Using Anonymous Web Proxies to hide your IP address


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oNowadays there is a lot to anxiety about the internet. Hackers can easily intercept your communications and trace your connection back to you for all sorts of things from stealing bank details, to installing malware or finding out what town or even street you live on!
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oInternet security software has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years but sometimes when you want a little extra anonymity it can pay to use a proxy service.
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oA proxy is, in its simplest terms a relay, in 'in between' computer, you make your request for web pages to the proxy, and it fetches them and sends the contents back. As far as the other end is concerned they think it is the proxy connecting.
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oProxies can be used to hide your tracks but can also be used to filter internet traffic or even to speed up browsing, these are known as 'transparent proxies' and 'caching proxies' and I will discuss them in another article. For now we are concerned with anonymous proxies.
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oIf you access the Internet at work, or at the library it is likely you have used a proxy without even realizing it.

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oEvery device connected to the internet has an IP address, a unique identifier, it is not normally hidden and is very easy to obtain. You can see your IP address by visiting sites like whatismyip, other information can also be extracted, such as what browser and operating system you are using, for example if you visit hamish.notdot.org you should see not only your IP address, but the referring page (the one you came from) and a string of text that identifies your browser and operating system.
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oAnonymous proxies can keep you hidden from hackers and logs. There are many available if you search Google, but two of my favourite are the "NotDot Proxifier" and "hide my ass" both of which are free. A proxy isn't necessary, but it is sometimes convenient. If you want to visit a site without giving away your IP, or if you are slightly suspicious of a link you have been given it could be worth using one.
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oThe other handy thing about using an online web proxy service is that you might be able to use them to access sites that have been blocked by your company, for example, lots of offices now won't let you access Facebook, YouTube or MySpace at work, but with an online web proxy you often can!
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oRemember, the best way to stay safe online is to use common sense, if something seems suspicious then don't click on it!

Using Anonymous Web Proxies to hide your IP address

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oNowadays there is a lot to anxiety about the internet. Hackers can easily intercept your communications and trace your connection back to you for all sorts of things from stealing bank details, to installing malware or finding out what town or even street you live on!
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oInternet security software has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years but sometimes when you want a ... Read more