How To Pay Anonymously Online

Many websites and online apps require you to pay for certain services. Normally, that would mean using a credit card and giving away your real identity.

Here are several solutions for paying anonymously online. If you need to make a payment on a website or app without revealing your true identity, consider one of the following anonymous payment methods.

Use a Prepaid Credit Card or Prepaid Gift Card

You can buy a prepaid card (using cash, if you want) that does not have your name on it, then use it to make payments online. One example is the Vanilla credit card. However, prepaid credits cards are often rejected by many online vendors.

Use a masked or virtual credit card

This method is similar to using a prepaid card, but you can do it completely online without having a physical card.

I recommend the Privacy.Com credit card masking service.

A similar service is Blur — see our our article on this service for more information.

Use Bitcoin or Monero

I now recommend using the cryptocurrency Monero whenever possible, due to the fact that it is a truly untraceable payment method. Of course, you can also use Monero with vendors that accept it.

Bitcoin is a quasi-anonymous payment system has been growing steadily in popularity. Bitcoin requires some effort to get set up — but it’s well worth the effort if you want to pay anonymously online on a frequent basis.

If you purchase Bitcoins from a bank account, keep in mind that it is technically possible for your currency to be traced back to you.

Use PayPal To Be Semi-Anonymous

Although PayPal is not designed as an anonymous payment solution, you can set up a PayPal account in a way that makes it nearly anonymous. There are several considerations if you want to do that but the most important are to access PayPal only through a VPN that hides your real IP, and to link your account to a prepaid debit card so that it is not associated with a bank account that can be traced to you. Look out for a future post with details on using PayPal anonymously.

14 thoughts on “How To Pay Anonymously Online”

  1. +1 Don’t try to hook it up with paypal though. I’ve had a paypal account for 15+ years and I still get occasionally flagged when I access it thru my vpn. Paypal deals with a crapload of fraud.

    1. ‘purchase Bitcoins from a bank account’

      How difficult is it to search your own article before publicly replying?

    2. Hello real name is David and I wanted to try for 7 days.i gave my card #’,which had a hard time doing,got hacked a few months ago,but we think they have been got ? So I met this lady in awhile back and it looked to be Pretty cool spot to be a member.anyway my card and pass,# wouldn’t phones. match

    3. Paypal is not designed to be used in an anonymous way. Personally, i don’t send money to people via paypal people unless they are close friends or family or business translations. The means “gifts” are not send no exceptions ever. This includes anything like cash app, whatever. The world is changed, men and of course women too need to protect their identity. Don’t let anyone get your personal info. If you are married, fine. Not before. Bitcoin is a complicated technology used for niche transactions. If you wanna pay anonymously, cash is king. If needs to be anonymous and cash won’t do, you shouldn’t send the money. It’s probably someone trying to scam you.

  2. Any way around having to provide personal details to register pre-paid credit cards for online use? Yes, as anonymous posted above, that’s now required.

  3. Yahoo now requires an agreement that they can read your email (as I understand the agreement). I do not understand why they are not getting the bad publicity on this that they deserve.

  4. Prepaid cards in the United States, even if bought with cash, now demand a name, home address (no P.O. boxes), and phone number to activate.

    Thanks, FedGov!

    1. They don’t for vanilla gift cards I buy and use them all the time never have to put any information in

  5. Mycard2go works online but the problem is that only hold 100 dollar per month is there a way to put more money anonymously

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