How to join Anonymous

This document is part of our how to help, contact or join Anonymous series. Be sure to check them out.

The corrupt fear us. The honest support us. The heroic join anonymous.

So you want to get on board the Lulzboat? You better get ready cause it’s no joy ride, sometimes it’s borderline the Raft of the Medusa.

Before you begin

Non-tech savvy people can become Anonymous.
Get ready to read a lot of technical stuff.
Keep in mind : Survival of the fittest.

Forget your real identify

From now on never use anything that could link to you. Consider everything: any accounts or software you paid for or that contain any information about you. Especially your email addresses, your name and any nickname you ever used. If you don’t do that you’re fucked. It really is down and dirty Darwinian.

Read and learn

This is the part where you gotta learn. There’s no skipping. Do it or leave.

About the Anonymous movement

Software and computing concepts

The machine

Now you  need to setup a secure system. This can take days. There’s no easy way. It’s just pain.

For Windows users (low security)

For maximum security

For computer literate people

  • Get a dedicated computer.
  • Install Debian.
  • Encrypt the whole drive.
  • Get a VPN.
  • Use TOR Browser on top of your VPN.
  • Never use your computer for anything else.

Recommended software

Browsing : TOR Browser bundle, CryptoCat, DuckDuckGo, HTTPs Everywhere & Ad Block plus.
Email : Thunderbird, TorBirdy & Enigmail.
Instant messenger : Pidgin & OTR (setup tutorial).
Websites : OneShar.es, 10MinuteMail & Fake Name Generator

VPN

Read this Beginner guide to VPNs.

Join us!

  • Connect on our IRC servers (check the list on the contact Anon page).
  • Join the channel #OpNewBlood.
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118 Comments

  1. To Anonymous.

    April 16, 2013

    I firmly believe in and support everything you stand for. I will support you in any way that I can. Be that in rallies or from the web.
    ~V

    • Anonymous

      April 23, 2013

      I want some help to be a anonymousss

      • Sage

        April 23, 2013

        Read How to join Anonymous.

        • Anonymous

          May 1, 2013

          there is a virus on my computer which prevents me from downloading vpn,no anti-virus is able to remove it ! am learning programming to do so , tips please , i am newbie.
          Also TOR worked only for the first time , and now it is not working , the firefox browser does not open .

        • Sage

          May 1, 2013

          Dude… Delete your computer and start again.
          We’re not tech support.

    • Anonymous

      April 30, 2013

      thank you

  2. Anonymous

    April 17, 2013

    You are heroes. Thank you for seeking and reaching justice.

  3. Anonymous

    April 17, 2013

    I downloaded the tor bundle thing. And i’m trying to learn all the tech stuff because I am not tech savvy what so ever. But I want to make a serious effort to make a difference in some way. I’m currently in the military so I feel I could offer a different perspective and relay things that I hear and see helping towards the “we are everywhere” moto of the group. Because once I have a passion towards something (like this) I will be active towards it at all times trying to help and make the world a little better. even if it’s through baby steps. But seeing as you say to stop linking things back to us, is there a way to delete those years of passwords and usernames and purchases? or do I make a new email through tor and do everything from here on out through tor? Eventually i’ll get a separate macbook just for anon

    • Sage

      April 17, 2013

      Use a new name, new email, new everything. Through TOR. Once you have that new computer get a VPN + TOR you’ll be super setup.

      • Anonymous

        April 17, 2013

        That’s what I plan on doing so that I can actually start DOING something to help in some way. thanks for the feedback

      • Anonymous k

        April 17, 2013

        I have tor and tails on the way. My only trouble now is finding IRC. For a Mac book I’m having trouble finding the download for IRC if there is one. And getting in on the chat. I’m serious about joining and helping. I just need help catching up to speed with the rest

      • Anonymous

        April 19, 2013

        I don’t understand how going through TOR is safe. Can’t nodes in the TOR graph (network) discover you?

        • Sage

          April 19, 2013

        • Anonymous

          April 19, 2013

          Wow, that was a fast response. Thanks. Maybe I’m missing something, but even with TOR and HTTPS, your ip can still be found. How do we prevent that from happening? Or potentially, how do we have the ip that is found not map back to us?

        • Sage

          April 19, 2013

          It can be found by the first TOR entry node and that’s it.
          Click on the HTTPS & Tor buttons on the link I sent you.

          If you’re very paranoid use VPN + Tor on a dedicated device or OS. You’ll be safe.

