One of the most interesting aspects of conducting research into online search trends is that you quickly pick up on what topics are the most popular and most important to the large majority of Internet users. One of the most popular search trends is for services that will send you new proxy server list to your email. Why would anyone want to do this? There are a number of reasons – some valid and important and others inappropriate and not so important.
While there are certainly a large majority of users who simply would like to access a proxy sites in order to get access to blocked sites at their work or school, there are actually a number of other reasons that are a little more appropriate (and won’t get you fired). Sometimes, for whatever reason, people get banned from forums, or they other otherwise locked out of some form of online service based on their IP address. Using proxy sites makes it appear as though you’re a completely different person coming into the target web server from a different geographical location and IP.
Of course a proxy server will also fool your local firewall into thinking that you’re visiting one website, while that website actually redirects the traffic from a completely different website (the one you really wanted to go to) back to your computer. The problem with choosing a proxy and using it consistently is that eventually, one of the security experts identifies the server as a proxy site, and in very short order almost every firewall in the world gets reconfigured to block all traffic to and from that particular server.
The Never-Ending Game of Cat and Mouse
Since proxy sites come and go so quickly, hackers, simple Internet travelers and freedom of information activists now offer various services to the Internet community where they will constantly create new proxy servers just as fast as the old ones get blacklisted. Internet users who have a constant need for a proxy server simply sign up for the proxy server newsletter or email list, and they will receive a fresh new proxy server list in their email on a regular basis.
Since the general approach is based on email lists, there are other unscrupulous websites that seek to farm email addresses by building a “front” website which appears as a proxy list newsletter, while it is nothing of the sort. In order to respond to the overwhelming demand for these services, and to protect Internet travelers from these email-farming scam artists, I would like to present 4 legitimate and useful services that will email fresh, new lists of proxy servers to your email.
Many of the groups that provide the service of delivering proxies to your email use Yahoo Groups to organize those email lists. EverydayProxy is one of those Yahoo groups. Every day, you receive a list of fresh, working proxies drawn from the popular proxy provider Proxy.org. Signing up is a piece of cake, just send an email to the “subscribe” Yahoo Group email address.
Yet another popular proxy site is Yahoo Group is ProxInbox. This is actually a public group, which means that if you don’t really care to receive the proxies in your email inbox, then you can just visit this group website for the daily list of new and active proxies. I searched through the message history, and without fail the group administrators have delivered a list of proxies to the group web page every single day.
DDDay is another group email list, but in this case it’s powered by Google Groups. Signing up is as simple as entering your email address into the text field and clicking on “Join.” The list contents come from the popular “All For Proxy” Google group. You can unsubscribe by sending an email to the unsubscribe address, but when you start receiving the daily list of new and active proxies, you really won’t have any reason to unsubscribe!
Anonymode.info is another Google Group where you can quickly type in your email and immediately subscribe for the latest list of active proxy sites provided by the network. It appears that this list doesn’t get delivered every single day, but you are alerted whenever the proxy network releases a new proxy.
Whether you decide to sign up for just one or several of the services, you can rest assured that you’ll never remain blocked from your favorite website or forum again. If a proxy that you’ve been using stops working for any reason, at least now you know that you have a place to go to get a new one that is active and working. It may be tedious, but at least it works!
Have you ever had the need to use proxy servers? Do you have your own favorite source for the latest proxy lists? Share your feedback in the comments section below.