By -=CrAsH DuMmY=-

As you may know, when you surf the web or chat on IRC or telnet to any computer, you leave traces everywhere. Any
website or computer you visit will automatically record your IP in its log files. Well because every IP address is
unique, sometimes you don't want everyone to know your IP. Because if they know your IP address, they may not
know who you are if you have a dial-up connexion, but they at least know your ISP and its location (just consult the
internic records) so its much more easier to trace you cause they know where to seach and simply ask your ISP to
keep an eye on all their log files for any "hacking activities". So if you are wanted and they know your ISP, if you do
only an innocent port scan they will have a big clue about who's the little K-r4d Hax0r!

So suppose you want to remain anonymous on the web. There is 2 ways of doing this: "anonymizers" and proxy
servers. I don't recommend anonymisers such as the one you can find at freedom.com because they are too much
controlling you even if they assure your anonymity. Also there are some bugs sometimes and if you don't delete them
properly from your computer (with the uninstall utility) there will be anoying errors when booting asking you for missing
.vxd in the registry or the sys.ini (of course as you may have noticed I'm using Windoze as many aspiring hackers). So
all this points out that proxies are best to assure your anonymity but also they can speed up your connexion and allow
you to access those error 404 pages sometimes. What proxy servers do is that when you send a request for a page
on the web, your request follow a certain path to access the web server. Proxies allow us to partially modify the route
of our request to the distant web host. So when we use proxy servers the web server we're trying to access will only
know the IP address from the proxy server and not our IP. Also, the web is like a big highway and sometimes
somewhere its all jammed. So if you search for less used proxy servers you can bypass those traffic jams and
consequently surf the web way faster ( with my 26,4 kbps connexion I usually download at 4,5 to 5 k/s vs 2,5 without
the proxies ) But finding fast proxies is not a simple task cause there are so many proxy list out there and you have to
try them all one by one. And be aware that if good proxies will boost your connexion, poor ones will considerably slow
it down. Also, how many times have you encountered an error 404 page? This can be very frustrating. But why do you
encounter thoses errors? Simply because somewhere the path normally leading you to this web page is broken
between 2 hosts. So if you try different proxies you may eventually bypass this broken link to access the wanted page.
So now we'll see how to use thoses proxies with IE and netscape. It's really really simple...almost lame. In netscape
follow this path : Edit - Preferences - Advanced - Proxies - Manual proxy configuration - View, and for HTTP and FTP
type name (IP or hostname) of your proxy server and in port type in the proxy port (95% of the time it's 8080 but
sometimes its 3128 also). In IE do the following :View - Internet Options - Connection - mark "Access the Internet
using a proxy server". At ADDRESS type name of the server and at PORT type port number, click on advanced
button and mark "Use the same proxy server for all protocols". So that's it if you're using proxies only to boost you
connexion but there's one more concern if you're using them for anonymity: are they really anonymous? To check this,
once you have setted the options of your proxy on your box goto http://www.tamos.com/bin/proxy.cgi and it will
automatically try to detect a proxy. If a proxy is detected, you are not complety anonymous and your IP will be
revelated but if it finds no proxy then you're ready to go. Now, for most people one proxy is enough but if you're like
me and sometimes you realy don't want to be traced you can use 2 or more proxies. To do this, you simply have to
add the proxies in the address bar. You should type it this way :
where proxyA is the one you setted in the browser options. Now thoses proxies are only for HTTP applications. But
what if you want to use socks applications such as any FTP prog, ICQ, IRC clients, the hacker necessary telnet and
many other windoze appz. You can download sockscap and find all the information about this prog at
http://www.socks.nec.com/ . Also, you can combine a socks server with http proxies by launching your browser from
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