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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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8 Responses to “What is anonymous web browsing or web surfing?”

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  2. Andrae said

    Fresh unblocked proxies are need everyday as proxies tend to be blocked in a matter of days.

    Here is a group my friends and I use at school and all the proxies so far work like a charm.

    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/everyday_proxy/

    Hope this helps.

    Good luck!

  3. Andrae – thanks for the info! I’m sure it will be a big help when looking for a usable proxy 🙂

  4. jamie said

    Anonymous Web Surfing prevents data spies from unauthorized tracking of your Internet activity.Please beware of some of the services being offered by some free proxies as some have been known not to work properly.
    Sometimes its better to pay something small towards the service (some of them charge as little as $5 per month. One such website is http://www.anonservice.com , please see for yourself.

  5. Jamie – Good point. One should always take care when using a new website for anonymous web surfing. Good sites go dark each day and new sites pop up by the minute. It’s hard to tell which are solid sites and which are not secure or fail to perform as advertised. I have found several free anonymous sites that work great, but again your best bet when looking for this sort of tool (especially free – you get what you (don’t) pay for)is to get recommendation from those in the know or, at a minimum, do a quick search to see what others think about a particular site/tool. Thanks for your referral _ I’d imagine that paying a small fee for this type of service would give you better service and peace of mind!

  6. This is some great information. Web proxies are extremely useful as I’m sure some of you have noticed (at least in the work force) that there are some sites that are being banned/blocked for minor reasons. Web proxies allow us to get around these blocks and surf freely!

  7. Web proxies are the arteries that carry the life of youth -facebook and myspace- to every office and school 🙂

  8. Anonymous Browsing is browsing the while hiding the user’s IP address and any other personally identifiable information from the websites that one is visiting.This World Wide Web is also Known as Anonymous web browsing.

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