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surfing or chatting invisible on AOL

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  1. printers69

    printers69 Thread Starter

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    Does anyone know how to surf on aol, and be invisible to anyone
    checking if I'm online or in a chat room. I've tried the ghosting
    trick (done offline) and it won't work. I've also tried the privacy
    settings on the buddy list preferences and wont work.

    I use version 4 in case that's a factor. I hope this is an easy one
    for the tricksters. Please dont give me a lecture on how much aol
    Sucks, thats not the question. Besides it's free at my station.

    Thanks Printers69
     
  2. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Hiya

    As long as its not for illeagle purposes, you could try proxies. I'm not that up on AOL, but as for a normal ISP, you can enter a proxy into the browser and, as long as its a true Anon proxy, you're hidden. As wellas a few other disables in the Security.

    For true hidden, you need a Sock Proxy, but they're a bit difficult to find.

    Okay, here is a site to start you off:

    http://www.searchlores.org/fiatlu/proxy.html

    It explains proxies and gives proxy sites and checkers. A good one is this: http://www.leader.ru/secure/who.html

    Just go in there without doing anything and look what comes up.

    Now, for the basic proxy, try any of the sites there. You will have to verify the anon ones as follows:

    Tools | Internet Options. Connections. Settings. Tick Use a Proxy server. Advanced. In HTTP pop your proxy.

    Then, go to Advanced and under HTTP 1.1 settings, Untick the first and tick the second, apply and then try a Checker, like the one above.

    Once you have one, you will be safe. As long as its totally secure. Then, you need to change your Security.

    Security tab. Custom Level. Disable all ActiveX, Cookies and Scripting.

    OK, YES, OK.

    If you want to surf as normal after, just press Reset.

    To find a true anon proxy may take a long time. Believe me.

    Also, btw, proxies can be used to speed your connection up. These don't have to be anon, in fact they're faster if they're not.

    Regards

    eddie
     
  3. printers69

    printers69 Thread Starter

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    Thanx eddie, I've use a proxy with my IE5 browser and it works.
    I know there is ways to have privacy with AOL, I'll find it on the
    web, thanks for trying.

    Printers
     
  4. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Hiya

    are you using the messenger and if so, is that the one you want privacy with?

    Have a look here:

    http://aim.aol.com/#httpproxy

    Looks like the port number can be 1080, but not sure if others will work. As its a sock, have a look here:

    http://tools.rosinstrument.com/proxy/

    Happy hunting.

    Also, if its something else as well, could you explain it to me?

    Regards

    eddie
     
  5. Gnosisless

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    You can be invisible with AOL's privacy settings, but you have to make them very restrictive.

    (I hope this applies to 4.0, haven't used that one in a while)

    In the Privacy Settings (under Buddy List), click Block All AOL Members and Instant Message Users.

    Then, at the bottom of that window, under Apply Preferences to the Following Features, click Buddy Lists and Instant Messages.

    Then click SAVE.

    Once you've done this, you will not appear online to anyone who uses buddy lists or instant messenger clients.

    Keep in mind, however, that some spammers mine names by visiting chat rooms directly and doing a screen scrape of the Room Member List. If you are in an AOL chat room, you are *NEVER* "surfing" anonymously to anyone who looks in/enters that room.

    And, in fact, you are *NEVER* truly surfing anonymously in any circumstance, and especially on AOL, which monitors (or at least, CAN monitor) your every move.

    And, not to put too fine a point on it, even with a proxy and generic web surfing, you can still be traced if the right people want to badly enough.
     
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