Is Proxy Safe to Use?

Is proxy safe to use? Is there a way to avoid giving away sensitive information to the proxy? This article answers those questions.

Question: Is proxy safe to use?

I just wanted to find out if proxies are safe. I mean can proxy’s record passwords etc when someone is surfing through them. Or can the owner place a sniffer and sniff out the content or hijack the connection.

Is there a way to avoid giving away sensitive information to the proxy or at least encrypting the information. Are there any tutorials on how to find proxies and use them from start to finish with security in mind. Thanks

Answer: It will be safe if you use an HTTP or socks proxy (IP:Port proxy) to access a secure (https://) website instead of a non-encrypted (http://) website. Secure websites such as PayPal use the encrypted (SSL/HTTPS) connections between the user and its server. Thus no one can know the sensitive data you sent or received.

For non-encrypted websites, it all depends on the proxy administrators. They are able to know the information you send and receive through the proxy. However, most proxies won’t record or monitor your traffic. They only transmit and receive data for you.

Web Proxy

If you are using a web proxy, your information may be intercepted even if you are accessing a secure website.

A private proxy is usually safer than a public proxy. It’s because the private proxy providers would lose their business if they stole the information from the users. You can try our safe proxy service. It encrypts the traffic to improve the security of your online activities.

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Question: Proxy Safe and Internet Service Provider

I know that when I am using a proxy, my IP address is modified. But what are the configuration between my PC, my Internet Supplier and the proxy and the web?

Is it:
1. PC—-Internet Supplier——Proxy—-Web [or]
2. PC—-Proxy——Internet Supplier—-Web

In the first situation, the web doesn’t know me, but my supplier knows what I am doing. In the second one, how is it possible to connect to the proxy without using first my internet supplier?

Answer: PC <–> Internet Service Provider <–> Proxy <–> Web Server
Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) knows what you are doing on the Internet.

Question: That means that my ISP know that I’m using uTorrent and I’m loading Torrents. That means It is not safe? Where are the anonymity and security?

Is there any protection (encryption for example) for IP address and online privacy?

Answer: In fact, your ISP doesn’t know you are using uTorrent. They can only see you receive many data packets from different IPs and send data to them meanwhile. So ISP can guess you are using a P2P software.

ISP usually won’t monitor its users’ activity because there is a huge amount of data to analyze.

Most serious websites such as PayPal use the encrypted (SSL/HTTPS) connections between the user and its server. Thus no one can know the sensitive data you sent or received.

Question: Is proxy safe from tracers?

Is it possible for my real IP to be hidden totally from others if I use a proxy? I’m not too sure what it does but when I use it and run a browser and check my IP, my IP is changed. Does this mean I am safe from anyone who wants to trace my location?

Answer: You can use the proxy to surf find-ip.net to check whether it’s anonymous. If the proxy is anonymous, you are safe from ordinary tracers. But I’m not sure whether it’s safe if your tracer is FBI. As they have the time, energy and resources to find you.

Question: I am scared that the owner of the proxy server will steal my ID and PW of the game I play. Is it possible that somebody see my ID and PW through a proxy?

Answer: If the game program uses the encrypted connections, it’s usually safe. Otherwise, the administrator of the proxy server is able to know your username and password.

Public Proxy VS Private Proxy

There are 2 types of proxy, public proxy and private proxy. Public proxy is open to public usage. Private proxy is only open to paid users.

There are two types of proxy, public proxy and private proxy. Public proxy is open to public usage. Private proxy is only open to paid users.

Public Proxy

Public proxy as known as open proxy is open to public usage. Every one can use it. Because of the lack of access control, the public proxy may be used by too many people. It makes the public proxy stop working if the number of users exceeds its capability. If a public proxy can be found easily on the Internet, it will die very fast. However it will work again when less people use it. Thus public proxy is usually unstable.

Though public proxy can usually keep working for only several hours, it has its advantages. You can find and use them for free. There are lots of public proxies on the Internet. You can use them to change your IP frequently. If you don’t know how to find them by yourself, you can buy our checked public proxy list. We update our public proxy list every day and check them from time to time. It ensures there are enough working proxies in the list.

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Private Proxy

Private proxy is only open to paid users. You need to pay for the private proxy. It has good uptime. You usually need to input username and passord to use private proxy. The private proxy vendors control how long you can use their private proxy.

