But let me be straight if you want to keep your web surfing private from hackers, governments, identity thieves and the myriad snoopers on the internet you will actually need to use a proxy server. The benefit it gives is that when you use a proxy, it is the proxy IP address that will be recorded on the web server you visit and not yours.
Anonymous Proxies go a little further, they do not send the X-Forwarded_For Header which would normally contain your IP address in a normal proxy server set up. This is another great boost to remaining anonymous and meaning that every time you download a web page from a site, you don't leave your IP address behind in exchange.
Now before you dash off and look for the nearest list of free anonymous proxy servers there's a few things you really need to know.
- Many of the free anonymous proxies are just hacked or infected servers. Mostly the real owners will be unaware of their use (until they get the bandwidth bill)
- Anonymous Proxies can be extremely slow unless they are carefully maintained and monitored.
- These proxies only shield your identity from one place - the target web server. All your details are logged in many other places including at your ISP (who have a complete list of your browsing)
- Unless you encrypt your connection all your browsing happens in clear text
This list could be much, much longer but the point to remember is that an anonymous proxy server is only a small component of keeping your surfing private. In fact if you end up using one run by hackers (and there are many) you'll actually be worse off. Do your research and check out who owns the proxy site and make sure it is legitimate - the vast majority of free anonymous proxy servers are extremely insecure.
Ok so let's have a look at a secure set up which improves your security by using an anonymous proxy server. The illustration shows the encryption layer via an SSH tunnel between your client and the proxy server port - that you get when you use Identity Cloaker. This means that all the web sites you visit are not logged in your ISP and at every point before the proxy server is reached. This is essential to proper security and anonymous proxies simply don't give you that protection alone. It also protects you data from hackers and anyone intercepting communication between you an the proxy site.
This is real security the web site you visit has no record of your visit and your entire web surfing happens without trace.
Be safe online and surf securely. Remember a free proxy is never going to be a higly anonymous proxy and more than likely to be a severe security risk to your data. So when you're running proxy checkers and flicking through the endless list of free proxy lists, be careful on plenty of them hackers are waiting to log your every move.