I just have a few queries regarding VPS. I would like to buy one for private use to hide my IP for anonymous surfing. From what i understand this is achieved with the use of a vps. What happens if the connection to the server drops out whilst i'm actively surfing. would my real ip be revealed to the site i was presently on (even momentarily)?If so are there ways to circumvent this? Are they totally secure? what i mean by this are there any other ways that sites can secure your real location. Is it possible to download programs onto a vpS? And if so have them continue to operate even once i turned off my home computer. AS you can see i'm in the clueless or noob category so anyone that can enlighten me I tankyou in advance for your help. Additionally could anyone advise me on a reliable reputable provider of VPS with a dedicated IP (UK) that would suffice for the above usage.
If you use a SSH tunnel or a proxy daemon and nothing to autoconfigre it to work without the proxy, the website will never see your real IP, you will get a error message from your browser. With a VPN, the website could see your real IP if the connection drops.
For resources, 128mb ram and 5gb disk space would be plenty for a simple SSH tunnel. Bandwidth use will depend on how much you use it. VPN's will use some more RAM.
dmmcintyre3 gave you the things you need to research; basically, a VPS by itself won't give you the ability to do anonymous surfing. You will have to install software on it to make a proxy.
But I think you will still have the problem of your VPS IP being identified, and traceable back to you. So if its truly something you need to be completely anonymous using a proxy service might make more sense.
I don't mind that my VPS ip could be seen. but obviously if it drops out as you have mentioned above i would be. AS you suggested i have had a look at the above but am still a little bit lost. i'm not technically minded. If i was to buy a vps and install 'software' (does this refer to a ssh tunnel) would i be covered. dmmcintyre3 I not sure about this statement "nothing to autoconfigre it to work without the proxy"
could you please explain what you mean by this. Also it is essential for me to have a dedicated ip.sorry for the novel. I would just like a setup (unlike totally anonymous in my previous post) that will show websites i visit an alternative ip, and in a way where they cannot find out my real one. Thanks again all i appreciate your patience.
A VPS is more or less a computer in a remote location. You can install software on it like a normal computer and that computer will always be online (or rather, 99.99% of the time).
Initially, your VPS will be loaded with an operating system of your choice. Once your VPS is "online," you may install software that will allow you to tunnel your traffic through your VPS. This is essentially a proxy and thus, hiding your IP.
There are a few ways of doing this, I will rank them by difficulty (1 being the easiest)
1) Use your SSH connection as a socks5 proxy (google it)
2) Squid Proxy - fairly easy to install (google it)
3) OpenVPN/VPN - it's a piece of software you must install. Note that your VPS provider must support tun/tap. It's best if you ask before you buy.
I know option 1 will not display any web pages if you've lost your connection to the server, I'm not sure about 2 and 3. You can test it yourself.
Additionally, option 1 will not proxy traffic if it's a flash application. For example, youtube videos will not go through this proxy. I'm not sure about the other 2.
You should do some research in the pros and cons of each. These are merely suggestions.