to Surf the Web Anonymously With Proxies
One of the easiest ways to hide your computer,
and thus hide you, while on the web is to use proxies. Proxies act as a computer
between you and the rest of the web. When you are surfing the web through a
proxy, any web servers you connect to, actually think you are connecting from
the proxy computer.
You can, for instance, connect to the web
through a proxy in Japan even though you are in the United States. Any web
server you connect to will think you are connecting from Japan, and would direct
you to a Japanese version of their web page (if a Japanese version were
Setting up a proxy for Microsoft Internet
- Find a proxy host.
- Search Google for "Proxy
list" to find hundreds of websites that list public proxies. When
looking at the list of proxies, find one labeled
- Open Internet Explorer, and click on
- Click on the "Connections" tab,
and then the "Lan Settings" button.
- Locate "Proxy Servers", then
click the box for "Use a proxy server for your lan".
- Copy the IP address (the string of numbers
that looks like 123.45.678.90) from the proxy list you found, and paste it
into the "Address:" box.
- Copy the port number from the proxy list,
and paste that into the "Port:" box.
- Click "OK", and then click
Setting up a proxy for Mozilla Firefox
- Follow the same instructions as above, in
- Open Firefox, and click on
- Click on the "Connection
Settings" button under the "General" menu.
- Click on the "Manual Proxy
Configuration" radio button.
- Follow steps 5 and 6 from above, copying
the IP address and Port number.
- Click "OK", and then click
- Alternatively, this can also be achieved
by using the ProxyTex plugin for Firefox which can be found on the Proxytex
Proxy Services There are services -
some for pay, some for free - that allow you to use a proxy only when you want
to, so you don't have to change the proxy settings in your browser. Instead,
when you want to go to a particular site anonymously, you first go to the
service's web page. There you enter the address of the site you're trying to
go to. The service routes you through an anonymous proxy and loads the
requested page in your browser. If you click on links on that page, most
services continue to keep your movements anonymous. Of course, you are relying
on the service not only to actually put you through a proxy but also to keep
no records. (Some services are located in countries that do not honor requests
Anonymouse.org exists since 1997 and
is one of the oldest privacy-services around. It offers anonymous surfing,
emailing and posting for free under http://Anonymouse.org/.
Wikiproxy.com is a free web-based
proxy that is becoming increasingly popular. It enables you to surf
anonymously a web site by entering its address in http://wikiproxy.com/.
Tor For a superior means of anonymous
browsing without the hassle of unreliable proxies and constant, work-intensive
list look-ups, use Tor,
an anonymous system sponsored by the Electronic Freedom Foundation.
- Some proxy list are updated every couple
of minutes, and will remove proxies that are no longer working.
- If you need to pick a new proxy, first go
back into Tools->Internet Options menu (Tools->Options for Firefox),
and undo the proxy settings. Find a new proxy, and try again.
- You can check to see if your proxy setup
worked by going to What
is my IP. This will show you your IP address, and what country you are
connecting from. Try using a Japanese proxy, and What
is my IP will show you connecting from Japan.
- Also using What
is my IP will show your IP address as the proxy IP address. This is
how you know you are in fact connecting to the web through the proxy.
- To determine whether or not your proxy is
truly anonymous, you can use What
is my Proxy. This site detects proxies that still pass on your
original IP address in addition to your new, masked IP.
- Not all proxies on the proxy list you find
will work. If you try to surf the web after configuring a proxy and get a
connection error, that means the proxy you picked no longer works, or
their server is down. If this happens, pick a different proxy.
- Your web surfing may slow down just a bit
when connecting through proxies. That's because any document or file your
browser is trying to download must first go to the proxy server, and then
to your computer.
- It is also a very bad idea to use a proxy
for a secure connection as it is possible to have your information
captured. All a hacker would need to do is make the proxy a caching proxy
then make that cached login page non expiring. The user on the other end
would never even know that the page he was seeing was not the real page.
On clicking "submit", in some cases it's possible for the faked
page to both log the user in to the page and send the information to the
hacker on the other end.
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