How to Chain Proxies to Mask Your IP Address and Remain Anonymous on the Web
A proxy is a server that lets a client to connect to it and forward its traffic. This enables a certain "layer" of protection by masking your IP. An IP address can be used to learn your location and track you on the Internet, thus eliminating any form of anonymity that you may have.
Now, I'm a strong believer that people should be allowed to remain anonymous on the Web. I don't like that sites need to track how many hours a day I spend watching YouTube, or how I do my online banking, especially with every company crumbling under the fingers of feds when they ask for any form of information. So your personal data is just out there, in untrustworthy hands because they're just as corrupt as everyone else.
Proxy Chains is a cool tool that allows you to chain multiple proxies to connect to each other and then wrap your program of choice and connect to the Internet. This masks your IP with many layers and can be a good tool when practicing anonymity.
In this Null Byte, we're going to be using the tool Proxy Chains to link proxies and use it on the Firefox web browser to mask our IP and maintain our anonymity with a nice vTutorial. This applies to Mac and Linux operating systems.
Step 1 Download Proxy Chains
First, we need to download the Proxy Chains tool and install it before we start the video. Open a terminal for the following commands.
Enter this command to extract the package:
sudo tar -zxvf <package name>
Now change directories and configure:
cd <proxychains directory> && ./configure
Compile the Proxy Chains source code:
Install Proxy Chains:
sudo make install
Step 2 Configure and Use Proxy Chains
Now time for the video portion of this tutorial...
- nano proxychains.conf
- Add proxies to the configuration file (get proxies with this)
- proxychains curl -s http://checkips.dyndns.org
To run Firefox through it, run:
That will wrap around Firefox's connection and run it through the chain. If your IP has changed, congratulations!