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Staying Anonymous with Proxy

Published on 10 January 13
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Can you even imagine what life was like before the Internet? For those of you young enough, life without the Internet is unimaginable. For those of yours from, shall we say, a more mature generation, the memory is still there but you probably have to think long and hard. And although the Internet has developed society in ways that we, nor its creators, could ever have imagined, it is not all roses out there in Internet land.

Possibly the greatest downside to surfing the Net is the lack of and loss of privacy. At any given moment when you are online your movements are being tracked by the search engine companies and other self-proclaimed gatekeepers of the Internet. Their purpose, so they claim, is to customize and tailor the search process to suit your personal purposes. Not wanting to be cynical, but the $14.10 billion in revenue and $2.74 billion in operating income earned by the biggest name on the Net, Google, was not earned by their desire to provide you with customized search. Perhaps it has a little more to do though with being able to provide advertisers with a primary targeted advertising market for which they are willing to pay handsomely.

Now you may be perfectly happy for Google and their ilk to be making a buck on your back; after all, they are providing you with a service. The service may not cost you in physical cash but it does cost you in other ways such as lack of privacy. There are those out there who are happy to be tracked and receive targeted advertising, yet there are others who value their privacy and perhaps even use the Internet for blogging purposes and the like who may not want to be tracked. For these types of people there is a way to have your cake and eat it also.

Surfing the Net via a proxy servers enables you to surf anonymously as your unique IP address is not disclosed when you conduct a search, rather the IP address of the proxy server is disclosed. It is like surfing the Net whilst hiding under a veil of secrecy. The proxy server may not even be in the same country where you are based and this can help you when researching geotargeted advertising or SEO.

Although there are free proxy providers, it is best to buy proxy server because this is definitely one service where you get what you pay for.

Can you even imagine what life was like before the Internet? For those of you young enough, life without the Internet is unimaginable. For those of yours from, shall we say, a more mature generation, the memory is still there but you probably have to think long and hard. And although the Internet has developed society in ways that we, nor its creators, could ever have imagined, it is not all roses out there in Internet land.

Possibly the greatest downside to surfing the Net is the lack of and loss of privacy. At any given moment when you are online your movements are being tracked by the search engine companies and other self-proclaimed gatekeepers of the Internet. Their purpose, so they claim, is to customize and tailor the search process to suit your personal purposes. Not wanting to be cynical, but the $14.10 billion in revenue and $2.74 billion in operating income earned by the biggest name on the Net, Google, was not earned by their desire to provide you with customized search. Perhaps it has a little more to do though with being able to provide advertisers with a primary targeted advertising market for which they are willing to pay handsomely.

Now you may be perfectly happy for Google and their ilk to be making a buck on your back; after all, they are providing you with a service. The service may not cost you in physical cash but it does cost you in other ways such as lack of privacy. There are those out there who are happy to be tracked and receive targeted advertising, yet there are others who value their privacy and perhaps even use the Internet for blogging purposes and the like who may not want to be tracked. For these types of people there is a way to have your cake and eat it also.

Surfing the Net via a proxy servers enables you to surf anonymously as your unique IP address is not disclosed when you conduct a search, rather the IP address of the proxy server is disclosed. It is like surfing the Net whilst hiding under a veil of secrecy. The proxy server may not even be in the same country where you are based and this can help you when researching geotargeted advertising or SEO.

Although there are free proxy providers, it is best to buy proxy server because this is definitely one service where you get what you pay for.

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