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How do you use a Proxy for Privacy & Anonymous Web Surfing?

You can increase privacy and security by using a secure proxy when you are online.
Many people assume incorrectly that the internet is an anonymous place, that their surfing from home is private, it’s not the case at all. Everything you view and do online leaves a digital footprint. All your activities are kept in records by someone or some company. Viruses track you, adware can track you, spyware and software exists that can potentially damage your laptop, pc, and compromise your internet connection.

When you are going onto the internet to surf you should make sure that you have basic and adequate anti-virus protection installed. Check your firewall to insure that it is set to enabled. If both of those tasks are complete then you can start browsing behind a proxy site. A proxy will give you a greater degree of anonymity. It will help keep you safer and more secure. Finding a free proxy is not difficult, they are available all over the internet. If you don’t mind spending a few dollars paid proxy services do exist. At times a service may seem an added uneeded expense but it will enhance your browsing experience. Paid services often offer levels of protection that include high levels of encryption.

Encryption allows sent and received data between two devices to stay jumbled up. This means that if anyone one was to intercept the data then all they would get is gibberish, not the actual data being transmitted. Encryption programs use algorithms to determine how data is transmitted. The algorithms may also change from time to time, further increasing your privacy.

A paid option is probably a more reliable option but don’t always assume that just because it is a paid service it is necessarily better. So how to you find a secure proxy? How do you know that the proxy can offer maximum protection? Well there are a couple of basic things you can do to ensure that a proxy is a healthy. If you can ascertain that the proxy has been around for a while then that can definitely add to its credibility. Proxies that just come one day and disappear the next are a cause for concern. Also, try and find out where the proxy is being hosted. If it is being hosted in places like Panama, for example, this is a great advantage to you. Panama has strict laws in place for data protection and doesn’t pass any information to foreign governments or bodies without a court order from a Panamanian judge.

Your IP address is shielded when using a proxy. You IP address is your unique identifier and every single computer connected to the Internet has one provided to them from their Internet Service Provider. Browsing behind s proxy allows for anonymous surfing as only the details of the proxy are recorded, not yours! This ensures 100% privacy and the only way anyone could find out your IP address would be to ask the owner of the proxy site. This would be difficult if the proxy was located offshore and even more difficult if it was located in a country with strict privacy laws in place.

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