Tenebril GhostSurf 2005

GhostSurf does anonymizing in an easy-to-use package and its Platinum edition adds antispyware features.

August 29, 2005

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The Standard edition covers all the basics, the most central of which is hiding your IP address. But it also offers encryption and lets you block the individual pieces of data that your computer sends.

The Platinum edition also includes antispyware features, including email support for spyware-related questions within 48 hours. If you don't already have antispyware software that satisfies your needs, the additional $20.00 for the Platinum edition may be worth it. Having anonymizing and antispyware protection under one software roof simplifies product updating and avoids finger-pointing between vendors if you have a problem. It also simplifies distracting day-to-day computer housekeeping chores while you want to get work done on your computer. You're more likely to maximize use of these features if you don't have to work with two independent utilities.

In Short

Tenebril GhostSurf 2005

$19.95 (Standard), $39.95 (Platinum). www.tenebril.com

Basic installation of GhostSurf is easy, so you're ready to begin use in minutes. But note that anonymizing solutions aren't entirely an install-and-forget-about-it affair. For example, such tools can require user changes to browser settings to visit some Web sites. Fortunately, GhostSurf's help file is well written. Also, GhostSurf and other utils on your system, such as firewall and antivirus programs, may need to learn to dance together until you take the time to make them get along without getting in your way.Anonymizing tools rely on third-party proxy servers around the world, which come, go, and morph themselves in sometimes unexpected ways. So it's fortunate that GhostSurf lets you turn off anonymizing so you can surf the Net directly when desired. In my case, I turn off anonymizing during email runs and visits to a few Web sites I trust. The main reason is that doing so can be slightly faster if I have a lot of downloads or uploads during an online session.

J.W. Olsen has been a full-time technology author, columnist, editor, and freelance book project manager with more than 1000 editorial credits since 1990, and has provided computer, Web site, and editorial services to other clients since 1985. He welcomes feedback via the response form at www.jwolsen.com.

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