How to Use an Anonymous Proxy
Anastasia Zatonskaya
Anastasia Zatonskaya Published: 2024/03/20

What is an anonymous, or, as it’s often called, an anonymizing proxy? This is what we call a proxy that obscures a user’s IP address, turning their online user experience into anonymous.

How Does an Anonymous Proxy Server Work?

Unlike transparent proxies that aren’t intended to disguise users’ IPs and don’t encrypt the data they transfer, anonymous proxies alter the source IP address so that the surfed sites wouldn’t know the truth.

So here we can depict the workflow as follows:

→ a user gets online and enables the anonymizing proxy

→ the user submits the website access request

→ the anonymous proxy alters request headers in front of the World Wide Web and replaces the user’s IP address with its own

→ the proxy sends the modified request to the website in question

→ the website response is routed through the anonymizing proxy that once again disguises the user’s IP address, thus ensuring user anonymity and leading everybody else down the garden path

This endeavor allows users to surf the web virtually without the threat of being traced down: websites they access can’t really find out their true IP address.

This is an effective approach that makes monitoring, tracking, or gathering personal details about the user difficult for sites or online services.

What is More Secure: VPNs or Proxy Servers?

To put a long story short, VPNs are more secure. Anonymous proxy servers just conceal your IP address, while VPN applications encrypt all online data generated by your device. This secures all your information from hackers, malicious software, and other cybersecurity threats. Data you send via VPN aren’t routed immediately to the target destination; they pass a kind of secure “data tunnel”. In this tunnel, data get 

encrypted and are then delivered anonymously to an email server, a website or another online destination.

Benefits of Using an Anonymizing Proxy Server

Why would someone use an anonymous proxy site? Because, in essence, it resembles a panoply that secures users from online ill-wishers. 

The anonymous proxy benefits users would appreciate:

SpeedWhile being inferior to VPNs in terms of encryption, anonymous proxy servers outscores it in terms of speed 
Enhanced PrivacyWith IP addresses concealed by anonymous proxies, users enjoy better privacy, when websites cannot track their searches, location, preferences or online history
Overcoming regional restrictionsBy means of an anonymous proxy located in a permitted region, users can get their hands on the region-restricted content 
Mitigating cyber threatsThe anonymity proxy servers deliver helps mitigate the risk of being traced or identified
Safer Wi-FiAn anonymous proxy adds one more tier of security, if you have to log on in the public Wi-Fi network
Ease of useIn some cases, for example, when the laws of the country don’t allow to use VPNs, and severe internet censorship is in place, anonymous proxies can be an easy-to-use and fast solution that opens websites a user needs. In the online service implementation, all you have to do is to insert the URL of the banned website into the required field of the anonymizer
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Frequently Asked Questions

Please read our Documentation if you have questions that are not listed below.

  • How to use a proxy to be anonymous?

    Change the settings of the browser installed on your computer specifying the address of your proxy server, and a proxy port number. If you prefer an online anonymizer, just choose the service you like, and enter your URL in the field on the website.

  • Are there any drawbacks of anonymizing proxies?

    Anonymizing proxies don’t encrypt your data, so they can’t ensure 100% protection against data interception or other cyber threats.

  • Why do we use anonymous proxy?

    To ensure anonymity during web surfing, bypass regional restrictions or censorship, or improve security when accessing public Wi-Fi.

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