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Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers by Michael Schrenk

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Chapter 10. ANONYMOUS BROWSING WEBBOTS

The Internet is a public place, and as in any other community, web surfers leave telltale clues of where they've been and what they've done. While many people feel anonymous online, the fact is that server logs, cookies, and browser caches leave little doubt to what happens on the Internet. While total online anonymity is nearly impossible, you can cloak your activity through a specialized webbot called a proxybot, or simply a proxy. This chapter investigates applications for proxies and later explores a webbot proxy project that provides anonymous web browsing.

Anonymity with Proxies

A proxy is a special type of webbot that serves as an intermediary between webservers and clients. Proxies have many uses including ...

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