The terms “proxy server” and “anonymity” go hand-in-hand, but people rarely explore the question further: do proxy servers keep you anonymous? The short answer is no, at least not completely. Using a proxy server will hide your IP address to some extent, but a truly anonymous browsing experience is nearly impossible. To understand why, let’s look at the limitations of proxies.

A proxy masks your IP address by forwarding traffic from your computer to the websites you want to access. It seems simple, but like with most technology, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes that you may not be aware of. Internet traffic is sent using a format called HTTP, which has two basic parts: a header and a body. You can think of it like an email; the header says who the message is from and who it’s for, and the body is the message. In HTTP, the header includes similar information, but with IP addresses instead of email addresses.

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However, it may also include other data, like X-Forwarded-For headers that can give away your identity. On top of all this, it’s important to realize that your IP address is not the only way you can be monitored. Every time you click to a new page, the website you’re on is potentially watching you. Most of the time it isn’t malicious, of course–they’re usually just gathering marketing data–but your activities are tracked regardless. It’s nearly impossible to be “anonymous” on the internet today, but it’s possible to increase your privacy. And with Proxy Server Pro, privacy has never been easier.

Proxy Server Pro is a VPN, which means you get all the benefits of a proxy server plus encryption and much more. This is critical to your privacy–anytime you enter your information online, you’re taking a risk that someone other than its intended recipient will see it. Proxy Server Pro prevents that from happening by scrambling it into code that’s unreadable by anyone who shouldn’t be looking at it. Proxy Server Pro also includes DNS leak prevention, which prevents even your ISP from tracking what you’re doing online.

The internet is a dangerous place, and you never know who’s monitoring your data or what they’re doing with it. We can’t offer you total anonymity and neither can anyone else, but what we can offer is privacy. We believe what you do online is no one’s business but yours; with Proxy Server Pro, you can make sure it stays that way.