Anonymous Browsing And The Difficulties Of HTTP by iupon13


									?HTTP is a basically the methods through which your browser communicates with
any website and exchange information but there are many problems within the
protocol that restricts anonymity like the fact that it exists on the TCP port 80.

Port 80 has become a standard TCP port to use and almost every web server will list
that port with the exception of security such as SSL but as a general rule most
connection are through the TCP port 80. Firewalls will usually allow all TCP80
communications as a first rule. The protocol itself is text based ASCII to be precise
which means that all communication must be readable this means no translation,
decryption or decoding. It is quite bad easy to follow a HTTP trace and if you ignore
all the GET requests/responses you can pretty much read the rest which is bad when
we are told to protect and be secure with our personal information.

HTTP treats every request and response as individual questions and answers this
means it cannot follow long or draw out complicated conversations. Even when the
communication comes from the same place HTTP will treat the information as a
totally separate thing. HTTP also suffers a severe lack of security and does not
authenticate users. Through the use of cookies HTTP can get round some of the
authentication issues by maintaining a connected state between the sever and the
client there can also be protocols such as NTLM and certain forms and services like
Microsoft Passport.

The HTTP protocol was never written with security in mind and should not be
thought of a bad because it doesn't have security features, it was designed for the
quick exchange of information in a simple manner it does this jobs really well
otherwise it would not have survived the rate in which the internet is expanding and

Clearly HTTP cannot be anonymous as it is designed to exchange passwords,
usernames and identities the same way as all of the information it transfers and it
cannot protect your information or identity even when HTTP just blocks your IP
address this is not really achieving any anonymity.

Oliver is a passionate web analyst who loves to promote the correct ways to secure
business websites. Oliver works for who specialise in SSL certificate buy
as well as 256 bit SSL certificates for web servers in the UK.

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