Proxy servers are virtual intermediaries between computers and the internet. This is because they hide your PCs ensuring that the internet and all its users can only see the server rather than your device. It is important to note that when you are browsing using a proxy service, your requests aren’t sent as they normally would. Instead, your Internet Protocol address is masked by the proxy server, making it possible to browse the internet without revealing your identity (anonymously).
Transparent Proxy Servers
There are several types of these servers; the anonymous or elite and the transparent ones. Although they offer equal services and protection, these different types of servers operate in unique ways. For example, the transparent servers protect you by changing your IP address. Hence, they will use their addresses while still presenting your actual address when requested. Consequently, the websites you will want to visit will be presented with your actual IP.
Despite the reality that they may not hide your IP, transparent servers are highly advantageous. This is because they are faster than all other types of servers. Ideally, no one uses them and this ensures their speed is not compromised with. This also implies that there is no need to hide your IP but the sites that you want to visit. Interestingly, the server ensures no one gets to know any web page that you open. Consequently, hackers can only know your credentials that will not be useful to them since they will have no website to use the details.
Additionally, transparent (proxy servers) are useful in increasing the number of hits of your site’s hit-counter. Remember, Search engine optimization relies on sites that are most frequently visited. You cannot advertise your business and realize its benefits online if your site is barely visited. Although the hits you receive are for testing purposes, you are kept safe from being fraudulent. You will not have a reason to buy fake hits at any point in time.
Unfortunately, its failure to hide your IP exposes your OS’ information to any person each time you visit a web page. Hence, even though no one may follow your online activities, other details stored in your PC such as private videos, images and music can be hacked with ease. Luckily, to be safe, you will want to keep your real IP hidden. This way, no internet user will know your PC’s address.
You will want to use this server when you want to access Bebo, Facebook, Hi-5, Digg, MySpace and YouTube especially when you are at work or school and similar places where you shouldn’t use YouTube. Also, it is useful when downloading files from file-hosts and faking website hit counters.
Anonymous Proxy Servers
On the other hand, anonymous (proxy servers) hide your IP addresses. Practically, they do not transfer this crucial information. This implies that you are presented as a ghost each time you are online. Note that your locality is also hidden. Therefore, no one can establish an illegal connection to your device regardless of their intentions.
It is however disadvantageous because the web sites that you browse with this hidden server can tell that you relied on the server to create a connection. Hence, they will be certain that you were hiding your IP. Even so, using this server does not always equate to an attempt to hide your information. For example, mobile WAP internet requires each user to use a proxy whenever they connect to the internet. This is for monitoring rather than privacy purposes. Hence, it can be presumed that your using the server is behavioral even when the anonymous one hides your IP. These servers are ideal for 99% of the tasks that you will ever do online.
Elite Proxy Servers
These (proxy servers) are without doubt the most secure. To begin with, they bear all benefits of using anonymous servers. For example, apart from hiding your exact IP, they tend to hide the reality of using the servers. In so saying, these servers act like you are not using the server. As such, they present fake addresses that many people tend to think they are real.
Unfortunately, their safety has made them so popular that their speed is no longer attractive. As a result, you will be taking more time online that you should when you opt to use this server. Even so, it is particularly useful when you just have to hide the reality of using proxy.