What do you do when some website is blocked in your work place? You think of using a proxy server, or an online proxy website.
Also there are times when you do not want to disclose your IP address to a website and try to browse through a proxy. Anonymous proxies tend to keep you safe because the other party does not see your IP. What they see is the IP address of the proxy server connecing to them.
Though many of the proxy websites appear to be safe and in genuine interest of people, there are numerous webmasters who run proxy sites with malcious intent.
A list of proxy websites:
Do a web search for ‘proxy’, ‘proxy websites’, or something similar. You will get loads of proxy websites list. A good one to
There are few millions of proxy websites on the internet. Hundreds are being added every day and you too can start your own proxy website.
Here are the possible dangers of using a proxy:
Risk 1: Your Personal Information is at risk:
All your personal infomation goes through the proxy server and the webmaster or owner of the proxy can capture EVERYTHING if he/she wants to. Thus your email account, banking and credit card details, all may get stolen. Do not ever do banking transactions using a proxy server if you do not know who owns the proxy site.
Risk 2: Phishing:
A proxy site may have been specifically designed to harm YOU! Some one told you to use the proxy and behind it there could be fake webpages resembling your favourite email provider or of your bank. You submit your credentials there, and the page says some random error message, e.g. “server could not be reached”, which is again smartly designed by the proxy owner.
Risk 3: You get banned in some websites:
Some proxy servers IP are banned in certain websites. So you will not be able to access those websites using this proxy. This is not a risk though.
Risk 4: Transparent proxies:
Many proxies do show your original IP. Do not think that your IP is hidden from the website that you are browsing. Rarely the proxy servers give you full anonymity.
Risk 5: Spyware and Virus onto your computer:
Many proxy websites show lots of popup advertisements and also try to install malicious programs onto your computer. These programs are intended to capture your browsing patterns and even personal information. Beware!
Keep yourself aware of these dangers and you can have a safe browsing using proxy websites. Do use very welknown proxies. Unknown proxies may just have been designed to hack your personal information.