Whether you want to enjoy a service that's only available in another country, wish to anonymize your web traffic to provide an extra layer of privacy, or your IP address has been blocked by a service and you need a quick and easy way to change your IP without actually changing your IP, a proxy server is a great solution. But free ones can be unreliable and dangerous. So Robbie shows us how to create our own Debian-based proxy server in the cloud using Amazon's EC2 Free Tier instances.
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How the "Free Tier" works: When you first sign up for Amazon Web Services, you get 750 hours of server uptime per month at no charge. As a 31 day month has 744 hours in it, this means you can run a single Free Tier server 24/7 and still have no charge. This continues for the first 12 months, at which point you can either continue using the server for a fee, or terminate the instance. In the case of the proxy server shown here, you could, after 12 months, downgrade it to a "nano" instance, which would reduce the already minimal cost following the 12 month window. It is also important to note that we are NOT using an Elastic IP (AWS equivalent to Static IP). There are two reasons: 1) Elastic IP costs money and 2) By keeping it dynamic, if your Proxy Server ever gets blocked, you can simply stop it and start it again to get a new IP address.
Note: This process occurs in real time. The time it takes in this video is exactly the time it takes to perform these steps. No video was accelerated or cut.