Comment: what about them? The OP

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what about them? The OP

what about them? The OP stated he had information(data) he wanted to protect. If that is your worry, then a proxy server isnt going to help much.

Yes, they can act to "cloak" you true IP so you can trick basic web services into thinking you are from a certain region or country, but this is not james bond stuff...this is like, "do you want to trick people on a forum into maybe not recognizing you", or "I'm in brazil and I want to watch a tv show that is only avail in USA"....again just silly stuff, nothing to do with super-secret protection of sensitive data.