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Q&A: Is it better to access the internet through a proxy server?

December 16, 2012 by admin  
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Question by Alex Z: Is it better to access the internet through a proxy server?

Is it safer to use a proxy? Am I better protected from viruses, spyware and trojans if I use a proxy server? I like the idea of hiding my IP address for a number of reasons. I realize the connection may be a bit slower, but are there any other drawbacks to(legally) using a proxy server? Thanks.
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Answer by Jeff P
You only need to use a proxy server is you’re blocked from visiting a site. A proxy server will not protect you from viruses, trojans, or identity theft. So no, it’s not “safer” to access the Internet through a proxy.

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3 Responses to “Q&A: Is it better to access the internet through a proxy server?”
  1. MaxiBlue says:

    Using a proxy is better, but not safer. It doesn’t block viruses, spyware or trojans. Use antivirus software instead.

  2. ? Mel says:

    1] Proxies are not safer. The only thing they do is change your IP address, they don’t do anything else. They can’t magically change your computer from a windows to a mac or anything like that. So they’re not any safer to use then anything else.

    2] No, like I said, a proxy only changes your IP, nothing else.

    3] There aren’t any legal drawbacks to using a proxy that I know of. You may want to watch out for the pop-ups when using proxies because some of them do hold small viruses and browsers. So you may want to keep that in mind. Proxies may seem nice but they’re not very stable.

    If you really want something stable that doesn’t have pop-ups, viruses, etc included I suggest buying a program like ‘Hide the IP’ instead of using a proxy.

  3. Shawn says:

    Proxy servers are very unsafe. Many contain bots and trojans which get planted on your computer when you use them.

    http://www.personalvpn.org/danger_proxy_servers.htm

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