Our private proxy service is My IP Hide. It’s encrypted private proxy service. It can unblock websites (ex. Facebook and Youtube) as well as change your IP.

Private Proxy Service

The private proxy service is available 24/7. It’s hosted on our dedicated servers. We monitor the status of them every minute. It ensures that our users can always use our service whenever they need.

Socks Proxy VS HTTP Proxy

A post about the difference between socks proxy and HTTP proxy, how to get, check and use socks proxy or HTTP proxy.

There are two types of proxy, socks proxy and HTTP proxy. When we say “proxy” or “proxy server” without the type, we are referring to HTTP proxy.

HTTP Proxy

The most proxies we find on Internet are HTTP proxy. HTTP stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol which is used in surfing. It means HTTP proxy is used for surfing in browsers.

Http Proxy List

HTTP proxy may be configured to either reveal or hide the end user’s IP address, depending on the administrator’s preference. Proxy Anonymity is determined by whether or not the proxy reveals your real IP address.

There are three levels of HTTP proxy according to the anonymity.

High Anonymous Proxy (Level 1): The web server can’t detect whether you are using a proxy by the information your browser sent.
Anonymous Proxy (Level 2): The web server knows that you are probably using a proxy, but it can’t detect your real IP.
Transparent Proxy (Level 3): The web server knows that you are using a proxy and it can also detect your real IP address.

Socks Proxy

Socks proxy is a versatile proxy for all your Internet usage while the HTTP proxy can only be used for surfing. You can use socks proxy to send email, transfer files, chat online, play games as well as surf websites.

Socks Proxy List

There are two versions of socks proxy: version 4 and 5, as known as socks4 and socks5. Socks5 supports UDP (Skype needs it), name resolution and authentication while socks4 not. In most cases, either socks4 or socks5 proxy is applicable.

Difference between Socks and HTTP Proxy

Socks proxy supports high anonymity and HTTPS (secure HTTP) naturally. All the socks proxies are highly anonymous. Every socks proxy support HTTPS websites (such as Paypal). You can hardly find HTTP proxies supporting both high anonymity and HTTPS.

There are two shortcomings of socks proxies. 1) Socks proxies are much less than HTTP proxies. 2) Fewer programs support socks proxy than HTTP proxy.

Use Socks Proxy and HTTP Proxy

Because proxies die fast, you need to check them before using them. You can use the free edition of our software Socks Proxy Checker or Elite Proxy Switcher to check the socks proxy or HTTP proxy.

Most browsers support both socks proxy and HTTP proxy. Double click the socks proxy or HTTP proxy in Socks Proxy Checker or Elite Proxy Switcher to set it as the active proxy for your browsers (IE, Chrome, and Firefox). Please read this post if you want to use socks proxy in other programs besides browsers.

Get Socks Proxy and HTTP Proxy

You can get some free socks proxy and HTTP proxy from us. You can also buy socks proxy and HTTP proxy list from us.

Proxy Checker: Am I Using a Proxy?

Question: Proxy Checker: Am I Using a Proxy?

Strange thing is, I’m NOT USING A PROXY! Never bothered to run the proxy checker when i’m just using the internet normally before. Tried it this time and got these information below. looks like I’m using a proxy.

HTTP_ACCEPT text/xml,application/xml,application/xhtml+xml,text/html; q=0.9,text/plain; q=0.8,image/png,*/*; q=0.5
HTTP_ACCEPT_LANGUAGE en-us,en; q=0.5
HTTP_ACCEPT_CHARSET ISO-8859-1,utf-8; q=0.7,*; q=0.7
HTTP_CONNECTION keep-alive
HTTP_HOST www.my-proxy.com
HTTP_REFERER https://www.my-proxy.com/
HTTP_USER_AGENT Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8) Gecko/20051111 Firefox/1.5
REMOTE_ADDR 203.155.1.245
REMOTE_HOST 203.155.1.245
REMOTE_PORT46961
HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR 203.209.38.13 Dubious
HTTP_VIA 1.1 wc-bkkbt2 (NetCache NetApp/5.6.2D7) Dubious
Conclusion You are possibly using a proxy.

So, my question is this…

On sites that don’t like you using Proxies (paypal etc) how dubious to the above values need to be before said sites can confirm you are definately using a proxy and then take action?

