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Things To Avoid And Things To Look For In A Good Proxy Site
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Finding a good proxy site these days is tough. Fraudsters and false advertisement are tough to sort through, and there's a lot of information to take if you're just starting to use proxies for anonymous surfing. Here are some suggestions to help you find a good proxy site.

Things to avoid - low quality proxies

Avoid sites that are only a single page. This means that very little effort went into the site, and it's likely a fly-by-night operations. Proxies are know to be sources of spam, both for sending it and for hijacking IP addresses in order to send it. Proxies are pretty easy to set up (or so I hear), so if you find yourself on a monochrome single page web based proxy that says "Enter Link here", DON'T. This is probably not a good proxy site.

Avoid getting sucked into advertisements. Most paid proxy sites will say that they have "lightening fast speeds" and "never drop a connection", but make them put their money where their mouth is. Try out the proxy for a while and if it sucks, get your money back. Any service that doesn't provide a money back guarantee is a place to avoid. It's probably not a good proxy site.

Things to look for in a good proxy site

If you're looking for a good open proxy site, this is a tough call. IP's change, and proxy servers go up and go down without warning. A great place to find a list of updated proxy servers is Hide My Ass. The provide this service for no cost, and even organize the proxy servers based on anonymity, speed, and age.

There are some free proxies out there that are not dangers, and will not spam your IP address. These can be found by searching recent forum posts, blog comments, and reviews. Though there are a lot of fake reviews of paid services, there are rarely fake reviews of free services. After all, you can't make a commission on something that's free, right?

Another quality of a good proxy site is location of servers. Though it might not matter that much, if you're looking for quality IP addresses, with full anonymity and access to blocked sites, you're going to want servers in locations like The US, The UK, The Netherlands, or Germany. These are all common places to set up anonymous surfing services like proxies and virtual private networks. It wouldn't do you much good to set up a proxy server in China or Vietnam now would it?


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