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.
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.