How to connect in a secure way?

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Since: Feb 14

Madrid, Spain

#1 Feb 26, 2014
I want to be able to connect to this forum from work, I have some spare time during lunch time and I wanted to use it to connect to here but it seems the site is blocked.
The thing is that I have been told to use a proxy ( http://forfreesurfing.net ) and it works fine indeed but I don't understand even how it works whatsoever so I don't know what to think about that.
Does anybody know if using a Proxy is a secure way to connect? it is really true it hides all your private data?
Thanks in advance

“PLANET EARTH”

Since: Apr 10

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#3 Feb 26, 2014
They cannot kill a Spook wrote:
<quoted text>
Keep posting so this thread stays near the top of the list. The two that can answer your question is gokeefe and Sidekick. They are the tech knowledge vaults.
I'll help out......
Have you ever been on this forum before?

“animis opibusque parati”

Since: Oct 12

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#4 Feb 26, 2014
ToughTony wrote:
I want to be able to connect to this forum from work, I have some spare time during lunch time and I wanted to use it to connect to here but it seems the site is blocked.
The thing is that I have been told to use a proxy ( http://forfreesurfing.net ) and it works fine indeed but I don't understand even how it works whatsoever so I don't know what to think about that.
Does anybody know if using a Proxy is a secure way to connect? it is really true it hides all your private data?
Thanks in advance
Nothing on the internet is private.
And while your employer may not have access to your specific posts, the proxy server and time spent there will show up in the log file.

“animis opibusque parati”

Since: Oct 12

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#5 Feb 26, 2014
Tip: use your smart phone.
sidekick

Columbus, OH

#6 Feb 26, 2014
It would be complicated to describe without knowing your setup.
Besides, what private data do you store on a work computer?
Plus, Yes... using a proxy not only can be a secure way, but the main way to connect. LOL
I suggest you Google all these questions, because we no idea what system you run.
(Windows/Mac-Safari, Mozilla, Firefox, Chrome, etc...)

I'll share this, If I needed to feel that safe...I'd use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) or Private Browse (setting in Mac's preference pane), or maybe use NetShade.
-VPNs encrypt, proxies do not.
-VPNs handle all internet traffic, proxies handle only web traffic.
Good luck, wasting your boss's money d!cking around with us.

“Queen of my domain”

Since: May 10

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#7 Feb 26, 2014
sidekick wrote:
It would be complicated to describe without knowing your setup.
Besides, what private data do you store on a work computer?
Plus, Yes... using a proxy not only can be a secure way, but the main way to connect. LOL
I suggest you Google all these questions, because we no idea what system you run.
(Windows/Mac-Safari, Mozilla, Firefox, Chrome, etc...)
I'll share this, If I needed to feel that safe...I'd use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) or Private Browse (setting in Mac's preference pane), or maybe use NetShade.
-VPNs encrypt, proxies do not.
-VPNs handle all internet traffic, proxies handle only web traffic.
Good luck, wasting your boss's money d!cking around with us.
Agreed. It depends too who this person is working for. Lots of places use internet nannies now that block sites like Websense. If that's the case, it's likely not possible to mess around with us at work. I don't mess around here at work....I just don't have the time and prefer not to make any potential Obama cracks at work. I might offend some sensitive person's sensibilities if they read my screen. Ugh.

Oh and that private data will include the person's web history or cookies. If there was ever any question about what an employee was doing, that can be tracked/traced.
sidekick

Columbus, OH

#8 Feb 26, 2014
gokeefe wrote:
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Oh and that private data will include the person's web history or cookies. If there was ever any question about what an employee was doing, that can be tracked/traced.
I was referring to the private data over the proxy block. As with Mac, I can private browse and no data is collected over the internet, but it is still stored on my computer.

As for history and cookies, I sort thru what cookies I want deleted, although, many companies are using...I think they call them "ghost, zombie, or phantom" cookies. They can hide in other cookies files and come back after you thought they were deleted.
sidekick

Columbus, OH

#9 Feb 26, 2014
gokeefe wrote:
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Agreed. It depends too who this person is working for. Lots of places use internet nannies now that block sites like Websense. If that's the case, it's likely not possible to mess around with us at work. I don't mess around here at work....I just don't have the time and prefer not to make any potential Obama cracks at work. I might offend some sensitive person's sensibilities if they read my screen. Ugh.
I've never really been in a situation of using someone else's computer and needing to hide anything. I've always ran with my own laptop or iPhone if needed, but I could understand the curiosity if my job was in a work place like that. I'd assume a lot people are wondering how to by-pass the blocks and mess around, without getting caught that is.
sidekick

Columbus, OH

#10 Feb 26, 2014
ToughTony wrote:

The thing is that I have been told to use a proxy ( http://forfreesurfing.net ) and it works fine indeed but I don't understand even how it works whatsoever so I don't know what to think about that.
Does anybody know if using a Proxy is a secure way to connect? it is really true it hides all your private data?
Thanks in advance
What I believe that site you posted does.
Proxies - routing machines named proxy servers continuously act upon your transfer requests to forward data, allowing you to avoid direct communications with the telltale point of contact where the data packets usually would be handled. It is secure to a degree, though in fact routes can only be technically random and any logging of this passing data means vulnerability.

“animis opibusque parati”

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#12 Feb 26, 2014
For the love of Pete, go out and buy yourself a $49 Verizon Air Card and call it good.
No exposure to the office network whatsoever.
sidekick

Columbus, OH

#13 Feb 26, 2014
They cannot kill a Spook wrote:
See I told you to wait for Sidekick and.Gokeefe
In a few more years I'll be able to argue with politics. LOL
Enzyte Bob

Chicago, IL

#14 Feb 27, 2014
You guys fell for it.

Tony is a shill advertising his proxy service.
sidekick

Columbus, OH

#15 Feb 27, 2014
Enzyte Bob wrote:
You guys fell for it.
Tony is a shill advertising his proxy service.
I highly doubt he sold any subscriptions with that marketing tactic.
Besides, I just like trying to stay up with the times.

“Queen of my domain”

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#16 Feb 27, 2014
Enzyte Bob wrote:
You guys fell for it.
Tony is a shill advertising his proxy service.
No, my spin--> he's looking for ways to beat his company's network security to connect to a proxy like this or hide my a$$.com. Or looking for a way to modify his company's computer configs.

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