ThankSoft's Mask Surf Everything hides your IP and identity by routing your online activity through a network of proxy servers. It's based on "The Onion Router" (TOR) network, so-called because of its resemblance to an onion's layers -- only each TOR layer adds additional anonymity, making it impossible to trace activity back to you.
Quick and easy setup: The setup wizard can add Mask Surf Everything to Windows Firewall's exceptions list, but be sure to check any other firewalls you use for potential issues.
Not slow: Mask Surf Everything didn't slow our browsing beyond our broadband connection's usual variation.
Private: It sometimes seems like you need a tool like Mask Surf Everything just to keep the pests and crooks at bay, but whatever your reason, this tool can help protect your privacy online.
No 64-bit: Mask Surf Everything doesn't support 64-bit Windows. A 64-bit version is promised "in the future."
No Chrome: Mask Surf Everything's browser list displayed Internet Explorer, and we successfully added Firefox to the list, but we couldn't add Chrome.
Pricetag: Mask Surf Everything costs $60, a significant chunk of change, though you can try it free for 15 days.
TOR inevitably slows your browsing speed by routing signals through multiple proxy layers, but any lag from Mask Surf Everything wasn't enough to give up on its protection. Cheaper (though often trickier) TOR tools are available. Mask Surf Everything offers convenience for those who want to surf anonymously but don't really care how it's done.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Mask Surf Everything 1.0.
Online anonymity is something most of us rarely need and think about. However, eventually you may need to go online knowing that nothing and nobody out there will be able to determine who you are, where you come from and what you do. There may be various reasons for that - from your work as a member of an NGO or a journalist in a country where Internet traffic is monitored by the government to a simple desire to browse the web unnoticed and solve the problem of IP-based access restrictions. The easiest way to do that is to use an anonymous proxy server that will replace your real IP address with a fake one - and that's what Mask Surf Everything is a real expert in! Mask Surf Everything is an advanced online anonymity solution based on the TOR (The Onion Router) platform that allows you to go online through a network of secure tunnels and makes your identification simply impossible. This version of the program supports virtually any application using the TCP/IP protocol (hence the name) and enables you to select the location to be used for your IP address substitution from a downloadable list of countries. Other notable features of the program include the ability to set the minimal speed threshold for anonymous routers used for your connection, the ability to manually or automatically change your fake IP and create new connections and, finally, the ability to edit the list of programs that can be started in the anonymous mode. The interface of the program is extremely simple and features a bare minimum of controls, which, however, allow you to quickly access all the features and start browsing the web just seconds after the program starts up. Mask Surf Everything is an affordable and easy to understand tool that takes online anonymity to a new level. The use of the distributed TOR network ensures that your real IP will never be logged.