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#1 twinsdad

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Posted 16 March 2005 - 12:01 PM

I regularly surf a number of mainstream "political" blogs, many of which allow the posting of comments. It is common to have a commenter "banned", usually for using profanity or personal insults, but occasionally it is mentioned that someone has used something called a "proxy changer " or "proxy switcher" to disguise his/her computer to sneak back into the blog and again cause trouble.. I Googled this subject and searched in Webopedia without any results, at least none in simple English. I'll bet there's someone here who can educate me. I've never been banned....just curious about why bother banning someone if it's relatively easy to cheat and come back to a blog with further disruptive comments.
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Posted 16 March 2005 - 04:32 PM

Hi Twinsdad,

We have that problem with students running around our security settings at our schools. If there is way around security, a student can find it. There are several sites out there that allow you to connect to them, and the pass thru to the internet. They act as a proxy, or "third party" to route internet traffic thru them. To my understanding, web sites see their IP address. To our security systems, they act as a fetch tool. Where we deny access to certain sites, with a filter or absolute block, their ip address may not be known, and therefore allow infomation... games... bad stuff... to pass through to the user. On our end, we have devices that monitor this type of thing and the squash it, but the pathway is opened at least briefly.

So, yes, if they want to bad enough, a user can be a pain in the butt and hide themselves... to a point.


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Posted 16 March 2005 - 04:54 PM

rigelslight: Thanks for the explanation. Interesting.
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