<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/giveawayipprivacy.png” />Online privacy is a hot-button topic. There are numerous services that we use every day that keep track of our IP address. Unless you use dial-up Internet, your IP address is like your real, physical address. It is a fixed address that is associated with you and can be pulled up by web masters. Most people wouldn’t feel comfortable walking around with their home address printed on their shirt, but that is what you’re doing when you browse the Internet.
The solution to this is to use a proxy web server. A proxy server acts as a barrier between you and the Internet. When you send a request for information – say, you visit Makeuseof.com – that request first goes to the proxy server and is then routed to the final located. This disguises your IP address. The only problem is that using a proxy can be a real pain in the butt for users who are not very familiar with how they work.
That’s where IP Privacy comes in. Today, we’ll be offering 10 licenses for IP Privacy worth $399.50 in total. We’ve also got a 40% discount code available, just in case you don’t win a copy.
IP Privacy is a utility that enables one-click proxy web surfing. When you first open the program, you will be greeted with the main screen, on which there are two big buttons. For now, we are only going to touch on the top button, labeled Enable Online Anonimity.
Above that button you will find a drop-down list. This, when opened, shows a list of proxy servers that IP Privacy has made available for you. Selecting a server will open a testing window. Press the Start button to begin testing the proxy server – it should only take a second. If the test is successful press Done, if it is not successful press Cancel and select a different proxy.
By pressing the Start button you have already enabled anonymous online surfing. Websites will no longer see you by your real IP address but will instead see you by the IP address of the proxy server. You can of course turn your anonymous surfing on or off by pressing the big Enable/Disable Online Anonimity button.
Finally, IP Privacy has global web browser history settings. You can delete information from your web browser’s history including Internet history, typed URLs, temporary Internet files, Internet cookies, autocomplete forms, autocomplete passwords, and favorites. The history will be deleted at user-specified intervals. The default setting is every five minutes, but you can adjust it as you desire.
IP Privacy is an excellent privacy utility for any Windows computer. It takes a task that is hard for the typical user and makes it very simple to achieve. IP Privacy has a 3-day fully functional trial that you can use to demo the program – but of course, Makeuseof has a few copies to give away!
How do I win a copy?
It’s simple, just follow the instructions.
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This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, 27th August at 2100hrs PST. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email.
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[update] And the winners are…
- Rich Hill
- Chaz Banto
- Richard Morris
- Andrew Kerr
- Anne Ambrose
- Jeffrey Schlein
Congratulations! You will receive your licenses via email in the next few days. In the event that your licenses do not arrive, please email Jackson.