Posted by : Deepak Vasudevan Thursday, March 30, 2006

Naviscope -- Good Personal Proxy Server for home desktops

With broadband and DSLs getting the common thing of the day, accessing the Internet is a breeze. However, with the ease of access to the Internet, it also brings in a lot of junk stuff into our systems. Here comes the resources like Personal Proxy Servers, Firewalls, Antivirus softwares to protect your desktops and workstations.

There has been a tool called Naviscope and its homepage http://www.naviscope.com/.  I don't think, this URL is available now but the download sites do offer Naviscope 8.71 as a free download. 

It is a free personal proxy server, that can be configured to run from the system tray and with a variety of features, a partial list of which, I would like to give here:

  1. Prefetching the links as you search in Google or your favorite search engine.
  2. DNS Caching to prevent superflous lookups to your nameserver.
  3. Persistent HTTP Connections.
  4. MTU/RWin (Windows Internet Capability) Optimizations.
  5. Junk Content Blockers
    1. Ad Blocker
    2. Popup Blocker
    3. Cookie Blocker
    4. Embedded Sound/Video Blocker
    5. Blinking Text Blocker

The interesting feature of Naviscope is that, it shows a floating toolbar with the progress of requests that are going through it. Say if a webpage is downloading a big EXE file in the background, Naviscope would show the download progress in the toolbar.

Towards the system perspective, Naviscope does also provide a system clock synchronization with NIST Atomic clock.  It also does not logging capabilities to log all Internet activities on the system.

Get your copy of Naviscope from PCWorld website.

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