I forget exactly where I found this link – I think it was either Electronic Frontier Foundation or Privacy Tools – but it’s a list of supposedly anonymous proxy servers, generated by a set of particular search engine terms:
+”:8080″ +”:3128″ +”:80″ filetype:txt
This returns results for lists of proxy servers that use ports 8080, 3128, and 80, which are apparently more anonymous than average proxies.
You’ll get different results if you use different search engines, too:
For the curious, here are some of the actual results that you might get as well:
h3furnitureoutlet: proxy list (yeah, a furniture outlet has a proxy list)
Even so, as I mentioned in a few earlier posts, this all depends on whether you trust proxies at all. Which is why I haven’t used any of these, personally.
It’s similar to using a VPN in combination with Tor. Are you really anonymous when doing this? That depends on whether or not you trust your VPN provider! By the same token, it’s very risky to use certain proxies, unless you know what data the proxy server is collecting about you. Never mind the fact that .txt documents can contain malware (just as some PDFs on Tor do). Read Should You Trust Any Proxy? to find out a little more.
Regardless, it’s an interesting experiment to try Googling this, even if you don’t decide to use the proxy services themselves. Most of the sites look like this:
While the idea of “anonymous proxy server” sounds great, in theory, they could be just like malicious Tor exit nodes – intending to steal data or worse.
So yes, these proxies exist. Should you use them? That’s up to you.
Call me paranoid, but personally, I wouldn’t.