Have you ever thought about using a proxy?
For those unaware, a proxy is a machine that will relay your traffic:
The main use of new fresh proxies is trying to hide the origin or destination of a query.
The use of a proxy
It can be used to:
Access to a service that is only accessible from a given country;
Get around Infrastructure blocking or censoring (at work or in a dictatorship, for example);
Visit sites that you do not want them to know your IP address, for the sake of anonymity.
You send your request to a server and the server executes for you. Then it sends you the contents of the response.
The problem is that when you surf, the reality is a little more complex than the theory suggests. And you really need to consider this when you want to use a proxy.
What the server knows about you…
On the Internet, you send some information about the browser to the server, for some sites it can adapt to your ability.
Among the information you will find:
- The name and version of your browser;
- Modules you have (Flash, QuickTime, Java, …);
- Your operating system;
- The resolution of your screen;
- The language of your browser;
You are far from being completely anonymous when you send a request to the server … and all this information can be used to create your profile!
The problem when you want to use a proxy is that you usually only think to hide your IP address.
But you totally forget that you also pass a ton of other information about you! And depending on the new fresh proxies you use, they will still be able to filter destination.
Some new fresh proxies were designed in order to leave nothing to filter, while others want to be as transparent as possible to users and let them all go strictly!
As you saw, there are several reasons to use a proxy. So be careful when you choose yours!