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Should I Use a Web Proxy to Use MySpace?

We all know that using MySpace is a lot of fun and it can help you learn more about people, more quickly than you ever think that you can, but the truth is there are situations where you simply will not be allowed to access it. For cases like this, you will find that a web proxy can help you out. All it takes is a little bit of web know-how and some basic understanding of how web proxies work to help you out. Of course, then you come to the question of whether or you should do it at all!

A web proxy, at the most basic level, is a mechanism by which you can trick a lot of the security that gets put on computers into thinking that you are not going to the site that you are going to. One way that a web proxy might work is that you may go to a fairly innocuous site that is not banned by the security that your network browsing is under. Then you will type in the address of MySpace or the site that you will want to go to, and as a result, you will be able to go to the banned site while you seem to be browsing on the more innocent site.

Web proxies can get fairly complex and they can also be quite subtle. In some cases, you will find that an add on can be found that will simply run all of your browsing through a proxy! When you are looking for solutions to getting the right kind of web browsing set up, though, there are questions you should ask yourself.

In the first place, why are you using a proxy? If you have a pesky younger brother or sister who is inclined to snoop, it might be a good idea. On the other hand, if you are at work and your workplace strictly prohibits social networking sites while you are on company time, you need to be aware of the consequences of your actions! Take some time to think about why you want to use a web proxy and what the results of it might be.

When you are thinking about using a web proxy to access MySpace, you will find that there are plenty of reasons why you should stop and consider what your options are going to be. When do you want to use it, where do you want to use it, and why? Remember that not all web proxies are created equal, and in some cases, there may be securities put on your computer that will report such activities. Take some time and really weigh the costs and the benefits!

December 5, 2008 Posted by | Social Networking | , , , | Leave a comment

How to Find Online Circumventors

There are many different reasons why you might be interested in online circumventors, which is another way of referring to a web proxy. At the most basic level, you will find that a circumventor allows you to look at a site which, for one reason or another, that you are blocked from. Finding a good one can be very important when you are looking at making sure that your online browsing is both free from restrictions and secure.

In the first place, you will want to think about the reasons why you might want to use a circumventor. For instance, there are some websites that are banned in some countries. In countries that have more strict obscenity laws, there are definitely some sites, some of them completely innocuous, that you may not be able to access, and this can be a problem for a number of different reasons. Going through a proxy server will make sure that you can access the site and that it will be more difficult to detect when you do so.

Circumventors can also ensure that you are able to get around security locks or protections that have been put on your computer. For instance, if you have a young child in the house, there is a good chance that you have programs on your computer that essentially make their browsing safer or that will keep them from objectionable sites. On the other hand, you will find that it can be pesky to have to turn the securities off and on whenever you need to browse yourself, and using a circumventor can help keep this straightforward for you.

When you are looking at circumventors, you will find that they can also hide where you have been. When you go through one, it gets significantly harder to track the sites that a certain browser has been using and you will discover that this something that can be quite attractive. If you have an interest in keeping your browsing private and in making sure that your family or your co-workers can’t get into your private affairs, you will find that the use of circumventors can be quite important.

As you can see, the benefits for using circumventors can be immense; now you just need to find one that works! When you start looking, you will find that there are quite a lot out there, so make sure that you find one that will meet your needs. Are your interests in simply making sure that people can’t see where you have been, or are you more concerned about getting to sites that might have otherwise been blocked? This can tell you what kind of circumventor you are looking for.

In the first place, you may be interested to know that there are some circumventors which are very subtle. Some circumventors function in the background quite well; for instance there is an add-on on the Firefox browser that allows you to do all of your browsing through a circumventor. You will find that you can easily download this application and forget about it, and you will also find that this can be very convenient for you. You will also find that there are a number of different options that will allow you to simply type a website into a web form and pull it up.

You will find that doing a simple search on a good search engine will give you plenty of different circumventors to work with, but keep in mind the fact that you need to filter for the ones that will be most handy to you. Remember to think about what your needs are when it comes to security or convenience. There are plenty of them out there, but remember that they are not all intended for the same thing. Choosing the one that is right for your needs is quite important.

When you are looking at making sure that you get the right result in your search for a good circumventor, remember to first assess your needs and then to find a circumventor that will meet it.

December 3, 2008 Posted by | Online Security | , , , | Leave a comment

How to Find Safe Web Proxies

We’re all concerned with keeping not only our computers, but also our personal information safe as we surf the web these days. While email viruses are less of a threat than they were even a few years ago, identity theft is on the rise and identity thieves take advantage of every new technological development; adapting almost as fast as the technologies meant to thwart them. For this reason, keeping yourself protected from prying eyes as you go about your business online is important. One way that people sometimes (and should more often) use is proxy servers – but what are these servers and how do they keep you safer on the web?

Basically, a proxy server is just an ordinary web server, albeit one with a special function. This server lies between the web user and the sites they are visiting; with requests for web pages and files being relayed via this server. This relay means that it is the servers IP address which is reported to the site being visited rather than the IP address of the web user. Why is this important? IP addresses, particularly static IP addresses, which are more and more common with the expansion of broadband service, can be used to identify specific users. Just think about the implications of that for a moment.

It should be noted that not all proxy servers will hide this information which can be used to uniquely identify you from the sites you visit – there are anonymous proxy servers as well; these provide a higher degree of anonymity to you on the web. However, how can you tell which proxies are really protecting your identity? Read on for a few tips on how to find safe web proxies.

First, you can use the “whois” command if you are running any variant of Unix or Linux on your computer. There are also web-based interfaces for this program available, including the ones available at domaintools.com which can tell you if the owner of the proxy has hidden their contact information or not.

You can also use Google or another search engine to look up the proxy and see if anyone has had any experiences of malfeasance with the proxy and what, if anything people are saying about it. Another good source of information is available from the homepage of the proxy server itself; there should be a terms and conditions of use policy posted on the site which will tell you exactly what the proxy does and does not report to other sites in terms of information about users.

Using a web proxy can be a good way to protect your personal information and your privacy in general from those who may have bad intentions on the internet. However, while any proxy server provides you with more protection than no proxy at all, you should look into any web proxy before you use it to make sure that it is giving you all of the protection you are looking for. There are safe and anonymous web proxies out there, but finding one which will perform well for you may take just a little bit of investigation. Have fun out there and remember; safety first!

September 17, 2008 Posted by | Online Security | , , , | Leave a comment