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Do the 'Hide IP' programs really work?


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#1 jnelsoninjax

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 16:41

I am just curious about this: Do the programs that advertise that they Hide your IP address, really work or are they simply a money making ploy/scam?


#2 Pupik

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 16:43

Depends on how secure the proxy used. You can never know if the proxy logs the traffic that bypasses through it.
But yeah, they do work.

#3 Mambo Boy

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 19:47

Well they give you added security of course. But you can never be totally anonymous online. If an infringement gets reported, the owners of the proxy will (by law) have to provide the original IP at the time of the infringement. The website which act as a proxy also do as they say, but you'll find a lot of sites ban them access due to abuse.
Also you never know who's running public proxy's, software or website versions. Is it agencies collecting usage data?

There's also VPN's which encrypt your traffic (as well as hide your ip) - meaning your ISP can't determine what it is you're downloading. It's good way of bypassing P2P throttling, etc and at the same time accessing things outside your country (BBC iPlayer/Hulu/Netflix etc) at nice speeds - which you definitely won't get with a public or web proxy. I no longer browse the internet without one since the draconian Digital Economy Bill was passed in the UK.

BlackVPN - http://www.blackvpn.com are a good provider. They recently mailed me a 'buy one month get two months free' comeback code, not bad for around 5EUR/$6.50...

#4 shakey

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 19:54

Peer block, not really a IP hider as much as a IP blocker, as worked flawlessly for me for years..... *whistles*

#5 +Livin in a box

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 20:00

Heh, I don't use one and I'm in the UK. ; )

But I'm with TalkTalk who are against all this keeping and monitoring everything that people do, etc etc. But I suppose it might be good with one...

#6 Mambo Boy

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 20:06

Heh, I don't use one and I'm in the UK. ; )

But I'm with TalkTalk who are against all this keeping and monitoring everything that people do, etc etc. But I suppose it might be good with one...


Means nothing my friend. I'm also with Talk Talk, and they will have to comply with the law regardless of their views on it. They know better than to mess with the government...

The plan is to get a list of the P2P infringers from the 'big few' broadband suppliers in the UK. I think TalkTalk would be included in that.

Most frustratingly, I voted Lib Dems in the elections because they were the only big party who openly opposed the bill. But has Clegg done anything? Like crap has he - hasn't brought it up once.

By the way, TalkTalk aren't as sweet as they make themselves sound: http://www.techeye.n...es-on-customers

#7 Guth

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 16:00

I dont trust those IP hiding programs. If i want to go secure online, i use torbrowser in a VM

#8 Xoligy

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 15:54

Well they give you added security of course. But you can never be totally anonymous online. If an infringement gets reported, the owners of the proxy will (by law) have to provide the original IP at the time of the infringement. The website which act as a proxy also do as they say, but you'll find a lot of sites ban them access due to abuse.
Also you never know who's running public proxy's, software or website versions. Is it agencies collecting usage data?

There's also VPN's which encrypt your traffic (as well as hide your ip) - meaning your ISP can't determine what it is you're downloading. It's good way of bypassing P2P throttling, etc and at the same time accessing things outside your country (BBC iPlayer/Hulu/Netflix etc) at nice speeds - which you definitely won't get with a public or web proxy. I no longer browse the internet without one since the draconian Digital Economy Bill was passed in the UK.

BlackVPN - http://www.blackvpn.com are a good provider. They recently mailed me a 'buy one month get two months free' comeback code, not bad for around 5EUR/$6.50...

Checkout boxpn they are cheaper with less restrictions and a better no log policy.

#9 chungleyon

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 18:48

VPN does mask your identity and provide you highly encrypted security but not sure about proxy. There are alotoptions which you may consider like HideMyAss,PureVPN,StrongVPN and so on...

#10 pes2013

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 19:01

I no longer browse the internet without one since the draconian Digital Economy Bill was passed in the UK.

If i want to go secure online, i use torbrowser in a VM

God you people are paranoid....

The government is not going to go after you. They don't care about small times like ourselves. They care about larger organizations the sell and distribute copyrighted material.

#11 Guth

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 22:56

God you people are paranoid....

The government is not going to go after you. They don't care about small times like ourselves. They care about larger organizations the sell and distribute copyrighted material.

I said if I want to go secure, its not often I do it but I do. Also maybe I have reason to be paranoid? You don't know what I am doing.
(its nothing bad, but it could be :laugh:)
Better to be safe than sorry.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 22:59

^ I see you looking at poRn -- thru your webcam. :ninja:

#13 Reverend Spam

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 23:03

God you people are paranoid....

The government is not going to go after you. They don't care about small times like ourselves. They care about larger organizations the sell and distribute copyrighted material.


You're right, the GOVERNMENT isn't going to go after you. Greedy organizations like RIAA, MPAA will go after you.

#14 +goretsky

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:40

Hello,

They afford some level of protection, but can be technologically-bypassed. For example, an LSO cookie might leak information about your environment, and one may be able to do interesting things in JavaScript to help uniquely identify a computer.

My suggestion would be to avoid doing anything, well, dodgy (for lack of a better term) on your computer that might require the need for such a service in the first place.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:34

You need a proper VPN like Boleh http://www.bolehvpn.net/