Private Proxy is a downloadable tool that connects you through and anonymous proxy server. Your IP address is replaced by a proxy IP address — and your IP address is changed automatically every 30 minutes.
Installation of the application was quick and easy. I signed up for a 7 day free trial, and had my software downloaded and installed in just a few minutes. When I first launched the application, I was prompted for a username and password. Upon first connection, my login credentials were rejected. After a few attempts, I was finally able to connect.
I had to make a few changes to my Firefox connection settings in order to start browsing the internet. I was disappointed with the Private Proxy guide to setting up Firefox — it was basically a bunch of notated screenshots that were hard to follow. I didn’t have to make any adjustments to my Internet Explorer settings.
Once I was connected to the proxy servers, I found that I had been assigned a new anonymous IP Address. I did a quick IP address trace, and I found that my anonymous IP address cooresponded to a web host in New Jersey. So, I was certainly surfing anonymously through a proxy server.
I found browsing using the proxy servers only slightly slower than normal. I found video downloads from Youtube to be just as fast as normal. I had some intermitent connection problems. Twice during testing, I lost the connection to the proxy server, and I had to reconnect through the application.
In order to access secure SSL site (https), be sure to check “Auto-detect proxy settings” in the Connection Options of your web browser.
I found the Private Proxy tool light weight and easy to use. Once set up and configured correctly, Private Proxy is a great affordable solution for IP masking. I recommend this product as an easy was to stay anonymous.