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The darker side of the #Hola #plugin – It uses your PC as a #proxy server.

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If you’ve ever used the Hola plugin to mask your IP, or pretend you are in a different country in order to watch video streaming for another country, then you may be surprised to know it uses your PC as a proxy server, for companies to route web requests via your machine in order to do – who knows what. Access to this network starts at $500 a month, so they earn well from using your computer, and internet connection.

I’m certain this is all in the small print, and all legal, but is it moral?

But, this is a development blog, so let’s see how to code this; I’m using C#, and the username and passwords have been removed for privacy reasons.

var client = new WebClient
{
Proxy = new WebProxy(“zproxy.luminati.io:22225”)
{
Credentials = new NetworkCredential(“xxx”, “yyy”)
}
};
var strIp = client.DownloadString(“http://icanhazip.com/”);
Response.Write(strIp);

In order to get a username / password, you need to sign in to Luminati

Just to mention one of my own websites ; I maintain a list of proxies here – http://proxy.apixml.net/

 

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  1. July 16, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Reblogged this on AirGap Anonymity Collective and commented:
    “If you’ve ever used the Hola plugin to mask your IP, or pretend you are in a different country in order to watch video streaming for another country, then you may be surprised to know it uses your PC as a proxy server, for companies to route web requests via your machine in order to do – who knows what.

    Access to this network starts at $500 a month, so they earn well from using your computer, and internet connection.”

  2. July 16, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Skype does something similar way down low as do several other operators I have come acroos – it is immoral – it preys on the non-tech people – small print or no it is a security risk

  3. July 16, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    *across

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