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Am I anonymous to the ICQ built-in browser and hyperlinks in ICQ messages?
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When you participate in ICQ chats and exchange ICQ messages, and your ICQ program is configured to use AntiFirewall, all the data travel though the connection anonymized by AntiFirewall and your IP address is hidden.

However, when you click on a hyperlink in a message, or when the ICQ displays its welcome page, it is not your ICQ program itself that brings you the web page; it is your web browser, a completely different program, that connects to the web site and shows you the page. The ICQ program is only smart enough to launch your web browser and give it the URL; the ICQ won't connect to the website itself, even though it might seem that the page is displayed in a window belonging to the ICQ itself. The ICQ doesn't have its own browser or any other means to display a web page to you; it always uses the Internet Explorer browser which is built in all modern versions of Windows.

So the answer to your question is No, you won't be anonymous when you click on a hyperlink, and you are not anonymous when the ICQ shows you a web page in its own window. The moment a page is displayed or you click a link, you lose anonymity. If you don't want it to happen, you'll need to anonymize the web browser too. Unfortunately, the technology behind ICQ (and the other communication means supported by Antifirewall) is very different from the technology behind web sites, so you can't use Antifirewall with your web browser. You can, however, use a different product, called Anonymity 4 Proxy, which was specifically developed to provide anonymity for web browsers. It supports all three types of websites, i.e. ordinary websites (addresses start with http://), secure websites (usually used by online shops, addresses start with https://) and FTP sites (addresses start with ftp://).

Please visit this site for more information about A4Proxy: http://www.inetprivacy.com/a4proxy/ Once you configure your browser to use A4Proxy, you can safely click on any hyperlinks and your surfing will be anonymous.

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