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I may not be using the correct terminolgy here, but how can I invoke private browsing or anonomised browsing such that e.g. at work when I view certain web sites they do not get registered.  This is nothing illegal, just for example youtube or facebook or other personal sites which I dont want registered on the company's server.  I think they are called proxy servers right as they hide your IP address and your browsing?

I have the option of using IE, Firefox or Chrome on my computer, but activating private browsing simply only hides the history on the PC right?
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Private Browsing in IE only hides the information on your local computer.  If your network has a proxy, avoiding it depends how your network is set up.  Most have the internet connected to one interface of a server, and the private network connect to another.  As such the only way to get to the internet is through the server (or hardware firewall etc).

This is done mainly to protect the corporate network from viruses, hacking etc from the outside world, but it also allows companies to monitor all internet traffic.
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With private browsing on, no permanent information is stored on your computer. This means when you close the browser, there is no reference in the history list, no cookie stored and such. Of cause when you add bookmaks to your profile those are still stored.

When the company forces the users to use a proxy server, it might be possible to identify each user, but in many cases data privacy regulations prevent this (the users are anonymized in the proxy log files)

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Hi

Sorry I think may not have come across clearly.  Ok, the private browsing bit I understand.  They company does not use proxy servers.  I'm basically asking how I can use one so that the server doesnt see me visiting youtube for example.

I've been told you can buy a plan to use proxy web sites - there used to be one called anonomiser.com or something like that.  That way the company server only sees anonomiser.com and not the actualy web site I am viewing because I enter the URL on the anonomiser site and not into my browser I believe?
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I've never used or even seen a website like that so I can't say much more on that side.  However, you could use a VPN - and I have seen public VPN servers about.  But this may effect other programs on your computer and access to company files etc.
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Yes, there are various sites to hide what you are doing like you are mentioning, and most are free. I will not mention specific sites but you can surely do a google search to find them. To answer your question they will not be able to see where you are going when you visit these sites but frequently visiting these sites would be against company policy. Be certain not to violate any ToS. A PPTP or L2TP VPN would also work, one that I use is Witopia and it is not free.

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What is a PPTP or L2TP and how does it differ from VPN or proxy site?

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PPTP and L2TP are both protocols used in a VPN connection to encrypt the traffic. Basically, a proxy site will only hide the websites you are viewing through it while a VPN will encrypt everything.

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Sorry will look at this q again this weekend....apologies for the delay.

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What is the keyword I should be googling for shyrjiin?  its not proxy servers is it?

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