Let’s face it, almost all of us have thought about leaving our online life behind at least once. Just get rid of all the technology and go off the grid.
Can you even imagine how peaceful your life would be without these regular online pressures?
Frankly, it can be quite emotionally and physically draining to be on Social media and be in touch with each friend on Instagram, Facebook, and so on.
And with so many new blogs, videos, ebooks, etc. available online, it can become difficult to live your life in the traditional manner.
Not to forget the bazillion advertisements that make you feel conscious about your body and skills and pressurize you into buying products that you really don’t need.
And don’t even get started on how much time we essentially end up wasting on file downloads, especially torrent downloads.
This is why it might be quite appealing to a few of us to go completely offline, meaning no social media, no Youtube subscription, zero online availability. But there are a few others who might still like enjoying their Internet access.
Well, what if you could enjoy Internet browsing without interacting with anyone? What if there was a possibility to go off-the-grid but still stay online? Sounds impossible, right?
Read on to know if you can actually pull this off for yourself or not.
Now, before we tell you how to go online anonymously, here are a few important things to remember.
You can never get complete online anonymity, no matter how much you try. There is no way to go fully off-the-grid. Why?
Well, because the government needs to know that you exist and are alive. So, your official information like Social Security Number should never be erased. If you even try that, the government is going to come after your life, pretty hard and you will be in a scary situation.
And ideally, you can never be 100% anonymous, that just doesn’t happen. You can do the best you can and achieve an 80% anonymity and honestly, that’s a really great deal in today’s world. So, there is always going to be a chance that your accounts might get hacked or you might get found out or noticed due to your online activities.
Our Internet world is a big, amazing system but yes, it is essentially flawed. So, here are a few steps that you can take to keep your information protected from online hackers and spies.
What does Off-the-Grid mean?
So, you might already have deduced that the ‘grid’ that we are referring to is the power grid. A power grid is basically an interlinked system that transports electricity to everyone’s household. Apart from electricity, a power grid can also include utilities such as natural gas, telephone lines, power, etc.
And one of the most popular power grid items in today’s world is the Internet. If you are contemplating to live 100% off-the-grid, then here is what it will contain:
- No internet access
- No mobile phones (no post-paid, prepaid only)
- No debit or credit cards
- Modify your complete appearance
- Produce heat, electricity, etc. independently for yourself
- No relying on public utilities anymore
Now, this might sound extreme and make you feel like a plot of a spy movie or an action movie where people stay on private islands as part of a Witness Protection Program. But the fact remains that it is quite possible to do this for anyone who wishes to live off-the-grid.
Just make sure that you don’t do anything illegal like stealing someone’s identity or Social Security Number and pay your taxes to the government on time, you can enjoy with Internet-devoid life and make the most of it.
How to enjoy the best of both the worlds
Well, it is actually possible to live off-the-grid while staying on-the-grid. Confused?
Let us explain.
If you wish to get the best of both worlds then you will need to keep your mobile phone and Internet access. However, your identity will be anonymous so you won’t attack hackers or trackers and it will become difficult for people to actually find you. For all people know, you might be at home eating dinner but you actually might be just enjoying a sunset in New Zealand.
With this off-the-grid yet on-the-grid approach, you can actually end up with a good and enjoyable life. This way, you are connected but you aren’t on anybody’s radar. You have the privacy and the freedom to do almost all the things online without anyone noticing you. And this is a great way to protect yourself from identity thieves as well because they won’t be able to find you online.
However, it is definitely not as easy as it looks or sounds. You will struggle to maintain your online anonymity and will even face issues in paying for certain applications and software that you need to use to stay anonymous. A lot of these anonymous tools are expensive and require a lot of cash which is just not possible for most people.
Also, even though you are going off-the-grid with the best intentions of simply protecting yourself, cha