Proxy or Open-VPN?

Posted by Coilis On Friday, February 4, 2011 26 comments

So i'm assuming a lot of you are always trying to find different ways to browse the internet anonymously. A lot of people tend to use proxies but for me i'd rather use Open-VPN. Personally there are to much different types of proxies that are either:

  • Anonymous Proxy - An anonymous proxy server also known as web proxy, generally attempts to anonymize web surfing by hiding the original IP address of the end user. This type of proxy server are typically difficult to track, and provides reasonable anonymity for most users.
  • Distorting Proxy - This type of proxy server identifies itself as a proxy server, but make an incorrect original IP address available through the http headers.
  • High Anonymity Proxy - This type of proxy server does not identify itself as a proxy server and does not make available the original IP address. High anonymity proxies, only include the REMOTE_ADDR header with the IP address of the proxy server, making it appear that the proxy server is the client.
  • Intercepting Proxy - An intercepting proxy, also known as a transparent proxy, combines a proxy server with a gateway. Connections made by client browsers through the gateway are redirected through the proxy without client-side configuration. These types of proxies are commonly detectable by examining the HTTP headers on the server side.
  • Reverse proxy - A reverse proxy is another common form of a proxy server and is generally used to pass requests from the Internet, through a firewall to isolated, private networks. It is used to prevent Internet clients from having direct, unmonitored access to sensitive data residing on content servers on an isolated network, or intranet. If caching is enabled, a reverse proxy can also lessen network traffic by serving cached information rather than passing all requests to actual content servers.
  • Transparent Proxy - A transparent proxy is a server that satisfies the definition of a proxy, but does not enforce any local policies. It means that it does not add, delete or modify attributes or modify information within messages it forwards. These are generally used for their ability to cache websites and do not effectively provide any anonymity to those who use them. However, the use of a transparent proxy will get you around simple IP bans. Further, your web browser does not require special configuration and the cache is transparent to the end-user. This is also known as transparent forward proxy.
(Taken from http://info.webtoolhub.com)

Now that we know what proxies are and the different types of servers we can head on over to Open-VPN. VPN or Virtual Private Networking allows the use of secure point to point, bridge to bridge connections, basically browse the internet through secure lines. Its a more safer way of doing business to me. One of the best tools that I have used that hides all of my connections would have to be HotSpot Shield.
It allows me to run Flash, TF2, and other various programs through a VPN that hides my IP so im able to browse the internet safely and securely. Here is a direct link to the website so go ahead and read about it, I've been using it for atleast 3 years.

http://hotspotshield.com/

26 comments:

Cpt Trips said...

Interesting stuff mate. Cheers

BlogTroll said...

didn't know this about the transparent proxy..

sense said...

good info

What a wonderful world said...

Very good info, thanks for sharing.

Mr. Hate said...

hey thanks for the info, im going to download it now!following and supporting!

Araita said...

These kind of things are always good to know! Thanks a lot!

HéxXxèN said...

Very good info, thanks for sharing.
BTW supporting

Zephyr said...

vpn sounds good, does it run locally or online?

Niko said...

I'm always paranoid when I go to public hotspots. I think I'll need to give that OpenVPN a try.

Come At Me Bro said...

I should try this!

Lodimas said...

Great info, never used a distorting proxy before.

Quinn Electronics said...

great tech info.

midget said...

I liked this. explained alot about anonymous surfing.

random-midget

Nik Mekeena said...

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Old Liam said...

Beneficial knowledge depending on what you're doing. Nowadays, even honest users are at risk due to the devious nature of certain corporations.

Street Art said...

Nice Write up!

fadedline17 said...

Thanks! I didn't know there were so many different types of proxies.

jonwinters said...

nice explanations, thank you!

CrazyJuan said...

Hmm, yeah we are rediculously traceable using standard means. Sort of sucks. Thanks for the tips, I feel smarter now.

Neuro said...

Usually just a proxie user but i have to change my ways after reading that...

Gw2guides said...

nice info about proxies. :)

Andy Khun said...

I would tell you but I dont know anything about this lol

martbrink said...

I used hotspot shield to visit blocked websites at the university. I helped a lot because they blocked almost every website that has word like "Penis" on them(so even the scientific words). Annoyed the hell out of me and was also the reason why I dropped my biologie class and visit computer science. Today I am glad I did :)

IanFromLastNight said...

So, does HotSpot hide your IP and let you surf with a random one they give you or something?

Coilis said...

@IanFromLastNight: Yes

Andrew said...

sweet info here, good to know.

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