Protecting yourself online has never been so important. The need to use common sense and adequate security and privacy tools is vital. If you’ve come here looking to become an online ninja, surfing securely through the electronic ether well perhaps I can point you in the right direction.
But First the Danger
Finding any sort of anonymity is difficult online, you’re tracked and logged through your ISP, company firewalls, web sites you visit and a thousand other devices in between.
Your IP address can be tracked back to the very PC you’re sitting at and the logs stored and backed up in your ISP contain virtually everything you’ve done online for the last two years.
When I say everything, I’m not kidding – and yes it does include the fact that you watched the Kylie Minogue Agent Provocateur ad 6 times in a row last Friday when you came home from the bar.
Now the Inconvenience
Sometimes it’s not actually the paranoia (oh and yes they are watching you), but the inconvenience that drives people in search of a Ninja proxy to surf through. This is down to the increasing pervasiveness of a system called geotargeting – I’ll add a better description of this but it’s basically the way that websites restrict what you can watch depending on your location.
You’ve probably seen it in action -
- Want to watch BBC Iplayer but are not in UK – Sorry blocked by IP address
- Catch up on some shows on Hulu while on holiday in France – Nope blocked by IP address
- View the news on ABC whilst in Canada – Nope blocked by IP address again.
The real list is much, much longer – from accessing Youtube, just about any big media site, or if you’re unlucky to live in a country where it’s considered bad for you to access Facebook - it’s likely you’re going to get blocked for not having the right IP address.
So people are fed up with being blocked, monitored, logged and basically having their online experience controlled and analysed – so they look online and read about ninja proxies. What they find is loads of web pages called Ninja something or other and a basic install of a web proxy called Glype. They will promise you all sorts of super, secret ninja surfing via their little browsing frame – but I’m afraid it’s not true.
The Truth About Ninja Proxies
Unfortunately that’s what the majority end up doing, searching in Google and finding some Ninja web site or something like that. In the middle of the page their will be a little box inviting you to search via their site – something like this
Is it secure ?
In a word – No.
Well if you trust a complete stranger who has set up a free server, installed Glype and covered it in ads – to look after your data then of course it’s fine. It doesn’t bypass most firewalls, it certainly doesn’t give you anonymity – it does add many more risks to your browsing.
For those of us who prefer reality it’s a complete waste of time, all you are doing is funneling your data through another unknown, insecure point. In some circumstance the setup may obscure your IP address slightly but that’s about it – you also be leaving yet another log of your activities on this guys server.
Don’t think you’ll be able to stream previously blocked video either like BBC Iplayer or Hulu because you can’t watch these through a little Iframe window and besides the servers are normally basic ones that would struggle to stream video to one person not the thousands who’ll probably be trying.
The real ninja proxy experience will obscure your IP address completely through an advanced network of high speed, highly secure servers across the planet. It will be high speed and high performance allowing media streaming direct to your PC from wherever you are – so watch the BBC Iplayer or Hulu or any site you care to try.
It can be set to automatically switch your browsing data across to a different server across the globe every few minutes.
But finally it will also encrypt your data meaning that you really can be anonymous, your ISP logs included. In fact the only readable logs of your online existence are briefly on the secure servers and are deleted immediately.
You can find it here.