Can I use a proxy server securely since my government blocked certain websites?

Ishan Gunawardana January 12, 2013
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I am currently using Ultra Surf proxy server because YouTube has been blocked due to some government issues. I have seen some of proxy sites says that using a proxy server is safer than using normal internet protocol.

Is it true? Can I use my personal stuff through a proxy server without any problems or worry of being snooped on?

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  1. Shankar C
    January 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    use secure ssl proxies like http://www.clearlydrunk.com

  2. Wong Wee
    January 13, 2013 at 7:03 am

    A better way would to be use VPN to tunnel all your traffic, not just HTTP traffic (as in proxy)
    Some free and good ones I've used before are:
    - Tunnelbear (free for up to 1GB) http://www.tunnelbear.com/
    - HotspotShield http://www.hotspotshield.com/en

    • Oron Joffe
      January 13, 2013 at 11:14 am

      You're absolutely right, Wong. I forgot to mention that!

    • Mandee
      June 25, 2013 at 3:38 am

      Be careful of services that log user information, though. Some VPNs not only proxy services store personal data. Try expressvpn.biz.

  3. Junil Maharjan
    January 13, 2013 at 4:17 am

    proxy websites can be used to access certain websites but i think tor is better than proxy websites. download tor and use it. it is a great tool to access blocked websites.

    • Ishan Gunawardana
      January 18, 2013 at 7:18 am

      What is tor network.? Any link.?

      • Junil Maharjan
        January 18, 2013 at 7:25 am

        tor is a free software that enables you to connect to websites by telling them you are accessing from somewhere else other than your own network. you can download it from here

        https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en

        it is a great way to check websites that have been blocked by governments. it was developed for this very specific purposes and also to maintain anonymity throughout the web.

  4. ha14
    January 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    What are proxy servers, and are they a safe solution?
    http://underurhat.com/privacy/internet-browsing/using-proxies/

    • Ishan Gunawardana
      January 18, 2013 at 7:16 am

      Thanks men. Your link has the answer I need...

  5. Oron Joffe
    January 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Ishan, not quite. Using a proxy server means that all your web traffic (or other internet traffic if you use proxies for other services) will be between your computer and the proxy. The address of the _real_ server will not be listed at the front of the network packets, so in that sense it will be hidden, and will bypass _automatic_ blocking systems.
    However, the address of the server _will_ be listed _inside_ the packet, so unless you use encrytption, anyone looking at your traffic (ISP, government agencies) will be able to see both who you are conversing with, and the contents of that conversation.
    Think about it this way. You are a young man love with a young woman. Your parents won't let you communicate with her, so you write letters to her and put them into an additional envelope addressed to another friend of yours. Your parents will not know about your illicit love letters, UNLESS they open one of the envelopes - then it will all come out...

    • Ishan Gunawardana
      January 18, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Yeah.. But what about my passwords, internet payment details.?
      Who is ever handling the proxy server can see all my details right.?

      • Oron Joffe
        January 18, 2013 at 9:54 am

        Hi Ishan, If the session is encrypted (HTTPS rather than HTTP), then you're safe. But if you're worried about the government snooping on your activities (rather than just getting your passwords), then a proxy is not enough. Wong Wee's gave the right answer. You need a VPN connection, ideally in combination with a proxy. There have been articles about this in MakeUseOf in the past, but I'm afraid I'm in a bit of a rush so you'll need to search for them yourself. Good luck!

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