How 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 available.)

Setting up a proxy for Microsoft Internet Explorer

pSetting up a proxy for Microsoft Internet Explorerp

  1. pFind a proxy host.p
    • pSearch Google for "Proxy list" to find hundreds of websites that list public proxies. When looking at the list of proxies, find one labeled "anonymous".p
  2. pOpen Internet Explorer, and click on Tools>Internet Options.p
  3. pClick on the "Connections" tab, and then the "Lan Settings" button.p
  4. pLocate "Proxy Servers", then click the box for "Use a proxy server for your lan".p
  5. pCopy 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.p
  6. pCopy the port number from the proxy list, and paste that into the "Port:" box.p
  7. pClick "OK", and then click "OK" again.p

pSetting up a proxy for Mozilla Firefoxp

  1. pFollow the same instructions as above, in step 1.p
  2. pOpen Firefox, and click on Tools->Options.p
  3. pClick on the "Connection Settings" button under the "General" menu.p
  4. pClick on the "Manual Proxy Configuration" radio button.p
  5. pFollow steps 5 and 6 from above, copying the IP address and Port number.p
  6. pClick "OK", and then click "OK" again.p
  7. pAlternatively, this can also be achieved by using the ProxyTex plugin for Firefox which can be found on the Proxytex Homepagep

pAlternative Techniquesp

pProxy 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 for records.)p exists since 1997 and is one of the oldest privacy-services around. It offers anonymous surfing, emailing and posting for free under 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

pTor 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.p



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