Now I know there are always going to be people who seek to obscure their identity for nefarious schemes and motives but there's millions of other people who just want some privacy, some safety or simply are not overly happy with their Governments want to record their every move online (on the off chance that you might be up to no good)
Almost all anonymous surfing relies in some way on the ubiquitous proxy servers. However there is sometimes a real perception that a proxy server means you are anonymous and can surf in privacy, which is far from the truth.
For illustration let me just make this point, if you are lucky enough to have internet access at work or school then your surfing will almost certainly be directed through a proxy server.
Why does my employer direct me through a proxy server?
The reason is simple, it's because he can then log everything you do, intercept, monitor and control. If Joe Smith in supplies spends his time surfing dating sites on company time, he'd better hope that his boss doesn't check the logs on the proxy server as it will all be listed there.
And that's the problem a proxy server may obscure your identity to some extent but unless the logs are deleted instantly, then it also is a complete list of everything you do online. Professional solutions that run these proxies and can allocate a random UK ip address for example know this - and if they are worth using then they delete the logs instantly. If they don't just remember the risks.
Anyway the reason for this post is not about negativity, anonymous surfing has real positive uses.
Here's just a selection of real life uses for surfing anonymously in real life.
- Obviously hiding your IP address from Web Sites you visit
- Banned from a forum? Use a proxy to sign on again and join in again
- All over the world - social sites like Facebook are banned - anonymous surfing allows you to view and participate
- Blocked from Online gambling in USA? Anonymous surfing allows you to gamble wherever you like
- Love the BBC IPlayer, but blocked because outside the UK, no problem surf from a UK proxy
- Blocked from sites like Hulu, ABC or NBC because outside the states - fast US Proxies can help
- Want to use search engines with a different perspective - surf via proxy for different results
- Happy that your ISP logs everything you do? Anonymous surfing will keep your privacy
That's a very small selection, it could be argued that the ability of surfing the internet anonymously actually protects free speech. Many countries control and censor a huge amount of what their citizens do online. Bloggers in many countries have been jailed purely for speaking their mind - watch the internet news it happens every day - here's some Iranian bloggers jailed, scarey huh!!!
Well I hope I've just mentioned a few benefits of anonymous surfing online. There really are plenty, if you want to read about the software I use you can read about it here - Identity Cloaker Review, if you explore the rest of my blog you'll find loads more information as well.