How to Browse Anonymously on iOS

C. Use Anonymous Search

You can now explore the web using Onion Browser. It works well with the search engine, which prides itself on its lack of tracking.

D. Unstick Onion Browser

Sometimes, typing in a web address in Onion Browser has no effect. This is because it occasionally conflicts with dormant apps in iOS. Tap the arrow at the bottom of the browser screen to bring up its menu, then tap Help/Support and click the force-quit link. Then launch Onion again to start a new session.

E. Get a New IP Identity

If you think your cover might be blown, tap the arrow at the bottom of Onion Browser, then tap New Identity in the menu that appears. A new IP address will be generated for you.

F. Bookmark Useful Pages

You can still bookmark useful sites in the usual way by tapping the menu arrow at the bottom of the page followed by Bookmark Current Page. To view these Onion bookmarks, tap the book icon at the bottom right of the page.

Private Networks

Tor is useful if you need to be sure that no one can identify your iOS device or the sites you visit, but it's slow. Another way to surf privately is to use a VPN (virtual private network). This creates a tunnel through which your device establishes a web connection. If you need to send private emails at an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot, using a VPN is a must. Install TunnelBear VPN (free from the App Store), create an account, then allow TunnelBear to install its VPN software profile on your device. Type your passcode to confirm and tap Done. To use TunnelBear, select it from the Settings > VPN menu and tap VPN to enable it. The status will then show Connected. You can now get online securely, although the app requires a monthly subscription.