World Wide Web Proxies – Web Proxy List

In the earliest days of the web in 1990, web proxy servers were usually referred to as gateways.  In fact the very first web gateway was created at CERN by the original WWW team , headed by Tim Berners-Lee.

Gateways are effectively devices which are used to forward packets between different networks. These devices can vary in complexity from simple pass through devices to complex system which are able to understand and convert different protocols.   It was in 1993 that the name Web Proxy Server was chosen as a standard term to describe the different types of Web gateways.

Web Proxy Server

These can be further classified into two distinct categories:

Proxy Server – internet/firewall gateways which act in response to client/PC requests.

Information Gateway – gateways which act in response to server requests.

However these are quite broad specification and below you will find some details of the key properties of the proxy servers and associated gateways.  Remember that these classifications can be affected by any application software which is installed on the proxies so they are not necessarily just the simple servers you find on web proxy lists – which are normally just basic Glype installations.   Particularly you may find that destinations and transparency may sometimes  be modified.

Proxy Server Properties

These are the general properties which can be applied to any specific proxy server, there are variations which will affect these.

Transparency: these proxies do not modify the data passing through them. They will perform any filtering specified by rules but this will not affect the end result. The connection will be the same if it was direct or through the proxy server.

Control: the client will determine whether it is uses the proxy or not.  This is typically controlled on the client by specifying the address of the proxy or through client based software.

Destination: the final destination of any request is not affected by any intermediate proxy.  In fact a client or user will often be completely unaware of the existence of the proxy.

Proxies can provide all sorts of features some of which might affect these properties.   They can be used to provide specific access controls, filtering, logging and even simply to speed up access to remote web resources through caching features.

It is in corporate environments that the transparency properties of proxies has usually been modified.  Frequently these firewall proxy servers will sit in the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) and control both inbound and outbound traffic.  They will accept network requests from clients and forward them out to the internet if approved, then relay the replies back to the clients.   Most of these will also operate caching services to ensure that duplicate requests don’t generate more network traffic and bandwidth charges.  This is especially important for servers with high utilization such as a video proxy or firewall.

The other advantage of the dual role proxies is that it can act as a single entry point for internet access.   This means that all requests can be logged and monitored allowing an element of control to web access through the company infrastructure.  It also allows replies to be monitored for harmful code such as malware and viruses, this is an important extra layer of security to protect the internal network.

Why Travellers Should Always use a VPN

Most of us now consider a VPN service as an essential tool for doing anything online.  If you travel and use access points in places like hotels, cafes and airports – using a VPN is pretty much essential.   If you don’t then it’s almost inevitable that at some point you’ll be the victim of some sort of cyber crime.

One of the main issues with these free Wifi points is that they are nearly always installed and configured with someone with no comprehension of computer security.  Indeed many surveys have found a huge proportion of these devices are installed with default settings. Only the larger chain organisations are likely to have some dedicated staff able to configure these properly and even then this isn’t often the case.

Think of all the places you use free internet access, who supports the connection do you think?  Who would you call if there was a problem?  In most cases the information would be very hard to find as they are probably installed in flying visit then some vague telephone support at the end of the phone.  In smaller organisations it’s often the dreaded – ‘friend who knows computers’.

It’s why all these access points are so tempting to identity thieves and cyber criminals.  Here’s just a small selection of the major issues:

  • Central Access Points used often by hundreds of people to check secure sites like email, banking, paypal etc.
  • Often poorly configured with low security.
  • Allow access to intercept all sorts of data using Man in the Middle style attacks.
  • Allows anonymity for attackers who don’t even have to present if they hack into the router.

They’re certainly a huge attraction for organised identity thieves for example who can steal all sorts of data if they are able to hack into the router. The other popular method is to simply set up a free internal access point in the same location and give it a similar name. Setting up this somewhere near a hotel lobby or coffee shop means you can steal peoples details while they browse. This attack is often known as the “evil Twin” attack using a bogus access point.

