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Comment on Blogs Anonymously and Surf Invisibly

Virtual Browser is an interesting way to blog secretly and anonymously, posting comments on blogs, and staying invisible to web statistics and information collectors as you surf. I’m sure there are many other methods, but this one was particularly intriguing. All you have to do is visit their website and enter in the URL you want to visit anonymously. It then loads the page with a bar at the top that allows you to select which features you will allow the website to “see” or not.

Virtual-Browser is a web-based anonymous proxy service which allows anyone to surf the Web privately and securely. Unlike other proxies, there is no software to install or complicated instructions to follow. Just enter a URL (website address) in the form above. Through Virtual-Browser, you can use websites but they cannot uniquely identify or track you. Virtual-Browser hides your real IP address and our encrypted connection (rotate 13/base 64) prevents monitoring of your network traffic. Once using Proxify, you can surf normally and forget that it is there, protecting you.

So, I was curious about how it worked.

Virtual-Browser.com is a web HTTP proxy programmed in PHP designed to bypass firewalls and other proxy restrictions through a web interface…The server that this script runs on simply acts as a medium that retrives resources for you. The only IP address shown will be the server’s IP address. So basically, it is indirect browsing. The only catch being that the server has to has access to those otherwise inaccessible resources.

In addition, you have the ability to strip sites of potentially malicious client-side scripts and to deny tracking cookies/adware on various sites.

Unless Virtual Browser is on your company’s filter list, you should be able to access the site and then use its features to surf around your company’s website filters, according to what fans say about it. It may also work in libraries and other public Internet facilities that have strict filters onboard.

With so much information being grabbed from Internet users today, this is an easy-to-use alternative to get around the net if you are paranoid about what information is being collected about you.

Have you used something like this? Why would you use this? Do you think that it serves a purpose on the Internet? What do you think?

Note: I guess I’m not the only one who found Virtual-Browser. Their server crashed from the overload of visitors. Hopefully they will be back up and running soon. Sorry.

Another virtual browser has popped up that might be worth a try, too. VTunnel seems to be withstanding the hits from so much attention recently.


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5 Comments

  1. Posted January 12, 2006 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I’ve just found this site a couple of weeks ago, gave it a spin, and it’s quite functional. I’m not living in a dormitory anymore, so I’m not sure whether it’ll work flawlessly or not from a school network with proxies.

    Sometimes when I’m doing a report in school, I need to get online to retrieve some information, and the school proxy restricts my access to some site (not sure why, not a site for minor), and I need to find a free proxy to bypass it. This process can be quite tedious. With this web HTTP I’m sure it’ll make things easier.

    I rarely use these kind of services though, especially if I’m just commenting on an article. But IMHO the ability to strip potentially malicious scripts and deny tracking cookies is quite useful.

    I wonder will these kind of services will help speed up my internet connection to some european sites? Often times I find UK or Russian sites to be extremely slow to open from where I am now. (Taiwan)

    Just my thought on this ;)

  2. Posted January 12, 2006 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Your Internet speed is mostly based upon the speed of your computer combined with the speed of the lines and servers you are accessing. I can’t imagine Virtual-Browser will also be limited in speed to the hardware and line connections it takes to get to it from your computer. I can’t see it impacting the speed.

    It’s great to see how people would use this. I was excited to get my husband to try to use it from work since they just put in a major prevention filter that blocks EVERYTHING except what they think the workers need. Unfortunately, that also cut off sites my husband relies on for information for his work. He’s submitted a request to have those added, but in the interim, and it’s a long interim, we thought this would work. Unfortunately, the site is still off line. Poop.

  3. Posted February 19, 2006 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    FYI:

    Virtual-Browser is up and running again, recovering from being smacked around by Digg, Del.icio.us, and Slashdot users. There is also another site called AnonymousInet which works the same as the Virtual-Browser.

  4. Posted May 19, 2006 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Thanks!!!

  5. Posted August 14, 2007 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I think that many people would use this opportunity for spamming… I think that you shouldn’t be willing to comment anonimously if you are interested in the topic and post your real opinion. Anonimous blogging leaves no chance for constructive discussion.


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