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Dangers of using proxies


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#1 ScaredGorilla

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 11:36 AM

Hello everyone!
I wanted to visit a proxy website in order to access a particular site that is blocked in my country, however before doing so I was wondering if you could provide me a few precisions.
 

What exactly am I risking if I visit those proxies? What kind of sensible datas am I putting at risking besides passwords?
Once I quit visiting these proxies, do I still need to do something to counteract my  possible mistakes?

Thank you for your time!


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Posted 31 August 2015 - 11:51 AM

For the general, using proxies is very safe. I can't tell you the kind of specifics other people on this site can, but from what I can see, online proxies are phenomenally safe for what you're concerned about. Just don't go downloading viruses or anything.


Edited by JimmyKarter, 31 August 2015 - 11:51 AM.


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Posted 31 August 2015 - 04:49 PM

https://blog.haschek.at/2015-analyzing-443-free-proxies


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Posted 31 August 2015 - 05:53 PM

shelf life :  :thumbsup2: 

 

Indeed, free proxies are not safe and just useful for random surfing...

If you want to login please use a https enabled proxy or even better use a VPN !

 

Most services have a free trial or a (limited) free version.

I have tested some trustworthy VPN Providers on my blog, take your pick or just Google for "Free Trial VPN".

 

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#5 ScaredGorilla

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 04:35 PM

Thanks all for your useful informations.

I was also wondering what someone would be supposed to do in case he visited an unsecure proxy? Should he change all his password or stuff like that just to prevent possible problems? What problems could someone encounter?

Thanks in advance



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Posted 01 September 2015 - 04:43 PM

Just change the passwords you used with that proxy. Everything else should be fine.

 

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 04:47 PM

Just change the passwords you used with that proxy. Everything else should be fine.

 

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That's assuming all your passwords are unique, e.g. that you don't use the same password for different sites.

If you use the same password, you have to change it on all the sites you have credentials for.


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Posted 01 September 2015 - 05:52 PM

Didier Stevens :  :thumbup2:

Indeed, I find it so obvious to choose different passwords for different accounts that I forget some people actually use one password (and one email) for all their accounts...

 

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 02:10 PM

Unfortunately, I think still a lot of people do this...


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