Proxy Browsing for Protection of Personal Data and Prevention of Identity Theft

April 6, 2012

Nowadays people want to be able to browse the world wide web securely and anonymously, to avoid being registered whenever they visit sites on a daily basis, tracked in terms of browsers they use, computers they have for browsing the net, etc. Proxy browsing offers the convenience of such anonymous browsing, thanks to proxy servers which take care to hide browsing people’s personal details so that they do not worry about others stalking them and striving to obtain personal data.

It is known that proxy browsing is not connected with sending requests directly to websites. Requests contain personal information of people sending them. When proxy servers are used as intermediaries, such requests are sent to them first, and then they send the requests to websites, dispensing with the direct connection of users and websites. When proxy servers send such requests, they use their information to connect to websites, instead of requesting users’ personal information. Although the process of requests reaching websites is slower in this manner, thanks to the provision of anonymity users can feel secure that they can be protected from data abuse.

There are different proxy sites that enable secure proxy browsing. Some sites enable users to retrieve all resources accessible from the proxy server, and that is very useful when users’ own access is limited – they can reach servers that can connect them to other servers. Other sites for anonymous browsing enable the removal of client side scripting, as well as the elimination of cookies during sessions. Proxy websites can enable users to unblock sites which are popular on the web, such as Yahoo, Facebook, YouTube, etc. They can also help to reduce the risks of identity theft, and they also offer other useful options, such as removal of ads, or the possibility to have no referrers.

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