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Transparent proxies are everywhere these days. You’ve been on one if you ever used public Wi-Fi. Transparent proxies are also called forced proxies, inline proxies or intercepting proxies. You see, a transparent proxy restricts Internet access to its users. This is how hotels and airports force their Wi-Fi users to accept usage Terms and Conditions. An inline proxy might also gather phone numbers, email addresses or let you enter a code for authentication.
Most public Wi-Fi networks are not secure, because their transparent proxies do not use encryption. Such transparent proxies very bad for privacy and security.
What Is a Transparent Proxy
Transparent proxies intercept connections and act as gateways between clients and the Internet. Their clients often don’t notice a transparent proxy between them and the Internet.
Forced proxies identify themselves to the target and make the real IP visible in the HTTP header. Such a proxy does not protect or change your IP, it just authenticates and identifies your connection. Most forced proxies also do this via the outdated HTTP protocol, so your data can become visible to third parties.
If you are on an intercepting proxy server right now (e.g. a public Wi-Fi), check your phone for an icon that indicates an encrypted (secured) connection. In case the network doesn’t have it, you better log off that network ASAP.
An intercepting proxy does several things:
You can detect transparent or inline proxies by using these methods:
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