If someone compromises an access point or gets you to connect to a fake one then your data is in real trouble. Forget about SSL or HTTPS all these can be bypassed if they have control of the access point you’re using. Pretty soon the cyber criminals can have emails accounts, banking details and all sorts of personal details.

Your only hope is to add your own personal layer of encryption which protects account names and details – for this you need a VPN. Now over the years many people have been using proxies and VPNs for a variety of reasons. However for people travelling then the overriding priority should be security. The best VPN for BBC iPlayer might not be the best VPN to keep your internet connection secure for example.

Many people use Smart DNS systems to bypass geo-blocks on popular media sites however these should be avoided. Although they can work for bypassing blocks they offer no security whatsoever and there is no encryption layer added to any of the connections. The Smart DNS services are not secure nor where they designed to offer any online protection.

The same could be said for all the specialised proxies you see for sale too. Although a proxy will hide your identity to some extent from the website you are visiting and your ISP. It will offer virtually no protection against any other sort of middle man attacks. Even some of the highly specialized ones used for merchandising bots don’t really help. You can invest hundreds of dollars in the best rotating proxies you can buy, yet without an encryption layer you are still vulnerable.

Fortunately there are some VPN services which offer the best of both worlds. Firstly avoid those who sell themselves as TV watching services, they won’t take the security side seriously. They’ll also likely have slower servers as all the users will be constantly streaming video through them. Look for companies who stress the security of their system, make sure they don’t keep logs and have proper grown up responses to privacy issues.

Overview of Parsed Mail Headers

Overview of parsed mail headers

The following is a list of a lot of the most popular mail headers, you can use this information to identify the origins and build these into scripts.
General Mail Details

Header Matching RegExExplanation
From|^from:(.*)|miThe From-address, the person who (allegedly) sent this e-mail.
To|^to:(.*)|miThe To-address, to whom the mail was addressed.
Subject|^subject:(.*)|miThe subject of the e-mail, as shown in the mailclient.
Carbon Copy|^cc:(.*)|miCarbon Copy list of e-mail addresses
MIME Version|^mime\-version:(.*)|miMIME
Return Path|^Return\-Path:(.*)|mReturn Path to which mails would bounce
Reply to|^Reply\-To:(.*)|miA reply to this e-mail would be sent to this address, which is not necessarily the same as the From-address.
Originating IP|^X\-Originating\-IP:(.*)|miThe IP address of the computer on which the email originated.
Originating e-mail|^X\-Originating\-Email:(.*)|mi Another representation of the sender of the email. Some mailers add this as a precaution against those who spoof the "From:" line.
Delivered to|^Delivered\-To:(.*)|miThe account to which the e-mail was finally delivered to.
In reply to|^In\-Reply\-To:(.*)|miThis e-mail message was sent as a reply to this address.
Forwarded to|^X\-Forwarded\-To:(.*)|miThis message was forwarded from another account (probably automatic).
Forwarded for|^X\-Forwarded\-For:(.*)|mi The account which forwarded this e-mail.
References|^References:(.*)|mi
Message Id|^Message\-ID:(.*)|miA unique identifier for this e-mail (at least, in the sending MTA).
HeaderMatching RegExExplanation
Received SPF|^received\-spf:(.*)|miThe received SPF record
Authentication Results|^Authentication\-Results:(.*)|miAuthentication Results (usually SPF related)
Spamcheck Version|^X\-Spam\-Checker\-Version:(.*)|mX-Spam-Checker-Version: which software was used
Spam Status|^X\-Spam\-Status:(.*)|miX-Spam-Status: was this spam?
Scanned by|^X\-Scanned\-By:(.*)|miSoftware used to scan this message.
Virus scanned|^X\-Virus\-Scanned:(.*)|miScanned for virusses.
HeaderMatching RegExExplanation
Accept Language|^Accept\-Language:(.*)|miIndicates the preference with regard to language.
Content Language|^Content\-Language:(.*)|miIndicates the language of the content.
Accept Language|^acceptlanguage:(.*)|mSee: 'Accept-Language'

The following can be traced including if they’re using residential proxies.

