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How to use a proxy server and why?

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« on: February 25, 2009, 07:57:31 pm »

How does one use a proxy? 

I mean how do you do it?
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2009, 09:09:18 pm »

How does one use a proxy? 

I mean how do you do it?

First, let me answer the question as to why someone would use a proxy server. There are only 2 main reasons..privacy and deception. A proxy server acts as a "disguise" or a "mask" and it blocks websites from "seeing" your true IP address. The main reason someone such as "Leslie" would use a proxy server is to disguise the fact that they are a loser troll wannabee such as Loopy 2.0 from Trollvalhalla; a failed troll wannabee that was banned from this board for numerous TOS violations despite repeated warnings.

There are several types of proxy servers, ranging from transparent up to Elite (Level 1). Transparent proxies hide your ip address but don't hide the fact that they, themselves are a proxy. True Level 1 elite proxies not only hide your ip information but "fool" the websites into thinking they are a legitimate computer accessing their site. Many proxys that are referred to as Level 1 elites are actually not.

Now back to your question. How do you do it?

The simplest way is to simply go to a website that acts as a proxy. You type in the desired URL in the provided box, and you surf "through" that proxy website. These types are rarely if ever Level 1 proxies, they simply disguise your ip address so you can hide your private information and access "some" web sites that a user has been banned from, including gaming sites, YouTube, Myspace, and of course internet discussion boards...depending on how high the site security settings are cranked down.

More complicated ways of using a proxy include getting an ip address of a proxy server as well as it's "port", and entering that information in the appropriate place in your browser settings, and surf the web like you always do. The problem with these types of proxies is that they tend to be slow.

One caution- when using a proxy server your personal information is revealed to whoever is running that proxy server, so don't enter any information that you don't want others to know including passwords, bank account information, etc. Also proxy sites are known to frequently contain malware and viruses.

Here's a sample proxy site..

http://www.theproxypalace.com/

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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2009, 10:10:34 pm »

First, let me answer the question as to why someone would use a proxy server. There are only 2 main reasons..privacy and deception. A proxy server acts as a "disguise" or a "mask" and it blocks websites from "seeing" your true IP address. The main reason someone such as "Leslie" would use a proxy server is to disguise the fact that they are a loser troll wannabee such as Loopy 2.0 from Trollvalhalla; a failed troll wannabee that was banned from this board for numerous TOS violations despite repeated warnings.

There are several types of proxy servers, ranging from transparent up to Elite (Level 1). Transparent proxies hide your ip address but don't hide the fact that they, themselves are a proxy. True Level 1 elite proxies not only hide your ip information but "fool" the websites into thinking they are a legitimate computer accessing their site. Many proxys that are referred to as Level 1 elites are actually not.

Now back to your question. How do you do it?

The simplest way is to simply go to a website that acts as a proxy. You type in the desired URL in the provided box, and you surf "through" that proxy website. These types are rarely if ever Level 1 proxies, they simply disguise your ip address so you can hide your private information and access "some" web sites that a user has been banned from, including gaming sites, YouTube, Myspace, and of course internet discussion boards...depending on how high the site security settings are cranked down.

More complicated ways of using a proxy include getting an ip address of a proxy server as well as it's "port", and entering that information in the appropriate place in your browser settings, and surf the web like you always do. The problem with these types of proxies is that they tend to be slow.

One caution- when using a proxy server your personal information is revealed to whoever is running that proxy server, so don't enter any information that you don't want others to know including passwords, bank account information, etc. Also proxy sites are known to frequently contain malware and viruses.

Here's a sample proxy site..

http://www.theproxypalace.com/



Thank you Wizer for taking the time to explain it, but I am still confused, don't think I will try it.....anyway why do all that just to get to someplace where you are not wanted?  And if proxy servers can get your bank info, passwords, and other personal info why take the chance?  Guess I just don't get it.
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2009, 10:17:25 pm »

Thank you Wizer for taking the time to explain it, but I am still confused, don't think I will try it.....anyway why do all that just to get to someplace where you are not wanted?  And if proxy servers can get your bank info, passwords, and other personal info why take the chance?  Guess I just don't get it.

I can think of a few reasons..when you're banned from a forum, the natural urge (at least for some, is to think "they can't do that to me!") and there's nothing you want more than to bust right back in. That's one of the things that drives me back to enotalone.com over a HUNDRED times...that and my OCD. It's not healthy but it's a damn good example for ya..LOL

Then there are gamers who are caught cheating on some online internet gaming boards..they are banned, and they come right back.

Still others post stuff on YouTube that is against the TOS, they get banned but they still want to view movies...they're IP banned so they can't even load the website in their browser without using a proxy.

You get the idea..
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2009, 10:30:46 pm »

I can think of a few reasons..when you're banned from a forum, the natural urge (at least for some, is to think "they can't do that to me!") and there's nothing you want more than to bust right back in. That's one of the things that drives me back to enotalone.com over a HUNDRED times...that and my OCD. It's not healthy but it's a damn good example for ya..LOL

Then there are gamers who are caught cheating on some online internet gaming boards..they are banned, and they come right back.

Still others post stuff on YouTube that is against the TOS, they get banned but they still want to view movies...they're IP banned so they can't even load the website in their browser without using a proxy.

You get the idea..

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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2009, 10:43:35 pm »

Also the thing about private data and proxies...it's easy to get messed up..say you set your browser up to use an "integrated" proxy...meaning that you enter numbers into your browsers proxy configuration settings..and you forget about it. Then the next day you go to do your online banking, and you are actually sending data through a proxy and you don't even realize it!

Bingo..your private data has been compromised.

Just like our friend "Leslie" on this board has found out rather belatedly..it's easy to screw it up.

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