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heat123

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I just wanted to know how safe a proxy server program is and the purpose of one. If you think I should get one which one do you think I should get? Also right now I have AVG, Windows Firewall, Superantispyware, Malwarebytes Antimalware, OpenDNS and Spyware Blaster. I also have Mozy which is a online data backup service. I know I am going to switch to a different firewall I just want to wait until a get done with my open malware topic. What firewall do you think I should switch to? Do you think I should add any programs? If so, what is the purpose? All these programs are the free version do you think I should purchase the paid version for any program. If so, what would it add to my protection and what features are better? I update all my programs manual and AVG automatically does. I do full scans with AVG, MBAM, and SuperAntispyware at least once a week if not more.

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Edited by heat123, 03 August 2009 - 07:29 AM.

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for home use...the only purpose that a proxy server offers is the ability to hide your system's public ip address from the destination....other than that....not much... and even then...a very small amount of computer kung-fu can allow the destination to see your real IP
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What do you mean exactly by computer kung-fu? So basicially there is not much of a point to use one of these?
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computer kung-fu as in some special tools and other such things...

for the home user a proxy server doesn't offer you any protection from infection or identity theft
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All the programs you have listed should keep your system clean if you do regular scans and are aware of your downloading / internet usage. A proxy server really isn't meant for a home environment, it's more of a business server.

If you need a new firewall, both these are good choices:

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I just wanted to know how safe a proxy server program is and the purpose of one. If you think I should get one which one do you think I should get?


You may want to take a look at TOR.

http://www.torprojec...html.en#Warning

Please read all relevant documentation before installing and configuring TOR.
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