Proxy Resources for Anonymous Surfing
by Jan Hertsens, Chris Criswell
What is a proxy server?
A proxy server is a type of buffer between your computer and the Internet. Your proxy will save files that are most often requested by thousands of Internet users in a special database, called a "cache". Because of their ability to cache proxy servers are able to increase the speed of your connection to the Internet. Think of a proxy vote in an election. It is your vote, but a substitute (your proxy) is the one that delivers the vote. Likewise your Internet proxy delivers your information or acts in your stead.
It is important to note that the cache may already contain information you need by the time of your request, making it possible for the proxy to deliver it immediately. Most importantly is the breed of proxy servers known as anonymous proxy servers that hide your IP address- your ID on the Internet. For those concerned with spying we will focus on te anonymous proxy server.
Anonymous Proxy Servers
Anonymous proxy servers hide your IP address and thereby help to prevent unauthorized access to your computer via the Internet. The proxy "masks" your IP address and and therefore hides user based interests, surfing choices, and online activities. Besides that, they don't even let anyone know that you are surfing through a proxy server.
Should You Use Anonymous Proxy Servers?
Any web resource you access can gather personal information about you through your unique IP address - your ID in the Internet. With your IP Address then can monitor your surfing patterns, interests, and even deny accessing information you might want to access.
We caution users to avoid free anonymous proxies because you ultimately do not know how the information is being utilized by the service. When in doubt play it safe and use a reputable anonymizer service.
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