Proxy? Say what?

Date Mon, December 22 2008

One of my favourite games to play is a cute MMORPG called Maplestory. In fact, I play it online with my sister pretty frequently. Unfortunately, when I was in Japan I could not. Because the company who created the game leases it out to different companies across the world who, in turn, create “local” versions of the game, I was unable to play the version I had started on. The game detected my IP and would not let me access it unless I played the Japanese version which comes with a whole slew of problems for someone like myself who does not read it.

I didn’t play for over a year because I didn’t know what or even if there was a solution to this problem. Eventually, I was turned on to the idea of proxies but didn’t know how to use them, or which would work best. I browsed list after proxy list but it was all Greek to me. Just when I thought I understood the whole process, I needed an IP address.

Of course, while I only wanted to play a game I loved, others use anonymous proxies for more malicious and sometimes just annoying purposes. As we all know, anonymity on the internet sometimes leads to immature behaviour such as harassment so I can understand why some people wouldn’t be the biggest fan of proxy utilities. That’s why IP2Proxy™ is such a great site. This web tool allows you to look up IP addresses and detect whether or not proxy software is being used to mask the original IP address.

IP2Proxy also offers a few tools for your website such as an anonymous proxy detection badge like the one below. This badge shows whether your visitor is behind an open or anonymous proxy.

Demos of web tools and more information can be found on the IP2Proxy website.

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