Unblock Websites at School Or Work With a Web Proxy

If you have tried to browse certain websites like Facebook, MySpace, Bebo or YouTube at school or work, you may find that access to these social networking websites may be blocked. This is because your network administrator is blocking access to these sites using firewalls or web filtering software. Most social networking sites are considered to be a distraction and counter-productive, thus most organizations choose to block them.

How do you bypass these network restrictions and surf blocked websites at school or work? One easy solution is to use a web proxy. A web proxy is simply another website that acts as a gateway to connect you to the sites you want to visit. To the web filters or firewalls, it would appear as though you are visiting another website which has not been blocked.

To use a web proxy, simply visit a proxy site, enter the address of the site you want to visit into the url input form and hit return. The proxy server will fetch the page and display the proxified contents as though you are surfing the site directly.

Using a web proxy is a very simple solution as there is nothing to install. However, there are some limitations to what a proxy can do in terms of functionality on the proxified pages. Some websites like MySpace and Facebook require javacript to function properly. When surfing these sites through a web proxy, make sure to choose one that has good javascript support.

A good network admin may also be working hard to block your access to proxy websites. Thus it may be necessary to frequently seek out new proxies that have not been blocked. If you need to find new proxies regularly, you can save the trouble by subscribing to proxy mailing lists that will email new proxies to you on a daily or weekly basis. You can easily find web proxy listing sites by doing a search on Google.

Can I Keep Secure With a Free Anonymous Web Proxy

It’s not easy to keep secure on the internet these days, our electronic lives means that personal information is more valuable than ever. Learn a little bit about someone, some information and a password or two and you have a lot of power over them. That information is becoming easier to find the more we lead our lives on the internet. To highlight a point using a free anonymous web proxy is never going to keep you secure.

Some Hotel Snooping

Last week I stayed in a very nice hotel when I was working away from home. As I get rather bored some evenings being stuck on my own I often have a snoop around the hotel network to see what I can find. This was a large chain and the wireless connection to the internet was available at a large cost but as I was on expenses I happily paid rather than look for an alternative method! The login was simple and the surfing reasonably fast but very insecure.

After connecting I started up a copy of the free program wireshark which is an excellent network sniffer. Do you know what I saw – well everything really. The majority of web traffic is in clear text – so I can see every web page being requested and information being sent and received by every client in range – approximately about 35 with my Orinoco Gold card but I could easily get more with an external antenna.

I saw some strange web sites and some passwords, personal information, dates of birth, mothers maiden names that sort of stuff. All in clear text plainly visible to me – the only difficulty was the amount of information that was there but there are plenty of scripts available to filter this. Some stuff was encrypted from SSL sites but very little – how many people use the same passwords to access insecure sites as they use on their banking sites I wonder!

But to illustrate the point of this article I wanted to explain how much of this information would have been visible to me in that hotel from a surfer using an anonymous proxy?

That’s simple – all of it !

Yep that’s right all of it – every detail, an anonymous proxy shields your identity from the web server you are visiting, nothing else. It’s all visible to your ISP, the proxy owner and even bored computer geeks in the hotel room next door to you. So it’s a little bit anonymous but it won’t keep you secure. With a little effort I could have trapped lots of data in that one evening and tied it up to real people, via the hotel web system, room numbers and the emails and addresses whizzing across the ether.

It’s really not surprising that criminals prefer this method of stealing, it’s way safer and I guess much more profitable than mugging people in the street. It’s even easier when people are feeling secure by using a free anonymous proxy to keep secure.

The only person ironically whose data was safe in that hotel was mine because I take steps to protect mine.

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How to Find Safe Web Proxies

We’re all concerned with keeping not only our computers, but also our personal information safe as we surf the web these days. While email viruses are less of a threat than they were even a few years ago, identity theft is on the rise and identity thieves take advantage of every new technological development; adapting almost as fast as the technologies meant to thwart them. For this reason, keeping yourself protected from prying eyes as you go about your business online is important. One way that people sometimes (and should more often) use is proxy servers – but what are these servers and how do they keep you safer on the web?

Basically, a proxy server is just an ordinary web server, albeit one with a special function. This server lies between the web user and the sites they are visiting; with requests for web pages and files being relayed via this server. This relay means that it is the servers IP address which is reported to the site being visited rather than the IP address of the web user. Why is this important? IP addresses, particularly static IP addresses, which are more and more common with the expansion of broadband service, can be used to identify specific users. Just think about the implications of that for a moment.

It should be noted that not all proxy servers will hide this information which can be used to uniquely identify you from the sites you visit – there are anonymous proxy servers as well; these provide a higher degree of anonymity to you on the web. However, how can you tell which proxies are really protecting your identity? Read on for a few tips on how to find safe web proxies.

First, you can use the “whois” command if you are running any variant of Unix or Linux on your computer. There are also web-based interfaces for this program available, including the ones available at domaintools.com which can tell you if the owner of the proxy has hidden their contact information or not.

You can also use Google or another search engine to look up the proxy and see if anyone has had any experiences of malfeasance with the proxy and what, if anything people are saying about it. Another good source of information is available from the homepage of the proxy server itself; there should be a terms and conditions of use policy posted on the site which will tell you exactly what the proxy does and does not report to other sites in terms of information about users.

Using a web proxy can be a good way to protect your personal information and your privacy in general from those who may have bad intentions on the internet. However, while any proxy server provides you with more protection than no proxy at all, you should look into any web proxy before you use it to make sure that it is giving you all of the protection you are looking for. There are safe and anonymous web proxies out there, but finding one which will perform well for you may take just a little bit of investigation. Have fun out there and remember; safety first!

Secret Surfing With Web Proxies

Proxies are getting more and more popular, as companies and schools begin to block out more and more websites, these students and employees are now turning to the use of online web based proxies.

There are two main reasons that people use proxies. The first is for anonymous surfing and the second is to access sites that have been restricted by filter settings, which have been set by the company or school that you are attending. We will now take a look at these a bit more in depth.

We will firstly cover the anonymous browsing section, the IP address of any computer is recorded when you go onto a site. Your IP basically represents, or is as equivalent as your home address. People can automatically trace where you are located, with your specific IP.

Web based proxies eliminate this problem by using an anonymous IP, there fore you can surf on the internet as much as you like, without getting it tracked back to your home. There is nothing to install on your system, all you basically have to do is enter your URL into the address bar of the proxy.

The second use of proxies are used for accessing blocked sites at your work or education place. As the web 2.0 bubble grows a lot of people try to access sites such as Facebook or Myspace, this causes them to do less work and spend more time socialising. Although employees and schools can block out these sites, they can not stop all of the existing proxies. Therefore, a major source of traffic for these proxy sites are coming from these specific locations.

If you own a proxy yourself, you will notice that there is a drop in traffic over the weekends. This proves the theory, that most of the traffic is coming from work places or schools. While using a proxy you should always use the fastest possible connection, there are two types of scripts that are commonly used, one is PHP based and probably the fastest on the market, as it does not store cookies. The second is CGI based and runs a bit on the slow side.

Using a proxy can be great for various reasons as mentioned above, but they should not be used for performing illegal tasks such as hacking, as you will still get caught, as no body likes a hacker. So please behave with anonymous surfing as this is a well built system and should not be taken for granted.