HeaderMatching RegExExplanation
MailScanner Information|^X\-NUCLEUS\-MailScanner\-Information:(.*)|miAdditional information on the MailScanner.
Mailscanner ID|^X\-NUCLEUS\-MailScanner\-ID:(.*)|miInternal ID used in MailScanner software.
Mailscanner result|^X\-NUCLEUS\-MailScanner:(.*)|mi Result of the MailScanner process, whether it was spam or not.
Mailscanner spamcheck|^X\-NUCLEUS\-MailScanner\-SpamCheck:(.*)|mi
Mailscanner from|^X\-NUCLEUS\-MailScanner\-From:(.*)|miFrom-header received by MailScanner.
Spamscore|^X\-NUCLEUS\-MailScanner\-SpamScore:(.*)|miIf mail was marked as spam, this will hold the spamscore.
HeaderMatching RegExExplanation
Date Sent|^date:(.*)|miDate at which the e-mail was sent.
Original Arrival Time|^X\-OriginalArrivalTime:(.*)|miThis is a time stamp placed on the message when it first passes through a Microsoft Exchange server.
HeaderMatching RegExExplanation
Content Type|^Content\-Type:(.*)|miThe type of content that is being sent via mail.
Transfer Encoding|^Content\-Transfer\-Encoding:(.*)|miThe encoding used to send the message.
Content class|^Content\-class:(.*)|miAnother MIME header, telling MIME-compliant mail programs what type of content to expect in the message.
Content disposition|^Content\-Disposition:(.*)|miHow the content of the mail should be handled (inline, attachment, ...).
HeaderMatching RegExExplanation
Mailer software |^X\-Mailer:(.*)|miThe mailclient or mailing software used to send out the e-mail.
User Agent |^User\-Agent:(.*)|mi The mailing software that the client has identified himself as.
Mail Priority |^X\-Priority:(.*)|miThe priority with which this e-mail was sent.
Sender |^X\-Sender:(.*)|miA custom header, to show the real sender e-mail address.
Microsoft Mail Priority|^X\-Msmail\-Priority:(.*)|miThe priority as entered in Microsoft Mail.
User Agent|^X\-User\-Agent:(.*)|mi User Agent used to send the e-mail.
Header Matching RegExExplanation
Mime OLE|^X\-MimeOLE:(.*)|mi Mime OLE software used by the sender.
Thread index \-Index:(.*)|miIs used for associating multiple messages to a similar thread. For example, in Outlook the conversation view would use this information to find messages in one conversation thread.
TNEF Correlator|^X\-MS\-TNEF\-Correlator:(.*)|miThe Transport Neutral Encapsulation Format is Microsoft Exchange/Outlook specific, used when sending messages formatted as Rich Text Format (RTF).
Has attachment |^X\-MS\-Has\-Attach:(.*)|miInforms that the client is ready to send attachments and it also informs whether or not the e-mail contains any attachments. If the e-mail contains attachments the information header X-MS-Has-Attach: will say "yes" after colon.
Thread topic |^Thread\-Topic:(.*)|miUsually the original subject, used as the readable version of Thread-Index.
     

Additional@ Using Proxies to watch Match of the Day Stream

 

 

Choosing the Right ISP for your Needs

Obviously the choice you have for your internet connection varies depending on numerous factors. In many areas especially in the remoter regions there is little to no option available, so you’re left to take whatever you can. However fortunately in most areas at least of the more developed nations there’s a decent choice of both Internet service providers but also individual plans that they offer.

If you live in a large city in somewhere like the US or the United Kingdom you’ll have the benefit of lots of different options, speeds and prices to choose from. The more competition there is the better the options are likely to be although, being in a rural remote area will also impact this factor significantly.

So if the range is largely dependent on your location then you’d think choosing the right plan would then be fairly straightforward. After all if you can check things like price and speed then it would appear fairly easy to compare and choose the best ones. However this is not always the case and often the consumer will only see a proportion of the available internet plans. This sounds strange but the reality is that most ISPs have two distinct sales departments one for home customers and another for businesses. What’s more these departments will also have two separate offerings as far as internet plans go one for business and one for the home users. However in most cases there’s no issue about which plans you choose whether you have a trading company or not.

