Serious Risks For Proxy Server Users
Posted in the Autos Forum
#1 Jun 16, 2014
I'm glad I live in Canada.
Our internet service providers are restricted by law from use of proxy server protocols.
For example, if you live in the US where proxy servers aren't restricted.(Yet!!)
You use a proxy server to hide your ISP and identity, and let's say that you post a comment in a web discussion, send an email with attachment, or fill out a form that has personal or financial information, etc..
You need to think about what happens when you hit "Send."
First, your communication must pass through the proxy server before it travels electronically to its destination, which can range from somebody's email account. to a a blog, or to a retailer's website, and so on.
Now, most people are only interested in hiding their IP address...( or as in this case but they should want a little more than that.
When your data travels with many proxies, it moves mostly in unencrypted form. What does that mean?
That means that any hacker who intercepts it can turn the digital information right back into its original format, and your information is be plain to see.
then things go from bad to worse.
That's only part of what might go wrong.
Most common issue to be concerned about is what's known as a "malicious proxy servers"... which is as bad as it sounds.
Instead of being a trustworthy middleman for Web surfing, proxy server users will most often be unwittingly involved with a proxy server run by undesirable types, such as hackers or crooks.
Then the fun starts!
Your personal information is out there for anyone and everyone to see and use.
So those of you who choose to use proxy servers need to be aware---you are at serious risk.
As to those who are playing proxy server games in this site---I sincerely hope you become victims of your own misfortune.
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