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The Best Kind of Anonymous Surfing Software

The Best Kind of Anonymous Surfing Software

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  What is Anonymous Surfing Software? In recent years there has been an increase in the prevalence of hackers, credit card fraud and identity theft. Like other types of crime, it always seems to be happening to other people, until it unexpectedly happens to you. This article is not meant to be a scare tactic to get you to buy something. I, myself, was a victim of cyber-crime twice – once in a phishing scheme involving email passwords, and once involving my credit card number. Luckily, both times nothing serious happened, but I did have to change email and cancel a few credit cards. This makes the need for Internet security of increasing importance, and an important part of any kind of Internet security is anonymous surfing software. As far as I know, there are now two main types of anonymous surfing software on the market. Though different in structure and use, they both allow you to surf the Internet without the concern of your activities being traced, or of any data being  compromised.   Proxies The first type is proxy servers. Proxy servers provide a step between your computer and the Internet. requests you make for traffic are sent through the proxy server, which may serve the request directly itself from its cache, or request it of the server on your behalf. The obtained traffic is then sent back to you. Most proxies you’ll see can work on web browsing only, which are called web based proxies. Software based proxies, which require software installation to run, can be purchased online. If security is in question, though proxies do provide you with an anonymous IP address, and can give you some level of anonymity on the Internet, there are many factors to consider when considering a proxy as you main form of privacy on the Internet. 1. Is this a transparent proxy? Many proxies are detectable, and can be blocked. Sites like Hulu, Netflix and other media sites block the use of proxies. 2. Is this an open proxy? Using an IP address that’s been abused by spam-making Internet criminals won’t do you any good.  Using open proxies is like wearing someone’s used underwear. 3. Are you sure about...

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Get an Anonymous IP Address

Get an Anonymous IP Address

By in Anonymous Surfing, Dedicated IP Address, Proxies, Virtual Private Network |

  What is an IP address? Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are used to identify your computer or device. They are a 32-bit or 128- bit binary number, depending on whether it is through the IPv4 or IPv6 protocol. Initially, IP addresses were released in 32-bit, however there was concern that the number of available IP addresses would run out with the increasing usage of the Internet. IPv6 addresses were introduced to provide more possible addresses. The IP address is assigned to your computer or device. It’s used to allow communication with other IP addresses, which you usually see as URLs, the letter representation of websites you browse.  Your IP can be used to see where you are in the world, because it is unique to you.   What is an anonymous IP address There are many reasons however for desiring an anonymous IP address. An anonymous IP address is one that cannot be linked back to your computer or to your location. Using one of these allows you to browse the web securely, without concern of any of your data being tracked.  Advertisers, government organizations, and individuals have been known to use packet sniffing or deep packet searching, tracking cookies, and other spying tools to collect, monitor, or steal information. In addition to these advantages, anonymous IP addresses allow you to access websites that are region restricted (such as some video streaming sites like Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, and BBC iPlayer). This also relates to bypassing restrictions of your network or country. What sites you can access or can’t access is often related to network settings, whether those settings are managed by your ISP or local network administrator. When you use an anonymous IP address, you’ll be able to open any site that blocks users based on IP location. You’ll also be able to unblock websites at work and school, where firewall are responsible for restrictions.   How to Get an Anonymous IP Address There are two main methods of obtaining an anonymous IP address. This is through using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or using an anonymous proxy.   Anonymous IPs through Virtual Private Networks A VPN is a secure network, commonly used in institutions and businesses, which assigns...

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About Web Based Proxies and The Advantages of Using a Paid Proxy Server

About Web Based Proxies and The Advantages of Using a Paid Proxy Server

By in Anonymous Surfing, Privacy, Proxies |

A proxy server acts as an intermediary between your internet ready device and the internet. Instead of directly accessing the server of a website you want to view, requests are bounced from your computer to the proxy server, and then to your intended destination. To do this, proxies can access the information from the proxy’s cache to reduce the load on the remote server. They also can make a completely new request, where your information is actually stripped out and replaced by that of the proxy server. The latter is the most common way to surf the web anonymously. Proxies allow anonymity when browsing the internet, essentially masking your IP address. This means that your browsing activity is private, and censorship can be bypassed. Proxies are popular in countries with restrictions on media, such as access to YouTube or Google. Workplaces, schools, and other privately owned networks often use firewalls to control the type of information available to users. For example, they may block pornographic material, file sharing sites or sites that are well known for time wasting such as Facebook. At a glance, it may seem that these rules should not be broken. But they can be detrimental to accessibility of information in educational institutions, as well as overstep the boundaries of privacy within the workplace. Whatever your assessment of the situation is, with a proxy you can bypass these firewalls. While most proxies are web based, and require no software, there are some that do. However, if you’re thinking of using a software based solution, then virtual private networks can provide you with better security, and more reliable connections.   What are free proxies and open proxies? “Free proxy” simply means that the proxy doesn’t cost anything to use. “Open proxies” are proxy servers with an IP addresses that is available for public use. Both can be very useful, but dangerous as well. Proxies are easy to set up, and an attractive, anonymous IP address from a free proxy may be the siren’s song of spam. Open proxies are well known to be homes to trolls, spammers, and identity thieves. Using an IP from one of these sources may mean that you’re using an online identity that...

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