Do You Need Anonymous Proxies to Surf Securely?
It’s a difficult question to answer as people have very different ways of measuring this requirement – I might think I was surfing securely when there was no evidence left on my local PC. Another person would want all their communication protected both locally and online therefore would need to find a high anonymity proxy.
There is a lot of information stored on your local PC, your web history, cookies, temporary internet files are all downloaded quietly in the background as you surf the internet. However this is relatively easy to get rid of Firefox, IE 8 and Google Chrome all have ways to delete your history and secure browsing mode that stop any files or history being recorded.
Any discussion on how to surf securely nearly always involves anonymous proxies. However these again have quite a limited role to play in protecting your data and privacy. The anonymous proxy does have it’s uses though – when you visit any web site your location and computer IP address are stored in the logs of the server you are visiting. An anonymous proxy will protect you against this logging by protecting your IP address and shielding it from the servers you visit. The serious problem with these proxies is that unfortunately many people seem to search for free anonymous proxies to use and as such they are set up by identity thieves to trap browsing details.
This is common sense really to run an anonymous proxy costs a lot of money in bandwidth charges, who do you think pays for this ? The truth is the vast majority of free anonymous proxies are either hacked servers opened up for everyone to use or servers that are used to log details of the unsuspecting. Always find out who runs any proxy server you use for normal browsing.
So it’s true you do need anonymous proxies to protect your IP address and surf securely but make sure they are safe and secure as well otherwise you’ll be much worse off. The last major area for concern is the fact that web browsers use HTTP which transmits and receives all your data in clear text. The upshot is that any one who has access to your traffic can read all your data, if I start up my wireless sniffer at home I can see exactly where and what all my neighbours are doing on the web.
The secret to protecting your web communication is of course encryption. You can protect against local wireless sniffing by using WEP or WPA but your web sessions will still be in clear text for the rest of their journey – still your every download and web site are logged and recorded by the ISP. Use SSH tunneling through available servers if you have them, if you're away from home tunnel through your home server and encrypt your connection that way. If you don't have an SSH server to use or don't want to get involved with the technical side - Identity Cloaker will do it all for you with a click of a button to any of their servers across the globe.
So don't get tricked by the name free anonymous proxies will put your computer and identity at risk, look for something to encrypt your connections and surf anonymously, surf securely otherwise you'll just be taking a big risk.