web browser – What are the ways to do “indirect” web surfing?

  • A proxy and a VPN do the same thing. You connect to a machine that then connects to the target site. VPN just adds encryption.
  • Tor does the same thing as a proxy, but it spreads out the process over a chain of machines.
  • Remote access browses from the remote machine, but you access that machine remotely.
  • There is also “browser isolation” that is a more efficient form of “remote access”.

They are all doing the same thing; they are breaking the connection between you and the target. Each option provides different other protections depending on what you want to be protected from, and each has a different impact in terms of resources and experience. If you want to stream video, Tor is not a great option, for example.

If you describe what you want to be protected from, then the solutions will be easier to provide. Asking for a list of all the potential solutions is difficult to answer, especially without knowing what threats you want to counter and what constraints you might have.