A friend of mine has asked me to invest in a proxy server to protect myself because I have no idea about security. But be4 i even think about doing this I need to know what a "proxy server" is, how they work, are they safe and is it legal?
However, if you're just looking to protect one or a few computers on a home or small office network, a proxy server is probably overkill.
Additionally- if you aren't very familiar with computer/network security, you'll probably find the task of setting up and properly configuring a proxy server to be a bit over your head. There's also the cost factor: a true proxy server is a separate dedicated computer which stands between the existing computers on your internal network and your connection to "the outside world"; you'll need to shell out some $$ for the extra hardware and software.
What are your specific "security" concerns and what sort of computer/network setup are you trying to protect?
If you give us some details, we can give you some alternatives that will be less complicated (and less expensive) than setting up a proxy machine.
a proxy server to protect myself because I have no idea about security
Your friend has no idea about "security" either.
Let me give you a rundown here about the biggest misconception about proxy servers. There is but one simple truth about proxies: they are not anonymous. If you care to test this truth, go ahead and do something stupid using an "anonymous" proxy. The term is as rediculous as the idea if you truly understand what a proxy is used for.
You may be able to duck and hide from those who don't understand how networking operates, but in the end, you will be pwn3d by those who do and by those who you will meet behind bars.
I am at a total loss for words. I am devastated. I work in helpdesk and our company was heaven until they installed this thing called 'Websense' well for sometime we were working with the anonymous surfing sites in IE then they blocked it so we configured proxy settings until they disabled the feature in IE so we installed mozilla firefox and again used anonymous surfing sites and configuring proxies but now all hell has broken loose and nothing works. Is there a way we can bypass websense ?
Real men don't have time to make everything themselvs so they..... get it from people that do! ;)
I guess you could trade 5 minutes for security, what you are viewing, and information. But you could just make your own and know that you are surfing with only one person looking at it. YOU! So I guess computer illiterate people use other peoples proxies.:cheesy:
One thing to keep in mind - if you bypass your company's proxy server to gain access to unauthorized websites, you may be violating your company's network/security/Internet access policy, which in some companies is grounds for termination.
Is it worth it to lose your job because you just had to check your Yahoo! mail? No.
If you can't last 8 hours at work without surfing the Net, you have a problem.
They installed WebSense for a reason - to keep people from wasting time at working surfing the Net and being non-productive. Stop spending so much time trying to bypass their filters and get back to work.
im using a proxy server on a website and when i click on a button to pull up a drop down box, nothing happens. why is this?
im using a proxy server to logon to a blocked site. i can login, naviagate through the site, and go to different pages but as soon as i click on a button that is supposed to open a link, nothing happens. the status bar doesn't even show when i click on the button. what can i do to fix this problem? im thinking it has something to do with my browser. any help you can provide me will be great!
The only way I know of being an anonymous for max maybe 30 min is to use a WiFi hotspot, have no listening open ports, keep changing your MAC address and constantly flush your cache, cookies and anything that is read to your HD during the session. Spoof your OS ID. The truth is, nobody has anonymity, welcome to the goldfish bowel.
A proxy server is a computer that acts as an intermediary between the user's computer and the Internet. It allows client computers to make indirect network connections to other network services. If use proxy server, client computers will first connect to the proxy server, requesting some resources like web pages, games, videos, mp3, e-books, any other resources which are available from various servers over Internet. As soon as getting such request, the proxy server will seek for the resources from the cache in its local hard disk. If the resources have been cached before, the proxy server will return them to the client computers. If not cached, it will connect to the relevant servers and request the resources on behalf of the client computers. Then it 'caches' resources from the remote servers, and returns subsequent requests for the same content directly.