Proxy advice


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Hi all, hope this is the right forum to ask this:

I've been looking for proxies for quite some time now (as IMO they're more reliable when tackling geoblocks than vpns) and it's just really hard to pick one provider.

As they're for simple every day use, I'm looking for something cheap - Size of IP pools, success rates in other areas don't matter that much, however speed and accessibility does.

I've found one provider, which has great reviews on proxyway.com (blazing seo), but I'm not sure about committing, before hearing some first hand witnesses from users.

Anyone, who has tried them, or any other provider for that matter and has some insights that would be willing to share?

Thanks!
 
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Hi and Welcome to the Forum.

The only time I've had to use a proxy was when I studied at university, which used proxy servers.

The benefits to the University, was that it used its own dedicated Proxy server to filter out content, i.e. block pornography, block sites known to be compromised with infections, block sites offering illegal downloads and so on.

You've mentioned geoblocks in your post so I assume you are wanting to access a site to watch a tv show that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Theoretically, one can use a Proxy Server to achieve this, however, in my opinion that is not a particularly secure or wise move.

Let's say, for example, the proxy server you mentioned is offering SSL security. If that is the case then its offering your the bare minimum level of security a Proxy Server can provide. Using this method, the website that would otherwise be geoblocked to you does not communicate with your computer, but rather the proxy server. This means that geoblocked site has no access to your IP address.

That might seem secure to you, but perhaps you are unaware that the owner of the Proxy Server can access your personal data, and not only that, they can literally remove the https status of their Proxy Server and set it to http status only, without you even being aware they have done this. Doing that, means their security certificate is now removed and they can do what is known as SSL stripping, meaning they can not only access your IP address, but they can see every piece of information you are sending and receiving.

Personally, I would not touch a proxy server with a 10 foot pole, but each to their own when it comes to matters of Security.

If you are determined to go down this route, don't think How much does this cost me?, but instead think What level of security is the proxy server giving me?
 

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