        • Anonymous

          April 20, 2013

          Thank you. I didn’t realize that the ordering of the nodes mattered.

    • Anonymous

      April 17, 2013

      Sign up for riseup.net email its really secure and that what i did. Its encrypted and secure

    • Anonymous

      April 28, 2013

      You just revealed a ton of information. Thanks.

  4. Anonymous

    April 18, 2013

    this is so cool. im so with u guys.
    does age matter cuz im 9 (and a half) and i want to be a hacker too and join my friend is with u guys. hes 12 though so i was just wondering if 9 is that different

    • Sage

      April 18, 2013

      Age doesn’t matter if you got skillz. Follow the instructions like everyone else. If you can get in you’re good.

  5. PhatalAttraction

    April 18, 2013

    How do I do this if I’m on a Mac? (A fairly strong Mac, but yet still a Mac.) Any help would be appreciated, thanks again you guys/gals for what you do!!! We would be screwed without you!!!

    Phatal

    • Sage

      April 18, 2013

      You can install a VPN and Tor Browser bundle on the mac. Just read the instructions.

  6. Anonymous

    April 18, 2013

    i will serve yall with every bone in my body

    • Anonymous

      April 18, 2013

      yes we shall!!!!

  7. Anonymous

    April 18, 2013

    i wish i could join but i got everything confiscated. im 14 yrs old. age count and no i don’t have any hacking skills and wondered if any of you guys could teach me. :P

    • Anonymous

      May 1, 2013

      I’s also 14, and I actually tried to learn this…

      • Sage

        May 1, 2013

        Don’t try. Do it.

  8. Anonymous

    April 20, 2013

    Your work is amazing, you are very inspirational!

  9. Anonymous420

    April 20, 2013

    You will see me soon enough

  10. Anonymous

    April 20, 2013

    So does this mean I have to delete all my current facebook accounts and twitter…etc Just abit confused on that part.

    • Sage

      April 21, 2013

      No. Just don’t use them on your secure setup.

      • Anonymous

        April 22, 2013

        good deal,i was wondering about this..

  11. Anonymous

    April 21, 2013

    I’d like to learn a lot more about hacking, ways to stay safe, and general information that would allow me to help in the struggle against d-baggery. I was thinking about networking classes at a college, but I was actually wondering if that’s the best route to take, or if it’s better to kind of just learn as I go and use resources like MIT’s open-course-ware?

  12. Anonymous

    April 23, 2013

    How do i knw its rlly u?

    • Sage

      April 23, 2013

      You don’t. It could be anybody.

  13. Anonymous

    April 23, 2013

    newb question… why does the link for Tails go the IRC wiki page?

    • Sage

      April 24, 2013

      This was a mistake. It’s corrected.

  14. Anonymous

    April 24, 2013

    Hello everyone i just wanted to know if this is the real anonymous :) please answer. Thanks!

    • Sage

      April 24, 2013

      We’ve published over 150 articles about Anonymous inside information. It’s real…

  15. Anonymous

    April 24, 2013

    if i join could i learn to take down any website? not like google.com but a smaller website

    • Sage

      April 24, 2013

      Yes you can. Even if you don’t join.

      • Anonymous

        April 29, 2013

        How can I learn ?!

        • Sage

          April 29, 2013

          Follow the instruction on this page.

  16. Anonymous

    April 25, 2013

    Ahh ok thanks :))

  17. Anonymous

    April 26, 2013

    Thank you.

  18. Anonymous

    April 26, 2013

    See you soon :)

  19. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    THANKS FOR EVERYTHING STAY STRONG PORTLAND PIRATE PUNKX!!!

  20. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    i m joining the Anonymous today and now!!!
    and I will support Anonymous Till my Final Breath!!!!

  21. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    I want to join anonymous but i dont have any knowing from anythimg technical

    • Sage

      April 28, 2013

      Become an non-technical activist and get to know us :)

  22. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    Is it a problem for anonymous when i’m stil 16years old and come from germany?

    • Sage

      April 28, 2013

      No. Get the work done and we don’t care who you are.

  23. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    Why Bitcoin?

  24. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    If I install Ubuntu on a partition on my hard drive, and on the other I keep Windows is that Windows will be detectable? or just Ubuntu?

  25. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    This shall be a most interesting journey.

  26. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    The bad guys could be following your exact pointers and be all over the group finding out info. I agree completely with Anonymous, But lately I trust nobody :(

    • Sage

      April 28, 2013

      They already have. But look at what happened to HBGary lad…

  27. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    Can u be hired for smaller projects?

