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Http proxy a good business?

....good business in order to delivery advertising?

12:18 pm on Nov 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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do you know sites like <snip> or <snip>? I think that a good http proxy can attract many users to show advertising in form of links or banner in the top of the pages..

Versus, these http proxy require many resources (in terms of bandwidth and CPU) and can be used in illecit ways...

What do you think?

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8:19 pm on Nov 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm sorry if I reply to your post incorrectly, I dont understand 100% of what your getting at. Are you comparing setting up a http proxy business for link exchanging or not setting it up because of the use of bandwidth and illecit activities?
5:22 pm on Nov 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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bacarell, I operate one of the sites that you mentioned.

It takes an amazing amount of technical and human resources to run a successful proxy. Every few weeks a new proxy appears on the scene and every few weeks another disappears. The reality is that proxy is a difficult and expensive business. Fraud and abuse are but part of this expense.

Something you may not have considered... Proxy users depend on these services to protect their privacy, sometimes against the threat of imprisonment or even death. If you start a proxy service I encourage to consider the threat that these users face. What do you think would happen if the government of China, Myanmar, or Iran caught one of their citizens using a proxy? How could you show advertising without exposing the user to these threats?

12:09 am on Dec 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Good points about protecting privacy. Bandwidth at low levels isn't expensive but once you use it all then it gets pricy even for the hosting companies that offer you unlimited theres fun clausing that say it has to use less than 2% of everyone elses usage etc.

People hack stuff through proxies and do all sorts of tasteless things.... Too much of a legal issue for me to play with because trust me they will want all your data :P Be like Pud and move all logs to /dev/null and keep nothing... :P