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Hi there,

In the past little while, internet security is becoming more and more of a concern for me. Its never been something I've looked into simply because I've never felt it necessary.
I was young and as such was not doing much online banking, and I was savvy enough not to click on ridiculous pop ups that would certainly lead to malware of some sort.
However, now I have started doing a lot more online transactions. Also, the contents of my web browsing have only recently matured to things I'd like to keep private. I obviously know about private browsing (which teenaged boy doesn't) but I'm starting to feel as though it may not be enough.

So, my main goal is to hide (and preferably spoof) my IP address.

I first looked into web based proxy servers. I'm not really down for that because I have to go through that specific website every time I browse the internet.
I'd rather be able to be anonymous the second I open up my web browser, or the second I use any other program that connects to the internet.

So I checked out using a LAN proxy. I went onto hidemyass.com to find a U.S. based IP address. I went into the control panel and entered in all the necessary information. I then went to a website that tells you your ip address, and found that the proxy didn't work as the website was able to retrieve my location.

Here is a screenshot of what I did


My internet setup is pretty basic. I have ethernet from my modem connected to my router, and then from my router I wired an ethernet cable to my room. I'll use the wireless when I need to print something but otherwise I stay connected to the LAN through the ethernet cable. I'm also using Chrome as my web browser.

Any ideas of what I'm doing wrong?

Once I get this sorted out I'll continue to ask my other questions, but for now lets just focus on establishing a LAN proxy.
    
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Read up on https://www.torproject.org/.

By the way Chome does not like the sub-domain wildcard so it may give you a certificate error.

Also Hiding your IP address wont do much to protect the information you send over the internet. Most information is stolen from YOUR computer with key-loggers and such. What you need to do if get good anti virus/anti spyware (eg. Malwarebytes).

Edit: Where did you get that proxy information?
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post #3 of 12
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So, my main goal is to hide (and preferably spoof) my IP address.
Who are you trying to hide from? Your bank? Amazon? They already know who you are and where you live. Not much point in hiding your IP address from them, and if you do, they're likely to think something suspicious is going on when you suddenly show up as logging in from Outer Mongolia.
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Well I figured out the LAN proxy by unchecking the automatic settings. However I instantly found it to be way to slow for my liking. Ok, scratch LAN proxy off the list.

As for who I'm trying to hide from; revealing that information would defeat the purpose. Its not anything major, I'm just a casual user who wants to become more anonymous while browsing the web. I also really don't like the idea of people or websites who I don't know or trust knowing where I am.

I looked into Tor, but I really don't want youtube and the likes to be blocked. I'm not so much scared of attacks in that sense (I've got a pretty decent anti virus setup), I just don't want people to know my IP address.

What is the difference between Tor and any other VPN? And what is the difference between a VPN and a LAN proxy?
    
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I don't really care who you're trying to hide from, and I doubt that anyone else here does either. The point to asking is that in order to get the proper security, you have to define the threat.
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Tor has power in numbers(nodes). VPN vs. Proxy......VPN is basically a private network inside of the internet. VPN is basically a lan inside of the internet (Usually used to access internal network assets remotely over the internet). Proxy is just you forwarding your traffic to another server.
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'Hiding your IP' offers you nothing, in fact you are potentially creating your own security hole. Instead of simply routing your banking information from your ISP to your bank, you're now routing it through somewhere else/out of country/etc. Granted, banking uses SSL encryption, however it is easy to 'ssl strip' an uninformed user. Most people will automatically click "proceed anyway" when your browser alerts you of a certificate mismatch.

You have absolutely no advantage by 'hiding your IP'. If you were to use as you have stated a 'LAN proxy', this proxy server would be within your home network, and use your same external IP address to communicate with the internet.

Also keep in mind any random generic proxy server will
1) Transmit your non https data in clear text (anyone within the data stream can read).
2) Potentially log what kind of data you are sending through. Some websites still use cleartext logins.

Personally it would be easiest and most secure to get something like a VPS from a reputable provider. Then you could run Squid to only accept connections from 127.0.0.1 on this server, and port forward it through SSH. You would be able to control the proxy software and the data sent to your house would be encrypted.
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Thanks for the help! Plenty of information, definitely helpful because I'm new to it all.

Will a VPN (or a VPS, for that matter) cause my internet to go slower? If so, thats maybe not such a price to pay considering the security, I would just like to know for informational purposes.
Also, I know that VPN is virtual private network whereas VPS is virtual private server.. but I don't actually understand the difference. Could someone please elaborate?
    
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Thanks for that link, it makes a lot more sense now.

So by signing up with a VPS, I'll basically have a new IP address. I use squid to route all internet traffic to that IP address, and to protect people from seeing that information, I forward the port using SSH.
Is that the gist of it?
    
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