<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Wimster:
<strong>Can't hardly call it research ,because we're a financial publisher..
So Ben, If you go through a proxy server, they can only see the sites you're on ,and not what you do on these sites ? Am I correct on that one ?</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">No, not really. A proxy server basically stores a copy of regularly-used sites and forwards your requests for others.
So say you want to look at a site with an IP address of 22.214.171.124, you connect to your proxy server at IP address 126.96.36.199 and ask it to send you it. (This happens behind the scenes, you don't actually notice any difference).
If it has a recent copy stored, it sends you that. If not, it goes and gets it for you.
Therefore, (potentially) nobody knows that you actually looked at 188.8.131.52, they just see a connection to 184.108.40.206.
If the proxy server belongs to your company, then they know exactly what you're up to (it's even easier, 'cos the server normally logs activity). If it's an 'anonymous' server, then it's quite a good way of masking your real IP address.
But as jomor pointed out, if they REALLY want to know what you're up to, there's way and means and there's not a lot you can do about it I'm afraid.
Hope this helps.