How to Setup an Anonymous Proxy with Firefox or Internet …
TorGuard is a leading provider in anonymous proxy services, offering socks5 and proxy access in over 10 countries worldwide. Anonymous proxy service allows the user to bypass censorship and hide their personal IP address with no added software install. TorGuard’s anonymous proxy works directly within firefox, internet explorer or even safari.
A proxy enables the user to bypass website blocking and instantly browse sites like youtube, hulu, pandora or netflix direct from the web browser. TorGuard proxy servers are great for quickly streaming high bandwidth content direct from the browser and many users find this works faster than a VPN. No software downloaded is needed – just change a few settings within your web browser and all your traffic will be tunneled through the proxy IP. The tutorial below will explain how to setup a proxy on both Firefox and Internet explorer with TorGuard.
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Firefox Anonymous Proxy Settings:
Open Firefox, select the menu button then click Options, and Options.
Click the Advanced tab. On the Network tab click the Settings button:
Select the Manual proxy config option. Under HTTP Proxy enter the TorGuard web proxy IP you wish to use. You can find this information in the member’s area under My Servers. Under Port enter 6060. Click the OK button to save these changes.
Navigate to a webpage in Firefox and you should be prompted for your TorGuard proxy username and password. Enter your proxy username and password, then click OK. You are now tunneling firefox through an anonymous proxy with torguard!
IE Anonymous Proxy Settings:
Open ie, select the tools button then click Internet Options.
Click the connections tab, then click the setup button.
Check the box “User a proxy server for your LAN”. Under Address enter the TorGuard web proxy IP you wish to use. Click OK to save these changes.
Navigate to a webpage in ie and you should be prompted for your TorGuard proxy username and password. You are now tunneling internet explorer through an anonymous proxy with torguard!
Configuring anonymous proxy detection and monitoring
Anonymous proxies are typically used to circumvent security policies, allowing users to access prohibited recreational, adult or other non-business sites by tunneling this traffic over a regular or encrypted HTTP session. Anonymous Proxies also provide anonymity; users accessing websites through an Anonymous Proxy cannot easily be traced back to their original IPInternet protocol.
Exinda Appliances have built-in support for anonymous proxy detection. The Exinda Appliance receives daily updates from containing updated anonymous proxy definitions, much like anti-virus applications receive daily threat updates.
The anonymous proxy application is a special application object that is used to detect anonymous proxy websites and services. However, the anonymous proxy service is disabled by default.
If the anonymous proxy service is enabled, the Exinda appliance fetches a list of anonymous proxy definitions from the Exinda web servers on a daily basis.
An application object called ‘Anonymous Proxy’ is automatically created. The Anonymous Proxy application tracks all traffic sent through one of the anonymous proxies in the list. This application object is displayed in the monitoring reports like any other application object and can also be used in the Optimizer policies.
Anonymous Proxy classification only occurs if the Anonymous Proxy ASAM module is enabled on the Configuration > System > Setup > Monitoring page.
In order to receive daily Anonymous Proxy definition updates, the Exinda appliance must be able to contact the Exinda web servers and the appliance must also have a valid software subscription.
The form to enable the Anonymous Proxy service to keep of list of anonymous proxy sites.
The form to enable/disable the Anonymous Proxy ASAM required for classification.
Where to configure it
To enable the anonymous proxy service, go to Configuration > Objects > Applications > Anonymous Proxy.
To enable the anonymous proxy traffic classification, go to Configuration > System > Setup > Monitoring.
To enable the anonymous proxy traffic classification
Check the Auto Update Service Enable checkbox. The appliance will communicate with the Exinda web servers daily and fetch any new anonymous proxy definitions.
Ensure that the Anonymous Proxy ASAM module is enabled by going to the Configuration > System > Setup > Monitoring page and ensuring the Anonymous Proxy checkbox is checked in the ASAM section. The Anonymous Proxy ASAM is on by default. The appliance will classify traffic by matching the traffic against the anonymous proxy list.
To disable the anonymous proxy traffic classification
Uncheck the Auto Update Service Disable checkbox.
Disable the Anonymous Proxy ASAM by going to the Configuration > System > Setup > Monitoring page, unchecking the Anonymous Proxy checkbox in the ASAM section, and clicking the Apply Changes button. Disabling the ASAM will clear the existing anonymous proxy definitions.
Do proxies really provide anonymity? – Server Fault
Do web proxies really provide anonymity?
I mean, without someone asking for logs in a web proxy server for who/when connected, is it impossible to know who was behind that IP address?
I’m asking this because I heard somewhere that some technologies (like “flash”) bypass personal IP information for requests or something like that.