Now business plans will for the most part be more expensive than ordinary residential plans. However there is a reason for this and that’s mainly because you’ll find better speeds, lower contention and much more responsive support. You might see similar speeds promised across different plans but usually these will be figures that promise speeds – ‘up to’ a specified range. In reality the business users will consistently see much higher speeds than the residential users simply because less people will be using the same lines.

Remember you don’t need to run a business to invest in a business plan, and sometimes although they look more costly they can often be much better value than the residential offerings. Of course many people now often run part time businesses too, perhaps running a YouTube channel or buying and selling on eBay, Gumtree or Amazon. This may be an even bigger incentive to invest in one of the better business subscriptions to ensure that you maintain access to the internet on a consistent basis.

There are other things to consider though especially if you run some sort of business on the side. One of the considerations is something that many people don;t even consider and that’s the classification of your IP address. With some ISP plans this classification changes depending on which plan you use, so the business customers have business IP addresses and the home users residential ones. This can possibly be important as in some areas, access from a commercial IP address is restricted. For example the media giant Netflix blocks access from any business registered IP addresses in order to block people circumventing their geo-restrictions. You can learn a little bit more about the differences between residential and commercial IP addresses in this site – http://residentialip.net/ and there are many other resources too.

THe issues is that business plans although often faster are focused more on workplace and web hosting. So although speeds can be better there’s often less flexibility for ‘normal web browsing’ mainly because of the commercial IP address.

Further Reading: Using Residential Proxies

Sneaker Proxies and Servers

Many people spend literally thousands of dollars a month on using proxies, a fact that surprises many.  After all if you do a quick google search you’ll find lots of lists of free proxies all over the place.  Many are listed as being super secure and elite, so why on earth do people spend lots of money on them.

Well firstly, it’s important to remember that anyone who has the vaguest clue about online privacy, anonymity and the risks of cyber crime would never go anywhere near a free proxy server.  At best there badly configured proxies accidentally left open by some overworked networked admin somewhere, which means that you’re potentially stealing bandwidth if you use them.  At worst, and it’s an increasingly likely scenario the proxy has been left open on purpose in order to steal user credentials like emails, accounts and passwords.  It’s not much of a choice really, so you’d be advised to stay well clear of them.

sneaker proxies and servers

So there is a big market for safe and legitimate proxies for a variety of uses and one of the most popular is buying sneakers from online web retailers.  You see all the big retailers of sneakers (trainers in parts of Europe) release limited edition versions of their sneakers which are very much in demand.  You can try and buy them online but it’s very difficult to do and you’d have to be very quick and luck to even grab as single pair.

Obviously because they’re scarce and valuable then some people want to get lots of these – there’s an obvious profit opportunity there even if you don’t want to wear them.   So how do people get to buy loads of these sneakers online from palces like Supreme, Footlocker and Nike well they basically use software.

There are lots of automated tools and bots which you can configure to attempt to buy these sneakers when they become available.  If you get the right set up you can buy loads of these for whatever purpose you like.  The software acts like a human purchaser but with infinite patience repeatedly trying to buy the specified sneakers until they are successful. Lots of people buy up loads of these and indeed run successful businesses simply reselling these shoes at inflated prices.

TO maximise their chances they install the software programs on high availability servers with lots of bandwidth.  These can be programmed remotely to leap into action as soon as a new release becomes available.

The issue is that obviously the retailers don’t like this and try and block access to all automated efforts to buy the sneakers.  They look for things like multiple connections from the same IP addresses and ban these instantly. Which means even if you have your own server if it tries to often to buy the sneakers then it will get banned and the server and software will be unusable.

The solution is to add another layer of protection by utilizing sneaker proxies to hide your location and allow the software or Bot to rotate it’s identity in order to keep running.  It’s not difficult to do but the the essential requirement is that these are sneaker proxies with a special configuration.

