How can I browse the internet anonymous, safe and without being followed

Youtube, asking me to accept that ALL i look at and ALL my computer/IP and other information will be sold to third parties......
Google trying me to sell stuff, instead of giving me honest non-commercial search results.......
Facebook cookies, banners, advertisements and so on.......

How can I just browse over the internet and find what I am looking for WITHOUT being tracked, stored and sold to companies I dont like or know...

Is there a way to use a VPN connection (already have one) and a VM setup on a NAS in order to hide my computer specs and serial number etc, in order to just look on the internet without being haunted by datacollecters??

Kind regards to all!
Paul FredrikAsked:
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Andrew LeniartSenior EditorCommented:
Hi Paul,

Is there a way to use a VPN connection (already have one) and a VM setup on a NAS in order to hide my computer specs and serial number etc, in order to just look on the internet without being haunted by datacollecters??

Yes. Create a VM (Virtual Machine) to do your browsing with and then all the specs are useless with regards to data collection about the host machine. I use Oracle VM Virtualbox for this and other purposes and currently have all Windows operating system versions back to Windows 98SE installed as VM's to use as I see fit.

I also fire up Avast's VPN to hide my location. For example, I can easily set it so it looks like I'm browsing from the USA, when I'm really in Australia. Those options worth a look and consideration I think.

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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Tahir QureshiSystem AnalystCommented:
your computer IP (Public IP) will go when you browse an internet

you can use Tor browser it has some anonymous features

you can use an anonymous proxy redirector

there are multiple ways to hide your privacy like Hiding IPs
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Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
CyberGhost is another option but if you at any point login to a service, the anonymous connection is lost for that session
https://www.cyberghostvpn.com/en_US/
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Paul FredrikAuthor Commented:
Thanks for react so fast!. My goal is to hide the specs of my PC like processor-interval times and serial number that can be used to identify me or my computer. How would a VM machine do in case of anonymous browsing? When operating in a sandbag construction with virtual hardware specs, I wonder if the host machine will be detected with it's specs.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
those particular items are currently not presented to a website

What does identify you is your public ip, your user agent (which via plugins can be changed), your display resolution and cookies and referring site. Use a vpn to hide your ip, change your user agent via plugins and browse using in private (incognito mode) and delete cookies regularly.
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Paul FredrikAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the tip. This would be helpful on my iphone (or was it an android??  :-) ) in order to receive desktop versions instead of these dumn kiddy webpages that can't be zoomed in.....
Would a qnap NAS with some VM's be a better option b.t.w.??
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Paul FredrikAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the advice Andrew!, Think I'm gonna look for a Qnap NAS with VM's on it. Any recommendations?
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Paul FredrikAuthor Commented:
Looking around on fora, I doubt if a I3NAS like the TVS673 will be able to serve 2 Windows 7 and 10 VM's. Would a macmini I7 be a better idea?
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Andrew LeniartSenior EditorCommented:
Not sure I understand your question for a recommendation Paul? Any NAS drive will host whatever VM's you create, but obviously the more you spend and the quicker the NAS throughput speeds are will provide you with better performance. The VM's themselves will always reflect the Host OS hardware configuration to a point, but to such a low point that I feel it's useless for data collection purposes and just muddies up the collected data.

ooking around on fora, I doubt if a I3NAS like the TVS673 will be able to serve 2 Windows 7 and 10 VM's.
Why? As I said, I don't think I'm truly understanding your query.  To get recommendations on the best type of NAS to use, I'd suggest opening another question so that more hardware experts can chime in with suggestions.

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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Paul FredrikAuthor Commented:
@Andrew
Thank you for reacting and yes, I consider opening a new topic with the question: Will a Qnap I3 NAS be able to serve 2 or 3 browsing sessions with Win7 and Win10 VM's at the same time? I also want to let this NAS directly connect to a VPN provider.
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Paul FredrikAuthor Commented:
Now find a hardware advise for installing VM's AND a vpn provider solution on one device (mcmini/nas/NUC
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