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.