Editors' reviewPerhaps useful for a quick game of Quake, this proxy program isn't robust enough (or perhaps secure enough) to invite the whole neighborhood over. FreeProxy creates a virtual server that allows a number of users to share an Internet connection.
If you've never managed a proxy before, this program might not be the best place to start -there's no help file, and it's not the most intuitive process. While you can add IP addresses and user names to the proxy, you also can block addresses as well.
FreeProxy also is able to track connections, and record them on a log file. Yet we were surprised (and a bit alarmed) to find there's no password protection or other security feature for people joining the group. Overall, FreeProxy's good for a small party, but it's not for beginners.
FreeProxy enables many users to share an Internet connection. The basic features include proxying HTTP, SMTP, POP, FTP Proxy, TCP Tunneling, and SOCKS 4/4a/5. The application works well with a wide range of clients including browsers, ICQ, and MSN messenger and comprehensive help illustrates the setup of these clients. In addition, FreeProxy includes authentication to both an internal user database or to a windows domain, extensive reporting, comprehensive control of resource permissions, URL filtering, IP address filtering, local port binding, demand dialing, calendar control, proxy chaining, and includes a functional Web server, plus numerous other features. It will run as a service in all platforms from Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, and NT through to Server 2003. FreeProxy is professional freeware geared for volume usage, but still will have you up and running in a matter of minutes.
What's new in this version:
Version 4.10 has corrected version information being displayed by the control centre.