The Best Web Proxy Sites To Hide Your IP Address

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Web proxies are clearly not the best option when it comes to hiding your IP address, but when no other options are available they are good enough. This is the case when you are at school or at work and you don’t have the rights to install any hide IP tool or to configure a VPN connection. Learn about the best web proxy sites.

If this is your case, web proxies can save your day and let you access sites that are restricted by the school or company policy (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc.). There are plenty of web proxies and places you can search for them, but finally, the best are those that are online for a longer time (more than 1-2 months).

How web proxies work

A web proxy acts as an intermediate between your computer and the site you are trying to visit

How Web Proxies Work

When your computer requests a Web page, it is retrieved by the proxy server and then sent to your computer. The effect of this action is that the computer hosting the Web page never comes into direct contact with anything on your home network, other than the proxy server. Thus, your public IP address cannot be seen by the site that you visit.

Here is a list of 5 web proxies that are available for more than 5 years and that I consider to be the best:

1. Hide My Ass

Website existing since 2005
URL: http://hidemyass.com

2. Anonymouse

Website existing since 2004
URL: http://anonymouse.org/

3. Proxy.org

Website existing since 2004
URL: http://proxy.org/

Pros & cons of browsing anonymously using web proxies

A proxy site is a website that allows you to connect to the internet without logging your IP address.  It acts as an intermediate between you and the site you want to visit. The sites you are connecting to will not see any requests or log entries from your IP address, but from the proxy server instead. Thus, you are able to surf in secrecy and change your IP address.

This can be especially useful when visiting sites while at work or school, or bypassing websites that only allow one account per computer.

Here are several things you should know before using a web proxy.

Web proxies pros

  • You don’t have to install anything
  • Easy to use: just type in the desired URL and press Go/Submit
  • There are plenty of proxies to choose from
  • You can use secure proxies (https) to increase your privacy
  • Best way to unblock sites (MySpace, Facebook, YouTube) from school, work or internet cafes
  • There are paid versions that are more secure and faster (e.g. htpp://proxy.org)

Web proxies  cons

  • The IP addresses of web proxies are most of the time well-known and often blacklisted
  • Streaming applications (like online radio or TV stations) are not supported. So you are not really able to watch YouTube videos
  • Your personal information can be intercepted by the proxy owner (except for the https proxies)
  • You are not able to choose the country or the location of the IP to be used
  • Many proxies are full of ads, some of them being quite annoying (pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, etc)
  • Most of the web proxies have a short life.

3 sites to find good web proxies

Web proxies are probably the simplest way to hide your IP address. Just enter the URL of the site you want to visit anonymously in the text box of the web proxy and press the Submit/Go button. Of course, there are downsides to this hide IP approach, but the idea is that it’s a solution that works.

There are plenty of web proxies available on the net, but where to find them? And more important, where to find good, working web proxies? Poor performance or slow download/upload speeds has been the biggest traditional complaint about using proxy servers.

Let’s see 3 sites that provide proxy servers you can use.

Find Good Web Proxies - Anonymous Proxy

Public Proxy Servers

publicproxyserversPublicProxyServers is an independent, free service to allow you to find proxy servers for privacy and to circumvent browsing controls.

The site is excellent as it tracks the performance of each server on their free proxy list. You can access the proxies access time if you are looking for the fastest proxies. Want to appear that you’re coming from another country? Sort the list by country!

Find Good Web Proxies - Proxy servers by country

>> Public Proxy Servers

Centurian

centurian_headerCenturian is another site that offers much more than a free proxy list. 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.

Find Good Web Proxies - Centurian List

>> Centurian

Hide IP Proxy

hide-ip-proxyHide-IP-Proxy is a blog that posts working web proxies. The main advantage is that you can subscribe by email to get fresh proxies everytime they are posted. Also, you can find proxies listed by country and by state (for the US).

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>> Hide-IP-Proxy

What proxies do you use? What do you think are the best web proxy sites? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

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15 comments… add one
  • Metodios Feb 20, 2010

    I don’t use it very much,i prefer VPNs for several reasons,but when I do,I use ianaz.org.There are not very much SSL webproxies,and if they are,they are from USA mostly.

    Admin,are you from Romania…because I am.

  • kingpin Feb 20, 2010

    HideIpAdmin,
    I believe the best web-proxies to use is with genuine SSL certificate!Of-course the reason is very obvious.There are plenty but only few could be trusted.

  • Natalya Shirinova Feb 21, 2010

    hi, thanks for the list of good proxy sites

  • Simon Feb 24, 2010

    Hey I use Astrill – it is fast and cheap VPN, I paid just $24 for one year. It has UK and USA IPs

  • leo Apr 5, 2010

    This is a fast and free web proxy. imi.appspot.com/ Support SSL.

  • Unblock Sites Oct 5, 2010

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  • Oyun1... Oct 26, 2010

    Thanks for the hints.

  • Mobile app Developer Feb 16, 2011

    I am not much technical. Can you please let me know why any one should hide IP address and also Is any thing related to SEO with it.

  • john May 26, 2011

    51hide.info also is very good,ten web proxy in one page.

  • Turrbo Aug 19, 2011

    surfinter.net and stupidblocker.info are great proxy sites. Both sites are mature aged and high page ranking. Surfinter.net is PR5.

  • Dale Harries Sep 7, 2011

    Another good one is: dalesgigs.info/

    UK Based and ideal for USA peep’s trying to look at British YouTube and BBC iPlayer programs.

  • freemao Nov 19, 2011

    try this : freemao.info ssl secure anomity anti-tracking

  • Dale Harries Feb 19, 2012

    DalesGigs is now shut: daleharries.co.cc/

    Thats where this proxy is hosted now (-:

  • elcid123 Mar 23, 2012

    Hello, I sure this question could have possibly been posted before? But if not this is what I am considering. I think there are pros’s and cons with both and as far as I can see here they are- if you use an level one or elite proxy (which tend to be more expensive than vpn providers) if for what ever the reason they are like using your ISP in that websites can block you on the other hand VPN providers give you more IP’s so you can switch Ip address’s but there is an issue with privacy. I took this up with a thread I began on HMA’s forums regarding privacy and anonymity with HMA and here is the link: http://forum.hidemyass.com/index.php?/t … e-like-it/
    Now I will write again my concern is privacy and anonymity this is what you are paying for not for anyone to be keeping Logs.

    Regards Steve

  • Proxysitelist Dec 19, 2016

    Nice Blog

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