If you’ve ever tried to use Reddit, chances are you’ve felt the social media giant’s powerful need for identity. From username verification to a requirement of your email, Reddit aso makes use of an avatar and a name that inevitably becomes part of their online persona.
Fortunately, there is still hope for those seeking anonymity. This post goes on to detail several methods that will allow you to stay anonymous on Reddit without compromising your privacy or risking any personal information.
How to stay anonymous on Reddit
Redditors understand the need to remain anonymous. Many users have requested anonymity as a means of protecting their personal information. According to what you put online, your IP address can reveal where you live and more.
Whether its posting in a political subreddit, sharing an image of someone in your family or for many other reasons, anonymity is important for some people, but there are still ways that we can all use to stay anonymous on Reddit.
The following methods are effective in achieving the goal of remaining anonymous on Reddit with minimal effort.
Method 1: Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection
If you’re connecting to Reddit from a public place like the library, a coffee shop, or even at your office, then you may be revealing more about yourself than necessary. A Virtual Private Network (or VPN) is software that encrypts all of your internet traffic and routes it through an anonymous server in another location. Although VPNs are sometimes used for nefarious purposes, there are many legitimate reasons why someone would want to use one to protect their identity online.
Using a VPN while connecting to Reddit will encrypt your traffic and hide your IP address from other users on the site who may want to personally identify you.
VPNs are an inexpensive way to protect privacy, but remember that many countries have laws against using VPNs. Some countries such as China and Russia even block access to the most popular VPN services. Before choosing any service ask yourself if it is legal in your country of residence and if it is, do you trust the company running it?
Method 2: Use a dedicated proxy
If you’re worried about being identified while on public wifi networks or accessing Reddit over the internet via mobile data then a proxy server could be for you. A proxy server acts as a middleman between you and the internet. In this case, a proxy server will allow you access to all of Reddit and will not reveal your IP address or other identifying information.
Here is a post explaining the type of proxies and best providers.
Method 3: Use SecureDrop
If you’re worried about leaking information, then using SecureDrop could be a good way to anonymously post some things on Reddit. By using this service, you will securely upload your sensitive information and links for other users to help assess if they pose a risk to the public due to the sensitive nature of the posts. To use this tool you’ll need an email address that isn’t associated with your real identity. You can find more detailed instructions here.
Method 4: Use Tor
Tor is a piece of software that allows a user to browse the internet securely and anonymously. It routes a user’s internet traffic through multiple random nodes at which it will then encrypt the traffic before it reaches its destination. Essentially, this means that your internet data can only be seen by the people it needs to be.
Applications such as the Tor Browser allow you to get information from Reddit without revealing your identity by routing all online traffic through one of thousands of computers around the world that are running Tor software.
To access the Tor network you’ll need to download the Tor browser.