    • Sage

      April 28, 2013

      There’s a gazillions things to do in Anonymous :) Smaller projects there’s a ton. It’s not hiring, you hop in and help.

  28. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    People from Israel can also join?

    • Sage

      April 28, 2013

      Yep! :) Anonymous Israel
      Website: on.fb.me/V72uHc
      Twitter: @Op_Israel

  29. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    Excellent target: http://bbo.playsnail.com/ They are “milking” the few remaining players dry and not giving any support. The game has been flagged as a gambling game due to all the Item Mall (real life money) sales. I think it’s time that someone teaches them a lesson to listen to their customers and not ask for the few pennies left in the players wallets.

  30. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    I like the way everyone is named «Anonymous» in the comments but a certain «sage» :P

  31. ???

    April 28, 2013

    Thank you for being a beacon of hope in a world of darkness.

  32. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    I’ve used TOR and hush mail for awhile but I was unaware it is unsafe to use my Twitter while using TOR… Is this true?

    • Sage

      April 28, 2013

      Don’t use any of your personal account in the TOR browser. Just Anon stuff. Use your twitter outside.

  33. Anon

    April 28, 2013

    I want to help, I want to do all the things listed above, but I am not able to. I have ONE computer, and I share it with my family. I’m very supportive in other means, but I feel as though that is not enough. Please, any advice or clarification would help.

    • Sage

      April 29, 2013

      Install a second OS on it, and add a password so you’re the only one that use it. Try Ubuntu with the windows installer.

  34. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    I didn’t realize i was already halfway to being anonymous :) I LOVE TOR, especially tails and use bitcoin alot and use vpns from time to time. But i still have my reg int identity :( do you guys like truecrypt for encryption? I have my whole HDD encrypted with that. What do you guys think about using public tor bridges to hide tor from your ISP… can that be dangerous?? D:

  35. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    Steps are being taken. I am….. We are Anonymous

  36. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    Working. Getting set up. I will be an asset. Promise. :)

  37. Anonymous

    April 28, 2013

    This might sound like a new person question but how do you go about connecting to the IRC server. I was not sure how to get into it from XChat.

  38. Anonymous

    April 29, 2013

    You guys are amazing. I still love you hacking the Westboro Baptist Church site.

  39. Anonymous

    April 29, 2013

    what are the options for anon with mac computers? Are they any less safe?

    • Anonymous

      April 29, 2013

      If I am going to buy a new cpu, which manufacturer do you recommend?

      • Sage

        April 29, 2013

        lol, we’re not tech support dude. Wrong place.

        • Anonymous

          April 30, 2013

          would it not have been quicker to write “mac” or “PC” than to mock me?

    • Sage

      April 29, 2013

      Install a second OS and use that OS only for your anon life.

  40. Anonymous

    April 29, 2013

    Why do you recommend to use ubuntu/xubuntu and not talis?

    • Sage

      April 29, 2013

      Tails is good for newbs. Xubuntu is for linux pros. Or future pros :)
      Cause you have to learn to do things for yourself.

      • Anonymous

        April 29, 2013

        so isn’t slackware/archlinux for pros? :)

        • Sage

          April 29, 2013

          slackware = Ubuntu via Windows Installer

  41. Anonymous

    April 29, 2013

    gonna read through all the tech stuff and get myself set up to be anonymous. Keep up the good work. Not that tech savvy but I am sure theres stuff I can do.

  42. Anonymous

    April 29, 2013

    hi guys! little tip: if i’ll create a partition on my c:, can i install xunbunt and use this partition for Anonymous stuff, or i should get a dedicated computer (hardware included)? The question is related to “Never use your computer for anything else.” Thanks!

    • Sage

      April 29, 2013

      If you use a different OS (operating system) just for your Anon Stuff your good. You can use Ubuntu Windows installer without having to partition anything and without breaking your OS if it fail. Make sure you encrypt your Ubundu drive during install therE’s an option.

  43. Anonymous

    April 29, 2013

    The extreme I can do in hacking is jail breaking my ipad, so I want to learn hacking do you offer anything to learn from ? If don’t what topics I should read about to know more about hacking websites, accounts ( like Facebook, twitter … Etc ), changing Wifi DSN and all these stuff. and of course securing myself. To be more effective when I join you. I will appreciate your help

    • Sage

      April 29, 2013

      No we dont. I’m gonna give you this only tip. The best way to learn is to have an objective and trying to achieve it. Jailbreaking you’re ipad count.

