Best Free Anonymous Proxy Servers

GCI proxy servers hide your identity and don't require much effort

An anonymous proxy server, also called a CGI proxy, is a server that works through a web form so that all the internet requests are first filtered through the form, essentially masking your identity.

Setting up a device to use an anonymous proxy isn't difficult in the slightest. Instead of configuring the address of the proxy server in the web browser, like is the case with HTTP or SOCKS proxies, you just have to use the internet like you would but do so from the web proxy's homepage.

What Does an Anonymous Proxy Do?

An anonymous proxy is designed to increase your privacy on the web by hiding the public IP address issued by your internet service provider and routing all traffic through different public servers and addresses.

These proxies can also help people avoid content blocks that some websites place on IP addresses from certain countries. A similar example where a proxy is useful is if you're on a network that blocks an XYZ website but doesn't block the proxy website, in which case you can use the proxy to access XYZ.

Tip: An anonymous proxy is supposed to effectively hide your IP address. See How to Find Your IP Address for some tools that let you double-check that the proxy is working.

What to Look for in an Anonymous Proxy

When evaluating which proxy to use, look for a reputable brand name and ones that perform at acceptable speeds. Web browsing sessions through anonymous proxies do not run nearly as fast as normal browsing due to the extra translation overhead involved in going through the proxy server.

If you need to use a web proxy often, consider upgrading from a free proxy to a paid proxy service plan that offers higher performance and perhaps better quality of service guarantees.

Note: An anonymous proxy works differently from a virtual private network (VPN) because it only handles web traffic that runs through the browser that's using the proxy. VPNs, on the other hand, can be set up for the entire device to use it, which would include programs and other non-web browser traffic.

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Hidester provides SSL proxy support that protects you from scripts and other malicious methods that could harm your computer. It's touted as "the most reliable free web proxy in the market."

You can pick between a US or Europe server before you begin browsing, as well as choose to encrypt the URL, allow cookies, accept scripts, and strip away objects from loading.

While you're using Hidester, you can even change the browser referrer so it looks to the website as if you're using a different operating system or web browser.

Note: There's also a free temporary email address and a password generator you can use at Hidester. If you want to pay for Hidester, you can have access to hundreds of other proxies in various countries.  More »

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Another web proxy you can use for free anonymous browsing is hide.me. 

Start by entering the URL you want to visit and then choose the proxy location from the drop down box. Your options are Netherlands, Germany, and the US.

Just like with some of the other websites in this list, hide.me lets you disable/enable cookies, encryption, scripts, and objects. More »

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Anonymouse has been around for many years now, supporting web, email, and Usenet (news) proxies. It supports both English and German languages.

Though it is completely free to use, you do have the option to purchase a low-cost subscription for faster proxy servers and additional services like ad-free surfing, larger file downloads, and the ability to access HTTPS websites. More »

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Zend2 works much like these other anonymous proxies with the exception that you can use it with YouTube and Facebook. Some free proxies don't support those websites.

This means you can watch YouTube videos behind a proxy without worrying about incurring charges or having to pay for a premium proxy service. More »

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Megaproxy has some unique options that make it a little different than some of these other anonymous web proxies.

You have the freedom to disable/enable OS and browser user agent identification plus the option to remove ads from webpages, limit animations to two iterations, and block all cookies.

Because Megaproxy is free, you can not use it to submit information into forms or login remotely to websites, nor can you download files larger than 200 kilobytes, access HTTPS sites, stream media files, or view over 60 pages within five hours. More »