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anonymous_spySo you say you can’t get on the open seas of the Internet at school/work/home? You’re concerned about men in black suits watching what you see? What you need, then, is a proxy server.

You connect directly to the proxy server and it connects you to the rest of the Internet, using its IP address. Simple, effective, but more and more hard to come by.

As groups continue to try to regulate your Internet usage, proxy servers are being shut down. This has the effect of pushing people back into the main lanes of the highway called the Internet. It’s so much easier to track your sheep if they are all in the same field.

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Let’s see what we can find for free proxy lists of proxy servers you can use.

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Public Proxy Servers

proxy anonymous list newAround since 2002, PublicProxyServers is an independent, free service to allow you to find proxy servers for privacy and to circumvent browsing controls.

I think what makes this an excellent service is that they track the performance of each server on their free proxy list.

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Poor performance, or slow download/upload speeds has been the biggest traditional complaint about using proxy servers. With Public Proxy Servers, this problem can be minimized.

On average, the proxies listed have response times of less than a second. Not good enough for you? Sort the list by access time! Want to appear that you’re coming from another country? Sort the list by country! You can sort the list by any of 7 criteria.

Probably my only complaint about this site is that they have plain text advertising that looks a lot like their regular content. Not much to complain about, I know.

Stay Invisible

stay_invisibleStay Invisible has more than just a free proxy list. It provides some tools to help you determine if your IP address is being effectively blocked.

According to Stay Invisible, there is a fault in Java that allows for your real IP address to be revealed, even if you are using a proxy. They also provide solutions for that problem.

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You can find a traditional list of proxies here, with more information about each server, such as:

  • Originating Country
  • Anonymity Level
  • Form Submitting
  • URL Encoding
  • Referrer Hiding
  • Cookie Blocking
  • Script Blocking
  • SSL Access

These details may not seem that important to you, but it would be good for you to learn a bit more about each and what they could mean to you.

What I like best about Stay Invisible is that they have a list of other proxy lists! You can order that list by how many lists each list has added today, or in the last 7 days. This will help you find the freshest lists with more working proxies.


proxy anonymous list newCenturian is another site that offers much more than a free proxy list. With an appealing design and easy to use layout, this is a learning resource as well.

Centurian provides articles on different proxy-related subjects, scripts related to proxy usage, and a forum.

The list can be sorted by the criteria of how new it is on the list, country, or script used to provide the proxy server. The speed of the proxy servers is shown graphically with a bar, that represents its score out of 10 for speed.

Now, I don’t know how that score is calculated or exactly what it means in terms of performance, however it is a nice, simple way to see if a particular proxy is useful.

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Anonymity Checker

proxy anonymous list newYet another site that lists proxy servers, but has a little twist that I think could be quite useful. Their list of servers comes with a ‘whois’ link for each server. This should help you to determine just who is running the proxy server.

Is it a university, business, or government?  Consider what each might have to gain for giving you ‘anonymity’. Nothing is free.

Things to Keep In Mind

Please keep in mind that just because you are using a proxy, does not mean you are guaranteed to be anonymous. Some proxy servers will track IP addresses that use them. Some offer no additional protection beyond being a proxy and your IP address can be accessed anyway.

Another thing to consider is this – how safe is a service that is being provided in order to ‘break the rules’? What if the server is being set up for a honey pot attack? That something is too sweet and easy to pass up, but then it becomes a trap.

So, my advice to you is to use these proxies with caution. Do some research and only use a proxy server when absolutely necessary.

Image Credit: Anonymous9000

  1. Deep Web
    July 4, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    New York
    United State

  2. David
    April 1, 2016 at 1:55 am

    Thanks for the article. Nice share. If you would like to try proxy list manually, you can have a look at this site:, it provides updated proxy lists daily. But you have to configure proxy settings in your browser manually.

  3. elsie
    September 6, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    It would help if these sites weren't blocked at work! LOL

  4. martin english
    September 6, 2009 at 2:45 am

    better than a proxy server.... for less than $1 US an hour, run an AWS instance. Logon to it and see everything that a US based user would see.

    I have used this to access information that was choreographically restricted to the US, from SE Asia. Presumably, if you wanted to access something that was NOT available in the US, you could try to run the server as a European server.

  5. Alex
    August 31, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    thats because a system admin goes to those sites every few days and adds all of the links to the blacklist. they also monitor your history so if most of your web traffic is coming from one domain name they will most likely investigate and block the proxy site.

  6. Stephanie
    August 31, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    It seems my work is more tuned in than I give them credit for. I have yet to find a proxy site that isn't blocked.

    • Meysam
      September 1, 2009 at 2:50 am

      it's blocked in iran.

  7. Alex
    August 31, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Anonymity Checker need a proxy software ?

    • Meysam
      August 31, 2009 at 9:53 am

      I have toonel software, it's a Java Programmed Soft, but his speed is low (but better of tor or ultra surf, free gate is best but can use it only on china),
      if you have a better software, please share it!

  8. MJW
    August 31, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    'Still Listener's Corner' is my preferred anonymity checker:

  9. amin
    August 31, 2009 at 5:42 am

    all of them are filter in iran!

  10. Louis
    August 31, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Thanks for the resources and your advice.

  11. Meysam
    August 31, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Iranian User can surf web by: .
    it's a proxy on my host :)) .
    be Happy!

  12. Meysam
    August 31, 2009 at 1:06 am

    all of this proxy is filtred for me :)
    best regard!

  13. PleaseProxy
    August 31, 2009 at 5:19 am

    You can try:

  14. Niefer
    August 30, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    What about ?

  15. pceasies
    August 30, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Can't believe PrimeProxies isn't on there. They keep a list of proxies (Glyph, CGI, and PHP one list of each) of the proxies with the fastest ping response updated every few hours. There all extremely fast and there's tons of them aswell.

    • Guy McDowell
      August 30, 2009 at 9:56 pm

      PrimeProxies is out there now! That's what the comments are for. Thanks!

  16. Sean
    August 30, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Now what I'd really like is that spiffy Guy Fawkes mask the guy is wearing.

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