A proxy site is a web page that will allow you to access websites unhindered by restrictions and content filters. These sites enable you to bypass your own Internet Service Provider and browse through the proxy web site. Just type the web site address you would like to visit in the form they provide, and start browsing.
They not only allow you visit blocked sites; they also allow you to have online privacy. The website that you visit can detect your IP address and then use it to find more information about you. Free web-based proxy sites enable you to hide your IP address by acting as an intermediary between your computer and websites. When you use one of this, the websites you visit will see a different IP address that can't be used to track you.
These sites are one of three proxy tools. The other two are Desktop Software which requires downloading and installation; and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services which also require installation. Proxy sites are the easiest to use of the three, as no set up is required. The drawback however is that most of these sites have traffic limits and are easily blocked. Because proxy sites are so easily blocked there is a constant need for new ones. As such there are numerous websites from which users can source and keep up to date on active free proxy sites.
Proxy lists are the easiest way to keep track of free proxy sites. However be careful in getting the right list as there are some proxy lists that do not have legitimate, updated and fresh lists. A genuine proxy list contains a list of proxies that are new and have constantly been maintained and updated for its users.
The best way to find a legitimate proxy list is to check on the credibility and do random checks of the proxies in the list. It is therefore wise to bookmark a proxy list and check it regularly for updates on your favorite proxies. This also makes them easily available when the need to use them arises.