What vps would you use for a private proxy? I travel a lot and would like my forum and other accounts to have the same ip, so I would need to make the proxy anonymous.
From what I read so far, I think I need a vps with Centos and Squid. However I am a complete newbie with regards to vps, so a few questions:
How to access the VPS without a control panel?
Is this VPS good? (10/mo plan) hxxp://cheapvps.co.uk/plans
If not, which (cheap) service would you recommend?
If you could point me to some tutorials, that would be great. Thanks in advance!
In countries where Internet access is censored, the ISPs may block common ports used by VPN services. I would rather get a VPS and install my own VPN software. It wouldn't cost much more, and you can use it for a lot of other things. If you do this make sure the 'tun' module is available. On Xen based VPSs you can compile it yourself.
If all you need is proxying for web browsing, you can simply sign up for a cheap shared hosting plan with ssh access and then use ssh's SOCKS proxy feature. i.e. login to your server with `ssh -D <port> <server_hostname>`. On Linux, you can use autossh to make sure your ssh SOCKS tunnel is always up. On Mac there's a program called AlmostVPN that does somethign similar.
Using a shared IP will also provide more anonymity that using a dedicated static IP address.
I can say that I've test the lowest configuration on my own plan and it can stood openvpn and socks5 proxy without any problem. But like what mfyahya said above, some ISPs might be blocking common vpn ports.
Since we already talk about proxies and vpn,can socks proxy hide info about what you surfing from your isp?
Yes, if you use ssh, the traffic will be sent through the encrypted channel. You will also want to not use your ISPs nameservers, otherwise they will know which hostnames you accessed. You can use nameservers within the VPN or something like opendns instead.