A proxy is an online service that acts as an intermediary between our browser and the server we want to access, thus masking our IP. It is common to use one of them when we want to skip a content restriction.
This restriction can be given well by the server, based on geolocation (for example, Netflix, when it does not allow us to access our account from another country) or fine when a url is restricted on the local network from which we access (in public institutions it happens often.
Among the multitude of free proxy services that we can find on the Internet, we indicate some of the most recommended:
Hide.Me (“Hide me”) is one of the best known and popular web proxy services. It does not retain our data and, in addition, the URL that you provide us to mask our identity will expire once we close the browser.
It provides us with a built-in pop-up blocker (in case your browser does not include it yet) to improve our user experience, and also gives us the option to block scripts and control browser cookies.
The downside is that, in its free version (it has several payment options) its offer of access servers is very limited, while the paid one uses up to 1700 servers.
We will also find limitations in the free version if we intend to access the proxy through several devices simultaneously.
If you use a proxy to access HD video streaming services with location-based locks user (category that both Netflix and YouTube fall into, for example), then your best option will be 4everproxy.
It offers 11 web servers Europe, North America and Asia, and an even greater number of geographical origins for the IP that will be provided to the server we want to access. What’s more, the IP will rotate after each connection we establish, thus increasing our privacy.
Like other services, it makes it easy to allow or block cookies and scripts, but it also allows remove page titles so that the browser history does not betray us either.
The VPNBook web proxy is extraordinarily simple: you enter the address you want to access, select one of the 4 servers it offers (UK, USA, Canada and France) and click on ‘Go’. Ready, you do not have to select any other option (it is not offered to us).
Thus, traffic will be automatically encrypted (“to circumvent government censorship”, according to its website) and your IP will be hidden. VPNBook specifically highlights its ability to unblock YouTube and Facebook.
In principle, Kproxy offers us the typical form to insert the URL and select the server. But in this case it also allows us choose if we want to connect using HTTPS or not.
And also, just below we are offered to install ourselves the official Kproxy browser extension (for Chrome / Edge and Frefox), which they claim is
“better than a VPN […] a slow and easy to block protocol [mientras que con la extensión] your connection will be recognized as a normal HTTP connection “.
In addition, on the web they also offer us the option of download a portable ‘Kproxy browser’ and they provide complete documentation.
It does not provide any news with respect to the rest of the services already outlined, but ProxySite is a reference service, as popular as it is reliable. It offers 25 European and North American servers as options when connecting.
In addition, it promotes its ability to seamlessly access sites like Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit or Imgur (each of which has its own access button on the ProxySite home page).
From your ‘Settings’ page we can configure aspects like the ‘user agent’ (that is, the type of browser and operating system that the proxy notifies you that we are using the web server to which we want to connect).