Public proxy server
Is it safe to use public proxy server for anonymous surfing? Would the
security of my user account information and passwords be compromised?
Re: Public proxy server
"JerryT" <JerryT_no_spam_please@yahoo.com> wrote in news:jjN3d.12945
> Is it safe to use public proxy server for anonymous surfing? Would the
> security of my user account information and passwords be compromised?
If the passwords are sent in an encrypted format, like SSL, then your
passwords will be secure.
If they are sent in plaintext, then there is a security risk that the
proxy administrator could packet sniff and intercept the passwords.
As for anonymous surfing, a public proxy would prevent most people from
obtaining your IP address, but you must remember that most public proxy
servers *do log activity* at their servers. This is because most public
proxies are actually incorrectly configured proxies that allow
connections from outside the network. They are not there especially for
making you anonymous.
If you want proper anonymity, then you should use a commercial service
like cotse from www.cotse.net
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