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#1 Argoneer

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Posted 04 October 2009 - 06:47 PM

So far I've found out that a proxy is an online computer that will take your call and route it to a third computer using the proxys address as the requesting party.

So the questions are how does one find out what type of proxy one needs, I'm sure there are dozens of different types or the maximum complexity rule would be broken.

Once the needed type is determined I assume you would google for that type and get a vast array of proxys to choose from. Is that the part where you close your eyes and recite eenie, meenie, miney, moe and throw a dart to select one? They all look alike!! Which one is the good one...LOL!!

Now that one is selected comes the hard part. In fact its so hard that its even hard to formulate a question about it...so this is where the experts take over.

What is my computer supposed to say to the proxy to get the ball rolling?? :thumbsup: Thanks

Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 04 October 2009 - 06:59 PM

A more fundamental question would be why do you think you need a proxy?
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Posted 04 October 2009 - 07:09 PM

I don't need a proxy. I want a proxy.

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Posted 04 October 2009 - 07:24 PM

Let me rephrase that a bit. Why do you want a proxy?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proxy_server
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Posted 04 October 2009 - 11:42 PM

To avoid prying busybodies.

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Posted 04 October 2009 - 11:54 PM

Let me rephrase that a bit. Why do you want a proxy?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proxy_server


Thanks for the neat link...Arghhhh !!~!! over a dozen different kinds of proxy servers.

Looks like this is going to be a learning chore....

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 04:01 PM

One additional item to consider is that some sites will not accept proxies. So you won't be able to use those sites. Also using a proxy in notorious for slowing down your browsing. IMHO, unless you are doing something suspicious or illegal the use of a proxy is highly overrated. There is virtually zero 'personal' information contained in an IP address.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 04:09 PM

thats true, also some anti virus software are not able to update like malwarebytes, got it on my laptop take it to university where i have to use a proxy and i cant update

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 04:11 PM

Along with what Animal stated. Many ISP`s already use a proxy of sorts. My IP when checked is actually shown as my providers nearest exit point located in another town several miles from the town I live in.

Trust is something else you should keep in mind when seeking out a proxy server. Many talk the talk but can not walk the walk of privacy. Either through ignorance\improper configuration or they just outright lye. Do they keep traffic logs?

Just keep in mind, there is no such thing as total anonymity on the Internet. It just does not nor can not work that way.




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