The first important component which you’ll never get with free proxies is to ensure it has lots of residential IP addresses.  These are actually quite hard to get because these addresses are only normally handed out by ISPs to home users.  Most online retailers know that people try to hide their locations and often block all non-residential IP addresses automatically. Normal commercial VPN and proxies will have commercial IP addresses so won’t work in this situation.

This is what makes sneaker proxies so special, they should definitely have residential IP addresses which makes them pretty much undetectable from normal home users.  Unfortunately it’s also what makes them so expensive as obtaining, supporting and running these sorts of residential proxies is pretty costly.

There are a few companies around who have managed to obtain and specialize in residential IP proxies but there aren’t many.  In our opinion the best and most trusted supplier is a company called Storm Proxies which you can find in the link below.

Storm Proxies

Advanced Residential Proxies – Backconnect Rotating IPs

One of the earliest uses of proxy servers were to add some control over access and bandwidth to the internet from large corporate networks.  Instead of having thousands of individual computers accessing the same resources individually, a proxy can request, cache and forward the same information.  Firstly this helps reduce network traffic but more importantly allows network administrators to control and check both incoming and outgoing traffic in a single spot.

This is of course, not their only use and nowadays you can find proxies all over the place in all sorts of configurations.  The proxy server has found a new lease of life as an effective way of hiding your location and staying anonymous online.  In this article we are going to talk about a specialised configuration now commonly used for supporting automated tools and bots that people use online.

It’s easy to hide behind a single proxy to complete a single task,  however if you want to use software which performs multiple tasks then it becomes a little more complicated.  The main issue is that if a proxy is detected it can be blocked or filtered really easily, adding it’s IP addresses to a black list effectively make that proxy useless with regards  that site.

You may have come across this message in some form when using Google for instance –

Residential Proxies

it’s simply a message triggered when Google receives too many requests from a single IP address.  You can actually cause it to happen manually just by searching too quickly but obviously any software will trigger it much more easily.  So for example, research tools which send multiple requests to search engines becoming completely useless in this situation.

This is a problem suffered by all sorts of tools which need to process multiple connections to specific websites.  Things like SEO tools, automated posters, Sneaker and Twitter bots and hundreds of other automated tools that people use online to make money online.  None of them will work properly without using a significant number of proxies to support these requests.

Using Residential Proxies with Rotating IPs for Automated Tools

There are several important things to remember about using proxies in this way, including the type of IP addresses that are assigned to them. There are two major classifications of available IP addresses, commercial and residential.

  • Commercial IP Addresses – are assigned to private companies and datacentres.
  • Residential IP Addresses – are assigned to individuals and home users usually through their ISP (Internet Service Providers)

By far the most valuable are residential IP addresses simply because commercial addresses are mostly detected and blocked automatically.  Most commercial sites want to allow ordinary users, who will almost always originate from a residential IP address. Unfortunately most commonly available addresses are commercial as they usually are assigned to servers in datacentres.

If you sign up for a web site, hire a dedicated server or even just subscribe to a VPN service – all the IP addresses will be classified as commercial ones.   These addresses are actually very simple to get, however the home user addresses needed for dedicated residential proxies are much, much harder to obtain.  If you try and search you’ll find there are not many residential IP providers online.  The primary source of these addresses is ISPs however these are only allocated to individuals at specific locations.  It’s impossible to simply buy a range of residential IP addresses and assign them to some high powered servers stored in a datacentre unfortunately.   They can be obtained but the process requires contacts, expertise and lots of hardware to support them.

Private residential proxies and their addresses are therefore extremely valuable and it’s vital that they do not become banned or blocked from overuse.  Although the classification of these addresses won’t cause them to be blocked, they will be banned if too many concurrent connections originate from them.

A simple proxy server with a few residential IP addresses, isn’t going to cut it – a few automated tools running on a high bandwidth connection is going to burn through them pretty quickly.  People running all sorts of tools like Twitter Bots, Sneaker Bots and high end SEO tools need thousands of these addresses in order operate.  Even if you buy rotating proxies there’s no guarantee that this will be sufficient to support many of these tools.

