7 Best Free Anonymous Proxy Servers

A free proxy site hides your identity and doesn'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 at all. Instead of configuring the address of the proxy server in the web browser, as is the case with HTTP or SOCKS proxies, you just use the internet like you normally would but you do it from the proxy website.

An illustration of an anonymous user at a computer.
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What Does an Anonymous Proxy Do?

An anonymous proxy site 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 proxy sites help people avoid content blocks that some websites place on IP addresses from certain countries. When the website thinks that the request is coming from a supported country, there's no reason for it to block it. For example, if the website you want to use only works for Canadians, then you can use a Canadian proxy server to load the pages.

Similarly, a proxy is useful when you're on a network that blocks a specific website but doesn't block the proxy site. In that case, you can use the proxy site as a gateway to access the blocked website.

What to Look for in an Anonymous Proxy Site

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

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

Proxy Site vs. VPN: Are They the Same?

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 site. 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.

Also, some VPNs are configured to connect you automatically to a server when your computer starts. Proxy sites aren't always on and aren't nearly as intelligent because they work only within the confines of a web browser session.

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Screenshot of the Hidester free web proxy website
What We Like
  • Well designed and easy-to-use website.

  • Highly rated proxy service.

  • Web proxy extension for Chrome.

What We Don't Like
  • Reviews of Chrome extension are rife with fake reviews.

  • A new service in a field of established names.

Hidester provides SSL proxy support that protects you from scripts and other malicious methods that could harm your computer. It has a reputation as the most reliable free web proxy site on the market.

You can pick between a U.S. or Europe server before you begin browsing, as well as choose to encrypt the URL, allow or disallow cookies, accept or reject 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.

You can also clear the cookies that any websites store, and you can do this while you're using the Hidester web proxy.

The service also offers a password generator you can use at Hidester. If you want to pay for Hidester, you can have access to hundreds of other proxy servers in various countries.

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Screenshot of the hide.me free web proxy website


What We Like
  • Enable or disable web technologies.

  • Offers free VPN service.

  • Free VPN has no ads.

What We Don't Like
  • Free VPN service is limited to 2GB of data transfer.

  • Cannot access Netflix content.

Hide.me is another proxy site you can use for free anonymous browsing. 

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 U.S.

Just like with some of the other websites on this list, hide.me lets you disable or enable cookies, encryption, scripts, and objects.

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Screenshot of the ProxySite.com free anonymous web proxy website


What We Like
  • Large number of proxy servers you can switch between at any time.

  • Disguise which browser you're using when visiting sites.

What We Don't Like
  • No significant negatives encountered when using this web proxy.

The ProxySite.com website is a web proxy that you can use with any website including YouTube. You can pick between various proxy servers in the U.S. and Europe. 

At the top of the text box where you enter the URL to use with the proxy, are various buttons to quickly jump right into those websites within the proxy, like Facebook, Reddit, YouTube, Imgur, and Twitter.

You can control whether to use cookies, scripts, and objects and even block ads in the proxy. You can also change the server you're on at any point in time while using the proxy, which is ideal if you are banned from the website you're currently using.

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Screenshot of the KPROXY free anonymous web proxy website


What We Like
  • Top proxy menu can be hidden while surfing.

  • On-the-fly switchable proxy servers.

  • Chrome and Firefox extensions.

What We Don't Like
  • After using the extension for a period of time, you must wait for 30 minutes to continue using, or pay for a Pro upgrade.

  • Free version is limited.

What makes KProxy unique is that while using the proxy site, you can hide the menu that shows at the top of the screen. Most anonymous web proxies stick the menu there without an option to hide it, and it can make it difficult to browse effectively.

Another benefit to KProxy is that you can switch between 10 different proxy servers if you find that your IP address has been blocked while using one of them. Just switch to another to get instant access again.

Something else you'll find with KProxy but not with any of the other anonymous proxies on this list is a small app you can install to anonymize all your web traffic within the Chrome or Firefox browser. There are two separate apps that each work with their respective browser.

The KProxy app is similar to a VPN, but it only works when browsing the internet within the boundaries of Chrome or Firefox, depending on which program you have installed. It's just a proxy that's applied to all the web pages requested through the browser.

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Screenshot of the VPNBook free web proxy website
What We Like
  • HTTPS support.

  • Can have proxy server randomly selected for you.

What We Don't Like
  • No option to block web technologies like cookies, scripts, etc.

  • Have to deal with ads.

  • Limited number of proxy locations.

VPNBook provides a free anonymous web proxy that seems cleaner and less cluttered than some of the others.

This proxy site supports HTTPS and uses 256-bit encryption to hide your traffic. You can also choose to use a proxy server in the U.S., U.K., Canada or France.

It's easy to change the website you want to browse for from within the VPNBook proxy by typing it in at the top of the page.

You do not, however, have control over using or disallowing cookies or blocking scripts like some other proxies support.

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Screenshot of the Megaproxy anonymous web proxy website
What We Like
  • Option to strip ads from web pages.

  • Toggle browser and OS identification agents.

What We Don't Like
  • Cannot stream media through Megaproxy.

  • Limited to 200 KB downloads and 60 visited pages per 5 hour period.

Megaproxy has a few unique options that make it a little different from some of the other anonymous web proxies.

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

Because Megaproxy is free, you cannot use it to submit information to forms or log in remotely to websites, nor can you download files larger than 200 kilobytes, block JavaScript, delete embedded Flash files, stream media files, or view more than 60 pages in five hours.

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Screenshot of the Zend2 free anonymous web proxy website
What We Like
  • Works with YouTube and Facebook access.

  • Supports page and URL encryption.

What We Don't Like
  • Options to block scripts, cookies, etc. only available when you begin a session.

  • Can't change settings once you start browsing.

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

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

Disabling or enabling any of the following is supported as well: encrypted URLs, encrypted pages, scripts, cookies, and objects. These options are only applicable before you start using the web proxy, unlike some anonymous proxies above let you customize the options even while you're using the proxy.

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