and trust the registrar to keep it a secret
Faking the info has only 1 downside; if it becomes known that your information is fake, you will be forced to forfeit the domain. That rarely happens with international names like .com, .net , .org, but can be quite common if you want a country specific TLD. In this case, we recommend against a country specific TLD anyway, as there is no real benefit to getting one over a .com.
In any case, you should also get domain privacy if it’s offered by the registrar.
Good places to get domains with bitcoins are Namecheap.com (my favorite) and bitcoinwebhosting.com.
After you get a domain, you need hosting. Hosting companies will usually not confirm your information. You only have to use to set your country to be from the same place as your IP, otherwise your account may be automatically flagged as suspicious.
Some places to get a good host are bitcoinwebhosting.net and PRQ.se. PRQ is famous for having hosted The Pirate Bay for years, but may be difficult for some due to the fact that they do not have cPanel.
Step 6: Don’t slip
After you’ve got a domain and a host, most of the work has been done. Now you just have to make sure that you never log into your server or website backend without hiding your IP. And in a serious case, never use your home computer for it either, and never brag to anyone about your website. Only accept advertisers who don’t ask for your identity, if any at all.
That’s it! As you can see, it’s not that difficult to get an anonymous website with bitcoin. Before bitcoin, it was much harder, as you had to get all sorts of stealth paypal accounts, which were a major pain in the butt.
If you have anything to say about this guide, let us hear it!