(I’m a noob in server configuration and concepts like DNS and proxies. Thanks! )
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asked May 7 ’10 at 18:43
No, just setting a proxy within your browser not make you anonymous.
Your browser and flash is likely to have cookies that will identify you.
If you wanted to be truly anonymous you would probably need to fire up a new browser from a livecd or in a VM, set the proxy, and then browse. To maintain your anonymity you must not login to any site that has your name.
You will probably also need to make sure the browser/OS you are using does not make DNS requests to a local DNS server. If you do not configure the proxy correctly your machine make make DNS requests for the sites you are visiting to the local network.
If the proxy you are using is not using SSL for transport your ISP or someone on the local network will still be able to see what you are doing. Even if they are using SSL your ISP will know you are contacting that proxy.
If the an evil person cannot get the logs from the proxy machine to get the logs. if they are able to monitor the incoming and outgoing traffic they still may able to identify you just by looking at the flows of data.
Something like TOR does the best job, but even with it you must be very careful that you set it up properly and that during your session you never reveal any information that would unmask you.
It depends on what you’re trying to obscure and how it’s configured. Proxies aren’t meant to hide people; they’re meant to cache data, and later they started scanning content to filter it or protect people on the inside from malware. Anonymous proxies act anonymously by promising to not give out or retain logs (you have to trust them on that) and anyone trying to trace where the request is coming from is stopped at that hop if the proxy strips data out of the request that is personally identifiable.
Basically, the proxy has to be configured specifically to strip out identifiable data.
If the request or post information has your ID or personal information or something like that embedded in it, then that kind of defeats the purpose too.
If the request has to get back to your computer somehow, there is definitely a trail that leads back to you. Just depends on how obscure it is to trace. Commercial anonymizers just promise to stonewall by purging logs and stripping data from the request (if you trust them), and networks like Tor obscure your request by bouncing it all over the place (more info on their website) to obscure it and make tracking extremely difficult.
If you run a proxy at home, it doesn’t take a forensic expert to know that there’s a very limited number of people that could be making web requests from that home network.
But if you were truly 100% would the data get back to you?
answered May 7 ’10 at 18:53
Bart SilverstrimBart Silverstrim30. 9k9 gold badges62 silver badges87 bronze badges
I run a squid server at home, with a very basic/default setup, and I’ve seen websites identify me by my internal address. I’m not sure if the website is getting from my browser or the proxy, but it definitely can be found with my particular setup.
Knowing your internal IP addy really isn’t a big deal. NAT (or proxies that accomplish the same thing) violates the principles of end-to-end routing in the first place, since there are now computer connected to the Internet (through a NAT router) which do not have a “routable” address. I wouldn’t call your IP personal information, not anymore than the street address on the front of your house.
To your larger question about proxies providing anonimity. Cookies can uniquely identify you with or without proxies. Websites can also do a browser fingerprint on you, and that basically uniquely identifies you without a cookie.
answered May 7 ’10 at 18:48
>Anonymous proxies do many things, such as change an ip address, encrypt information, and most of all ensure a person’s safety. A proxy will supply you with a fake ip address in place of your old one. This will keep anyone from knowing your true identity on the internet. The key behind how anonymous a proxy really is, is owning a proxy under a reliable company. Everything you do on the internet will go through the company’s proxy first, so the company could just be out to steal your personal information.
answered May 14 ’10 at 19:58
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The best answer I can give is “up to a point”. Even if the proxy is configured to strip out anything that might identify you, the operators are scrupulous and the system is impenetrable against hacking (as if! ), depending on local laws it may still be required to maintain logs that can identify your machine. It may sound a bit altruistic but I think an operator that disrespects the law should probably not be trusted to respect your privacy.
answered May 15 ’10 at 0:07
John GardeniersJohn Gardeniers26. 9k12 gold badges52 silver badges108 bronze badges
yes elite proxies will provide anonymity. The rest not so much.
answered May 15 ’10 at 0:12
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Frequently Asked Questions about set up anonymous proxy
How do I make my proxy anonymous?
To enable the anonymous proxy service, go to Configuration > Objects > Applications > Anonymous Proxy. To enable the anonymous proxy traffic classification, go to Configuration > System > Setup > Monitoring.
Does using a proxy make you anonymous?
No, just setting a proxy within your browser not make you anonymous. Your browser and flash is likely to have cookies that will identify you. If you wanted to be truly anonymous you would probably need to fire up a new browser from a livecd or in a VM, set the proxy, and then browse.
How do I setup a proxy server?
Here’s how to set a proxy manually in Windows 10:Open Settings.Click Network & Internet. … Click Proxy. … In the Manual Proxy Setup section, set the Use a Proxy Server switch to On.In the Address field, type the IP address.In the Port field, type the port.Click Save; then close the Settings window.