      • Anonymous

        May 1, 2013

        does it count as an achievement if I tell you truthfully that while i was in china(PRC), i jumped the firewall?(successfully)

  44. AnonOps

    April 29, 2013

    Can we Use Backtrack 5 R3 Linux instead of Ubuntu 12.04 Version?

    • Sage

      April 29, 2013

      Of course. That’s even recommended but it’s not user friendly. Get ready for a fucking painful but enlightening ride.

  45. Anonymous

    April 29, 2013

    I don’t understand ANY of these things… Sadly i will never be abel to do something :/

    • Sage

      April 29, 2013

      Read “How to help Anonymous” then. Or read again, and try to understand. Go to Wikipedia.

  46. Anonymous

    April 29, 2013

    I heard TOR was created by CIA ..& they watch all IP’s incoming to download then put you on a watch list knowing that you have TOR means your gonna be up to no good… ? Can yo enlighten me on this… Thanks

    • Sage

      April 29, 2013

      CIA doesn’t have access to all Internet Service Providers in the world.
      They will put you on a watch list if you go on a protest so whatever.

      • Anonymous

        April 29, 2013

        watch list for protest ? then may 1st is gonna be a big day :)

  47. Anonymous

    April 29, 2013

    i want to be anonymous im from lebanon and i hate isreal i want to destory it becuse of that i want to be anonymous tell me what i do to be anonymous if u want me to join

    • Anonymous

      April 29, 2013

      you guys are taking “anonymous” the wrong way.. dont fuck up our image just cause you have a hatred towards semetic people

      • Sage

        April 30, 2013

        “You guys” Who do you mean? Anon Insiders?
        “Don’t fuck up our image” I don’t get what you mean by this. What did we do that doesn’t fit you?
        “hatred semetic people” what??? lol

    • Sage

      April 30, 2013

      Read this blog post. We don’t do “destroy israel” we did #OpIsreal but we don’t fight against israel. It’s not a war. And there’s people in Anonymous from Israel. And those guys are good people. Respect them.
      Go destroy someone else.

  48. Anonymous

    April 30, 2013

    Can’t download Ubuntu.The website doesn’t work.Is there other programs I can use instead?And one more question;what do I do when I’m done with the whole procedure?

    • Sage

      April 30, 2013

      Ubuntu works. You must be doing something wrong. Get it to work. Once you’re done go to IRC channel #OpNewBlood

  49. Anonymous

    April 30, 2013

    i want to be with you anonymous im not affard of anything and i want to be anonymous tell how to join

    • Sage

      April 30, 2013

      Write the tutorial. It’s written in there.

  50. Anonymous

    April 30, 2013

    I love Ubuntu (its my preferred distro of choice). But when it comes to anything security related I also use Backtrack. Is there a reason why you are recommending Ubuntu instead of Backtrack?

    • Sage

      April 30, 2013

      Yes. Beginners. Use Backtrack.

  51. Anonymous01

    April 30, 2013

    I realy want to be one of the anonymous
    I’m a softeware engineere and have a good konlwoedge about encryptioan and internet security
    i want to know more and more about this world to be one of the best anonymous
    if there any headlines topices about what i should to learn?
    to be good anonymous
    Thank you
    sniperone
    remmber this name
    soon will be one of the best iSA

    • Sage

      April 30, 2013

      Just read this article… *sight*

  52. Anonymous

    April 30, 2013

    I’m really not that good with computers but I was wondering if it would be helpfull If a spread the word of anonymous around the world difusing their toughts and ideology to make the world more aware of their presence in a descret and posirive way I’m good at stuff like that. please tell if this is acceptable and if it makes a member of anonymous thank you.

    • Sage

      April 30, 2013

      This is exactly what we need. And Anonymous has no membership it’s collective. As soon as you participate then you’re part of the collective in your own way.

      • Anonymous

        April 30, 2013

        alright thanks a lot

  53. Anonymous

    April 30, 2013

    Your Birmingham protest… The legal objections… I admire you but you were too timid. How can I offer my skill?

    • Sage

      April 30, 2013

      Read this article, then talk to other anons.

  54. Anonymous

    May 2, 2013

    Does age and location matter

    • Sage

      May 2, 2013

      No, skills, intellect and devotion does.

  55. Anonymous

    May 2, 2013

    Where can i buy a mask

    • Sage

      May 2, 2013

      MyAnonStore.com, ebay, china store.

  56. Anonymous

    May 2, 2013

    Can i just wear a mask and help donate without hacking

    • Sage

      May 2, 2013

      Sure can