The search for new proxies is always on but to be honest they are not that hard to find. Everyday thousands of new servers join the internet technology cloud and plenty of them are mis-configured proxy servers just waiting to be abused. Proxy servers have lots of uses some people use them to protect their anonymity – although this is partly true, they only block your IP address from the server you are visiting (and even then, only if you use a correctly configured anonymous proxy). I sometimes wonder why people bother though as for a start all your web browsing is in the clear and sits for a start on your ISP logs which are kept for years in many cases!

Other people use proxy servers to bypass firewalls or restricted sites from schools or workplaces. The idea is if you use an anonymous proxy server you can bypass your local proxy server which may have restrictions on your favorite sites. This can work in some situations where the correct port is open on a local firewall (but if that port is only open to your local proxy, you’d had it).

Proxy servers and 1337X are also successfully used on the internet to bypass country restrictions such as American users being blocked from online gambling sites. These blocks are based on your IP address so if you surf to them using a proxy server from another country then you’ll be able to log in. I use a US proxy server to access certain music sites in the USA for instance which are normally blocked to non-US residents.

There are so many uses to proxy servers that the internet

Would be worse place without them, well perhaps not. Remember if you are using a proxy server say to keep your anonymity when you search, firstly you’re probably pinching the bandwidth of some poor sucker who failed to set up Squid correctly. There is another possibility that you are using one of the many new proxy servers run by identity thieves and hackers who set them up to steal the details of people using them to surf by.

The anonymous benefits of a standard proxy server are simply not worth the risk from directing all your personal details via a single server. You are instantly moving yourself in to a high-risk category for identity theft unless you are very sure it is a legitimate proxy server. Frankly there are not many of those about – there are many web-based proxies which can be used but they are often very slow and fail to parse many web sites correctly.

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By Manali