Fortunately a couple of companies, and it’s no more than this have built something much more sophisticated.   These networks consist of residential IPs backconnect rotating proxies which can support thousands of IP addresses and allow all these tools and bots to run without issues.  These backconnect proxy servers aren’t single servers which simply forward and receive data like traditional proxies.   They are actually a gateway to a mesh of different machines supporting thousands of IP addresses and configurations networked together.  Every request is filtered through a different proxy and rotated through a a unique configuration with varying referrer data.

These networks allow you to point at the network and switch through thousands of IP addresses, they even switch the referrer data.  They’re obviously extremely difficult to assemble and take ongoing development however they allow thousands of users to run these high powered automated applications.  The only company who own and run their own hardware to support these residential backconnect proxies is called Storm Proxies.

You can buy residential proxies and other specialised servers on the link below.  they include a 48 money back trial as standard.

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Interpreting the Use of Digital Identity

At the center of this service-oriented economic state are network-based, automated operations. Automated purchases are definitely essentially different than the operations that transpire within the physical world. The moment I stop by the convenience store in order to purchase a snack, I can easily switch money for peanuts. Unless the clerk happens to know me, the transaction is confidential. In contrast, in the service– oriented economy, confidential transactions are scarce, simply because delivering service immediately generally implies that you have so as to know something pertaining to who’s receiving the service, otherwise their names, then at the very least their choices or other attributes.

This identifying data is commonly transmitted digitally, across the network. Inside a service-oriented economy, electronic identity matters. Naturally whenever we talk about the service-oriented economy, we’re not actually merely talking about e-commerce. Take note that my example with the convenience store involved a tiny cash transaction. Nevertheless imagine the identical situation, with the exception of this time around I utilize a debit card, credit card, or check. Throughout any of those scenarios, I’ve invoked a network-based monetary service as part of the overall transaction.

Network-based support services are as pervasive in transactions that take place in the physical world as they are in online interaction and communications. In an automated, network-based service, I have in order to know who you are in order to offer anyone accessibility to my service. Since these particular services are significantly delivered over electronic digital networks, businesses really need trustworthy, safe and secure, and private means for producing, storing, transmitting, and employing digital identities.

Network-based, automatic services are not only delivered to customers, workers, partners, and providers also interact along with the company via services. In a lot of cases, anonymous service is impossible or undesired, and as a consequence, digital identities must be assigned and managed. In addition to determining clients in order to sell them services, business have an increasing need to identify employees, systems, resources, and services in a step-by-step way to create business agility and assure the security of business assets.

This is being made increasingly complicated by the global marketplace and transactions stretching across national boundaries.  For example there’s nothing to stop someone from France making digital transactions with a US or UK firm.  Normally these can of course be identified by their is a further complication if the individual hides their location perhaps by using something like a UK VPN connection.

Using Digital Identity

Digital identity is generally the lynch pin within every of the activities we have actually just discussed, along with a wide assortment of other activities important to business. For this reason, exactly how your organization manages digital identities will have a great influence on whether you are continuously dealing with issues brought on simply by a lack of attention to taking care of identity, or whether you are exploiting opportunity enabled by a flexible and rational digital identity infrastructure.

Additional – http://www.iplayerabroad.com/2018/03/30/watch-uk-tv-online-vpn/

HTTP Authentication and Proxy Configurations

HTTP Authentication Since the reverse proxy server masquerades as a Web server, the authentication required by the reverse proxy is Web server authentication. That is, the challenge status code is 401, not 407. See elsewhere in this blog for HTTP authentication, and differences between Web server and proxy server authentication.

Dynamic Content and Reverse Proxying

Dynamic content poses a problem With reverse proxies. If the content is dynamically generated, it cannot be cached efficiently. Rather, each request must be forwarded to the origin server. This defeats the benefits of caching in the proxy server, and may in fact impede performance. A common misconception relates to the way CGI scripts are handled. CGI scripts are always executed by the origin server; they are never trans- ferred in their source code/program language form to the proxy server and executed there. Only the result of the CGI execution is passed to the proxy server, and, if marked cacheable, it may be cached by the proxy. As long as the number of dynamic pages is fairly small compared to the total number of requests, reverse proxying can be beneficial as in this case – http://bbciplayerabroad.co.uk/how-to-watch-bbc-iplayer-in-the-usa/. If there are many dynamic pages, they may be duplicated on multiple origin servers, and DNS round robin used to distribute the load among them. The static content may still be handled by reverse proxy servers.

