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luckylady



Joined: 30 Jan 2012
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:50 pm    Post subject: using a proxy Reply with quote

could someone who does use a proxy explain the basics of this and how best to go about doing it?

I know what a proxy is basically but am curious about the limits and how secure it can be.

I've googled around but much of what comes up is over my head; I need a place to start if someone could be so kind? thanks!
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luckylady



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmm, anyone?
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wavesofwar74



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That depends on what you want to use it for, can you provide any more information?
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Skippy



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Proxies can be range from secure to very unsecure. Plus what kind of service are you using through the proxy.

In general - free proxies will likely be unsecure. With free, you are depending on the kindness of strangers. Paid for and known(friend/affiliated) proxies will be secure.

People can setup proxies to leech information (like cookies and password). They can even be used to filter information like block porn sites. As to using SSL through a proxy, I need to do research. But I suspect if the proxy allows you can encrypt between them using SSL.

Also one other point to consider is where the proxy is located. The proxy may be secure, but it could be between unsecure routes. Plus where located can affect the timing or cause lags.

One other problem with proxies is they can be blocked. Some sites do keep a list of proxy servers/services. Or they use software to determine in a user is using a proxy.
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luckylady



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skippy wrote:
Or they use software to determine in a user is using a proxy.



do you know how that is determined?
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Skippy



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

luckylady wrote:
Skippy wrote:
Or they use software to determine in a user is using a proxy.



do you know how that is determined?


One of the most easy is a blacklist. Website keep up to date lists of proxy servers. If a request comes from an IP that is a known proxy server, it is blocked. If you can see a list more then likely so can anybody else.

Another is to analyze the IP connection. If the timing is to long may be coming from a long distance. Or other variables.

Another is headers. Many web browser pass on information to web servers. Hi, can I connect. I am using Firefox... Plus I using Korean version of encoding... If something is hinky, it might be blocked.

If you want a basic dummies guide. Consider reading the wiki page.
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luckylady



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

skippy - thanks so much for the enlightenment, I appreciate it.

I had googled but don't recall a wiki page coming up but that's a good idea, should have thought of it.
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Kimchifart



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

just use firefox and download the stealthy add on.
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luckylady



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just downloaded and installed do not track plus -

is that the one you're referring to? in any event it's awesome! wow! thanks for the tip!
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Skippy



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

luckylady wrote:
just downloaded and installed do not track plus -

is that the one you're referring to? in any event it's awesome! wow! thanks for the tip!


What is exactly you want to use a proxy for?

To bypass security/Internet blocking at public school?

To hide your location from authorities. This proves useful for going to places like poker sites, really really bad porn sites, political activism, etc.

Hiding you location from media service providers like HULU or NETFLIX.

There are various programs and extensions that can help with security concerns.
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luckylady



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mostly I'm a privacy advocate - have been for years.

don't do FB.

have heard about using a proxy for various reasons and wanted to know more.

anything you want to share is appreciated Cool
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Skippy



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

luckylady wrote:
mostly I'm a privacy advocate - have been for years.

don't do FB.

have heard about using a proxy for various reasons and wanted to know more.

anything you want to share is appreciated Cool


One good program I like for privacy is peerblock or peerguardian. I think peerblock is still good. Basically it is a program that runs in the background and using lists if you or somebody else tries to connect to your computer you will be blocked. It can be useful for blocking ad or keep antip2p groups from seeing you.
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