I look after some of the content on CommunityNet Aotearoa and one thing I do is check out websites people suggest. Sometimes I’m just not sure about their legitimacy and I’m nervous about visiting — I just don’t really want to give away any information about myself, such as my IP number. Same thing applies for the occasional spam email which has a ring of authenticity.
Occasionally I use the free Anonymizer service, but it’s slow and limited. I don’t have enough need of it to pay up for unlimited services. So, I was delighted today to discover how to set an anonymous proxy for myself. There are instructions at How to Surf the Web Anonymously With Proxies – wikiHow for Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. They refer to a list of Public Proxy Servers to find proxies to use.
I experimented with Firefox and checking my webmail spam trap. Sure enough, it reflected back the IP number for my anonymous proxy, while still allowing me to check my mail. It’s simple to turn the proxy on and off — the settings remain, even if not applied. A quick look at Safari showed it’s easy enough to apply the instructions to that browser too.