Alternatives to Using Reverse Proxies:

There are a couple of alternatives to reverse proxies. One is the 3 05 Use Proxy status code in HTTP/ 1.1 that is intended for redirecting the client [or an intermediate (forward) proxy] that directly connects to the origin server to go through a proxy server. This releases the proxy in question from having to be a reverse proxy, since the client is now aware of the proxy’s existence in between. The 305 status code is intended as a mechanism for associating a one-site—only proxy server that will not be used for anything else. Note that if a (forward) proxy server is already used by the client, the client will not receive the 305 response. Instead, it is intercepted and handled by the last (forward) proxy in the proxy chain (that’s the proxy that attempted a direct connection to the origin server to begin with).

At the time of this writing, the support for the 305 status code is not widespread, either by client software or proxy servers. Once HTTP/1 becomes more widespread, the use of 305 proxy redirection may be viable option to reverse proxying. Another alternative to reverse proxying is to handle replication ~ ‘ server content by other means.

This can be accomplished by a plugin, the Web server, or by copying content between servers by other too such as FTP or secure rdist. At this time, copying content between servers using out-of-band mechanisms is the most common way of ting up large server pools. As reverse proxy server technology advance» may become an easier mechanism for setting up server pools. SUMMARY Reverse proxying provides an alternative to moving the server from ‘ internal network to the firewall. As the performance of proxy server \ ” ware increases, they may become a viable solution for synchronizing among multiple replicated servers in a large origin server pool.

Source: Guidance on Find a Fast UK Proxy

Using Your VPN – Apprendre le Français

You might think that VPNs and proxies are just technical tools only useful for geeks and nerds, but that’s not quite the truth.  Well it’s partly true but the reality is that a VPN offers something much more than an encrypted connection between two computers.

Although initially the original and primary reason for a VPN to be used is security nowadays it has arguably a  more important role – to bypass blocks and filters.  You see every single one of us has access to a ‘restricted’ version of the internet.  Not one of us has equal access to each other when we’re online.  We all use a regionalised version of the internet where some sites are blocked or filtered depending on our locations.

Of course, the extent of these filters varies greatly depending on your location. It’s fair to say that European access is way more extensive than connecting from Thailand , China or Turkey for example.   Most countries operate some sort of restrictions, in most democratic nations it normally revolves around criminals sites.  However other countries will extend these blocks to include all sorts of political, religious and moral restrictions, for example many gay rights and atheist sites are inaccessible online from Turkey.

A VPN offers the potential to bypass all these blocks and filters with relative ease and you can decide what content you are able to access irrespective of your location.  The reason this works is that the VPN stops most content filtering methods from working.   There’s another sector of websites that restrict access but these are generally down to copyright or licensing issues.  Most large media sites operate these blocking access from countries outside their domestic market.

Which means that many of the best, most informative and interesting sites are restricted to the location they are based in.  Sounds crazy doesn’t it – a global network like the internet slowly being segmented and filtered.  However not if you have a VPN, all these sites can be available irrespective of your location.

Let’s take an example, perhaps you’re learning French but because you’re based in the USA.  Lots of the French and Canadian French TV and educational sites are inaccessible from a US IP address.  Same goes for other media sites in different countries, your access is only not restricted to sites based in the USA.  However the VPN opens up that access, so you can watch online TV stations in France like M6 Replay or indeed any sites from anywhere – such as BBC iPlayer France!

So studying French, want to practice your vocabulary by watching The Simpsons dubbed into French – then make sure you connect to a VPN server based in France.  Want to try out the BBC educational content and programmes switch it to a UK one and so one.

