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IRC how to

SECURITY GUIDE:  TL;DR version
Obviously one of the main priorities of any Anonymous is to be, well… Anonymous.

NUMBER 1: GET A PAID VPN
List of recommended VPNs:
NUMBER 2: CHOOSE A METHOD TO CONNECT TO IRC
It all sounds hard but it’s really simple, especially the first method.
Easiest way: use a web based link like Mibbit or WebIRC:
Second easiest way: use FireFox add-on client
Download an IRC “client”
This is the method people usually end up using after going through the first two methods. It sounds complicated but it really isn’t, and it allows you more security and flexibility, as well as many options.  There are many other clients, but these two are popular and a good start. They both have a 30-day free trial.
First download and install the program of your choice.  Then follow specific instructions for each (from the Security Guide). This basically just means putting in your nick, user name, and password, as well as the irc “address” into the appropriate boxes.
NUMBER 3: LOG IN AND REGISTER A NICKNAME
NOTE: It is NOT necessary to register a nickname to access #AnoN-1mousAction on either server. (see below for reasons you might want to register)
  • VERY IMPORTANT!!! It is recommended that you type all of these commands in the server window (the window that shows you logging in) NOT IN THE CHANNEL, so in case you mess up other people can’t see your password etc.
  • First time using a nick: to register your nick just type: /msg nickserv register [password] [fake@email.com] (do not type the brackets [] just the text)
  • Logging in again with a registered nick: to identify type: /msg nickserv identify [password]
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Firefox recommended security and anonymity Add-ons
Firefox is a good open-source browser to use and has many features which help to maintain your privacy and anonymity on the internet.  We recommend NOT using Internet Explorer. 
Adblock Plus: This plugin blocks around 90% of internet services that attempt to track your web activity and then send you targetted ads. It’s crucial to use while browsing any aon websites or sites that have anon news articles, etc. http://goo.gl/fPmjm
NoScript: A very useful plugin that will disable javascript on sites to protect your privacy and stop malicious activity. Can set rules for individual sites or deny globally. http://noscript.net/
BetterPrivacy: This plugin is a tool to identify and remove cookies. It will also act as an „optout“ from advertisement and other forms of web tracking. http://goo.gl/TL79Z
FoxyProxy: An Addon to the default way to handle connecting to proxies, the FoxyProxy addon will allow you to have easier access to enabling your proxy tunnels, also has advanced features, such as setting up a list of domains that you will always want to use a proxy to connect to, and to do so automatically, while still using another connection for non-listed sites. http://goo.gl/VRiHT
Ghostery: Another tool to help manage and mitigate tracking cookies, Ghostery features tools that will alert you when there are tracking cookies on the websites you visit. You can also view information about each tracker that is trying to harvest your browsing data, and even view the source code of said tracker and see exactly how the cookie is tracking you. Make sure you get Fanboy list and Easy list to stay updated (these can be selected during setup or in the options of the addon itself ) http://goo.gl/GoKQ1
Greasemonkey (GM): A great addon that allows you to edit the way websites show information to you, using bits of javascript code. This is more of an addon „engine“ or development platform, allowing you to write and download scripts to do many different things using their addon. http://goo.gl/atGk7
HTTPS Everywhere: A Firefox extension produced as a collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It encrypts your communications with a number of major websites. http://goo.gl/fsKV

NickServ (how-to and benefits of registering)

When you arrive on the IRC for the first time, you will be using an  unregistered nickname. If you plan on becoming a regular user, it is  vital to register your nick. This is important for several reasons:
  • It ensures that nobody can impersonate you.
  • It grants you various abilities which non registered users do not have
  • (Most importantly) It allows you to use a vhost – this hides your location and ISP information from other users.
To register your nickname, type /msg nickserv register [password] [fake@email.com].  When you reconnect to the server, type /msg nickserv IDENTIFY password or /identify password.  This will tell nickserv that you are the real owner of your nickname. If  you do not do this, you will not have access to registered-only channels. For safety reasons, it is recommended that you type the command in your status window (the window you see when first logging onto the server) so, in the event of an error on your part,  you do not post your password to an entire channel.

6 Responses to Help

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  2. Anónimo dice:

    A paid VPN, seriously? VPNs are NOT secure. The are owned by private institutions with their own interests and able to watch, log and they WILL give away this information either for legal reasons or for money. Better, more secure alternatives are Tor and I2P. Do not rely on VPNs.

    And while some people call I2P or Tr insecure that’s food. They are not perfect but they are WAY more secure than alternatives, like VPNs.

  3. Cassie dice:

    There are some VPN that do not log connections, thats why you have to use one of those, i2p is secure, but you can not use loic with i2p, or do you?.
    Finally TOR, developed by US, no thanks, i can’t trust it at all. And reading the summary of the arrested Spanish anonymous one is tracked by the TOR node.
    And there is some more reasons.

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