Browsing anonymously is very simple. You go to one of the free proxy websites, enter target address and you get the desired page without exposing your data to that page. While this is free and you hide your IP address, you still present your data to one server or website. You never know what is this server doing with your data. The best solution would be to have your own proxy. This way you would have total control over what data is stored and how this data is used.
To set up a proxy website is pretty simple. There are many free scripts available on web. Simply search for “proxy script” and you will get a lot of choices. One popular script is Glype. This is a free web-based PHP script. This script downloads web pages and forwards them to your browser. The script is in fact a complete website with only one function: to act as a proxy between your computer and the destination web server where your wanted page is hosted. Most such scripts have plenty of parameters to configure, but default values work well in most situations.
To install a web proxy scrip you need hosting as for any other type of website. The installation is usually very simple. You downland the script, unpack it, configure some data like password for administration or cache time and your files are ready to be uploaded to the web server. Once the script is there it is already operational. Of course, this depends on each script, you should always follow the installation instructions. The Glype script needs no special installation–it is a plug and play application. Once you have a proxy page you can use it to browse anonymously without worrying who will examine your data. Such scripts need little maintenance. You only need to periodically check the log files for anything unusual.
To host a web proxy you don’t need a separate domain name. You can install it into a separate folder on your existing website. You can access it by simply entering you domain and the folder where your script is located. Proxy servers usually provide caching functions. This can significantly increase access speeds for frequently visited websites. You can also block certain IP addresses if you would like to prevent access for some users.
Having your own proxy website is a good idea. When you will need total anonymity you will know where to go. Nobody will check your log files and nobody will intercept the data that you will transfer while browsing.