You can use a proxy server to stay anonymous on the computer network. It means that the proxy server that you use will not reveal your original IP (Internet Protocol) address. Through a proxy server, the client makes an indirect contact with other services present on the network. The user connects with the server and then the server requests for a particular page or file present on the network. However, it is not recommended to use a proxy as other computers on the network connect to your system through IP address only. But in cases, where you want to hide your identity and want to save your system from any kind of hacker attack, a proxy server can be used. There are number of ways by which proxy can be achieved in order to stay anonymous on the network.
While using a website proxy server, you enter the URL that you want to visit in the space provided on the proxy website. The proxy website sends the request for the page further to the source server and then displays back the results to your screen. This type of server does not identify itself as proxy server and your IP address is not revealed also. Website proxy servers can filter the information displayed on the web page by which the inappropriate content such as ads, java-scripts etc do not run on the web page. Some servers may come with a price tag while others may be totally free of cost. You can find them in the net. You can easily hide your IP address using this type of server.
You can also use “Anonymizers” in order to remain anonymous on the network. Normally, these are paid services and most of them have their own interface that allows you to hide you IP address. They give a very high level of anonymity but most of them have some cost and are slow in speed.
You can use certain software programs that hide your IP address. These programs configure as well as manage your setting so that you can become anonymous. By using these software programs, you can easily bypass certain settings in case if you don't have much knowledge about proxies.
Cookie Technology can also be implemented to hide your IP address. You can easily disable cookies by using the browser option. By doing so, websites will not be able to save data on your computer. This can provide a certain level of anonymity to the user.
For total anonymity on the network, socks technology can be used by the client. Socks protocols are used in this technology in which a socks server requests as well as retargets the data that is sent back. It becomes impossible to guess the client's IP address as special socks protocols are implemented.
There are certain types of proxy servers such a transparent, distorting and high anonymity proxy servers that can be used to hide your IP address. This is how you can us proxy server to stay anonymous on the network.