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What is anonymous web browsing or web surfing?

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 23, 2008

Ever wondered what anonymous web surfing really is and why you might want to use it? Here’s some info from a post titled What is anonymous surfing?

Anonymous surfing is browsing web sites privately.

Anonymous surfing encompasses two different forms of privacy:

  • Privacy protection from the web site you are browsing.
  • Privacy protection from eavesdroppers who may be watching your network connection.

Anonymous web surfing works by putting a proxy server between the user and the web site. The web browser talks to the proxy server, and the proxy server talks to the web site.

The web site does not know who you are, it only knows who the anonymous proxy server is. The anonymous proxy server does know who you are — so you had better choose an anonymous proxy server that you trust.

Going online and browsing anonymous isn’t just for people looking to hide bad habits, it protects your privacy and will stop websites from dumping cookies and temporary internet files on your system, and also help stave off phishing attacks, identify theft and more:

There are many reasons why someone would want to do anonymous surfing. People surf anonymously to protect themselves from the government, their employers, or nosy family members.

People in Iran use anonymous surfing to prevent being executed in the streets. People in corporate America use anonymous surfing to avoid sharing the details of their personal lives with their employers. Everyone uses anonymous surfing to protect their privacy from nosy web sites and annoying advertisers.

There are different types of anonymous web surfing:

  • Anonymous surfing through a web site — With these systems, you browse the web site of the anonymous proxy server and enter in the URL of the web page you actually want to surf.
  • Anonymous surfing through client applications — With these systems, you download and install a client application which manages the details of anonymous surfing for you.
  • Anonymous surfing though an anonymous web proxy service — With these services, you configure your browser to point to an anonymous web proxy. These systems are public and are setup and advertised for anonymous proxy usage.
  • Anonymous surfing though an anonymous server — With these systems, you configure your browser to point to an anonymous web proxy. These systems are published in constantly updated lists on many web sites on the Internet. You normally do not know who is running each of these anonymous proxy servers. You hope it isn’t someone who is recording your traffic.

As for the “best” free anonymous browsing website or proxy service, it’s hard to say since new sites and services are popping up all the time, while others fade to black. Your best bet will be to do a quick internet search and weed through the current top dogs.

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Did Ya Know? Microsoft to Force IE7 Update on February 12th

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 23, 2008

A post over at Slashdot caught my attention: Microsoft to Force IE7 Update on February 12th:

“InfoWorld is reporting that on February 12th, Microsoft will roll out Internet Explorer 7 through Windows Server Update Services to all systems – regardless of whether or not the update had been requested previously. The piece also mentions ways to prevent the update from occurring, for sysadmins who do not want to use IE7 on their systems. Microsoft claims that the decision was made due to ‘security concerns’.”

After a quick check of the InfoWorld Article Microsoft warns businesses of impending autoupdate to IE7, it does appear that an Internet Explorer update to version 7 will be forced down IE users throats. Luckily the article provides info on how to work around the auto-update for sys admins and I bet the average user isn’t even aware of the coming changes or how it might affect them. This interesting stat shows that IE6 still has a decent user base, more than I’d have guessed:

More than one in every three people still relies on IE6, according to data gathered by Web metrics vendor Net Applications. During December 2007, IE6 accounted for 35 percent of the browsers that visited the 40,000-some sites monitored by the company.

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New Version of Windows To Be Released Next Year?

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 23, 2008

Hmm, sounds a bit early bit here’s a clip discussing the next Microsoft OS – Windows 7 To Be Released Next Year?

screenshot019.jpg“A recently-released roadmap for the next major Window release — Windows 7 — indicates that Microsoft is planning to release the new operating system in the second half of 2009, rather than the anticipated release date of some time in 2010. This quickly-approaching release date would seem to be at least partially verified by news of a milestone build available for review by an anonymous third party.”

Read more here: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/01/22/1314235&from=rss

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Paypal’s Security Key Offers “High-Level” Of Online Security

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 23, 2008

Have you heard about Paypal’s new security key program? I hadn’t, until I read this post and, even though it doesn’t provide a great review of the new (to PayPal) tool for online security, I have to admit my curiosity has been piqued. Here’s a bit more info on PayPal’s Security key:

Now, add an extra layer of security when you log in with the PayPal Security Key. It’s easy, secure, and portable – so you can access your account from just about anywhere.

What is it?

It’s a device that generates a temporary 6-digit security code every 30 seconds. Use it every time you log in for added security. Watch the demo

How do I get started?

  1. Order your PayPal Security Key – it will be shipped to you by USPS.
  2. Activate it by logging in to your PayPal or eBay account.
  3. When prompted, enter the code on your security key.

How much does it cost?

The PayPal Security Key is available for a special nonrefundable fee of $5 USD (including shipping and handling). There are no monthly service fees or hidden costs. You can order replacements for the same fee. Order your security key

Read more here: https://www.paypal.com/securitykey

You can more FAQs here: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=xpt/cps/general/FAQPPSecurityKey-outside

If you’re a regular PayPal user the 5 bucks is probably worth a shot for a chance at increased security regarding your PP payments/purchase. I’ve used these type of security keys for various jobs/apps and never had an issue once activated. But does this new effort by PayPal have all the wrinkles ironed out? Does the new system really provide increased security? Time will tell. I plan to keep an eye out to see what others think about the new security key and post updates.

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