Anonymous Web Surfing
Acquiring Internet Anonymity through a Proxy server
The Internet is increasingly becoming a very popular medium for people to keep in touch with friends and family, to look for information and also to share their views with the world. Forums, e-mail, chats and web blogs are just some of the resources available. With a few clicks you have access to people and information all across the world. The only problem with this is other people, known and unknown, have equal access to you. This could result in a total invasion of privacy as your IP address is revealed to one and all and you are subjected to annoying spam, loads of junk e-mail and dangerous spy ware. Anonymous web surfing could well be the solution to all your internet problems.
Did you know that whenever you browse the Internet, your IP address becomes visible to other browsers and site administrators of the sites that you’ve visited? This may seem inconsequential- what is anybody going to do with an IP address of somebody they don’t even know?- but it does however translate into an intrusion of privacy. Interested parties who can obtain your physical address and other personal details just from your IP address. While you may not want to start getting paranoid and thinking somebody, somewhere is out to get you, there are other reasons that you may want to protect your privacy. Hackers, spammers and advertising companies can use your IP address to track your web surfing habits and then flood your in-box with junk mail, spam or just advertisements promoting their site. While this may pose no actual threat, it can be downright annoying and sorting it out can be a colossal waste of time. Anonymous web surfing hides your IP address and let you surf in relative anonymity.
The mechanism used in anonymous web surfing is rather simple. A computer, referred to as a proxy server, acts as an intermediary between your personal computer and the Internet. Once you’ve configured your browser with your chosen proxy server, every time you surf the Internet you are routed through this, which retrieves the information for you from the web site and then sends it across to you. What the administrator of the website sees is the IP address, whereas your IP address remains safely hidden out of view.
When choosing a web proxy it is important to review the features offered by each one of them. While most of them are similar there may be a feature missing that may be important to you. Some of them may offer you only faster browsing and unlimited access to restricted web sites, but here your IP address is revealed to the target web sites and there are no privacy concerns.
Free anonymous surfing do tend to close down often. So when choosing from a free proxy list, you may have to test each one of them, one at a time to check which ones are valid. Once you selected your server, you configure your browser with the IP address of that and you’re all set for safe and secure surfing.