I wonder how hackers can stay anonymous in the Internet. I have some ideas like using TOR or a chain of servers (for example a few SSH tunnels through different countries) but which of them are common? Are there more promising ways to stay anonymous?
Go to a cafeteria where free Wi-Fi is available. Take your laptop and run Tails Linux from a USB stick: your Internet connections will go through the Tor network which is the best implementation of onion routing, and offers very effective cryptographic tools to secure your online exchanges; and whatever you do no traces will be saved in your USB stick -unless if you choose that explicitly by modifying the default settings.
I think wardriving is very popular among hackers. You can find many open WiFi networks around the world, from where you can do things completely anonymous.
What you shouldn't do is transmit data which is related to your personal life over the network.
- Tor Enough said! Install this.
- An e-mail address that does not link back to you E-mail providers like Gmail, Yahoo now require a lot of details which will tie that e-mail account to you. For example, Gmail now requires your mobile phone number. Open Tor, go to Yandex Mail. This is one of the e-mail service providers who offer an account without creating a fuss. The website is even accessible over Tor.
- Create a PGP key for the above e-mail address. Pretty Good Privacy!!!
A vpn is nowadays a very common way to stay more hidden on the internet. VPN's aren't that expensive anymore. You should take a look into this article, they really gave pro's and cons on several VPN services: https://torrentfreak.com/anonymous-vpn-service-provider-review-2015-150228/
But to stay hidden you have to really really change your webbrowsing behaviour also. You should not make any link to old data. With that I mean that you should not browse to Facebook using that VPN. If you always use the same VPN they can easily track you because you use that same VPN IP address on many other social media. Its really a doom scenario, but in my opinion, it is extremely hard to be anonymous.
My advise to be 100% secure; buy a new laptop and start clean on that device. Never login to old accounts on websites/emails whatever can link you to your old identity.