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Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers by Michael Schrenk

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Final Thoughts

It is important to note that anonymizers do not always provide complete anonymity. Anonymous browsing techniques rely on many users to mask the actions of individuals, and they are not foolproof. However, even simple anonymizers hide a web surfer's ISP and country of origin. Moreover, barring a disclosure of the anonymizer's server logs, users should remain anonymous; even if those logs were examined, they would still have to be referenced with the logs of ISPs to identify web surfers. Advanced anonymizers complicate issues further by making page requests from a variety of domains, which adds more confusion to server logs and users' identities. An anonymizer's access log files gain further protection if you host anonymizers on encrypted ...

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