The 7 Best Proxy Sites to Try for Safer Browsing – MUO – MakeUseOf

If privacy is a concern for you while browsing online, here are seven of the best proxy sites you can try for safer browsing.
Proxy sites are commonly used by people who want to access blocked websites, but don't want to spend money on buying a separate VPN connection. These websites rely on proxy servers to translate traffic, offering a quick and free way to quickly access blocked content..
A proxy server acts as an intermediary, translating traffic for users and receiving it from a different destination. Essentially, when you access a website through a proxy server, it first flows through the proxy website and then goes on to its destination.
This allows you to access blocked websites, as the traffic is flowing through the unblocked proxy server instead. There are quite a few proxy sites that you can use. Here, we'll take a look at the seven best ones.
KProxy is one of the best free proxy sites that you can use today. Arguably the biggest reason why so many people use this proxy site is because it doesn't cost a penny.
You don't have to worry about installing an application or an extension (though there's one available for Edge, Chrome, and Firefox). KProxy changes your IP address when sending traffic to the internet, thus hiding your identity.
It's a decent proxy if you want to bypass geo-blocking restrictions, including getting past workspace blocks or government censorship. You can also use it to bypass a school firewall.
If you want to browse the web anonymously, but don't want to spend money on a VPN, this is the next best option available to you. The free plan has a lot of intrusive ads, though.
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KProxy offers decent encryption for a free proxy, so if hiding your IP address is the primary objective, this is a fairly good option. However, don't expect it to stream content smoothly, especially on the free version.
The platform also offers a paid plan, known as KProxy Pro, from $5. This gives you access to premium servers, with the company claiming reduced waiting times and better bandwidth. The Pro plan doesn't contain any ads, either.
Whoer is a VPN provider and a free web proxy that you can use to quickly change your IP address and bypass geo-restrictions. If you want to browse the web anonymously, this is a great option.
However, Whoer is slightly different from some other proxy sites on this list. For starters, it doesn't offer services in all countries. Secondly, you must download its anonymizer tool to change your IP and DNS.
It's important to note that you can't just use Whoer by typing the website URL into an address bar on the site to change your IP. You have to download its tool to use the service. It has separate extensions available for Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Yandex.
Furthermore, the free service throttles your speeds, so to fully unlock its potential, you must choose a paid subscription to its VPN service.
Whoer also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee to users. The free service is fairly basic, so don't expect to stream videos or load content-rich websites.
HMA was one of the most popular proxy sites back in the day. It started off as a free proxy, but eventually introduced its own VPN with paid plans. The company has seen its fair share of troubles related to privacy, but it's trying hard to regain its former glory.
It offers fairly nominal speeds, but owing to the proxy site's popularity, the servers are almost always overloaded. HMA hides your IP and encrypts your internet traffic, which is what you'd expect from any proxy. However, it shows a lot of ads, effectively cutting the screen real estate to 65 percent when you are browsing.
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Like most others, it also throttles speeds in a bid to get you to buy the premium VPN offering. A free web proxy extension is also available. You can't unblock Netflix or other streaming sites using its proxy, but it is possible with its standalone VPN, which comes with a seven-day free trial.
Zyte, formerly Scrapinghub, is a smart proxy and web scraping solution offered to businesses. It's different from other proxy sites on this list, as it's designed for use by people with actual knowledge of how the web works.
Essentially, Zyte provides its own proxies that you can use to bypass geo-filters. However, it requires you to integrate the API with your existing infrastructure to work smoothly. Zyte offer four plans, starting from $29/mo and going all the way to $999/mo for the Enterprise version.
GeoSurf is similar to Zyte, offering residential IPs that you can use to bypass geo-restrictions. It can be used by enterprises with web bots to scrape the web, primarily because it has rotating proxy managers that reduce the risk of detection.
GeoSurf offers more than two million IPs spread over 2,000 locations, including static IPs. You can buy proxies from GeoSurf, with plans starting from $450 per month and going all the way to $2,000 per month.
First launched in 1997, Anonymouse still looks like a website from the '90s. Once you select your language, you'll see a page with its VIP membership pricing, which starts from $6 per month. This includes faster speeds, no ads, increased download limits, and an encrypted connection.
Anonymouse is a basic proxy that you can use to open blocked websites. Keep in mind that encrypted connections are no longer supported on the free version. So, for any website that starts with “HTTPS”, you will need to pay for its VIP service.
Hideoxy is another free online web proxy. It's not always reliable, however. Certain websites just don't open, with an error stating that “The requested website is banned and cannot be assessed”.
It has a very bare-bones interface, and has many ads on the website. If you want to open a static website, such as a blog that's blocked by your provider, Hideoxy might do the trick. Apart from that, it doesn't have much else to offer.
It's best to take measures to protect your identity online, such as masking your IP address, especially on public networks. Using a fake IP address helps protect your real identity and keeps your personal information safe from malicious actors.
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Najam Ahmed is an experienced content marketer and copywriter with a focus on SaaS offerings, startups, digital agencies, and ecommerce businesses. He’s worked closely with founders and digital marketers over the past eight years to produce articles, eBooks, newsletters, and guides. His interests include gaming, traveling, and reading.
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