Ok there is mobile service provider which also happens to be providing mobile internet.

Now, I am interested to hide my activity from that provider. e.g. it can't see my browsing habbit. Basically this provider know both owner of particular phone number. and also provides internet.

my question is:

  • Using a proxy will (partially) hide you from the websites you access. Using a properly configured VPN will hide the websites you visit from your ISP.
    – Owen
    Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 19:49
  • @Owen what about the tools I listed?
    – user117640
    Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 19:51
  • VPN or Tor are the most secure strategies. Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 20:20
  • @NeilSmithline so orbot or orfox?
    – user117640
    Commented Jul 23, 2016 at 18:55
  • they seem reasonable. If you're looking for VPN, Private Internet Access is fairly easy to configure Commented Jul 23, 2016 at 18:58

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To answer this question directly:

is using just proxy protection for this?

Possibly, but a proxy would have to be specially configured to manipulate the traffic it receives. Even then it is still might go over the ISP "wire" where they inspect the traffic and forward it along. Keep in mind a proxy is just something between your end point and the intended endpoint. So unless the proxy just sends the traffic over another wire entirely (like what a web proxy does), your ISP will still get it. To what level an ISP can inspect that traffic is outside of the scope of this answer.

Is using this tool: https://guardianproject.info/apps/orbot/, protection for this?

"Protection" is subjective. Some believe that the entire Tor network has been compromised, while others believe it to be a true anonmyzer. It really depends on what you think offers the greatest level of protection for you. Everyone in the InfoSec field will confirm you do security in layers. But I digress - Orbot:

uses Tor to encrypt your Internet traffic and then hides it by bouncing through a series of computers around the world.

So more or less it sends your app data connections over the Tor network. Some app servers might be okay with that but some others might not.

or this: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=info.guardianproject.orfox ?

Again, it all depends on your comfort level of protection. In the application description it says:


If you are really serious and want to hide your traffic, you would use a VPN with an anonymizer. But that is another discussion entirely.

  • I just need browsing privacy - and not paranoic security, none will just try to figure out what I searched, but just in case. So is orbot OK for this? i think orfox should be also ok
    – user117640
    Commented Jul 23, 2016 at 18:54
  • some vpns i found hard to use
    – user117640
    Commented Jul 23, 2016 at 18:55
  • @user200300 - In the situation you have provided, Orbot or Orfox will be sufficient.
    – BBowie
    Commented Jul 25, 2016 at 12:54
  • yes but they are slow
    – user117640
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 18:27

A proxy is usually not enough. It justs forwards your traffic without hiding its characteristics.

So in the easiest case you have HTTP only traffic. Your provider can just read what you're doing. But also in the case of HTTPS traffic the provider can look at the request sizes, times when packets are requested etc. So your provider is able to learn with some certainty what you're doing online.

Orbot in connection with OrFox relys on the Tor network. It was specifically designed to hide your browsing habits. Currently it is one of the solutions which keep the promise. Especially the Tor Browser was designed with privacy in mind and OrFox also uses those design ideas and patches.