When it comes to anonymous browsing, there are three main categories of anonymous web proxy technologies:
- Anonymous web-based proxy
- Protocol dependent proxies
- VPN tunnels
The detailed description of all these technologies is illustrated below: –
Anonymous web-based proxy: This is an Internet-based service that allows you to browse the web through a proxy server with enhanced security features. Anonymous web-based proxies are used for web browsing only. The working procedure of this anonymous technology is described below:
1. Navigate to the proxy web page.
2. Enter the URL you want to visit in the address box.
3. Then click on the ‘Go’ button
Your URL request is then redirected through your proxy server using your IP address to retrieve the information. However, there are some limitations, as the main drawback of this technology is that the proxy does not allow you to see all sites, more specifically secure sites (such as SSL). Prevents you from viewing sites for banking and business purposes. In addition, these web-based redirectors can stop the operation of cookies or other important features that are essential for browsing websites. Thus, this technology enables you to browse the Internet with enhanced security and privacy features, as all insecure content can be automatically blocked. However, the technology is not intended for dynamic Internet users.
Protocol dependent proxies– Installing proxy servers is another important way to do anonymous browsing. In fact, there is a wide range of proxies that are used to carry out various activities. For example, you can use a web proxy to browse, to send email you can use a re-mailer, and many more. However, the use of protocol-dependent proxies is quite common these days. The various protocol-dependent proxies include web proxy, sock proxy, and SSH tunneling. The main drawback of using this technology is that they are completely protocol dependent, so the software installed on your computer must have sufficient proxy support.
A web proxy is quite easy to use, just configure your browser settings in the IP address bar. Thus, it helps to hide your real IP and allows you to browse anonymously. Using these proxies does not guarantee that hacker proxies or government-operated proxies have not been installed. Also, it does not support data encryption policy, so there is a good chance that your data will become cryptic to some extent.
VPN tunnels: The acronym VPN stands for “Virtual Private Network”. It is one of the best solutions that assists in anonymous browsing. This web technology is widely used by financial institutions, government agencies, and other large cooperatives to provide security and privacy features to your data. In addition to anonymous browsing, these protocols also help you make efficient use of the Internet. This technology supports the data encryption policy.
All of these technologies are protocol dependent and their use requires high bandwidth features and expensive network equipment such as routers. The bottom line is that it provides high security features while browsing the Internet.