Off the Grid?
Can you really go off the grid
and stay online?
It's kind of like hyper-miling. You can drive
in a way that makes for very good mileage but it can take a long time
to get there and you really have to work at it.
There are ways to surf online without paying for an
ISP to connect you. You can "fudge" identity enough to sign
up for free dial up but you still need to get plugged into a phone
line. I will leave how or where you do that up to you.
People have been known to clip on to a neighbors line but I don't
recommend that...it's illegal.
First you will need an email. Start with a
free, secure anonymous email account from tutanota.com
or such similar provider.
and some regional services offer free dial up internet. Even if
you're not going dark, signing up may be helpful for checking
critical email should your regular broadband service go down for some
reason. Of course if you have DSL and your phone line is out
you also can't use dial up. Here
is a site with links to the free services.
Pay cash for a "burner phone" with pay as
you go data plan. Check Walmart, Dollar stores etc. No ID
required, pay cash to reload. Not the cheap way but still private
depending on what you say or do while using the service. Get a
smart phone so you can use a VPN as well as adding TOR and you are
all set. Privacy is not just for bad guys. Some plans permit you to use your phone as a hot spot to connect your wifi laptop etc.
Pull into most Wendy's, McDonalds and a slew of other
free sources of WiFi. Many will require you access by providing
either an email or phone number. This is where your private
email and burner phone come in handy. Surf away via your VPN.
If you are lucky you live next door to an open WiFi
or in a cardboard box behind McDonalds. They may let you charge up
inside if you buy a burger or two.
Many public libraries have internet access. Use
requirements vary and you can't install software like a VPN but you
can use a free online proxy in most cases. Some library
computers have filters to prevent access to certain content but we
assume that won't matter...right?
For the really paranoid you can also purchase a
pretty cheap VPN service via Bitcoin ! ( see link at right )
Hey people who travel via motor home use some of
these same tricks as to others who must travel a lot. Why not
use them at home too!