All you have to know about proxies

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  1. cooooookies

    cooooookies Senior Member

    Oct 6, 2008
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    Every professional BHatter should really know about proxies. Read this to stop being stupid about http proxies and the different levels of anonymity:

    Take my little script to experiment with proxies: just upload that php on your server:
    ('Content-type: text/xml'); 
    $skeys array_keys($_SERVER);

    $_SERVER as $key => $val ) {

    Take an arbitrary proxy of one of the public available proxy-lists, e.g.


    Proxy anonymity

    The exchange of information in Internet is made by the ?client - server? model. A client sends a request (what files he needs) and a server sends a reply (required files). For close cooperation (full understanding) between a client and a server the client sends additional information about itself: a version and a name of an operating system, configuration of a browser (including its name and version) etc. This information can be necessary for the server in order to know which web-page should be given (open) to the client. There are different variants of web-pages for different configurations of browsers. However, as long as web-pages do not usually depend on browsers, it makes sense to hide this information from the web-server.

    What information transmits to a web-server (by a browser or proxy server):

    * a name and a version of an operating system
    * a name and a version of a browser
    * configuration of a browser (display resolution, color depth, java / javascript support, etc.)
    * IP-address of a client
    * Other information

    The most important part of such information (and absolutely needless for a web-server) is information about IP-address. Using your IP it is possible to know about you the following:

    * a country where you are from
    * a city
    * your provider?s name and e-mail
    * your physical address

    Information, transmitted by a client to a server is available (accessible) for a server as environment variables. Every information unit is a value of some variable. If any information unit is not transmitted, then corresponding variable will be empty (its value will be undetermined).

    These are some environment variables:

    REMOTE_ADDR ? IP address of a client
    HTTP_VIA ? if it is not empty, then a proxy is used. Value is an address (or several addresses) of a proxy server, this variable is added by a proxy server itself if you use one.
    HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR ? if it is not empty, then a proxy is used. Value is a real IP address of a client (your IP), this variable is also added by a proxy server if you use one.
    HTTP_ACCEPT_LANGUAGE ? what language is used in browser (what language a page should be displayed in).
    HTTP_USER_AGENT ? so called ?a user?s agent?. For most browsers this is Mozilla. Furthermore, browser?s name and version (e.g. MSIE 5.5) and an operating system (e.g. Windows 98) is also mentioned here.
    HTTP_HOST ? is a web server?s name

    This is a small part of environment variables. In fact there are much more of them (DOCUMENT_ROOT, HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING, HTTP_CACHE_CONTROL, HTTP_CONNECTION, SERVER_ADDR, SERVER_SOFTWARE, SERVER_PROTOCOL, ...). Their quantity can depend on settings of both a server and a client.

    These are examples of variable values:

    HTTP_USER_AGENT = Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows 98)
    HTTP_VIA = (Squid/2.4.STABLE7)

    Anonymity at work in Internet is determined by what environment variables ?hide? from a web-server.

    If a proxy server is not used, then environment variables look in the following way:

    REMOTE_ADDR = your IP
    HTTP_VIA = not determined
    HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR = not determined

    According to how environment variables ?hided? by proxy servers, there are several types of proxies.
    Transparent Proxies

    They do not hide information about your IP address:

    REMOTE_ADDR = proxy IP
    HTTP_VIA = proxy IP

    The function of such proxy servers is not the improvement of your anonymity in Internet. Their purpose is information cashing, organization of joint access to Internet of several computers, etc.
    Anonymous Proxies

    All proxy servers, that hide a client?s IP address in any way are called anonymous proxies.
    Simple Anonymous Proxies

    These proxy servers do not hide a fact that a proxy is used, however they replace your IP with its own:
    REMOTE_ADDR = proxy IP
    HTTP_VIA = proxy IP

    These proxies are the most widespread among other anonymous proxy servers.
    Distorting Proxies

    As well as simple anonymous proxy servers these proxies do not hide the fact that a proxy server is used. However a client?s IP address (your IP address) is replaced with another (arbitrary, random) IP:

    REMOTE_ADDR = proxy IP
    HTTP_VIA = proxy IP
    HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR = random IP address
    High Anonymity Proxies (Elite proxies)

    These proxy servers are called ?high anonymity proxy? or "elite proxy". In contrast to other types of anonymity proxy servers they hide a fact of using a proxy:

    REMOTE_ADDR = proxy IP
    HTTP_VIA = not determined
    HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR = not determined

    That means that values of variables are the same as if proxy is not used, with the exception of one very important thing ? proxy IP is used instead of your IP address.

    Depending on purposes there are transparent and anonymity proxies. However, remember, using proxy servers you hide only your IP from a web-server, but other information (about browser configuration) is accessible!
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  2. seoitright

    seoitright Regular Member

    May 12, 2010
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    Out There!
    Very interesting stuff and thanks for that, I use a service called metropipe and it creates an anonymous vps tunnel so everything yo do looks like it is from another country you can then use proxies on top of this including normal proxies to mix it all up
  3. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

    Jan 27, 2009
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    This is very nice to know, nevertheless, it 's too much fuss.

    Simply go to
    This is a very nice standard (no Java/Flash super anonymity) test.
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  4. UK2011

    UK2011 Newbie

    Jul 31, 2010
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    thanks really interesting.