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Internet Tracking Awareness from IpFreelyProxies.net

Are you aware that everything you do on the web can be tracked right back to your computer through the snooping of your web custom address, which is a code assigned to your by your Internet Service Provider. This address is totally unique to you and your connection, at any particular time no-one else will be using the same IP address anywhere in the world and logs are kept of who is using what IP address and when they used it. You already know about your IP address, since you're here on our site, and hopefully you want to do your best to protect yourself by employing a private proxy system.

A correctly configured proxy will appear on the internet to be just another user, even though in reality there might be thousands of people behind it. While it will be feasible to track you back as far as the proxy server it will be most unlikely to go any farther.

That is assuming it’s a correctly configured substitute server and not one run by an evil web designer focused on cropping as much info as possible! You see when you use a stand in server you are putting a lot of faith in the folk running it, and how well do you really know them? Potentially not well at all, I’ll highlight some of the issues and how you can best avoid them.

Firstly how is your information sent? Most public proxy servers work without encryption. This means that any info you send thru the substitute server is sent ‘as is’ so if you are typing in your bank login details and password then those will go thru the proxy server. So be certain to never visit any sites which require your personal info while employing a proxy. This includes your Mastercard details, so don’t go buying anything over an unencrypted public proxy, if you do you might just as well publicize your card details in the local paper.

It’s not just scammers and hackers who use the info from proxies, you may be quite shocked how many established firms use such a method for consumer preference analysis. If a gigantic retailer sets up an open proxy they can analyse the data going thru it, track your buying history and tailor specific marketing campaigns at once at you. This might appear a bit extreme, but it’s only an extension of the existing commitment card scheme, I presume you know that your supermarket faithfulness card only exists so they can track your spending patterns?

Next go read through the proxy sites ‘Terms and Conditions’ as well as their ‘Privacy Policy’, if you do not like something or feel even the slightest level of suspicion move on! If at all possible select a proxy which has a good reputation, one that IT experts use and that has a reputation for being safe.

If you are employing a public proxy it should be exactly that, completely public, they shouldn’t need you to signup, to provide details of any sort. Obviously this does not apply to non-public proxies where you are paying for a premium service, however still the data a private proxy should collect is less than that which is wanted to bill you for their services.

If you think about your online security to have any price think about using a premium proxy service for cloaking your IP address, preferably one which operates with the highest levels of encryption available and which wipes all server logs so there is no record of even your encrypted activities. There are a lot of proxy options available, but in truth very few which are actually worth using!