Internet Access, Anonymity, and Security

Technical Background

How Proxies Work

Most folks browsing the web make requests directly to a web page for its content.  When a proxy is used, you send your request to another network device called a proxy. The proxy then fetches the page from the site and passes it on to you. The target site sees only a request from the proxy.  It can't tell where the page goes after that.  Anyone watching your connections sees only communication between you and the proxy.

Slicky Proxy goes a step further and also encrypts your communications along the way by using Secure Socket Layer encryption so your traffic is unreadable if intercepted. 


Advantages of SSL VPNs

The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) virtual private network (VPN) has emerged as the easiest choice for casual and ad hoc VPN access. SSL VPNs have superseded PPTP (Point to Point Tunnelling Protocol), L2TP (Layer 2 Tunnelling Protocol), and IPsec (the Internet security protocol) VPN’s. They are regularly viewed as the best practice for application portals and also seen as viable replacements for the aforementioned remote access protocols. Remote LAN access performance via tunnels over SSL can meet or beat IPsec's performance, and latency-sensitive applications, such as voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), work well because of proprietary enhancements that can be delivered through a browser.

The Gartner Group, a leading market trending & research organization, claims most clients no longer ask about new IPsec remote-access installations or expanding other legacy remote access solutions because of their increasing awareness of the benefits of SSL VPNs.  SSL VPN's can be implemented on physical hardware such as a VPN appliance, on virtual hardware, or as software running on a local premise or in the cloud. Each has their own advantages in terms or performance, cost, and ease of administration.  

The SSL VPN market is a mature and proven remote access solution. SSL is the most widely deployed virtual privacy system in the industry because it is integral to every browser and independent of platforms and operating systems (OSs). It is the ultimate VPN in terms of portability, and it is the easiest to understand because every user who has accessed the Internet is already comfortable with the browser. SSL can be delivered as a menu-driven portal, or it can be delivered as a LAN tunnel replacement for IPsec, with or without a browser client. SSL VPN growth is steady and worldwide. Gartner estimates that in 2008, SSL VPNs will become the primary remote-access method for more than two-thirds of business teleworking employees, more than three-quarters of contractors and more than 90% of casual employee access. Equivalent connection speeds, easier administrative provisioning of user accounts, and a simpler user experience with VPN sessions will continue to be key drivers for this growth.