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What Exactly Is A Free Anonymous Proxy And Why Would I Want One?

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Basically, an anonymous proxy hides your IP address and protects other personally identifiable information from being leaked onto the Web, thereby protecting your online privacy.

An anonymous web proxy lets you surf the web in your browser without needing to install any software on your machine and offers you a level of privacy.

You can use an anonymous proxy from any computer that you are accessing as they are web based.

The proxy software is housed on the server of the proxy service that you are using.

I guess that you could say that the proxy server acts as a middleman between your browser and the websites you are visiting thus preventing the websites, and in some cases even your ISP, from tracking your browsing habits.

(Note, though, that no proxy guarantees complete privacy – read more about that in my post on Tor and Bittorrent)

Proxies are created using a variety of server side scripts, such as PhProxy, CGIproxy, Glype and so on.

Why Use An Anonymous Proxy?

There are many reasons why you may want to use an anonymous proxy.

On the occasions when I use one it is for protecting my privacy and security whilst online.

You could also use a proxy to take advantage of their cookie, ad and script filtering services.

Using an encrypted anonymous proxies will offer you some protection from eavesdropping by packet sniffers.

Why NOT Use An Anonymous Proxy?

There probably aren’t any reasons why you should steer clear of using an anonymous proxy per se but you must remember not to let such usage lull you into a false sense of security.

If you are conducting your online banking then remember that a small minority of proxy owners have criminal intent and may actually harvest the data you enter – not good!

As mentioned in the article I linked to above, a will only shield your browser traffic when you are browsing from the proxy site and not when you are using your Bittorrent client, or any other P2P program.

A proxy can allow you to view sites that have been blocked by your employer or school – circumventing their controls can get you fired/in trouble/a nice warm jail cell depending on what you are doing.

Lastly, remember that masking your true identity whilst surfing the web is actually illegal in some countries so it is worth checking local laws before using one.

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