Further Information: Streaming UK TV 

Choosing a Smart DNS vs VPN Solution

One of the problems with using VPN services is that they are difficult to use with devices other than computers. It’s fairly simple to set up a VPN on a computer, laptop or even on tablets.
However nowadays people use things like Smart TVs and media streamers such as the Roku which are difficult to configure to use VPNs even those simpler ones. This configuration issue lies at the heart of the puzzle – which is the best Smart DNS Vs VPN.

Probably the most common uses for a flash router is to act like a VPN service gateway. As you can see from a fast glance from the many sites which deal with Flash Routers, most encourage using one of the many VPN services and are frequently adding new ones. Subscribing to the VPN service is an extremely beneficial way to get access to unblocked content, so if you’re attempting to see US Netflix in Mexico or see BBC Sport on your Roku, employing a subscription service like Identity Cloaker, IPVanish or similar with your router will definitely a fantastic option.

Nevertheless, a VPN service isn’t the only way to unblock popular streaming video & music content. While utilizing a VPN support with your router can permit you to unblock content on devices such as Roku and Apple Television that may Usually not be flashed for VPN usage, you will find other services that could be utilized. The most outstanding is the, easy Smart DNS. Should I Be Using A VPN service or a Smart DNS Router Setup? Smart DNS is a protocol which may be utilized to re route traffic required for determining your geographical location.

Nevertheless, unlike a VPN, Smart DNS doesn’t provide encryption or conceal your IP address. The VPN service creates a tube which change or mask your IP to do it look you’re accessing the website from another location. Smart DNS works like more of a trick, by changing your DNS so sites think you’re qualified to access their content. The reason why SmartD NS differs enormously from a VPN with a better user rate is that it doesn’t require traveling through a remote server location. So a Smart DNS router configuration gives you a number Of the benefits a VPN service may provide without the possible disadvantage of slower speeds from heavy VPNs encryption.

Using SmartDNS is really hard to beat for ease and setup, particularly when utilizing a router upgraded with increased DD WRT firmware. When this Smart DNS router setup is complete, all system that runs throughout The FlashRouter will be using SmartDNS. So with one setup, all devices device on your network like Roku 3, AppleTV, iPads, iPhones may All access SmartDNS enabled content with no person setup. One installment and you’re ready to go!.

Accessing Blocked Content in France

Like many websites particularly those in the media sector, the French TV site M6 Replay is only accessible from domestic connections.  If you access from inside France then you’ll have no problem at all but if you are in a different country and try to access M6 Replay then you’ll get blocked from most of the video streams.

These sites often block access or filter their content for a variety of reasons.  Much of it is to do with copyright issues, that their programmes are only licensed for a specific country or region.   Other reasons are usually focused on maximizing profit by selling broadcasting rights separately to other organisations or media companies.    If you access any media site in any country you’ll normally find that the functionality is restricted primarily to it’s home market.

The method for enforcing these restrictions are however usually very similar and involve determining the location of the connection.   This is normally done by looking up the IP address of the incoming connection and looking up the country of origin.   These can be determined from vast databases which map all registered IP addresses to their corresponding countries.  So a connection from Canada would be mapped to a Canadian IP address and so on.

This is the standard method for controlling, filtering and restricting access – often known as geotargeting or geoblocking.   It means that in order to bypass these blocks and gain access to these sites irrespective of your actual location then you need to gain some control of your IP address.    Unfortunately it’s not actually possible to change your address as this is allocated directly from the ISP where connect to the internet.  These are always locked to the specific country, so you’ll get the address based on the country you’re connecting from.

There is a method though which can unlock any website irrespective of your location – here’s a demonstration:

As you can see the way to bypass these checks is to hide your real IP address by using an intermediate server to route the connection. So to access the M6 Replay site from outside France you need to relay your connection through a French proxy server.

As long as the server is configured properly then the website will only see the IP address of the proxy server and not the actual client. Developments in this areas have included the use of VPN (Virtual private Networks) which are even more difficult to detect than proxies. Furthermore the VPN connection is encrypted so it’s more secure than using a simple proxy server.