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Anonymity via Proxy

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What are proxies? Technically, proxies are servers that knowingly and even un-knowingly have the capability to provide access for internet users to use them to connect to another server or website. Many different servers can be used for numerous tasks on numerous ports. For example; An SMTP server or SOCKS server would be used to send e-mails.

Not all proxies are anonymous. Some are called 'Transparent' which allow your IP to be captured. The ideal proxies are Anonymous Non-Transparent proxies.

But What does this mean for me?

What this means, is that you have the ability to use proxies, and using proxies aid to the option of surfing the internet anonymously.

How are you anonymous?

You're anonymous because when a website or even an individual attempts to obtain you IP through scripts or any other method, if a proxy is loaded- it will show that as your IP, instead of your 'real' IP. Your ip is assigned to you by your Internet Service Provider- Your IP is what identifies you on the World Wide Web.

What could someone do with my IP?

If someone had your IP, they could trace the IP to see where you live and who your internet service provider is. They can report abuse to your ISP if you have vandalized a website or anything criminalistic.

For those who like to play with tools like Sub7 and BackOrifice or any other type of malacious script; Their first objective would be to find your IP, because through your IP, they can virtually connect directly to your machine and cause you as much hell as they want.

Hmm... Sounds like a good idea to use proxies, Where do I get them?

The best and easiest way for you to obtain proxies are through search engines. Search engines will provide you a list of websites to check everyday for working proxies. I recommend searching at Google :)

Now that you have your proxie(s) you will need to apply or in a way, "install" them to your browser, so that it will now access webpages through that server. I will guide you through the simple process using the most popular browser, "Internet Explorer" aka IE. If you're using a different browser, you can still find out where to apply the proxies by looking in the properties, ect.

Applying your proxy in IE

To apply the proxy settings to your Internet Explorer Browser, you will first need to open a window. Then, navigate to TOOLS at the top of the window. Next, click on TOOLS and navigate down to INTERNET OPTIONS as seen in the image provided below:

This will bring up the INTERNET OPTIONS window. From here, you need to click on the CONNECTIONS tab located at the top of the window. This will show you the connections you've got on your system. Now, locate the SETTINGS button and click it. The image below should assist you if you're having problems.

Go to the next page to continue...

Proxy Settings

Now that you have the SETTINGS for your internet connection up, you will need to click the check box that says, "Use a proxy server." Once checked, click on the ADVANCED button, and that will bring you to the final step. See the image below.

In your final step of applying the proxy server to your browser, you will need to enter your proxy that you copied from a list from the results of your search earlier. Enter ONLY the proxy in the HTTP: field. Now, with your proxy came a port number. Type in, or paste the port number in the PORT field located next to the HTTP field. Once that is all complete, click OK and you will now be running a proxy.

Now that you are running the proxy, I can direct you to the script to check your proxy for transparency. If your proxy is transparent, the proxy is basically no good towards anomity. So click the button to run the script on your proxy, and it will tell you if it is transparent or anonymous. If the results indicate that the proxy is transparent, I would find another one! Enjoy...


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