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Downsides to Using Free Public Proxies

Who doesn’t want something for nothing, right?  Well, free public proxies can be found all over the place.  They can give you a no free lunch 296x300 Downsides to Using Free Public Proxieschance to see what a proxy can do or just get into a blocked website without having to pay for it.  However, depending on your need for proxies the “freebies” aren’t going to get you very far.  Yes, I’m going to say it – “You get what you pay for!”

A big problem with free proxies is that they can be completely unreliable.  How many other people do you think are trying to use that same proxy server at the same time that you are?  A little suspicious perhaps that thousands of people are trying to login to Facebook, Craigslist or wherever from the same IP.

Security is also a concern.  Most free proxy services do have security measures in place but, what are you going to do if you are hacked or get a virus?  Complain?  It’s a free service!  ….and you assumed the risk by using it.    Also on the security front, you really don’t know who is running that proxy server that you’re using.  While the very large free sites are fine, like Proxify (no problem there), be very careful with small free proxy sites that just pop up out of nowhere.

Next, most large social network and other sites visited through proxies are well aware of such attempts and take measures to block those sites and/or cancel the accounts of those who try to access their services through proxies.  Yes, you can get in trouble with Paypal, EPN, and others if they suspect that your logging in through proxies,  so why would you do it through a free proxy that they obviously already know about?  Not a good idea.

Despite their “freeness” – public proxies are not always the best choice for anything other than a casual web surfer, certainly not an internet marketer.  As for which ones are the best choice, well that depends on what your needs are and which tools of the trade you are planning to use them for.   Tons of info on that here as well.

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No Kidding – You Really ARE Being Watched!

No, the sky’s not falling…yet.   But those conspiracy theorists who “swear” that “we’re being watched” are dead on.  We are.  how to surf web anonymously 300x250 No Kidding   You Really ARE Being Watched!Everyone should be familiar with the internet tracking and tracing the goes on via the web today.

There are ways for people to get into our computers, and therefore our homes and our lives, with a few simple clicks of a mouse. Keylogger programs and various tracing viruses make their way into unsuspecting people’s homes every minute.  Internet tracing is not ALL malicious.  Those of us who are internet marketers use it to to monitor our website’s traffic and try to find out a little bit about our customer’s demographics.

The use of Cookies can take a dangerous turn, however.  People can target you based on information in your cookies and you can also be blocked and banned from certain websites and online programs based on information pulled from your cookies.  Is this legal?  Actually, it’s considered fair game and, if you read any site’s Disclaimer or Terms of Service policy, they’ll let you know that they’re “using cookies” but most people have no idea what that really means.hide your IP address surf web anonymously proxy servers 273x300 No Kidding   You Really ARE Being Watched!

That being said, if you’d like to stop being watched, tracked, targeted, blocked, stalked and banned – there is something you can do.  The use of anonymous proxies will allow you to, you guessed it, stay anonymous while you surf the web.  There are many different ways to do this, such as free web-based browser proxies that are fine for occasional use.  If you’d really like some privacy though, you’ll need to get a service with some anonymous proxies that will give you real protection and they’re not expensive at all.

There are some that are web-based that you can log into, others that have you install a small desktop app that will change your IP for you with the click of a button and still others that are much more sophisticated and can create a virtual private network for you, called a VPN.  It really depends on what you intend to be doing and your purposes for using anonymous proxies.  Once you figure that out, you’ll be able to determine the right kind of proxy for your situation and then move on to find the best provider for that proxy service.

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What are the Different Kinds of Proxies?

Many folks have no idea what a proxy is.  Let’s start there – A proxy or proxy service allows an internet user to visit other internet sites that have free web proxies What are the Different Kinds of Proxies?been blocked by a filter OR it allows an internet user to browse the web anonymously, not leaking any clues about their identity or location.  Proxies act as bridges between the user (you) and the internet, or the sites that you wish to view.  Depending on your purposes for using proxies, there are different kinds that may be better to use than others.  So, what are those different kinds of proxies?

Anonymous proxies are one type that also have several within it – Socks4 and Socks5 Proxies, Http Elite and Http Distorting Proxies. The difference between Elite and Distorting proxies is the method used to visit sites anonymously.

Socks proxies transfer data are usually the most sought after and, hence the most expensive because they are the most secure.  Socks proxies actually transfer the data of the user to the server without accessing the contents of the data.  There are two imagesproxies What are the Different Kinds of Proxies?different versions of Socks Proxies, Socks4 and Socks5.  Socks5 is a more advanced protocol that uses authentication, supports UDP (User Datagram Protocol) proxy and, DNS requests are sent through the proxy server.

Finally, it is not just the type of the proxy service that you need to concern yourself with but in what form you will be getting it, or accessing it.  If you are looking to use proxies for secure or anonymous web browsing or trying to get past web filters, a web-based proxy service would be in order.  However, if you are looking for private proxies to use for software applications, such as Scrapebox or other marketing app’s, you’d want a list service subscription where you are given the actual proxy lists to drop into your applications.

Though there are different kinds of proxies, you can always decide which is best for you to hide your IP address or keep you from getting banned by the search engines for running too many scripts in succession.   Quality, speed and success rate are going to vary widely depending on what types of proxies you use and where you get them from.  This is why you need to do your homework, make sure you’re using the right ones, and then get them from the right place so that you have the best proxy for your specific needs.

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