Can someone explain the values: HTTP_VIA, HTTP_X_FORWARDED FOR in more detail for me (sorry still new to this game)

Is having these fields pop up on a proxy i’m using going to flag up my paypal account?

Answers to any or all of these questions would be nice!

Answer: You aren’t using any proxy in your computer. But your company or ISP may be using a proxy. So the proxy checker detects proxy using.

Proxy Anonymity

Proxy server may be configured to either reveal or hide the end user’s IP address, depending on the administrator’s preference. Proxy Anonymity is determined by whether or not the proxy reveal your real IP address.

There are three types of proxy server according its anonymity.

High Anonymous Proxy (Level 1): The web server can’t detect whether you are using a proxy by the information your browser sent.
Anonymous Proxy (Level 2): The web server knows that you are probably using a proxy, but it can’t detect your real IP.
Transparent Proxy (Level 3): The web server knows that you are using a proxy and it can also detect your real IP address.

Proxy Checker

Proxy checker analyzes the HTTP header variables. If your IP address is revealed, it will usually show up in the HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR variable. Other variables that may reveal your real IP are:

HTTP_CLIENT_IP
HTTP_FORWARDED
HTTP_FROM
HTTP_PROXY_REMOTE_ADDR
HTTP_REMOTE_IP
HTTP_SCANNER_HOST
HTTP_USER_AGENT (VIA)
HTTP_VIA

You can use our online proxy checker to detect the anonymity of the proxy you are using.

You don’t need to worry about using a proxy. If I was PayPal staff, I would think that you were using a proxy. But I would not think you were going to cheat because both of your IPs (203.155.1.245 and 203.209.38.13) were from the same city: Bangkok. It’s usually because your ISP is using a proxy.

Proxy List Checker

If you want to test the anonymity of a proxy list, it will take too much time to check the proxies one by one. You can use our software Elite Proxy Switcher to help you.

How to Block Proxy?

Question: How to block proxy?

I am running a forum, I have a person who has activated app. 30 accounts, he wants to destroy our forum.
He is only using proxies, how can i block him, I know in which country he lives. I validate all new members by hand, is it possible that i check the IP using a list or program to scan if it might be a proxy?

All information is welcome, this guy is really dangerous!

Answer: There are three methods to block proxy. The first method is to check the HTTP headers. If there is HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR or HTTP_PROXY_CONNECTION in the headers, the visitor is using a proxy.

The second method is to make a proxy database. You can collect proxies and save them in your database. When an user visits your site, you try to find his IP from the database. If found, you can say he is using a proxy and ban his access.

The last method is to use a third-party script to block proxy access such as blockscript.com ($199/domain) and nixapi.com ($50/month). It charges some fee to use their proxy blocking service.

Working Proxy Live Shortly

Public proxies die fast. It’s usually because too many people are using them. If you need stable proxies, you can buy private proxies which are only open to paid users.

Usually a working proxy won’t live for long. It’s because too many people are using it. When you use a proxy, you are using the resource on the proxy server such as its CPU, memory and bandwidth which are all limited.

Public Working Proxy

Most working proxies on the Internet are public proxy which are open to everyone. Because of the lack of access control, the working proxy will die if the number of users exceeds the capability of the server. If a working proxy can be found easily on the Internet, it usually lives very shortly.

Working Proxy Die

Check Working Proxy

Thus a working proxy usually can live for only several hours. You should check whether the proxies are still working before using them. Our software Elite Proxy Switcher can help you to check the availability of proxies as well as the speed and anonymity. Some dead proxies may become working again. It’s because its users change to other proxies and its load become normal again.

Check Working Proxy

Buy Working Proxy

If you don’t want to test the proxies, you can just buy checked proxy list from us. Our premium proxy list is updated every minute. It ensures that every proxy in the list is working and anonymous. It’s for the users who want to get working proxies quickly without testing a big list. Windows XP users may have problem checking proxies. The premium list is best for them.

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Private Working Proxy

If you need a working proxy living for a long time, you need to buy a private proxy. Our software My IP Hide is an encrypted private proxy service which can unblock websites as well as change your IP.

Private Working Proxy

The private proxy service is available 24/7. It’s hosted on our dedicated servers. We monitor the status of them every minute. It ensures that our users can always use our service whenever they need.